Using Video in the History Classroom
Russel Tarr shows that there is much more to using video than pressing ‘play’.
The potential offered by video as a teaching and learning aid in the history classroom extends way beyond asking students to answer structured questions based around a 30 minute programme. Primary footage, feature films and historical documentaries offer varied and stimulating ways into key topics. More excitingly still, developments in ICT now mean that students can deconstruct existing film sources and construct their own with astonishing ease and impressive results. In this first article, I will focus on the resources available ‘off the shelf’ for use with classes.