Virtually There 2 – Love your Learning Platform Filming

For the past two months Hal and Matt have been driving around Yorkshire filming and editing footage about creative uses of learning platforms in schools. The project concludes work started in 2007 on a project called ‘Virtually There’. The project ended in a conference.
Work and research was done for YHGfL (Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning Foundation)
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Presenting learning for creative purpose and new and emerging technologies at Ultralab to Cambridge University Jesus College

Anglia Ruskin Unviersity’s Ultralab, the world class learning, technology and research centre was invited to present our work. Ultralab team members speak at conferences and seminars, we disseminate our research findings and radical action research projects to governments, corporations, charities and academics globally. Malcolm Moss and myself were kindly invited and headed to Jesus College in Cambridge to present the research of Ultralab to a collection of individuals interested in new and emerging technologies and how Ultralab are using them within teaching and learning.
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I introduced Ultralab, its rich history of projects and the achievements over the past twenty years. I spoke about UltraSMS, developed by Ultralab’s Tim Ellis, we introduced Tim’s new ‘SMS Voting’ feature, which went down well with the audience, who enjoyed the ‘visual’ voting.
Malcolm spoke about our work on ‘Gearbox’, ‘eViva’, ‘Plone’, ‘Ultraversity’ and various other Ultralab innovations and our uses of current open source software.
It was good to present with Malcolm, we were also provided with a Christmas dinner celebration in the evening in a room next to the famous chapel, we stayed the night in the College accommodation.
The college is beautiful, the slab floors are wearing with hundreds of years of footsteps, the rooms are warm, drenched in history and amazing to see first hand.
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It was also an experience staying in the accommodation the students use, knowing that a few hundred years worth of undergraduates have worked from the rooms. Jesus College is meant to be one of the most haunted of the colleges in Cambridge, sadly the arranged Ghost Walk was cancelled.
It is amazing how small the world is coming, the event co-ordinator, Catherine Bone, taught me HTML when I was at University, eight years ago.
Interesting reading:
Jesus College Cambridge, a history

Input CBBC project completes in Hull

Today I headed off to Hull with Richard Millwood to visit the schools involved in the Input CBBC project. The young people have now completed their film work and presented it to us. For the past four months the young people have been making films for the project, which is research by the BBC and Ultralab to find out what television would be like if young people made it themselves. The Hull part of the project was extended due to time constraints for some of the young people.

A research findings report is being written by Ultralab and the BBC on the project and will be published for internal consumption shortly.
The work will be celebrated in London at BBC Television Centre next month.
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Ultralab's Lifeboats.TV project main project begins in Weymouth, Dorset 22nd and 23rd of January 2002

One year after the initial pilot in Burnham-on-Crouch we were off. Colin, Mark and Matthew headed to Dorset to meet and interview the Weymouth Lifeboat crew and their families. With 40 people to interview it was no easy task, we had to break up into three film crews to capture the footage. Pete Bradshaw from Ultralab joined the project as the local Ultranaut based in Weymouth.

The initial research conducted over the previous year meant the Lifeboats.TV crew would begin to film lifeboat crew and volunteers for their lifesaving stories, ready for compression and delivery on the internet on the lifeboats.tv website. Construction of the ‘virtual lifeboat station’ would also begin once the panoramic images were constructed from real images captured in each of the six lifeboat stations.
Weymouth’s crew room would begin as the first location on the tour, tricky with its unbalanced floor.
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All the research conducted so far on this project has been done in conjunction with young people, exploring how creative use of technology could be used to enhance their learning, bringing the RNLI bang up to date with its uses of technology at the same time.
View a film showing one of the crew from Weymouth explaining why he is a volunteer.
Team:
Matthew Eaves (Ultralab)
Colin Elsey (Ultralab)
Mark Constable (Ultralab)
Pete Bradshaw (Ultralab)
Micky Slatford (RNLI)
James Vaughan (RNLI)
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