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Here is an example of what school podcasts can be...

Feb_production_team_2 Hi there. This month we have a new podcast for you. It has jokes, a spooky night in the LRC, an interview with a famous writer and a nurse. In the picture, the production crew smiles but can you spot the host and co-host, the interviewer (s), Cinderella, Spongebob, the person with the funny ringtone, Tracey Beaker, the teacher who thinks they are a radio star and Mrs. P ?

If that is too tough, you can always vote for your favourite joke from this month's podcast. Listen and laugh !

There's the point, these young students put this whole thing together. The wee piece about the LRC was a script with full stage/foley notes by a fourth year. The interviews were by the students grabbing opportunities and the jokes were all stolen. Given all the recording was done on Olympus digital hand held dictation recorders; the results are great.

A great day out


Everyone at the DCA on Saturday enjoyed watching the 'Hamish the Hamster' animation. In fact,  the oldest podcaster in the school  had a day out at the DCA...listen to what he got up to. He spoke to the lady who organised the screening, the film makers, the creative team and staff from Blairgowrie High School, the Chief Executive of the Council, the proud parents and friends. But the real star is still Hamish.

This was part of a programme set I did for the folks at Blairgowrie High School. The young students had made an animation as part of a Modern Language project. Two other schools in Perthshire, Breadalbane Academy and Perth High also took part. Joe Hall at the DCA organised a screening of all the participant film makers. I went along and managed to get interviews with Joe, Davy from MASS ( the film executive producers ) and Bernardette Malone, the Chief Executive of Perth and Kinross. The main idea of this podcast was to report on a very upbeat project.

A great day @ the DCA

DcaForget Cloverfield. The big movie this weekend was 'Hamish the Hamster' which premiered at the Dundee Contemporary Arts centre in the presence of some notable VIPs, including the Chief Executive of Perth and Kinross Council, the Executive Director of Education and Children's Services and, most importantly, family and friends of the Blairgowrie creative students. We are putting together a complete report from the watch this space...but here is a short snippet of what people were saying after the event. Jonathan Ross obviously missed a treat.