Here Finn interviews Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe. Jan speaks about his involvement at the highest levels in advising and guiding on technology usage. He also talks about his career with Microsoft and why he sees technology as an important part of the future for both teaching and learning. He had come to the Khan Academy event today to participate in a panel on the ideas of how platforms like the Khan Academy can help with literacy, mathematics, and future jobs.
This was the first time Mr Muehlfeit met the youth media team. He invited us to visit their headoffice in Brussels if we ever go there to cover an event!
We here at the Youth Media Team usually just report on education based events, but since we’re a Tipperary based group and Tipperary happened to be in the All Ireland, we decided to put together a video documenting the Tipp teams journey to Croke Park.
We went along to Semple Stadium last night for the Tipperary Senior Hurling training session before the All Ireland Final. When we were there we got a chance to interview Johnny B, the man behind the official Tipperary song, ‘This Could Be Our Year’.
We also got to chat to locals John Kennedy and Paddy Moore about their predictions for ‘Hurler of the Year’ and the result of Sunday’s game among other things.
I went to Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School last week to help out with an App Inventor workshop that Natasha Kiely was giving to Bianca Ní Ghrógáin’s 4th class. While I was there, Bianca asked me to talk through what we do in YMT, with three of the lads in the class. Sam, Liam and Tyrese were interested in interviewing and other aspects of what we do so I showed them how we plan for our interviews, record and publish them. I was their first guinea pig. Check out our interview!
While in the Convent Primary in Nenagh today, for the Skype call with Chris Hadfield, I got to interview Leanne Lynch, the teacher who organised the call. Leanne told me about how she set up the call by contacting him on his website. She also spoke about the preparation the class did for the call. They have been working on the theme of space for the last 5-6 weeks and have been in contact with other people such as Dr. Max Bernstein from NASA, Professor Peter Gallagher from Trinity College and Frances McCarthy from CIT and Blackrock Observatory in Cork.
I got a chance to go to my sister’s school to be part of a skype with Commander Chris Hadfield, an astronaut on the International Space Station. It was a very inspirational call with Chris sharing what got him interested in space (the moon landing he saw at age 9 in 1969), the experiments he did on the Space Station and what day to day life was like in space.
He came across as a very nice man who took a lot of time to answer the questions that the girls had prepared for him. He knows a lot about Ireland because his daughter is studying at Trinity College. He mentioned that he loved seeing the green of Ireland as he came across the Atlantic on his 16 orbits of the planet every day.