Tag: podcasts

How the conversation makes Social Media Surgeries so effective

If you haven’t already then I’d recommend anyone who is interested in the idea of social media surgeries listening to this audioboo by John Popham who talks about his experiences visiting three social media surgeries on consecutive nights in Yorkshire:

John does a wonderful job of explaining the simple way that a surgery works – in particular that it is really a conversation – where both people are engaged (the surgeon and the patient) in figuring out a solution to the patient’s enquiry.

As John explains, sometimes people are a little concerned about helping others, because they’re worried they don’t have enough skill to offer solutions.

But the surgeries are good way of breaking down this problem. Firstly, of course, there are others there who can help. And, secondly, the conversational nature of the surgery helps you to understand what might be useful and you can then work together to explore a solution. Even if you know only a little, your support can be invaluable to absolute beginners. You can reassure people that social media can be an enriching and empowering tool – and very much worth persevering with. And that, as it happens, is  what social media surgeries are all about – as John says.

John plans to keep these podcasts going, so keep an eye out for them in the future. And, since I’m on the subject of podcasts, if you’re interested in finding out about my own experiences with social media surgeries have a listen to my own, rather smaller and much less accomplished, effort.

Podminions – podcasts by King’s Norton Boys’ School

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.