Using ICT and film at Key Stage 4

At first sight you might be slightly surprised to see film and ICT bundled together.  Ten years ago they most certainly would not have been.  With the advent of digitisation, however, things have changed significantly.  It is now rare to find departments that do not have their own bank of digital images, still and moving.  Most excerpts of feature films now shown in schools are on DVD or created using Movie Maker, or similar software.  The appearance of VLEs and intranets is now making it far easier to personalise learning and package the learning resources in a more innovative way.  Many of you will already be creating pod casts on a regular basis for students to access when they need them.  Others of you will be involving students in their actual creation, especially useful for revision.

There is now no shortage of good stuff out there.  You just need help with selection.  You will not do better than buying a copy of Ben Walsh’s book Exciting ICT in History, published by Network Educational Press, 2005, which contains a CD of the activities.

What uses would I recommend? Thompson’s Top Tips

Databases such as the Commonwealth War Graves commission website can

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