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University staff help IGGY junior commissioners

IGGY Junior Commissioners came from all over the globe in July to meet at Warwick. University staff from a range of departments spent the week with them, delivering a bespoke programme of activities to help develop skills for their year-long research project into education and the internet.

Their week in the UK started with a workshop to determine the merits of a good leader and what that means to them, they also discussed the importance of followership and how good teamwork can achieve great results led by Jayne Mourinho and Kate Mahoney from the Student Careers and Skills department.

They received a workshop on ‘Gamification in Education’ from Ben Betts, a pioneer for innovative technology from WMG. This was followed by a valuable workshop on research skills and referencing led by Cate Mackay, Francesca Green and Karina Hilder.

In order to prepare them for a public presentation at the Global and Gifted Conference, Jonathan Heron, Teaching Fellow at IATL delivered a session on ‘presence’ and how to present yourself to others effectively. It was an interactive, fun and informative session which boosted their confidence.

Another creative session delivered by Professor Gary Watt of the Law department, proved to be a huge hit with the students. It focused on the power of persuasive language using content from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Staff at IGGY delivered sessions on interview skills, content design, digital marketing, media tool training and animation. The skills learnt by the Junior Commissioners during their time on campus marked the successful start of a journey working together to tackle the subject of education and the Internet for year ahead.

IGGY would like to say a huge thank you to all involved.

Quotes from Junior Commissioners:

Kamogelo Matjila:

This has been an extraordinary experience. I have built a relationship with nine crazy teenagers from different backgrounds whom I now call friends. I have met amazing individuals from the IGGY and Warwick family. I have taken every single detail with me and I shall use it wisely…thank you for making it worthwhile.”

Anne-Eleonore Deleersnyder:

It was the best experience of my life. It’s so life-changing.”

Lindsey Nkem:

I’d just like to thank everybody who was involved in making this such a great experience for us.”

Find out more ...

You can read all about the Junior Commissioners' experiences over at the Junior Commission Official Blog, take a look at the social media highlights via our Storify, follow their progress on Twitter @jnrcommission and view their Junior Commission pinterest board.

About IGGY

IGGY is a social network designed to help gifted young people between the ages of 13-18 realise their full potential. It gives members access to great educational resources and encourages them to work with top academics and other gifted young people around the world.

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