the Laptop show
- Mike Downes
- Alumni: WGA Alumni
Since graduating in 1998, and teaching in Primary schools for seventeen years in Coventry an Warwickshire, I then outgrew the classroom. I moved online to my local Kenilworth blog and from July 2011 to google.com/+mikedownes.
That was the newly formed Google+ Platform. By using Hangout Video Calls (with up to ten people), I met some fascinating people from all over the world. I took part in five of the six London 2012 Hangouts Live at Youtube and chatted to Gold Medallists, a Spice Girl and streamed the British Ambassador to Lebanon.
I’ve written posts, taken photos and produced videos. As a reference point, my content has passed 22 million views. What’s fascinating for me, Google’s not only a search engine (used by ~90% of the UK), but als0 a provider of over 100 free online tools. For example, I’m a Local Guide, where my contributions have of over 1,160 photos at Google Maps have seen over 5 million views (see: maps contributions).
I wrote, I taught and dabbled at being a Citizen Journalist supplying stories to the BBC. I was noticed by Google and was invited to become a Google Trusted Tester for Hangouts Prerelease software (from April 2012). On making sense of new media, I supported the UK Police and some Global Law Enforcement in the use of Social Media. Something I still do to this day (in March 2016).
In 2016 I’m developing the Laptop show is a gift to all the children I have ever taught, now all grown up .. real world teacher in a new world classroom .. est. 1984
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