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Two thirds of London teens know someone who’s been a victim of violent crime


Following the capital’s recent spate of teen murders, a poll on Friday using Qwizdom (www.qwizdom.co.uk) voting devices – involving students aged 13-14 from Preston Manor High School in Wembley Park, north London – showed most secondary school students in London know someone who’s been a victim of gun or knife crime.


[ClickPress, Tue May 15 2007] Following the capital’s recent spate of teen murders, a poll on Friday using Qwizdom (www.qwizdom.co.uk) voting devices – involving students aged 13-14 from Preston Manor High School in Wembley Park, north London – showed most secondary school students in London know someone who’s been a victim of gun or knife crime.

The 27 students used buttons on their Qwizdom remote handsets to discreetly answer questions. The results were startling, revealing that 74 per cent knew someone who had carried a knife and 63 per cent knew a victim of violent crime.

Ruth Dalzell, Class Teacher, Preston Manor High School, who led the class, said: “This was a great way of engaging students, particularly when looking at difficult issues.”

Gary Morrison, Sales Director, Qwizdom, added: “By installing Qwizdom at the CLC, the Preston Manor High School students have taken positive steps towards opening up the dialogue on crime. The Qwizdom handheld voting system encourages whole-class participation, providing a dynamic way for the teacher to gauge response and test the students understanding of important issues.”

Eight teenagers have been stabbed or shot in London in the past three months in areas including Kennington, Hammersmith, Battersea and Leytonstone.

Featuring an easy-to-use alpha-numeric keypad and large LCD panel, the Qwizdom handset enables pupils to enter their answers in a variety of formats, including numeric, multiple-choice, multiple-mark, true/false, yes/no, rating scale and sequencing questions. By answering questions as a class, every pupil can participate with confidence, removing the embarrassment or fear of voicing their opinions in front of peers.

In addition, teachers also have the option of students remaining anonymous or to use the unique user ID feature allowing the teacher to chart progress and attendance whilst matching learning objectives. This feature has proved an invaluable tool to-date as teaching staff can further evaluate and assess the pupils whilst eradicating much of the familiar manual scoring.

Ref: QD036.doc

To find out the results of the students vote please contact Georgina Gurney, Livewire Public Relations, 32 Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 6HX. Tel: 020 8339 7445 Fax: 020 8339 7441 Email: georgina.gurney@livewirepr.com






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