BBC NEWS | School Report | News Day 2009
Phew what a day. Along with one of my colleagues in the English Department I have been involved in helping an S2 class with their work for BBC School Report.
There were 4 groups working on different topics, which they've been working on over a few weeks now in their English lessons. They had to do real journalist stuff such as researching their topics and finding useful people to interview. They then had to prepare for the interviews, by making all the necessary arrangements to meet with the interviewees.
And then today they had to put the finishing touches to their films, with links and pieces to camera and then they had to edit their work.
It really is an extraordinarily intense day, but the students get to put real work skills into practice with a concret goal. Two of them even got to speak live on the special online radio station set up by the beeb.
Once again the students pulled out all the stops and came up with the goods, just see for yourself here.
My role in all this was a kind of technical assistant and I did no where near as much as my English colleague who remained supercool throughout.
The one issue I have with the whole thing is in no way related to the school, the students or the project; my issue is with technology??? WHAT? EH? SURELY NOT?
Why is there no common protocol for video file types. The (frankly not worth the money you pay for them) hard drive camcorders record in .MOD format, but to enable us to edit we had to convert to avi, which therefore required some conversion software. Some of these camcorders record in .VOB and there are various other formats. WHY, Why WHY?
Why does JVC have to differ from Sony, from Panasonic etc. Give me my mini dv camcorder anyday. Image quality is far better. Easier to import, even if you have to do it realtime.
Anyway enough of that. it was a super day and I hope to do it again next year
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