Wednesday, December 9
Friday, December 4
by Ben on Fri 04 Dec 2009 10:48 GMT
We are preparing frantically for our live studio debate next Thursday. The show is called Vocal Point and is being put together by the 2nd year students. It's been a hard slog getting to this point as motivation has been a factor, unfortunately the debate subject that was given to them was not glam enough. It's an important issue for the area and Tony stuck to his guns as he felt it was a debate that would be really vibrant and would engage the local community. Fair play to the student as with a bit of cajoling they have pulled themselves together, organized themselves and we have the semblance of a show put tother. I have attached the premise and a flyer to gove you a broader picture of the production, we are still confirming panelist but we hope to have all major parties represented (we have two already) and a diverse and interested audience of about 30-40. The crew will number 20 including sound, camera, light, presenter, producers, directors, make up, autocue and hangers on. We are really excited and the nerves are jangling, it will really give the students a taste of what the pressures are really like in industry. Will update you will more info when appropriate.
by Ben on Fri 04 Dec 2009 10:22 GMT
The project has received it's first press coverage, The EDP came in whilst we were rehearsing for the immigration debate which will be recorded live next Thursday. They took plenty of snaps but chose to include the desk based student rather than the 20 other students operating cameras, lights and sound. Oh well can't complain as all press is good press, lets hope this is just the start.
Tuesday, December 1
Wednesday, November 18
Monday, November 16
Friday, November 13
by Jeff Holmes on Fri 13 Nov 2009 13:42 GMT
The first interim evaluation was written and sent through to JISC at the beginning of September. We got the feedback earlier this week and it was very positive. They have suggested a number of things that they would like us to look at for the project. Ben and I are both wuite happy with what they were asking for and we will be putting the things togther in the next few wekks.
The next interim report is due at the end of Feb, so no doubt I will be going around staff to get various bits of information.
Monday, November 9
Saturday, November 7
Wednesday, November 4
Tuesday, November 3
Tuesday, September 8
Saturday, September 5
by Neil Stapleton on Sat 05 Sep 2009 01:53 BST
Well my good people the springboardtv.com site has gone live, from Monday students and staff will begin using it in earnest. IMO the site is about 90% bug free, so the next few weeks will be very telling, browser support is reasonable with only Safari causing a headache because the Ajax commenting system won't play ball. The main things is that there is some excellent video content on the site and that learner now have a focal point for their efforts.
Over and out
Tuesday, August 11
by Neil Stapleton on Tue 11 Aug 2009 09:25 BST
I saw this and it just brought home how much work and expertise goes into getting things looking just so...
Whatever you are: Graphic designer, Photographer, Film maker, Desktop publisher or Web monkey... this one's for you, the average person will never fully understand what goes into it, but maybe if you show them this it will help.
Respect ; )
Monday, August 3
Monday, July 13
Tuesday, July 7
Thursday, May 28
by Ben on Thu 28 May 2009 14:29 BST
We visited Paul Mayer Course Director Performing Arts over at Isle yesterday with Sophia and Jonny to find out more about how he has successfully integrated a fully functioning and highly succesful theatre company called 'Nine Lives' into his general teaching programme. He spoke about the pride students feel knowing they in a close team and not just 'doing a course' - they are part of a real theatre company. This is exactly the feeling we want to instill with SpringboardTV and the media cohort. There's loads of cross over so Paul's experiences will be invaluable - we recorded his words which I'll edit a post when I get a moment, plus he has agreed to help us out by lending his dulcet tones for voice work on the channel next term, bravo that man!
Sophia and Jonny got some great ideas from the session and found it really useful.
Here's where the Nine Lives company put on their shows http://www.anglestheatre.co.uk/
Wednesday, May 27
by Neil Stapleton on Wed 27 May 2009 15:21 BST
Here's an easy step-by-step video on how to use Twitter, also gives some useful educational uses.
Tuesday, May 26
by Ben on Tue 26 May 2009 14:11 BST
Richard Hall ILT coordinator from De Monfort University payed us a visit in Kings Lynn last week. He's the Project Manager of the MoRSE project which is part of our CAMEL cluster group as assigned by JISC. He was unable to attend the recent CAMEL event hosted by ourselves on the 8th May but he wanted to see the project for himself and talk technology with us.
Richard was particularly interested in the technological solutions that we're developing and the impact on professional development/student learning these will have. We were obviously delighted to have him here and so we gave him the full tour, showed our progress so far and demoed the virtual studio. We also conducted a brief interview with Richard in the virtual environment which we'll post up on the blog soon.
Apart from being eager to hear his thoughts on all of the above, we also had a good discussion on IPR and copyright, Richard pointed us towards this really useful JISC Web 2.0 checklist http://www.jisclegal.ac.uk/pdfs/Web2TutorChecklist.pdf which DMU have integrated into their general institutional procedure and we are now looking to do the same. On that subject we (project management team) have been talking about who should be driving policy on this subject - the college or the project? It was decided that the project would be the catalyst but we should engage with both the ILT team and IT in order to put guidelines together for feedback from the institutes SMT. Waiting for Toby George head of ILT to return from leave so watch this space.
