Programme 1

Sunday 21st October at 5.03pm
(repeated Wednesday 24th October at 9.30pm)

This week's programme comes from Newtown as we kick off BBC Wales' Here For You from the area. Adam Walton considers the different ways that Newtown is adopting - and leading the way - in IT and digital technology.

Wireless Internet Security

On mousemat we've often covered the importance of securing your wireless internet network but in Newtown Adam discovers that many people are still leaving their wireless modems unprotected, making them vulnerable to hackers. We drive around the town with Martin Thomas of Powys Computer Centre and, with a laptop and a freely available piece of software, he counts the number of unsecured networks. He reckons that around 30 - 40% of people leave their networks completely open to hackers despite the fact that securing them with an enceyption code like WPA is quick and easy.

Moodling Around

Adam's next stop is Newtown High School where he meets David Boshell, head of the IT Department, and his two colleagues Keith Gallier and Craig Griffiths. They unveil the 'moodle' which the school - along with all other secondary schools in Powys - is now adopting. A moodle is a virtual learning environment which students can use to access all their coursework and learning materials whether they're in school or at home. They discuss the implications of the system for both pupils and teachers.

Digital Photography

A few weeks ago, when mousemat was out and about in Colwyn Bay, Adam got some advice about choosing a digital camera and he also looked at the software that's available for editing photos. This week he addresses the vital bit in between - actually taking the photo - with Michael Smith from the Countryside Council for Wales office in Newtown. Michael uses a digital camera both in his work and in his spare time: he's a talented photographer, specialising in travel, landscapes and wildlife.

Game On

This September Coleg Powys in Newtown will be launching a brand new course in Games Development. The course, which will train the next generation of computer games designers, will include modules in digital photography, web design and computer graphics. Adam meets Nici Jones, Head of School ICT and asks two of her students, Kirsty and Graham, what they hope to get from the course.

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