How many schoolchildren do you know can tell a story of spending a night in the mine to avoid a German Zeppelin or of being sent home as mines washed up on the local beach and lost roof tiles on their school when one blew up? Check out Whitecliffe Primary School’s first podcast at Radio Skinningrove as they read from the 134 year old Skinningove School logbook.
(right) Whitecliffe Podcasters with Barry Hunt (Click to enlarge)
today. The Skinningrovers were presenting their ideas for the Ochre Trail and the Virtual Tour that would accompany it. Several Skinningrove youngsters from Whitecliffe primary school had come along. The kids were delighted to see that the grown ups were just big kids really when they were shown the movies “Tommy’s Plight” and “Skinningrove – Welcome To The Future”.
My assistant helps with the powerpoint
The Skinnigrovers told of a boat they had rescued from Whitby where it was due to be disposed of.
They brought it back to Skinningrove and refurbished it.
They sited it on the seafront where it will be a monument to the fishing industry which is now sadly in decline. The picture shows an artists impression of two sculptures that have been commissioned to be added to the boat.
Remarkably the boat has ended up across the street from the house where the old fisherman’s daughter lives and today his two grandchildren were there to hear the story of their grandfathers boat.
Next it was the Adults turn to be astonished when the Head Teacher from Whitcliffe School, Mrs Shannon produced the 130 year old log book from the Skinningrove School
The beautifully written Skinningrove School Logbook
Several of the children read extracts from the book including one where the children of the day had to be evacuated from the school when a German Zeppelin arrived overhead.
It’s now planned that Tommy and Barry will take a more “executive” role at Radio Skinningrove and the children will take over producing podcasts of readings from the old book plus reporting on current events. The adults and the kids will work together on the Virtual Ochre Trail.
There was some jocularity when we realised that later editions of the Skinningrove log book would include reports of the doings of Tommy’s school career.
I was contacted by a guy interested in the movie “Skinningrove – Welcome to The Future.
He asked where the movie was shot so I sent him a link. I met Taran Rampersad “in world” and told him about the Skinningrove project and also showed
him my web gallery with links to various projects. Then we went to the location of the Skinningrove shoot.
Call me a saddo but it was quite exciting to be interviewed on set like some kind of movie mogul. Then Taran said he was going to get a few shots and promptly turned into a penguin. I asked him why and he said that being a small penguin avatar meant it did not get in the way of the screen shots. What a great idea, I’ll use that technique for shooting Machinima. Now I know what to do with that Duck outfit I was conned into buying.
You can see the pictures that this penguin shot by going to www.flickr.com and searching on Institute of Digital Innovation or follow this link:
ed at the prospect of developing the Digital Village concept further and in the bid we spoke of creating a virtual Post Office, Corner Shop, School and Job Shop as the village has none of these things.
The saying goes that the best websites start with a piece of paper. This is just that the core team (below, minus one missing person) have been doing to design their new Digital Village website.
Virtual Post Office – All the things you can do online such as apply for a TV License, RE-tax your car. Taxing your car online for instance is far more efficient than going to a post office.
Virtual, Job Shop – job search online, pointers and advice, CV’s etc – closely connected to …………..
Virtual School – The Digital Skills Network currently in development. Online support and learning on a range of subjects including how to run your virtual post office.
Virtual Corner Shop particularly useful to older residents, they club together to form a consortium to be able to place an order sufficiently large to warrant a Tescos/Iceland – whoever Groceries delivery
Virtual Volunteering A new idea. More details later.
A Merry Christmas from Tees Valley Community Media, the Social Inclusion Demonstrators Project, The Institute of Digital Innovation, Digital City and The University of Teesside.
A Story of Christmas Past
In a digital archiving session at Marske Library, 94 year old former School Teacher told students from Bydales School about the diphtheria epidemic at Markse infants school: Christmas 1934. Click here to hear Vera’s story and to view pictures from the archiving session.
Going To The Movies
Christmas time is traditionally the time families go to the movies. Click here to view our latest movie and the story behind its making.
We’re going big with this concept in the New Year so you can expect to see more movies produced by a whole host of community groups.
A Christmas Gift
Margrove Park could not have wished for a better Christmas gift. They have just been awarded a Tees Valley delegated grant and funding from ERDF with thanks to Tees Valley Joint Strategy Unit. The funding will help to develop their digital village and to involve the whole community. Click here to read more about their exciting plans for the future.
Pictured left to right, Steve Thompson, Community Media Coordinator(Santa), Margaret – Marian – Jean, Margrove Park Village Hall Asociation, Paul Davies of Destinations
Santa Goes to Saltburn
Santa and his helpers visited Destinations @ Saltburn once again for fun, mince pies and enrollment into the UCPD courses. This year the highlight was the screening of the Straad Players movie (above) and a visit to the second life backlot. Ho Ho Ho. Visit the Destinations website.
For a fourth year New York composer, Phil Kline brought his “Unsilent Night” to Middlesbrough. Scores of people marched through the streets playing Phils music on massed ghetto blasters bring Christmas cheer to the streets of the town. Click here to see pictures and video.
Happy New Year
It’s customary at this time of year whilst looking forward to the new year to reflect on the year gone by. Lets look at some of the highlights for TVCM in the past year. Again three major webcast events were mounted The Middlesbrough Mela, Stockton Riverside Festival and Saltburn Folk Festival. Some great animations were produced like these two from Redcar & Cleveland Mind and The Princes Trust not to mention all of these from Bedale Primary.
The first in a series of Community Media workshops took place today with students of Bydales School (below)
The students were learning to scan images and archive techniques in preparation for a project to be run at Marske library to build an achive of images which the local community will bring in for scanning.
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ing on a multi media exhibition to be launched in March 2008. The exhibition which will feature voices, music, images and animation will run in the University of Teesside’s OCTORAMA. The students will run a workshop at the BBC’s Open Centre in MIddlesbrough on
November 22nd to pitch their ideas to invited guests to encourage other schools and communities to contribute to the exhibition. The theme for the exhibition will be “Dreams” (wishes, hopes, aspirations) and the children hope their parents will visit the school to record their own voices to add to the soundscape.
The Octorama is a fourteen metre diameter art installation with eight large screens and eight independent sound sources running audio visual content (images, video, ambient soundscapes, voices, poems) and affords the visitor a totally immersive experience. The first outing of the Octorama was at the People And Place event in Eston, February 2003. Click here to see a video from that event.
(click to enlarge) Students study the model of the Octorama “how are we gonna build a 14 metre version of this guys?”
(click to enlarge) students work on their ideas for the exhibition.
The group started out at Laburnam Road Library but we quickly decided to move elsewhere. We coul
d not access the Community Walk map application – don’t know if it was blocked or if the Library’s connection was too slow. Anyway we headed to Destinations @ Saltburn where we continued the workshop. We entered 3 graves from the directory into the satelite view. Clicking on these hotspots brings up the info and clicking on the title takes you to the place on the
FORCEM website where the information is. We’re planning a presentation at the BBC on December 3rd where the group can present their work to invited guests. To view the Digital Cemetery CLICK HERE.