Check out Richard's own project blog and comments on his visit to us http://www.learnex.dmu.ac.uk/?p=1712
Thursday, May 14
Monday, May 11
by Neil Stapleton on Mon 11 May 2009 14:41 BST
Billed as 'A First-time Author's Gateway to Publication' Sulekha's BLOGPRINT is a collaboration with Penguin Books and is primarily about promoting creative writing.
It's worth looking into the background and outcomes; one notable outcome was that Boy's contributed more that Girl's... Anyway worth taking a look to see if any parallels can be drawn with our use of blogs etc. Perhaps journalism!
Wednesday, May 6
by Neil Stapleton on Wed 06 May 2009 20:56 BST
Follolwing todays projact steering group meeting I just wanted to post the links to the Jisc Legal webcasts that Mark Stiles recommeded... so here they are:
JISC Legal Webcast: Web 2.0 and the Law for e-Tutors
or link directly to the video
JISC Legal Webcast: Accessibility Law Webcast
or link directly to the video
Tuesday, May 5
by Ben on Tue 05 May 2009 16:48 BST
Tony and I visited the Epic studios in Norwich last Tuesday - one of the most advanced broadcast production facilities in Europe. We were primarily there to visit the teachers visual media fair but also to have a good look at their recent £1.5 million HD upgrade.
We met Dave the head engineer, he gave us a tour of the very impressive facilities. The main studio is 6000 square feet and can accommodate up to 300 people in the audience, it has 4 dressing rooms and three viewing galleries. In the past it has hosted Trisha, Vanessa and Graham Norton - but not at the same time according to their website. Studio one is available for hire for 5k a day - a bit out of our budget but Epic do cater for colleges by offering a package of different experiences for learners. One that caught our eye was a full studio tour combined with a production exercise. Learners get assigned roles in the studio and actually get to create their show and take it away with them.
Dave offered the college some of their old equipment at what we were told was a very reasonable price - unfortunately the mixing desk he was pointing at would struggle to get through the doors of the college let alone fit into our compact gallery.
Later after a brief introduction to Epic's director we visited the fair in the main studio. Representatives from local creative and media industries were well represented. We spoke at length with the Creative & Media Diploma Employer Engagement team who said they'd been receiving some excellent feedback from students. They felt it gave them otherwise unavailable opportunities to build links with the creative industry and give them a taster of a variety of different creative areas. This was really helping them to make up their mind about where they want to go when they complete the course.
Donna Chessum of Tribe PR told us about the increase in demand for web video in the city of Norwich and how they have set up their own TV Channel online 'Tribe TV'. She also mentioned that they are working with the council on a film competition which is open to all ages - Create a 3 minute film on any device (stills camera, mobile, film camera) dispelling the myths of Norfolk, i.e. that you come here to retire and nothing ever happens. We're too late for this year but we spoke about SpringboardTV and we will keep in touch and crossover where appropriate.
The BBC where present and I was interviewed for their East community channel, again we spoke about Springboard and potential collaboration opportunities. Wendy (BBC) has invited the college to come to their studio sometime in the future, we also discussed the potential of Springboard feeding them content on local bands and news etc - real kudos for the channel if we can make it happen.
There were a number of independent filmmakers who are currently very busy involved in online video, they also spoke about real growth in this area. It was really encouraging to see that although some of Norwich's larger broadcasters have scaled back operations, smaller and more dynamic digital agencies were doing well. All in all a really worthwhile day out.
Thursday, April 30
Thursday, April 23
by Kay Lockwood on Thu 23 Apr 2009 12:27 BST
If I can do this - then anyone can. I can see now how people get so addicted to this.
I have rather surprised myself that I can do this at all as I am not that good when it comes to new technolology - as my colleagues in the staffroom will confirm. (Also those who have had, for the past few weeks, tried to teach me at evening class how to use new technology in the classroom - a big thank you. Their patience is amazing and for that I am eternally grateful. Who after all would want to teach teachers?)
I have in the meantime concluded it is just a case of overcoming my fear. I cannot bear heights, cruelty to animals, the national lottery or learning how to use anything more sophisticated than a manual can opener - and then that can get the better of me!
So watch this space. After yestersday's amazingly interesting, informative and inspriational look at using new technology who knows what I can do now?
How do you post this again Jonny?
Wednesday, April 22
by Anthony Barnett on Wed 22 Apr 2009 14:31 BST
From this monment forward we will proceed to success
by Jonny Williamson on Wed 22 Apr 2009 14:22 BST
Bonjourno, not much to say at the moment, no doubt lots to say further down the line, so until then, adios!
by Sophia on Wed 22 Apr 2009 14:11 BST
Greetings and Salutations blog readers! A new addition to the blogging team today, this is my first and most exciting entry to the springboardtv blog. Enjoy....
