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BBC School Report pilot Domesday project in Birmingham
First Click participants learning new skills online
First Click participants learning new skills online

BBC School Report has an exciting opportunity for schools in Birmingham to get involved with their communities.

Working with information from the BBC's First Click and Domesday projects, schools will run inter-generational workshops.

The workshops are designed to help provide students with new leads for potential stories as well as developing connections with their local area.

The data will be supplied from the original 1986 BBC Domesday project.

The pilot will run until Christmas and schools in Birmingham will get the chance to help build a picture of their city using exclusive data supplied by the BBC Domesday team.

Collecting the data

Birmingham map grid
Birmingham's grid, from the Domesday data

In the original BBC Domesday project the UK was divided into a grid of 4km by 3km sections. For this pilot, each school will be provided with a block from this grid in reference to their address, the schools will then be sent all information from that grid that was originally supplied in 1986.

If will be this information that the schools will investigate in workshops.

Getting online in workshops

The BBC Domesday Project first took place in 1986 to mark the 900th anniversary since the original Domesday book.
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.

In this project participants from both generations will get to research and investigate changes in their community. This will enable over 55s or people who are not familiar with computers the opportunity to practice using them to find information and stories.

The aim of the workshops are to find the story behind the changes over the past 25 years. BBC School Report's Zoe Millett explains: "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."

How to get involved

If you are a school in Birmingham and interested in being involved with the BBC School Report First Click & Domesday project pilot then please email BBC School Report for more information.

What is BBC 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.


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