About me

Giles Booth - photo by Ali RussellMy name is Giles Booth. I am a Raspberry Pi-certified Educator. I teach Computer Science in a primary school in East London. Prior to that I taught Computing in KS2 & KS3 and GCSE ICT in KS4 in a girls’ school in Kensington, having changed career late in life.

Before training as a teacher on the School Direct scheme I worked for BBC Radio for many years – World Service, Radio 4, 5Live – recording, mixing and editing programmes, making podcasts, updating programme web pages, helping design and build the last radio news studio in Bush House, setting up outside broadcasts all over the world, from the Central Lobby of the Houses of Parliament, all over the US, Beijing, and the first ever live broadcast from a monastery on the male-only archipelago of Mt Athos in Greece. I also worked as London producer for NPR.

I make a (very occasional) podcast about beer called Last Orders which you can hear on iTunes, Soundcloud or find out more about the imaginary book pub here.

You can hear me talking about the BBC’s iconic building Bush House in this lovely film (my words taken from a World Service documentary). And here’s something fun I did with film and literacy when I re-trained to be a teacher in 2013:

WIttertainment is my favourite radio programme and I have made a few contributions to Witterpedia.

On the anniversary of D-Day, I taught a combined history / maths / computing / PSHE lesson that I’m really proud of. In Year 5 I also got the children making their own musical instruments to trigger GarageBand with a MakeyMakey.

Bristol-born, I now live in London. I have a degree in English, I love reading, writing stories (I have more ideas than time or application), cooking, blogging about cooking and making gadgets with the Raspberry Pi, MakeyMakey and Arduino, like radios, things with thermal printers, and things with BBC micro:bits.

Why ‘Blog My Wiki’?

This started out as a blog called ‘The Weblog and OtherMachines’ and I had the intention of just writing about good and bad technology. Of course the temptation to write any old rubbish that came into my head was too strong to resist.

The name ‘Blog my Wiki!’ came about because I found myself sarcastically saying ‘well, blog my wiki!’ several times a day at work every time someone did something a bit dull and unoriginal but either put in on a blog / podcast / wiki and then had money, promotion and praise heaped on them from certain parts of the large corporation for which I worked. I was really already blogging back in the 1990s, only it wasn’t called blogging then and we didn’t have lovely tools like WordPress to help us.

Oh, and hello to Jason Isaacs.

3 Responses to About me

  1. Andrew Tew says:

    Giles-

    Hope you’re well. I am from Charleston, SC, and am working on a project about the old ways of Charleston (well, old for me) and came across your picture of Woolworth’s from 1997. By chance do you have a high-rez copy of this picture, and if so, may I have you permission to use it? Please e-mail me when you have a moment at AndrewRTew@gmail.com.

    Thanks so much.

    Andrew

  2. Naeem Anwar says:

    I have read your blog with keen interest, as I understand you have completed School Direct teacher training recently.

    To continue to recruit high quality teachers and lead the future success of schools, our research suggests that applicants want to hear directly from teachers. We would like to share your success story and any advice you can offer future applicants.

    Would you be able to write a blog entry for our website explaining School direct, the structure and the support etc.

  3. Hi there!

    We’ve been reading your blog here at Kano and we were wondering if you would like to come attend our Raspberry Jam in our HQ next weekend!

    It would be great if you could bring some of your cool projects as well. There will be between 300-500 attending and it is going to be a family event. We are hoping to showcase how people can create technology and not just consume it.

    Here is a page for the event: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raspberry-pi-london-jam-tickets-13310980501

    Let us know if you’d like to come and whether you’d like to bring along any of your cool projects!

    Looking forward to your reply.

    All the best,
    Angelie

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