Future

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How does FUTURE: Ideas & Innovation work?

You can choose from three real-world challenges that are relevant to young people and set by Sky. Students explore the issue and then work in project teams to come up with their own ‘Big Idea’ as a solution to the challenge and consider how to pitch it. With the help of our expert team at Sky, students will use their persuasive writing skills to showcase their ideas in an exciting promo. The teams’ promos will be shown in a screening at the end of the visit.

FUTURE: Ideas & Innovation supports the English and Design & Technology/Technologies curricula, helping students to develop ideas and solutions to challenges, and then writing persuasively to pitch their ‘Big Idea’. It also develops students’: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Enterprise, Problem-solving, Decision-making.

1. Choose your location

2. Choose your challenge

The Next Big Idea

Technology has the power to change and improve the lives of some of the more vulnerable people in our society. For example: Sky offers ‘audio description’, a programme with a narrator describing what is happening on screen; ‘live TV subtitles’ are available for those with difficulty hearing, so they can read the words that are being said onscreen; and an ‘accessible remote’ is available for people who have difficulty with movement or coordination – it is easy to grip and contains larger buttons. Can you design a piece of technology or device (electronic equipment) that can help to make your chosen group’s lives more efficient or easy in some way?

Technology Changes Lives

Design a piece of technology or device (electronic equipment) that can help to make your chosen group’s lives more efficient or easy in some way.

Be an #OceanHero

Our ocean makes up three-quarters of our planet. No matter where we live, we all depend on oceans for the food we eat and the air we breathe. Every minute, the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of plastic goes in to our oceans, it never decomposes and will remain there forever. If nothing changes, by 2050 all the plastic in the ocean could weigh more than all the fish. Plastic impacts on an entire ecosystem, marine life get caught up in it, eat it and live in it. It also has a direct impact on our health, acting as a sponge for toxins which can end up in our food. If we all work together, we can help to protect our oceans. Your challenge is to come up with an idea that helps reduce the number of single-use plastic products we use (these are products that we tend to use only once; drinking straws, water bottles, plastic food packaging, plastic lids for cups, plastic knives and forks).

3. Prepare for your day

Your visit to Sky

During your visit, students will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of Sky. We also give students the opportunity to get hands-on and use some cutting-edge technology, working with talented professional studio staff in a bespoke TV studio. All the technology is intuitive, easy-to-use and suitable for ages 8 and up. After working in four studio teams to create their promo, the class will gather for a final screening of their work. Sky Academy Studios is designed to be a springboard for opening students’ minds and unlocking creativity.

Download the FUTUREIdeas & Innovation Teacher Guide for all the information you need about your visit and how to prepare for it, as well as information about the preparatory lesson plan and other supporting resources.  

Download Teacher guide: Future - News and reporting (PDF)

4. Divide your group into four teams

Each team will be responsible for creating their own pitch based on your chosen challenge, they will create their pitch ideas, storyboard and then film and edit their pitch ready for broadcast

5. Choose your roles

Project Manager

The Project Manager oversees the whole project and makes sure that it’s completed on time, and that the key messages are clearly communicated.   

 

Director

The Director manages the filming in the studio, giving direction and advice to the Presenter(s) in front of the camera.  

 

Copywriter

The Copywriter creates the perfect script to market the product. The words will work with the pictures to showcase the benefits of the idea, and get viewers excited about it.  

 

Camera Operator

Camera Operator: The Camera Operator decides what we see on screen, composes the shot, and records the action on the camera.  

 

Presenter / Reporter

The Presenter speaks in front of the camera to tell viewers about the idea and to persuade them about why it’s so great. He or she will work with the Copywriter to make sure the script sounds natural. (Note: If you need additional Presenters, other roles can double up.)

 

Editor

The Presenter speaks in front of the camera to tell viewers about the idea and to persuade them about why it’s so great. He or she will work with the Copywriter to make sure the script sounds natural. (Note: If you need additional Presenters, other roles can double up.)

 

Special Effects Technician

The Special Effects Technician selects and adds the sound and visual effects to the bring the final film to life, using the touch screen edit table.

 

6. Behind the Scenes Tour

Our Make, Shape, Share video tour will explain how TV is created at Sky. Students will see behind the scenes clips showing each step of the process from writing the script and filming to how we use the latest broadcast technology to edit programmes and transmit them out to people's homes through satellite signal. We will leave the picture as is for now but will swap out in the future

7. Work with Sky staff

Each group will be supported by a member of our team who'll train them on the studio equipment and make sure they deliver their section of the programme in time for transmission. 

8. Use the latest in technology

We're giving students the opportunity to get hands-on and use some cutting edge technology. All of our studios are kitted out with broadcast quality microphones and cameras that have been specially modified for use in Sky Academy Studios. We've also developed touch screen editing software that can be used to flick through the green screen backdrops available for your topic, drag and drop clips on to the timeline and crop them to size.  All of the technology we've designed is intuitive, easy to use and suitable for ages 8 and up.

Three images of our touchscreen technology

9. Watch your programme

Once each team has finished creating their pitch and sent it for transmission then your group will see their finished piece in the transmission area and we’ll send a copy for each student to share with parents or back at school.

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