Watch artists at work
ArtisanCam lets all children, especially key stages 2 and 3, watch contemporary artists at work and gain insight into their skills and purposes. You just click on easy-to-follow instructions to watch highly talented people doing sculpture, ceramics, printing and drawing. You can see how they apply specific techniques and explore some of the influences on their practice. Testimony from exhibition curators and technicians provides broader aesthetic understanding.
Science for the future
Few issues in science can be more relevant to pupils than the future of life on Earth. Climate Change in the Curriculum allows them to learn about the topic, contribute towards a body of international research and discuss their findings with others. The online programme brings together materials suitable for all age groups from key stage 2 upwards - interviews with scientists, databases from around the world, web pages from governments and interest groups, information sheets, graphs and climatological models. It's an excellent way to relate students' concerns to the demands of scientific enquiry.
In a context of violence
The Oscar-nominated film Tsotsi is more than just a psychological thriller. Based on the novel by Athol Fugard, it shows how a ruthless young gang leader in a Johannesburg township is forced to confront his brutal nature and the consequences of his actions. Film Education has created an online resource for older students working on topics in PSHE, RE and Film and Media Studies. They can investigate the South African social and economic background, plot the web of relationships within the narrative, and explore the way ideas of moral change arise within the context of violence.
The film Shooting Dogs is based on the harsh reality of the Rwandan genocide of 1984, as a Catholic priest and a young teacher witness their small community being destroyed by the massacres. A digital resource for GCSE and ASA2 students explores many of the film's themes, raising powerful questions about individual and collective responsibility for the ways in which racial prejudice can be transformed into mass murder. Other sections investigate the history of Africa and the methods used by film-makers to identify an audience, create characters and construct a narrative. Film Education, 21-22 Poland Street, London W1F 8QQ.
Tel: 020 7851 9450 www.filmeducation.org