Category Archives: Events

Musings about big events we’ve attended.

Interview with Ruth Scott

 

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Laura and Sinead interviewed RTE 2FM DJ Ruth Scott. She talked to us about her career as a DJ and how she feels that technology is the way forward and how she found the day to be fascinating. We had a brilliant time interviewing Ruth and wish her all the best with her future!

 

Youth Media Team at Féilte

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Our Youth Media Team traveled to Dublin on Friday 4th October for Féilte.  On the Friday night we went to the CESI Meet and interviewed some of the attendees to elicit their thoughts on many topics including teaching, technology in education, #edchatie and many more.  The main aim of the exercise was to re-familiarise the team with the technology that they would be using to interview, blog and tweet.

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Busy researching
Prepping with Conor and Bernie
Prepping with Conor and Bernie

Saturday morning saw the familiar red shirts take their place at Féilte in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham for the start of a busy day.  We planned some of the interviews for the day ahead, and tasked the team with researching the people and organisations that they would interview.  It became quite an organic process as, for the most part, they chose the interviews that they would do.  Their instructions were straightforward:

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Of course no day would be complete without a bit of drama.  For us this came in the form of the loss of one of our first interviews of the day, Brídín and Jack’s interview with Fintan O’Toole, Deputy Editor of the Irish Times.  To the team’s credit, despite the bitter disappointment at the loss of this interview, they kept going and put it down to experience.  Unbeknown to us all, our resident techie Bernie, worked tirelessly during the day to try to retrieve the lost interview and, miracle of miracles, he managed to retrieve it at around 4pm.  To say that we were delighted to get it back, doesn’t even begin to come close to how we all felt!!

The team with Aoibhinn Ní Suilleabháin
The team with Aoibhinn Ní Suilleabháin
The team with David Coleman
The team with David Coleman

The feedback, both on the day and since, has been very positive towards the team.  The idea has really caught people’s imaginations and I’m delighted to hear that it has prompted a number of teachers to look into setting up Youth Media Team’s in their own schools.

 

Photos courtesy of @_conorglvin, @fboss and @evelynoconnor
Photos courtesy of @_conorglvin, @fboss and @evelynoconnor

You can check out the blog posts from the team here and you can access their interviews directly here.

A final word of thanks to the back room team of Conor Galvin, Evelyn O’Connor and Bernie Goldbach.  Their guidance and expertise made it a very enjoyable and rewarding experience for all involved.

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Interview at FEILTE with Micheal Mulgrew

Finn and David talked to Micheal Mulgrew, one of the Speakers at Feilte, about the festival itself and also about the differences between Irish teachers and American teachers.  He had lots to say about what teachers in New York have in common as well as how they differ in his view.  He also gave a great talk at the conference.

Michael is the fifth president of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), whose 200,000 members include teachers and other professional staff in New York City public schools as well as family child-care providers, nurses, adult education instructors and retired members.


 

Interview with Fighting Words

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Here Finn and David interview two of the organisers from  Fighting Words about the work that their organisation does. Fighting Words is a creative writing centre established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love to help students to develop their writing skills. The idea behind Fighting Words is a simple one – it’s about creative writing, writing for fun. So, you get things like Space Unicorns and Aliens in their stories. (http://www.fightingwords.ie/adventures-ralph-and-joe)  They have also published books of the stories people write when they go to the Fighting Words centre in Russell Street in Dublin 1.

Our interview with Aoibhinnn Ni Shuilleabhain at #FEILTE

 

This afternoon we shared a relaxed, enjoyable, humorous chat with PhD candidate in TCD and broadcaster, former teacher and Rose of Tralee winner, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain. [@aoibhinn_ni_s ]

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Aoibhinn told us about her views on technology in the classroom. She thinks that technology is really important and beneficial and can be a more exciting fun way of learning. However she said that books and writing are also crucial and necessary for learning, similar to what Deputy Editor of The Irish Times, Fintan O’Toole had said this morning in our interview with him.

Aoibhinn used to be a Physics and Maths teacher so she understands the problems and worries teachers have about the Education System in Ireland. She said she loved teaching and guiding students. Her favourite part of teaching was helping students and she said had great fun with her students in the classroom.

Interviewed by Bridin and Jack Ryan.

 

Learning Through Failure

Today, the Youth Media Team were really excited to have the opportunity to interview Fintan O’Toole. Bridin and Jack managed to find a quiet space, pressed ‘record’ and had a wonderful, relaxed chat with one of Ireland’s most passionate journalists.

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Twenty minutes later, they had it in the bag, took a photo and Fintan left for pastures new. Sadly, when we looked down at the device which held all of his words of wisdom, it was crashing. Crashing hard. Almost in tears, we struggled to find the file, to recover it but sadly it wasn’t to be. The interview was gone.

Earlier, Fintan had spoken about the importance of learning from failure. So here’s what we learnt today:

1. Always have a back-up plan. If we had been recording with a second mic or device we’d have secured the interview.

2. It’s ok to fail. We conducted many, many interviews today. One was bound to go wrong – we were just sorry it was our guest speaker. We were gutted but we were also more careful what device we used for the rest of the day.

3. Even though the technology failed, we still had the experience of interviewing Fintan. We can’t have that conversation again, but at least we had it once!