Tom Watson , William Perrin and the Power of Information taskforce shows off some mock ups for crime mapping by neighbourhood and the whole social media story makes it onto the Telegraph’s front page with a couple of subsidiary articles – including one mentioning West Midlands Police mapping site. Practical and political! Crime mapping has been useful tool in the US for a few years now, some of it inspired by tracking gun crime and is seeing growing use in the UK.
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Podminions is the podcast of King’s Norton Boys’ School in Birmingham, UK. Here we will tell stories of the local community, the things we do in and out of school, argue about the issues that matter to us and share with you the music we write.
We set this up with a little help from the Birmingham Community Empowerment Network and another podcast called the Grassroots Channel. But what we say here is entirely our doing – so listen and then please tell us what you think.
You can download the episodes below:
Together We Can – 31 March 2006
The first podcast from the boys at King’s Norton Boys’ School. In this episode four boys attend a conference at the NEC aimed at promoting active citizens around the UK.
Sport: Year 8 vs Shenley Court – 17 May 2006
In this episode, we send three boys to a year 8 football match against Shenley Court.
Half the World – 24 June 2006
In this episode, we send two boys out on a trip with the GCSE Citizenship group to Chamberlain Square in Birmingham as part of Refugee Week. Also includes music from student Jack Newett called “Half the World”.
Summer Concert 2006 – 18 July 2006
In this episode we send Ruairi out with the recorder to find out what’s happening behind the scenes at our school summer concert.
Healthy foods – 25 September 2006
In this episode we visit Simpsons Restaurant in Edgbaston to promote healthy meals in schools.
Say Cheese! 28 October 2006
We had a photographer (Ian Reynolds of i4images. com) come into our school and take photos of students under the title “A Learning Community” this podcast asks students and teachers what their opinions of the photos were.
From Here to There series
Part 1 – 11 October 2006. We introduce a project we will be taking part in over the next few months called “From Here to There”.
Part 2 – 17 November 2006. We go to Manchester Exhibition Centre and give a talk on the project. If you haven’t listened to part 1 we suggest you do so or this won’t make any sense to you!
Part 3 – 24 February 2007. The podminions go to Lyon, France for a week.
Mike Overton has fought for years to prevent developers building homes on an old waste tip and clap pit in Erdington in Birmingham, UK. He talks to Emma Lewis of b:cen about the site and why protecting it matters so much to him. Also in the programme a thanks to listeners in Belgrade and Birmingham who mentioned our programmes on their blogs and more information of the Podminions, a podcast channel run by pupils at Kings Norton Boys School. To comment please leave your thoughts here.
A few months ago Podnosh and b:cen were able to offer some support to the pupils at King’s Norton Boys’ School in Birmingham. We helped them set up their own podcast channel which they christened Podminions and hosted here on the Podnosh site.
Having opened the door the first group of podminions are now rushing through it. They are finding their voice in the programmes, passing knowledge and skills onto other boys in the school and have also established a website specifically for this project at www.podminions.co.uk.
It looks great, works well and has the capacity to expand into a perfect place for a school to converse with itself and the ‘outside’ world.
If you visit and have a rootle around please fire off an e-mail to let them know what you think. A little encouragement etc….
Max who works on the Podminions podcast has just alerted me to a problem with the ever-so-polite leader of the opposition, David Cameron MP. It relates to the visuals on the newly launched webcameron.org.uk.
The site uses some very funky little icons, popped in their no doubt by the designers commissioned to make it so. The trouble is those icons were made by a talented web designer based here in Brum and they’re being used in breach of his copyright.
Mark James makes them freely available on his site www.famfamfam.com under what is known as a Creative Commons license. It is a widely used and respected way to protect what is written on the web and requires generosity and integrity from all those involved.
So the deal is simple: you can use the natty icons free as long as you credit the source, and in web parlance this means linking to Mark’s website.
Anything else is simply rude.
Mark would like to see the credit – and told us “I expect people to occasionally overlook the issues of the Creative Commons, although I have to say I’m a little shocked that this escaped a political party”.
From my point of view I want to see local creativity given its due. So Mr Cameron please remember your manners, sort out the site and then pop Mark a quick apology.
You can make it a video apology if you like.
I’ve so far worked in a couple of schools to introduce podcasting. The teachers see the value, even if we are still learning the best ways to integrate with the wider work in the school. Some are hugely enthusiastic. The pupils mostly find it fun, some find it compelling.
But we always have to deal with the battle between control and freedom of expression which characterises school life. Which is why I was pleased to read Howard Rheingold on the DIY Media Blog. In his post he states the benefits very simply:
By showing students how to use Web-based tools and channels to inform publics, advocate positions, contest claims, and organize action around issues that they truly care about, participatory media education can draw them into positive early experiences with citizenship that could influence their civic behavior throughout their lives.
That is exactly what the students at Kings Norton Boys School in Birmingham are starting to do with their podcast the Podminions. The channel not only provides them with a patform to find a voice (or a collection of voices), the microphone is giving them a power boost – encouraging them to get out there and ask questions – query the world and then interpret it for an audience.
At Reaside School in Frankley the pupils combine podcasting with drama – developing self confidence and narrative skills. At the same time they shared their own view of the world – whether it was fear expressed in The Beast or affection in Wendy Scattergood.
So why tell you all of this? (more…)
In this episode Ruairi goes out with his microphone and interviews a few of the performers from the concert.
Firstly, James Hereper the clown, followed by Humza Chaudhry who was in the barbershop quartet and finally Mo who was taking part in the freestyle basketball demonstration.
In the first podcast from the boys at Kings Norton Boys’ School. In this episode 4 boys attend a conference at the NEC aimed at promoting active citizens around the UK. Includes interviews with Hazel Blears MP & Beth Ford from the Chicago Police Department. Interviews were conducted by Chris Brown, Max Woolf, Ruairi Hay and Tom Caesar.