NYPO and Netstorms

NYPO and Netstorms

It’s five years since the video below was made and, since the demise of Newham Summer School, Netstorms no longer runs regular courses as a team. But Netstorms Ltd is the entity responsible for NYPO. From 2001 until 2016 the team provided ICT based courses as part of Newham Community Education and Youth Service and then from 2010 as Netstorms Ltd, an independent provider. NYPO (Newham Young People Online) was an online learning community that young people who took part in our courses could join to share ideas and work.

The current version of NYPO differs from the old model of an online facility supporting, but secondary to, live courses run at specific venues. The emphasis is now on developing courses that can be run entirely online but that can be accessed by individuals or by groups on affiliated courses run in partnership with schools or youth and community centres. Equally important is developing a sense of NYPO being a real community that learners are helping to build.

As an online project NYPO is no longer confined to Newham. Maybe it can be ‘Network for Young People Online’ or ‘Nation of Young People Online’ or just NYPO.

Gavin Sealey

January 2019 

Netstorms is an association of tutors with ICT and digital media skills. We develop courses, learning resources and learning support networks and offer these in partnership with local learning providers and community groups.

The goal of Netstorms is not only to offer courses and workshops that teach particular skills, it is to inspire young people and adults to take responsibility for their own learning, to see it as transformational and to use it creatively and for the transformation of their own lives and of their world.

The following are courses that have been run by Netstorms:

Understanding Computers and Computer Maintenance both involve a lot of practical work including stripping and reassembling computers so that participants gain an understanding of the parts of a computer and how they work together.

The Making Computer Games course will focus on learning the basic principles behind
creating a good electronic game regardless of platform (mobile/console/computer) and on
planning, designing and developing a text adventure game that can be played on the web.
There will also be an introduction to the creation of simple graphics based game.

Webmasters is a course that teaches young people how to create and manage websites. We introduce the basics of HTML and CSS to learners so that they can create simple websites from their own code and so they can more effectively use a CMS (Content ManagementSystem) such as WordPress to create and manage sophisticated websites.

The Art and Animation course involves learning how to make short animated films using
Flash or Stop Frame Animation. Participants learn to use the software and animation
techniques to create animations based on ideas they have developed and sketched on a
story board.

In Digital Designs participants learn how to use Photoshop to create images. Participants use these skills and their imagination to create visualisations around a theme or themes that they have chosen.

The Video Postcards courses introduce learners to making and editing short films which are then published to the web.

The Multimedia Journalism course/project encourages young people to research issues and interests and to share their ideas through developing their skills in research, interviewing, writing, photography and video. Course members will work as a team to create an online magazine so they will also develop skills in the use of social media, in particular the use of blogs and online interviewing using tools such as Skype.

Netstorms is interested not only in developing and managing courses but also in developing networks of tutors and learners who can support each other as part of ongoing learning communities. See https://www.facebook.com/newhamyoungpeopleonline as an example of a learning community that is being redeveloped.

Organisations interested in having Netstorms run courses should contact Gavin Sealey by email to gavin@netstorms.org.uk or by phone to 07932 003341.