Archive for October, 2009

Doctored photos

We’ve just been discussing Stalin’s habit of doctoring photographs when I came across this online.

not only is it a funny image and useful for introducing the idea of reliability of photos (as do the series here) but it shows just how powerful photoshop is and how every image from 2000 onward will have to be treated with huge scepticism by future historians, making the teaching of provenance analysis and reliability all the more important.


Truetube, a more reliable youtube

During a periodic cruise through the BECTA site I came across truetube which was a BETT Awards Winners 2009 in the Secondary digital content category. It’s a good site with lots of well put together video resources, excellent for citizenship and politics lessons. Here’s an example of one on alternatives to prison.


Information is beautiful

For TOK teachers and anyone looking to engage students with a new way of looking at contemporary issues, David McCandless’ outstanding blog should be manna. A freelance visual and data journalist his different ways of looking at things are by turns provocative, alarming and alluring.

On of McCandless many brilliant illustrations

On of McCandless' many brilliant illustrations

Now you see me…

In conversations with other members of staff I’ve often pontificated about how schools should have observation rooms equipped with one-way mirrors to allow for genuine lesson observation of both teachers and students without the quantum effect of having a visible observer in the classroom. I’d always assumed this was a legal impossibility until reading this article in the TES which not only features such a room but also lauds it. So from next half-term I’ll be pontificating even more but with some actual evidence. A rare thing indeed.

Perspective shift

A brilliant Star Wars / historical perspectives video clip.


A TOK/History teacher’s dream story/film.

Citizenship and History

I was putting a clip from the film “Taking Liberties” up on my AS student’s Politics blog earlier today and it occurred to me that I should put a different clip from the same movie here. Not just because it is an excellent extract for linking History with Citizenship through the Nazi erosion of Civil Rights but also because the quality of the animation by Simon Robson is so arresting that it reminded me of a niggle of mine. How much more valuable would it be to educators in this country if the DCSF could commission a host of these animations for integration into our VLEs than the myriad of other initiatives that the government seems to foist on teachers on a daily basis?


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