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Sky Is The Limit For LVS Ascot Media Studies Students As Recording Session Helps Drive Future Technology

Published Tuesday 24th of September 2019 09:57:36 AM

A group of thirty media studies students from LVS Ascot school enjoyed a unique learning experience at the Sky TV studios in London recently. The special behind the scenes visit took place on Thursday 12th September, with pupils’ voices being recorded to help Sky perfect their voice recognition software. It also allowed pupils in Years 10 to 13 to enhance their GCSE, A-level and BTEC preparations by seeing at first hand life at the busy Sky Academy studios. The recording session saw pupils from the independent all-ability school approached to support Sky’s development of exciting new voice recognition technology by providing the voices of teenagers for them. The students were taken into soundproofed booths to be recorded talking, which will be amongst the samples used to drive technology by providing a range of pitch, tone speed and accents that will allow customers to control tvs with their voice. Students also explored the issue of “celebrity culture and its influence”, creating their own news reports on the positive and negative sides of today’s celebrity culture, investigating the subject and then selecting props, writing a script, editing and filming. Year 10 student Charlie Attard said: “It was an experience I will never forget as I was able to make my own news report. I really enjoyed the day and the range of careers we saw. I’m aiming to do something as interesting as that after I leave school”. LVS Ascot Media and English teacher Sarah Melhuish said: “We were privileged to be able to inspire our students with a trip to the Sky studios in Brentford. It was an amazing insight into the practice of news reporting, and a unique experience that will stand them in good stead for their qualifications and future careers”.
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