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How often do you use documentaries in lesson planning?

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by SarahMosses, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Hi there,
    I work for the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, which
    aims to increase the use of documentary films in both the social justice
    sector and use in education. (www.britdoc.org)
    We would like to
    launch a new online platform called the 'School of Doc', whereby
    teachers have access to a selection of award winning documentaries to
    use within the classroom. These would be accompanied by lesson plans
    tied in with the curriculum. The main aim here is for feature
    documentaries to be used across a number of subject areas, as opposed to
    specially made 'news' items that might feature in current planning.
    We
    are working with an educational consultant on the development of the
    site and plan to launch in time for use in September 2011. I am
    currently trying to gage feedback from a selection of teachers outside
    London (our current focus group) as to whether you would want / use such
    a platform and which subject areas to focus on during the pilot phase.
    If
    you would be willing to spare 5 mins to discuss this, we would be
    grateful to hear your thoughts. Please get in touch and I can send you
    some further information,

    Sarah Mosses
    sarahm@britdoc.org

     
  2. Hi there,
    I work for the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, which
    aims to increase the use of documentary films in both the social justice
    sector and use in education. (www.britdoc.org)
    We would like to
    launch a new online platform called the 'School of Doc', whereby
    teachers have access to a selection of award winning documentaries to
    use within the classroom. These would be accompanied by lesson plans
    tied in with the curriculum. The main aim here is for feature
    documentaries to be used across a number of subject areas, as opposed to
    specially made 'news' items that might feature in current planning.
    We
    are working with an educational consultant on the development of the
    site and plan to launch in time for use in September 2011. I am
    currently trying to gage feedback from a selection of teachers outside
    London (our current focus group) as to whether you would want / use such
    a platform and which subject areas to focus on during the pilot phase.
    If
    you would be willing to spare 5 mins to discuss this, we would be
    grateful to hear your thoughts. Please get in touch and I can send you
    some further information,

    Sarah Mosses
    sarahm@britdoc.org

     
  3. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    If I found a documentary that was pertinent I would use it - as MFL I fear they are few and far between!!
     
  4. quokka2011

    quokka2011 New commenter

    I think this is a great idea. I have been known to use documentaries and TV programmes in my teaching, also youtube videos in more recent years. I find them especially useful in KS5 teaching - we have been preparing for the A Level German exam and one of the components is a guided studies option where we can study literature and film. We have been looking at life in Berlin both before, during and after the Berlin Wall era and more recently we have been looking at Nazi concentration camps. Showing the students footage of these eras and interviews with people that have lived through these times are a lot more interesting than listening to boring old me talking about it or reading it from books.
    As an MFL teacher also, I often wish there were more programmes or documentaries about the culture and history of the countries whose languages I teach. I'm sure they're out there but finding the time to search them out often prevents me from using this medium more in my teaching. Were there a website where I knew I could go to find such resources, I'm sure myself and my colleagues would use them. (Providing access is free of course - there's no money in education any more!)
     
  5. noemie

    noemie Occasional commenter

    I was going to give the same warning about the cost. Whilst Channel 4 have produced some wonderful educational things (Extra being the most notable one), I was unimpressed with their teaching clips which was presented to us this year. The cost was simply prohibitive, for something which I could have found myself with a little bit of hard work and luck on youtube. It would have to be pretty sensational to entice me to part with the little cash we have - or cheap, pay as you go type of things.
     

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