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Teaching design and technology in the National Curriculum: the use of video tape

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posted on 2006-03-21, 15:44 authored by Steven W. Garner, Eddie Norman
The National Curriculum makes new and wideranging demands on teachers of design and technology. While the documents undergo a necessary period of interpretation and development resources to support new teaching initiatives are understandably scarce. This paper seeks to promote the advantages of employing video tape to support the teaching and learning of design and technology in the classroom. It particularly highlights the development of programmes which address issues of Attainment Target 1 (AT1). In a recent article, Eggleston (1) reviews the important contribution that the BBC and ITV Thames are attempting to make in the delivery of design and technology. Both companies have considerable experience in the production of educational television programmes and potentially these can be replayed via the medium of video tape. The focus of this paper is concerned with the wider exploitation of the video tape player. The 1980s may be seen as a period in which video matured. However, while new technology has provided alternative means of presenting moving images the humble video tape is likely to be the most appropriate means of delivering video images at present. The laser disc never really progresed in the way that was predicted due to the.very high costs involved in production and play-back machines. Subsequent developments such as CD ROM are likely to be more realistic in this respect but are only just becoming commercially available. With the potential of editing your own interactive video programmes, clearly CD ROM will be a major influence in schools during the 1990s but teachers require assistance now as they attempt to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum.



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GARNER, S.W. and NORMAN, E.W.L., 1990. Teaching design and technology in the National Curriculum: the use of video tape. DATER Conference 1990, Loughborough: Loughborough University


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