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Learning on Screen’s Gateway includes over 1,900 websites relating to moving image and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone (020 7393 1500).

Ephemeral Films Project: National Socialism in Austria
This site gives a fascinating glimpse into life in Austria in 1938, seen from the perspective of fifty ‘ephemeral’ films selected from the collections of the Austrian Film Museum, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute. These films – amateur, educational, industrial, scientific – act as a corrective to the official film record (mainly Nazi propaganda films) and give an insight into daily life in prewar Austria, depicting the vibrant Jewish community, the turmoil of the Anschluss and the persecution of the Jews which followed the Nazis’ takeover.

Film Scalpel
Beautifully designed site devoted to the promotion of the video essay as a creative way of finding new methods to explore, theorise and reimagine film and cinema. The site provides a number of useful resources, tools, tips and tricks for the budding video essayist. A Best Practice page provides a number of exemplary videos from seasoned practitioners which include explanatory notes and diagrams. There are links to other resources, including the [in]Transition site: the benchmark journal for the in-depth, academic practice of the video essay form.

Mantle of the Expert
Site gathering information and resources aimed at teachers who wish to use the ‘Mantle of the Expert’ pedagogy developed by pioneering drama teacher Dorothy Heathcote, who lectured at the University of Newcastle from 1950 – 1986. Heathcote’s methodology is based on using drama as a tool to stimulate holistic learning and has been applied at all levels from primary schools to universites, and beyond the academy to management and business training. The site features podcasts, film and video clips, including the 1971 Omnibus documentary ‘Three Looms Waiting’, made by Ron Smedley which explores the life and work of Heathcote.

YouTube channel featuring brief but informative animated videos on the history of written and spoken languages, linguistics, grammar and writing systems. The style is somewhat breathless but the content is academically sound and the enthusiasm of the presenter – whose interest in language ranges from Latin and Old Norse to Japanese and Tibetan – is infectious. Some of the content is strikingly original, such as this analysis of the grammar of an Islamic State communique in French about the attack on the Bataclan in Paris in November 2015.

Science Alert
Popular website which aggregates and promotes the latest scientific research from universities and research bodies around the world, featuring news stories, articles, videos and images. There is a particular (though not exclusive) emphasis on the Australian scientific research community. Users can search under several broad categories, including Health, Environment, Space, Physics and Nature. The videocontent is collected on one page.


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