Teaching using ICT and film at Key Stage 3

You won’t be surprised to see ICT and film in the same section, but the breakthroughs in editing digitised film mean that most history teachers can now use film as they would a still image.  The other key breakthrough has been the appearance of multi-media data projectors in most rooms and Interactive Whiteboards in many.  In our attempt to capitalise on the new technologies, we must not lose site of what helps students to learn better.  If I had one criticism of the data projector with PowerPoint it would be that it leads to too much teaching from the front, in some classes.  Try, if you can, to find time for the sadly under-used databases and, to a lesser extent, spreadsheets.  As well as offering you examples of  types of ICT activities there is also a self-evaluation grid for you to establish how effectively you are using ICT in your department.

Some of the case studies are deliberately straightforward.  For examples of more imaginative strategies you really need to look at the work of Ben Walsh who has been blazing a trail for ICT in history for a decade.  As any of you who have spent any CPD time with

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