British Universities Film & Video Council

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Recent additions to the Gateway

A selection of websites that have been added to the Moving Image Gateway over the last few weeks:

Aljazeera English
English-language version of the Arabic-language television news network that broadcasts around the world to over 220 million households. A live stream of the channel is accessible via the Aljazeera English YouTube website and a range of mobile devices. The Aljazeera website and YouTube also permit on-demand viewing of news clips and an extensive range of programmes that have been previously broadcast, together with background material including profiles and global reactions. There are also live blogs from reporters and correspondents on the protest movements in Syria, Libya, Yemen and Egypt, and other key topical events from around the world.

Enlightening Science
The JISC-funded Enlightening Science Project at the University of Sussex was established to create a unique educational resource to inform and engage scholars, students and the wider public interested in the core concepts behind Newton’s scientific achievements. The core of the work will be the creation of a number of Virtual Learning Objects freely available to the public. Each Learning Object will explore a specific Newtonian topic, such as: Science and Religion, Newton’s Optics, Newton’s Physics, Newton the Man, and Newtonian Audiences. They will contain a selection of historical texts, interviews with scientists and historians, audio and video podcast introductions, as well as video recreations of eighteenth century experiments and lectures, with the aim of bringing Newton’s scientific works to life for 21st century audiences.

Free Technology for Teachers
The purpose of this site, run by US teacher Richard Byre in the form of a blog, is to share information about free websites and resources that teachers can use to enhance their classroom teaching. Examples of the kind of resources featured are tutorials for using Google tools, creating blogs and videos for the web, as well as setting up and maintaining websites, and links to sites streaming educational videos.

Procedures with Care
This website provides information to assist research workers develop their skills in the administration of substances to laboratory animals. The initial material deals with rats and mice, but the range will be extended to other techniques and species. The site focuses particularly on the manual skills needed to carry out the different procedures humanely and efficiently, and on the need to handle animals carefully to reduce any distress caused by the procedure. The material was developed with the support of the Institute of Animal Technology and NC3Rs (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research). There is a tutorial on each procedure that includes a video, and these may be downloaded with a training pack.

University of Oxford Podcasts
An archive of almost 3000 audio and video podcasts from Oxford University, many of which are licensed under the Creative Commons. Some of the items give information on courses and research opportunities within particular departments, but most are recordings of lectures or discussions. Examples are: a series of interviews with leading influential thinkers on bio-ethics; the John Locke lectures in philosophy; lectures from the Centenary of Engineering Science series; lectures and seminars from the Oxford Internet Institute; the Oxford Media Research seminars hosted by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.  Also available via the University’s site on iTunes U.

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