My name is Giles Booth. I’m Education Content Manager for the Micro:bit Educational Foundation. I’m a Raspberry Pi-certified Educator and I used to teach Computer Science and ICT in primary and secondary schools in London.
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.
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:
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.