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Complete 5 different clauses of your choice

 

1. Think of two things you enjoy at Guides. Describe them using two different types of communication, e.g. email, a foreign language, video diary, cartoon, signing, mime, Braille, a text message.

 

2. Using at least two different methods of communication or types of media, make an advert for your favourite product. You could use stop motion animation, TV, magazine, a website or even a podcast as the basis for your advert. You could show this to a group of your peers and ask for feedback on what they thought.

 

3. Do both A and B.
a) Collect as many company or organisation logos as possible and use them to run a game for your Patrol. Are organisations recognisable just by their logo? Do the logos portray the meaning of the organisations?
b) Design a logo for your unit or District.

 

4. Keep a record of which types of communication you use during the course of a day. This could include; social media, texting, forums, newspapers, conversations, phone calls etc. Explain which methods you used the most and why.

 

 5. Do either A or B.
a) Visit the offices of a newspaper, a radio or TV station, or an internet newsroom and tell the other members of your unit all about it. You could report back on how they gather the news, how they communicate it to their viewers/listeners/readers. What sources do they use to find the next big news story? Do you feel that they target the news to a specific audience? Why is this?
b) Take part in World Thinking Day on the Air.

 

6. Play at least three different computer/online games and write a brief review of each one. Include comments on the objective of the game, skills required, quality of the graphics, whether it was interesting and if you learnt anything. Consider how these games are advertised, are some games targeted to a male or female audience? Why is this?

 

7. There are various ways that you can communicate in writing: sending a card or letter by post; digital communication such as website, email and social media; filling in a paper form or an information sheet. Explain which would be the best way to communicate this information:

  • Arrangements for a Patrol meeting away from your usual meeting place
  • World Thinking Day greetings to friends abroad
  • Thanking a speaker or guest at a unit meeting
  • Details of an upcoming camp or holiday

Produce examples of at least two of these.

 

8. Do both A and B.
a) Describe the challenges that a person with hearing loss or visual impairment might encounter in everyday life when communicating. This should include some of the advances in technology that have been developed to support people with hearing loss or visual impairment. Things to consider could include font size, screen readers and subtitles.
b) Do one of the following:

  • Using sign language, show a member of your Patrol or an adult of choice that you know how to introduce yourself to a person with hearing loss and sign something about yourself and your home.
  • Be able to sign a simple story, poem or song.
  • Research, design and build a model sensory garden that could be displayed in your local community. Think about where in your community it could go, who would use it, what you could include in the design and what special features it would need to have.
  • “Easy read” makes information clear and easy to read for people with a learning disability. Research and produce a story in “Easy read” this could be your favourite myth or legend or a story that you create from scratch.
  • Invite someone to visit your unit from a national or local charity, society or organisation such as NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society) or NBCS (National Blind Children’s Society) to talk to you about their experiences as a young person with a visual impairment or hearing loss.

 

9. Prepare and deliver a presentation on your favourite hobby. Think about using a variety of digital tools such as videos or online presentation software to illustrate your talk. The best talks have a good introduction to captivate the audience and an interesting ending. Think about how many people you will be talking to and if you can do something interactive to give your audience a taster of your hobby.

 

10. Make up a secret code and use it to run a game for your Patrol or unit.

 

11. Produce a website, blog, newsletter – email or print, or a leaflet all about your Patrol or unit, which could be used in a recruitment campaign.

 

12. Take a series of photos that tell a story and present them in an interesting way.

 

13. Compile a list of websites that could help another Guide with a Go For It! or an interest badge.

 

14. Using a medium of your choice, teach someone younger how to be safe when using different methods of communication, such as social media, email, text messaging.

   

 

Tip box

Safety tip
Find out how to stay safe when using the Internet and communicating with strangersby reading the Guide Web Safety Code.

More tips!

See Go For It! Communicate for more safety tips.
For more information visit:
The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
Blind Children UK
Mencap

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