Being Human

This week I did something which I have rarely done in my many years of teaching; I asked students to spend a whole lesson watching a video. Each student was given a laptop and they were asked to put on their earphones (they always seem to have the latter available at the drop of a hat). They were told to go to Youtube and look for the film “Human” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and watch at least any five of the ...

An interesting topic for discussion or research

Recently my group have been exploring the relationship between documentary and propaganda films. One of our key points of reference has been Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the will 1934. And our discussions has raised the problematic of the amorality of formalism as a means for constructing or reading movies. It seemed to me that the main evidence against formalism is the distortion of apparent narrative economy and elegance by racist and morally bankrupt ideological perspectives. The films which spring most readily to ...

Happy New Year – Design Technology Teachers – Best of’s 2013

Happy New Year to all IB Design Technology teachers, Back to school will happen for most of us at the beginning of next week, and there is never such a good time to have an open lesson discussing Design to inspire students for the rest of their studies in 2014. Many of your students will have looked at the top 10 music charts for 2013 - so why not introduce them to a few of these in the areas of Design ...