Employability? It’s just what I want to be

It’s funny how things can work out. Connections are surprising things – you connect with a place for one reason and it can work out that you gain something else. I connected with the Employability Club because I was looking for something for my son to do during the summer and it looks like now that I’ve found something very significant to do for myself.

Tutor summary, 22 July 2016

What you did or learnt, session 4 (Apps!)

Photo exercise

  1. Downloaded a photo attachment from your email to your course flash drive.
  2. Saved the photo on your Apps for Work cloud drive.
  3. Posted the photo on the course blog.
  4. Downloaded your own ‘peppers’ still-life photo from the cloud drive to your course flash drive.
  5. Posted it on the course blog.

Video exercise

  1. Made a short video on a tablet.
  2. Uploaded the video to your course Vimeo account.

Resources used

  • HUDL 2 Android tablets.
  • Course flash drives.
  • Google Apps for Work Drive and Email (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • Commercial stock photos.
  • Android camera and gallery apps.
  • Vimeo Android app and web site.
  • WordPress blog (this one).

Comments

  • The short videos you made at the end of the last session are on the blog – but the blog posts are flagged Private. That means only logged-in users can see them. You have to decide whether your video should be public, or stay private, or be deleted from the blog.

Tutor summary, 8 July 2016

What you did or learnt, session 3 (Apps!)

Media consent forms

  1. Principles of media consent for an enterprise that wants to be taken seriously.
  2. Some learners completed media consent forms that permit their image or voice to be used in photos and videos made by the group.

Photo exercise

  1. Used Android tablet apps to make and resize a photo.
  2. Saved the photo from the tablet to your bold.org.uk Apps for Work Drive.

Video exercise

  1. Used Android tablet apps to make a one-minute video – an interview with people at Kingsland Hub who have signed a media consent form.
  2. Uploaded the video to your course Vimeo account.
  3. Shared your new online video to the course blog – category Video posts (two videos that included an identifiable voice not covered by the consent form have been set to private – visible only to course learners who are signed in).

Resources used

  • HUDL 2 Android tablets.
  • Google Apps for Work Drive (bold.org.uk custom version).
  • Commercial stock photos.
  • Android camera and gallery apps.
  • Vimeo Android app and web site.
  • WordPress blog (this one).

Comments

  1. The still-life photos will be used in a later session.
  2. The point of the video exercise was to demonstrate how easy it is to make a short video on a budget tablet, save it, share it, etc. The videos are not BBC production quality, but none of the defects were your fault. There was a lot of background noise, the lighting was not perfect, and you were using a handheld gadget with a weak microphone. If you had been using a classier tablet on a tripod in a quiet space, the results would have been noticeably better.
  3. It’s normal to edit a video after making it, or at least to want to edit it. Our experimental interview videos are not very suitable for video editing training, but we might build it into a future course – soon – if we can.