Jack Kenny reviews The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book by Terry Freedman

Amazing Web 2.0 Projects BookTerry Freedman, who has compiled and edited this ebook is a very special person and his book is very important. I understand that his previous free Web 2.0 book, Coming of Age, was downloaded 60,000 times! Amazing! And his new one has already had 7,000 downloads, so nothing that I say in this review will make any difference will it?

The book is free and there is a tendency to treat free material less critically than if it was priced at £20. The “after all you got it for nothing” syndrome creeps in. There is no reason why it should be treated any differently. Terry produced some great material on Every Child Matters when everyone was sitting on their hands. Terry sees gaps and fills them.

By Daniel McKeown

Dame Evelyn Glennie gave two thumbs up yesterday as a group of schoolchildren (left) showcased a physical interpretation of her chosen word for creativity: ambidextrous.

The performance was at The Place, London, during an open afternoon for creative learning organisation Artis and “living dictionary” Wordia.com’s fortnight-long virtual festival of creativity.

Media training gives NEETs a voiceMedia training gives NEETs a voice

By Maureen McTaggart
Rose, Lia and Charleigh – an early school leaver, an ex-young offender and an expectant teenage mum – used to think a career in the media wasn’t for the likes of them until they joined a group of seven other young unemployed teenagers to learn broadcasting skills with award-winning film production and education company Chocolate Films.

The project is based at south London’s Stephen Lawrence Centre and their first production, ‘Live From Stephen Lawrence’, has the head of the Metropolitan Police’s Status Dog Unit, Sergeant Ian McParland, in the hot seat discussing the current teenage status symbol – dangerous dogs.

Gerald Haigh asks what is virtualisation, how does it work, and why are so many network managers talking about it?

Taking the ‘what’ question first, it’s a way of drastically reducing the number of network servers that are needed to run a Microsoft-based school network. So a big school might have a couple of dozen servers, each doing a different job. Virtualisation will make it possible to replace them with perhaps nine, or even fewer. How? By replacing many of the physical servers with virtual servers – that is to say they exist as software rather than as big metal boxes. The virtual servers are collected together into clusters and each cluster lives in a powerful physical server.

And why are so many organisations – not just schools – going down that road? For two main reasons.

By Jack Kenny

Screen editsenseEditsense: no camera neededAny one who has worked with products for what passes for media education in some schools will know how vital Editsense is. Many schools are starting courses on making moviesm, and  new GCSE specifications mean that there will be more. One essential lesson will be that making movies is not just about using a camera. Editing is the focus.

As the Editsense creators explain: "However many times you explain the importance of changing shot size and camera position, and dividing a film up into shots, the theory tends to go out of the window as soon as young film-makers get hold of the cameras. Because a lot of our film projects are very short and intensive, we needed a quicker way of getting the participants up to speed."