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History battles – How we remember the past

History battles – How we remember the past Creative commons image Credit: By Lin Kristensen from New Jersey, USA (Timeless Books) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory Level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jun 2013
How we teach history could be changing. Back to the bad old days, or could the 'voices from below' make themselves heard?

World Class Films - Bosnia: Two schools under one roof

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World Class Films - Bosnia: Two schools under one roof Copyrighted image Credit: BBC / OU
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2012
As the Bosnian government seeks to reintergrate education after the war of the 1990s, Two Schools Under One Roof is a first step.

World Class Films - Teachers Beyond Borders

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World Class Films - Teachers Beyond Borders Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2012
Introducing Teachers Beyond Borders, a non-profit organisation passionate about boosting literacy and teaching standards for children with special...

World Class Films - Ghana: Bringing all students together

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World Class Films - Ghana: Bringing all students together Copyrighted image Credit: BBC / OU
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jul 2012
The Multikids Academy in Ghana is bringing kids with special or additional needs into mainstream education - not always easy with no national...

Teachers replaced by computers?

Teachers replaced by computers? Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jul 2012
Dr Pete Bradshaw asks if children can teach themselves with the aid of computers, will the role of the teacher become redundant?

World Class Films - India: Can computers take the teacher out of the classroom?

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World Class Films - India: Can computers take the teacher out of the classroom?
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 May 2012
How does one school in India harness technology to teach pupils living in India’s slums? 

World Class Films - Kenya: Teaching after conflict

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World Class Films - Kenya: Teaching after conflict
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 May 2012
What happens to education when violent tribal conflicts break out in a community? A headteacher at a Kenyan secondary school discusses how his...

The Z Files with Benjamin Zephaniah

The Z Files with Benjamin Zephaniah Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Oct 2010
In recognition of Black History Month in October 2010, we focused on notable black people in the fields of science, technology and engineering

The Z Files: Jon Chase

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The Z Files: Jon Chase Copyrighted image Credit: Flynt | Dreamstime.com
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Sep 2010
Poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah interviews Jon Chase about his passion for communicating science to young people

Street Science with Jon Chase

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Street Science with Jon Chase Copyrighted image Credit: Ed Isaacs | Dreamstime.com
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Sep 2010
How do you get an egg into a glass bottle without touching it? Jon Chase gives us a lesson in Street Science

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Learning to teach

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Learning to teach
Masters Level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Mar 2014
This course, which comprises four study units, is aimed at people who are considering training to be teachers, student teachers, newly qualified...

Learning to teach: An introduction to classroom research

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Learning to teach: An introduction to classroom research
Masters Level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Feb 2014
This is the fourth of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Undertaking classroom research is seen as an effective form of CPD....

Learning to teach: Making sense of learning to teach

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Learning to teach: Making sense of learning to teach Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © 2014 The Open University
Masters Level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Feb 2014
This is the first of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. This unit draws on what we know about how people learn to become...

Learning to teach: Mentoring and tutoring student teachers

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Learning to teach: Mentoring and tutoring student teachers Copyrighted image Credit: © 2014 The Open University
Masters Level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Feb 2014
This is the second of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. Traditionally student teachers are supported by a mentor in school...

Learning to teach: Becoming a reflective practitioner

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Learning to teach: Becoming a reflective practitioner
Masters Level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Jan 2014
This is the third of four units which comprise the course 'Learning to teach'. ...

Teachers sharing resources online

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Teachers sharing resources online
Intermediate Level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Jan 2014
This unit is designed to help you learn about how learning resources can be shared using online repositories, i.e. websites that allow for the...

Working mathematically

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Working mathematically Creative commons image Credit: Chris73/Wikimedia Commons
Introductory Level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit is aimed at teachers who wish to review how they go about the practice of teaching mathematics, those who are considering becoming...

Collaboration in the classroom

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Masters Level Duration 20 mins Updated 12 Mar 2013
What teaching methods can be used to improve a school’s performance? What are the benefits of collaborating within an educational institution?...

Teaching using digital video in secondary schools

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Teaching using digital video in secondary schools Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate Level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
This unit explores the role of digital media as a teaching tool, focussing on video in particular. we will examine the process of how you can start...

Creativity, community and ICT

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Creativity, community and ICT Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory Level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Sep 2012
What do you think being creative means? This unit engages with the debates surrounding the term ‘creativity’ and explores ways in which ICT creates...