Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Video History Inspires Teachers and Students

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Video History Inspires Teachers and Students

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Video History Inspires Teachers and Students

"Young people adapt so easily to the newest technologies," comments Susan Hess, a librarian at the Juan Morel School in New York, N.Y. "I am convinced," she continues, "that if you want to learn how to use a VCR or a computer or a videodisc player, let a child use it for ten minutes and then have him explain it to you. It works every time."

Hess speaks from personal experience. Early in 1990, the Juan Morel intermediate school's library received The Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century, from CEL Educational Resources of New York, N.Y., in videodisc format. As it turned out, it was students who motivated many of the teachers to utilize the package more fully.

Students Take the Lead

The staff of Juan Morel are a close knit group of educators, dedicated to providing a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for learning. Some teachers are more daring--always ready to experiment and taking advantage of the newest technology; others would prefer to continue using traditional methods. After prompting from their students, however, these less-daring instructors joined their colleagues.

Three students were shown how to use the indexing system of The Video Encyclopedia. This allowed them to search for and play selected segments of the videodiscs' historical footage. …

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