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BBC News School Report First Click & Domesday Projects

School Reporters working on computers
School Reporters sharing knowledge

School Report has two exciting opportunities for schools to get involved with their communities.

The BBC's First Click and Domesday projects will help provide students with new leads for potential stories by enabling links with older members of the community - chosen by the schools - as well as developing connections with their local area.

Through inter-generational workshops, School Reporters can work with members of their community who have little or no knowledge of computers.

In return, the reporters will have the chance to research potential story ideas and build on them for their News Day in March 2011.

Learning through workshops

In this project, School Reporters will work with members of the community to explore changes in their local area. This area is determined by the original grid - which divided the whole of the UK into 4km by 3km sections - laid out in the Domesday project from 25 years ago.

School Report will provide details of the grid area, along with any text or photos that were recorded at the time.

It's a chance for people to see how much their area has changed over the last 25 years while sharing skills and knowledge between generations
BBC School Report's Zoe Millett

The aim is to help engage participants in workshops and inspire them to find out more about getting online. This may include members of their family such as grandparents but it may also include other members of the community.

School Reporters can then use the workshops to research stories which could be developed into pieces of work for broadcast on the school's website.

This exciting project enables students to get more knowledge of their communities by comparing images and generating stories from where they live.

BBC School Report's Zoe Millett explained: "It's a chance for people to see how much their area has changed over the last 25 years while sharing skills and knowledge between generations."

What is First Click?

First Click is the BBC's media literacy campaign which aims to help give opportunities to non-computer users or people over the age of 55 using the internet.

What is the Domesday Project?

The BBC Domesday Project first took place in 1986 to mark the 900th anniversary since the original Domesday book. This book was compiled by Norman settlers from 1085 to 1086 and is our earliest public record.

Getting involved with School Report First Click
Getting involved with First Click

The BBC's updated version in 1986 allowed schools and volunteers to record photos of their local areas, as well as their personal reflections on life in the UK.

In March 2011 the BBC aim to relaunch the Domesday Project to collect data 25 years on.

To mark this event, School Report has access to the data compiled by the 1986 Domesday project for schools to use in their own investigations, stories and pictures, with the aim of using these for the proposed launch in March 2011.

What is School Report?

BBC News School Report is an annual project where 11-14 year olds learn how to make and broadcast the news. Pupils learn skills for making news and turn their story ideas into news bulletins and online articles that are broadcast via the school's website and the BBC School Report website.

The school's website is then linked to the BBC School Report website and in some instances, the BBC will use these ideas and stories to develop an item for BBC broadcast be it online, on radio or on the television.

Find out how to register and get important teaching information.

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