Longton CLC

Longton City Learning Centre caters for the needs of local schools, community groups and national companies. They work closely with Haywood City Learning Centre in providing a video production service and technical support for schools across Stoke-on-Trent and have recently invested in three Planet MovieBox kits.

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David Bloor, Media Technologist at Longton CLC, appreciates the benefits that video technology offers the teaching and learning process. They have used video technology at the centre for a number of years, complimented by Planet eStream, our content delivery and archive platform. During this time they have worked with schools to produce a number of projects; mini plays, weather, news reports, pop videos, documentaries, interviews and technical tutorials to name but a few. David explained “The classes we run in our media studio brings students together and they learn skills which are very hard to teach via traditional methods, such as teamwork, literacy, presentation and confidence. A recent assignment we carried out was a literacy project based on making an Anglo Saxon news broadcast, where the students were able to apply their reading and writing abilities and the end product was fun to produce.”

At Longton they help pupils to experience different ways of learning by engaging with new technology and provide a range of curriculum and training resources for all the city’s schools. David was aware that schools in the surrounding area of the CLC had little or no media production facilities. He told us “I wanted to push mobile media solutions into these establishments to allow them to produce their own media content. Now, not only are the schools able to use the equipment for teaching, they can also provide footage to put onto our Planet eStream content delivery system, which we have dubbed ‘StokeTube’.”


David considered putting some kit together himself but decided that Planet MovieBox would be ideal. He said “I knew that it would just work and I wouldn’t have to worry about compatibility.”

Planet MovieBox literally is an ‘out of the box’ media studio solution which can be used in any learning space. David told us that they have kits already in place at a local school and academy, giving them a taster as to what they could produce at the CLC’s fixed studio.

David feels the biggest problem he faces is overcoming the fear that some teachers have of video technology and believes this simple to use equipment will accomplish that. He concluded “This is definitely a positive step. I would like to get schools in the area using Planet MovieBox on a daily basis and hopefully then they will go on to invest in their own kit.”