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.
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.
The first session took place today with FORCEM at Laburnam Rd Library. I discussed web 2 wit
h the guys and talked about forcem.co.uk
emails and google docs but it was going over their heads. Their focus was clearly the Cemetary and their website so we got right down to it. They created a home page, a news item and two grave records. Two down only 14000 to go! That’s right there are many more recorded graves than there are headstones. Some of it comes into data protection territory but clearly the visible headstones are public and can be recorded on the website without too much fuss. The rest can come later. When I explained to them about global positioning and media scapes to chart the cemetery and they got very excited about that.
Low numbers again for the MyWeb2 workshop. This week we:-
Created a spreadsheet for the Village Halls finances.
Looked at some YouTube videos.
story to the website showing how all the houses narrowly escaped demolition.
Shot some video fottage using a small hand held video camera that gave people the idea of a Margove Park “walkthrough” video.
One new @margrovepark.com email was created to go through the process of new account creation.
All the tasks were recorded as a “screencast” so that participants could refer back to the processes they had learned. These videos are quite large and we are still wondering how best to use them.
Too large to get many on a USB stick. Maybe we need to compress and add to the website.
A couple of people expressed and interest in being able to electronically fill in forms that can at present only be filled in on paper. We’ll look at a simple piece of free software to do this.
The first MyWeb2 session (web2 for older people) took place in margrove park this week. I know I
said there was no plan but the session didn’t even go as NOT planned. Small numbers again but at least different people. The’re still dead keen to add stories to their website.
I had been downloading a widget to resize images and they jumped
on the idea of “what’s this downloading malarkey”.
so they went thought the process of
1) downloading a Microsoft powertoy
2) Downloading Picasa
3) Installing both
[name] flapped about her lack of success with image downloading/uploading and we discussed htat the proper terminology had to be “transfer” (from camera to PC) I showed her how to treat the camera as an external drive and forget about the camera software thus taking charge of your own devices.
A new series of workshops and delivery sessions began
at Margrove Park after the community centres Internet connection was finalised with help from the UK Online SID project.
With help from the team from the University and Destinations,
residents got straight into developing an on line identity for the village, downloading the software needed, installing it and working on images of the village to upload to a village webpage.
There will be a further 5 sessions looking at ICT issues that the residents have requested. With First Time Online being made available for those needing to develop or start their ICT journey, others in the groups can concentrate on other areas such as digital photography or web site design and maintenance.