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C4 BETT09 teacher

  1. 1. Year Dot and Battlefront Year 12 Tutorial programme
  2. 2. Introduction: Year Dot and Battlefront <ul><li>Use in tutorial time: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 sessions Year Dot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 sessions Battlefront </li></ul></ul><ul><li>20 minute session discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Resource: overhead projector and teacher laptop. Downloaded disk of first series. </li></ul><ul><li>Possible need for parental letter as encouraging social networking sites </li></ul>
  3. 3. Year Dot <ul><li>http://www.yeardot.co.uk/ </li></ul>
  4. 4. Year Dot: Background <ul><li>15-20 teenagers over the course of a year will try to gather support from around the internet, through social networking and video-sharing services, to reach a personal goal. The story of each teenager will be told as part of two series to be aired on Channel 4 in the autumn. </li></ul><ul><li>Year Dot aims to provide access to the life stories of young people from diverse sectors of society, and to provide insights for other young people into how they develop their aspirations and cope with failures and success. Access to social networking and sharing sites online allow any young viewer to have their say and participate in the lives of these showcased young people. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Year Dot <ul><li>Aim of tutorial sessions: to encourage students to reflect on their own goals and share experiences as they try to reach them </li></ul>
  6. 6. Session 1 <ul><li>What are your aspirations? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you see yourself this time next year? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your hopes for the future? </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>http://www.millionfutures.org.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Make a paper aeroplane to symbolically create your aspiration – make a wall display of planes and create a virtual plane on (encourage them beyond “sunshine” or “peace”!) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Session 2 <ul><li>Introduce the students to Year Dot. Look at homepage and explain. </li></ul><ul><li>Explain problem with use in school: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Download impossible with school regulations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problems with accessing/ encouraging Bebo and Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage discussion – pros and cons of social networking sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage debate about reality shows and pros and cons of reality program/mes </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Session 3 <ul><li>Look at downloaded story in school. Show the students how Year Dot works. Discuss possible outcomes from that story (example: exam results: Deborah Stevenson – she doesn’t make the results) </li></ul><ul><li>Homework: Encourage students to look at site at home and become familiar with style and use. Ask each student to choose someone they are going to track. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Session 4/5/6 <ul><li>Take note of who the students choose to track and why. This elicits debate in itself. It is surprising whose life stories the students are interested in. </li></ul><ul><li>Give each student a two minute forum at the start to talk about their chosen model (some characters may be the same so this is not too onerous) </li></ul><ul><li>Present the downloaded story – Deborah: examination results 01/09/08 + Josh Muggleton 15/08/08 </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage the class to suggest/ speculate outcomes </li></ul>
  11. 11. Comments from students <ul><li>Good discussions in class </li></ul><ul><li>Focused tutor time </li></ul><ul><li>Better than worksheets </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes slow to download at home: example accessing the Archive </li></ul><ul><li>Wish access could be achieved in school </li></ul>
  12. 12. Battlefront <ul><li>http://battlefront.co.uk/ </li></ul>
  13. 13. Battlefront: Background <ul><li>Battlefront follows the lives of 20 teenagers who are driven by a passion for change. The teenagers embark on a process of campaigning using resources such as the internet to promote their individual issues and to gather support. Each campaigner is supported by an experienced mentor, for example, the founder of Bebo. As well as a web page, each campaign will be shown in a TV series following the highs and the lows of the young person’s experience. Young people viewing the project on and off line will be encouraged to get involved through online social networking and sharing sites, such as Facebook, Bebo, Flickr and YouTube. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Session 1 <ul><li>Students mind map all of the topics that they feel strongly about </li></ul><ul><li>Students share their ideas. They then discuss in groups whether they can make a difference with any of them </li></ul>
  15. 15. Session 2 <ul><li>Introduce the students to Battlefront. Students look at one campaign and track it in class to see how the campaign was set up </li></ul><ul><li>Students speculate on the outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage the students to click on Battlefront at home and choose a campaign to follow </li></ul>
  16. 16. Session 3 <ul><li>Encourage the students to come up with their own Battlefront campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Begin to plan the structure of the campaign. Example: uniform: </li></ul><ul><li> Create a timeline </li></ul><ul><li>What resources do they need </li></ul><ul><li>What contacts do they need </li></ul>
  17. 17. Session 4/5 <ul><li>Work on the campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a video diary of each of the stages of the campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage the students to follow their chosen campaign on Battlefront at the same time </li></ul>
  18. 18. Session 6 <ul><li>Present the campaign to the class </li></ul><ul><li>The campaigns should be mostly all on – going … </li></ul>
  19. 19. Session 7 <ul><li>Problems with using social networking sites in school </li></ul><ul><li>Campaign to overcome bureaucracy! </li></ul>