Look­ing to a dig­i­tal fu­ture

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Che­sham Gram­mar School re­cently held a Dig­i­tal Day for its year 10 com­puter stud­ies pupils, which was or­gan­ised by the school’s sub­ject leader for ICT and com­put­ing Vee Lakhani.

The Bri­tish In­ter­ac­tive Me­dia As­so­ci­a­tion (BIMA) came into the school in White Hill, Che­sham, and ran a day of ac­tiv­i­ties for the pupils where they had to de­sign apps for mo­bile phones and then present them to their class­mates and the three BIMA rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Dig­i­tal Day is an ini­tia­tive is run within Che­sham Gram­mar School to help com­put­ing stu­dents to understand what their learn­ing in the sub­ject would po­ten­tially lead to in the fu­ture and to help mo­ti­vate them fur­ther to firstly, understand the sub­ject fur­ther and also to help them ne­go­ti­ate which branch of the sub­ject they may be typ­i­cally in­ter­ested in, in the fu­ture.

Dig­i­tal Day was cre­ated in 2012 as a prag­matic re­sponse to the dig­i­tal tal­ent short­age by co­or­di­nat­ing BIMA mem­bers to help raise aware­ness of dig­i­tal ca­reers amongst young peo­ple.

Lo­cal group, Na­tive De­sign, ran the day and work­ing with them was an eye opener for the pupils and the depart­ment.

Pupils en­gaged in hear­ing how their po­ten­tial ca­reers could de­velop, understand the thought process about work­ing with oth­ers, and to po­ten­tially ‘think out­side the box’ to make their ideas stand out from the rest of the schools in­volved.

The Na­tive De­sign team started by brief­ing the pupils on their in­di­vid­ual back­grounds, and how they ended up in their cur­rent po­si­tions, and then went on to how their or­gan­i­sa­tion is set-up and what it is they do and how this is re­lated to what the pupils are cur­rently study­ing.

Pupils then had the op­por­tu­nity to watch and in­ter­act with a live stream run by Rory Suther­land who is the vice chair­man of Og­gilvy Group UK Vice and is one of the in­dus­try’s lead­ing dig­i­tal in­no­va­tors.

Pupils at Che­sham Gram­mar School take part in a dig­i­tal Day

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