LJMU students contribute to BBC News Report Day

09 February 2011

Pupils from a local secondary school have had a chance to be a news journalist for the day and gain a taste of university life by attending an ICT activity event at the Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure.

The event, held at IM Marsh, was organised and delivered by LJMU teacher trainees on the one year Subject Knowledge Enhancement course in ICT (they will continue onto the PGCE ICT course in September 2011). As preparation for the BBC News Report Day on 24 March, the trainees planned a day full of sessions for a group of year 7, 8 and 9 pupils from Saints Peter and Paul RC High School in Widnes.

On 24 March, groups from schools around the country will be spending the day planning and producing their own News Report for a deadline of 2.00pm. The Report will then be published on the school’s webpages with the BBC providing a link to them from the BBC News website. The practice day allowed pupils to learn about collecting the news, writing and editing stories, filming the news and editing the footage using Movie-Maker software. The group was also taken on a tour of the campus and given a ‘goodie’ bag containing LJMU pens, notepads and information about university life.

Image of student behind newsdesk with video footage behindJames Parr, BBC News School Report coordinator at Saints Peter and Paul High School, said:

"The pupils had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole day including the university experience. It was great to see how much time and effort the trainees had invested into the event and this will help our pupils when they do the News Report Day in March".

Richard Vickery, PGCE ICT course leader commented:

"The trainees gain a great deal by working cooperatively to plan and deliver an extended session on a cross-curricular topic using ICT. It is excellent preparation for their PGCE course and their future teaching career".

Further ICT Activity days will take place next year. If you know of any schools that wish to get involved please contact Richard Vickery r.g.vickery@ljmu.ac.uk or call 0151 231 5205

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