Sunday, April 5
by Neil Stapleton on Sun 05 Apr 2009 10:51 BST
Over the past few months I've been looking a range of video streaming and delivery methods for the project, here are a few items of note:
CDN (content delivery network)
Friday, March 27
by Ben on Fri 27 Mar 2009 16:08 GMT
Well it’s been nearly three months since the project began form my point of view and I’ve been playing catch up. I’ve been familiarising myself with the finer points of the project, trying to get my head round the huge number acronyms used in education and generally trying to find my way to the college canteen (turn left out of the tower!).
The project blog/website is another area where I need to catch up so apologies for not getting to this sooner but we this will effectively be a repository for all project elements, including team member profiles, project documentation (where appropriate), pertinent videos (visits, student and teacher reaction/views, events) comments, progress and general musings from the team.
So, what have we been up to, what is our progress, where are we at?
Equipment: One of the first jobs was to indentify and quantify the level of stock equipment currently held within the department, ascertain what was in good order and decide what was worth sending out for servicing and what needed replacing.
The first items we decided to put out of commission were the original studio cams, these were good beasts in their time but we felt their time had past – they shoot in 4:3 and we aspire along with the industry to capture in 16:9. Plus after enquires we established that they would be quite expensive to service and we though that money would be better spent elsewhere. The other camera stock was checked and found to be in pretty good order so these will stay in rotation whilst while begin looking for cameras for the project itself.
We then set about testing out the general setup of the current studio which had not been used for a while so
A working studio for a our TV portal is essential, this is where our fast turnover content will be created, this is where we can guarantee good shooting conditions and bring together different faculties in the college into a suitable environment to create content... our bread and butter.
Cameras – the college had recently purchased three Panasonic AVCHD, these are solid state (they record to memory rather than tape) shooting HD at a 16:9 ratio. Dedicated studio cameras are very expensive so we decided to try these out as our permanent studio cameras – they worked pretty well with our set up and they communicated with the Tricaster (see separate update for info on this beauty).
So what about general project cameras well this is where it get sticky, what is the industry doing
We had two visits to expos and from that and general industry knowledge possessed within the team it’s easy to see, we’re going solid state ie, recording to a hardrive, a memory holding device such as Panasonic’s P2 or Sony’s SxS or just general freely available SD or compact flash. Solid state improves the production workflow - instead of having to digitise media in real time from a tape format you can literally drag and drop video content into your editing system and straight onto the timeline for cutting. This has massive implications for content turnaround; you can get news pieces out fast and efficiently. Sounds perfect but the flip to this is that the format is still in an early stage and the type of camera range to budget we would be looking at the products are relatively new to market and do we really want to be guinea pigs, can we afford to take the risk? Also the media itself is expensive; P2 cards are £900 for a 16 gig card which will shoot about an hour at HD resolution. Alternatively DV tapes are just £1.50 a pop in the college shop and therefore very accessible for the average student. Decisions, decisions...
Other updates to follow will be the curriculum integration update, tricaster and studio update, programme plans and work experience and placement plans.
Sunday, March 15
by springboardtv on Sun 15 Mar 2009 08:28 GMT
Just finished setting up most of the initial hosting environments for the project site and this blog. So we now have the following main domains.
This is the main project hub and consists of a netvibes universe that pulls together all the parts of the project including this blog, twitter, the main TV website & the project page on jisc as well as various widgets and feeds of interest to the project team. It essentially just a way to bring everything together under a web 2.0 environment. The choice of netvibes was down to me as I'd used it before and was comfortable with the environment... looks pretty good too.
You're looking at it! This is going to be the main project blog once I get all the users set up and do a quick awareness session for everyone involved in the project. So stay tooned... for lots from Ben, Gary, Jayne, Tony, Kay, Sophia, Jeff, Jonny et al.
You'll see a few retrospective posts appear over the next week or so as we bring in some of the content from our previous project blog and get the story so far up to date.
Also hoping to have lots of photos posted here too, to bring the project story alive
These are the main TV site, and will slowly evolve into the full service with many and varied channels. A basic holding page will stay until all the search engine submissions and email set-up is completed. A soft launch page will then follow with proper brand identity and a video trailer/teaser. Followed by springboardtv.com V1.0...
Technologies being used to put that together will be:
Here's a photo of me standing by the Monty Python and The Holy Grail Clapper board at Doune in Scotland...
...as if to prove my cimematic credentials lol
Tuesday, March 3
by springboardtv on Tue 03 Mar 2009 20:27 GMT
The project team have been working flat out to acheive the aims of the channel and it seems to be progressing well. There is a lot involved in a channel launch, much more than you would think. From a technical point of view i.e. my pov, it has been challenging. Challenging in that I have had to re-wire the entire studio and gallery areas, working out what goes where. Unfortunately I couldnt locate the original studio schematics, so had to track the existing cabling to and from points.
On a plus point, the new virtual studio equipment is installed and working. I still have a few things to complete, such as talkback and autocue, but the students are excited about the possibility of creating studio shows, which is good. I will be running a workshop at the studio for the Isle campus students, so they have the opportunity to create a show using the equipment. It will take time to become proficient with the software, but I reckon the students will pick it up easily.
Ben and I have a number of projects lined up, not least to shoot and edit a promo for the channel. We have some footage in the can and we will be filming further soon.