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Last Updated : 15 September 2010, 10:28 IST
Last Updated : 15 September 2010, 10:28 IST

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It is a proven fact that when lessons are presented through audio files, text, video, graphics, animation and images, students find it easy to learn and retain information.

Methods and tools to impart learning have undergone a radical change. Twelve experts have worked hard to put together 12 documentary films to help students succeed in school and after.

The films at www.theinno-vativeeducator.blogspot.com showcase outstanding work in the field of education. The films are grouped under three categories:

* Technology and 21st Cent-ury Learning

* Student-Centric Learning

* Social Equity and Justice in Education

In the section titled ‘Technology and 21st Century Learning’, the films look at the latest digital and mobile technologies which have the potential to transform the ways in which young people communicate, collaborate and learn.

Each expert educator argues for the urgency of releasing students from traditional models of schooling and suggests tools for kids to produce, share and evaluate their own knowledge.

The films featured in this group include ‘empowering young learners’, ‘myths and opportunities for technology in the classroom’, ‘educating the mobile generation’, ‘no child left behind’, and ‘global competit-iveness’.

The films categorised under ‘Student-Centric Learning’ look at ways in which school leaders and educators are testing project-based models for a new student-centred model of learning. This collection of documentary films includes films on teachers who have explored collaborative, creative and multi-disciplinary approaches to keep students engaged in the classroom.

Each of them has also developed and personalised project-based approaches to teach topics like geometry, science and chemistry.  The films provide student-centred learning tips, essential learning guidelines, online learning methods for disaffected youth and project-based learning. They also suggest just how much young people can achieve if their education is well-aligned to their own interests.

The films grouped under ‘Social Equity and Justice in Education’ address the challenges of effectively supporting young individuals inside the classroom and beyond it. They profile a set of experts who have succeeded professionally, irrespective of the school they attended. The experts speak about the need to create schools that are centred on deep, sustained relationships between adults and students.

They also demonstrate how it is possible to achieve goals when people come together to challenge the conventional — sometimes, limiting — wisdom about urban public education.

The twelve first-person documentaries are ideal for educators, colleges and schools.
 You can check them out at http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2010/08/21st-century-education-documentary-film.html.

Published 15 September 2010, 10:28 IST

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