BBC Scotland has carried on producing quality geography resources despite the dearth of BBC 'England' resources: their Rivers series springs to mind straight away (a programme which had Val Vannet and David Rayner involved as consultants)My Twitter network has just come up with the goods again, with a new BBC Scotland website called CHINA STORIES. It includes 8 short videos (about 10 minutes long), each with a different focus.
The stories include:
- Xiao Di: the single child
- Jiang Feng Dui: the farmer
- Dr. Hao: the traditional doctor
- Director Feng: the community leader
- Liu Hong Liang: the factory worker
Here are all the details from Claire McCallum's LEARNING BLOG.
The China Stories website includes eight short films (about 10 minutes each in length), as well as a production diary, which describes how our production team went about making the films. Sounds simple? We hope it's accessible to as many people as possible – the programmes themselves feature strong stories; like the happy but lonely little boy who is a product of China's single-child policy and the farmer who now grows designer trees for hotel lobbies rather than food crops. They can be used across the curriculum and across a wide age-range. The choice is put in the teacher's hands, and this can only help teachers deliver exciting and creative lessons. The production diary, a new approach for us to our content, allows media studies students a unique insight into the 'real' work of a production crew, but also complements the films for other subjects by showing the crew's often very Western perspective on Chinese culture. Creative teaching could use China as a hub for all kinds of interdisciplinary work – art, drama, dance, languages, politics, cooking, design – amongst others. I think that the China Stories films provide an excellent base for all different kinds of activities – truly taking on the challenge of cross-curricular breadth of learning.