Hillcroft LRC

Archive for October 2014

Britain and Germany coversNext week our Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science students return from their half term reading week. The next part of their term in their history unit will be spent on fascism.

The students will be looking at the rise of fascism in Germany after the first world war which culminated in the Nazis rise to power. As a result we’ve bought some new books covering the history Germany and Nazism in that period:-

Germany 1848-1991 by Derrick Murphy, Terry Morris and Mary Fulbrook

Germany 1919-1945 by Martin Collier and Philip Pedley

and ebooks:

Understanding Nazi Germany by Michael Lynch part of the Teach Yourself series available through Dawsonera

Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-1963 by Geoff Layton

Through ebooks for FE from Jisc we have access to ebrary’s:

Intermediate History. The Road to War, 1933-1939 by Andrew Hunt

Plus we’ve got these two guides on fascism:

Fascism: a Very Short Introduction by Kevin Passmore

Introducing Faschism: a Graphic Guide by Stuart Hood and Litza Jansz

The second one will particularly appeal to students with dyslexia. We’ve also added a dvd:

Nazisme, Fascisme, Communisme

and we recorded the whole BBC2 series the Long Shadow under our ERA licence which covered the effect of World War I on Germany and other countries. It also looked at the rise of fascism in episode 2 Ballots and Bullets.

 

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iPad standingThis week our first iPad went out on loan to one of our Preaccess students. From the recommendations of our colleagues at Richmond Adult Community College we used Meraki to organise the apps onto the iPads.

A few weeks ago our LRC Manager went to an Albion Apple Regional Training Centre event at Surbiton High School where teachers recommended some apps that worked well in teaching using iPads in the classroom for pupils from primary to secondary school ages.

The teachers recommended using iMovie for primary school pupils to create a film outside of their science club discovering bugs. It enabled them to add music and do a narrative over the film. A physics teacher looked at how he could use a range of apps to run different experiments that would usually been done with equipment. Our LRC manager was particularly interested in the English teachers apps which could be used with GCSE English and literacy students doing creative writing on the Creative Reading, Writing and Speaking course.

We’ve loaded some of these recommended apps onto the iPads for our students and staff to use. They include InspireMe an app which gives you three words which you can help to generate ideas. This goes well with the Fig (Fiction Ideas Generator) app which acts as an ideas generator for those of you doing creative writing to assist you  in creating a plot, characters, location etc. We particularly like ShowMe which is a free app that students and teachers can use like an interactive whiteboard.

Gothic literature and Angela Carter coversOur Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science students are studying Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and other novels on a Gothic theme. We’ve already supplied them with the Company of Wolves film on DVD and copies of Gothic Literature and  The Fiction of Angela Carter: a Reader’s Essential Criticism by Sarah Gamble and Gothic Literature by Sue Chaplin. Both the BBC and the British Library are launching a focus of programmes and exhibition around the gothic.

Terror and Wonder: the Gothic Imagination from 3 October 2014 to 30 January 2015 at the British Library looks at Gothic literature, film and design influences from early literature by Walpole and Shelley to the films of Stanley Kubrick and the designs of Alexander McQueen. The British Library also has a page dedicated to Gothic Literature.

The BBC is starting a season called When Gothic Was Born. BBC4 begins next week with Andrew Graham-Dixon’s programme The Art of Gothic: Britain’s Midnight Hour on Monday 20 October @ 2100 followed by Dan Cruickshank on the architecture of Sir George Gilbert Scott and Giles Gilbert Scott  in Dan Cruickshank and the Family That Built Gothic Britain on Tuesday 21 October @ 2100. The season also covers film too.

 

 

Cite Them RightAt the beginning of this autumn term we are running two trials on Palgrave Macmillan study skills software to help our students study better. The first one is Cite Them Right Online – an online version of the Richard Pears and Graham Shields book which guides students and researchers on how to reference different materials using various referencing systems. Here we use Harvard and the book is great for describing how to reference everything from an ebook, to tutor/lecture notes to graffiti. The online version includes tips to help students work out how to reference, practice their skills and get tips on how to avoid plagiarism.

The second trial is for Skills4studycampus which helps students get back into studying, assess their skills and pick up areas where they need to put in effort. There are a number of modules covering everything from note taking to critical thinking, working in groups and time management. We’ve placed both on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) so students and staff can access it easily. It’s based on the best selling Stella Cottrell book The Study Skills Handbook

This week the Learning Resources team have been inducting Preaccess students on referencing and we’ve been promoting the handy app on Harvard referencing created by the University of Lincoln. It’s available as a pdf document and its free to download on Googleplay for android/tablets and the Appstore for iOS devices.

Revolutionary Lives book coversThis autumn we’ve added two new autobiographies of famous female suffragettes to our collection which are part of Pluto Press’s series on Revolutionary Lives. They focus on Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, and Ellen Wilkinson Both of these are relevant to our Access to Higher Education (HE) Humanities and Social Science students who study female emancipation as part of their history course. We’ve also bought a copy of Molly Housego’s book:

The Women’s Suffrage Movement

which is a colourful easy read to the fight for women’s voting rights.

We’ve also been adding a range of books on sporting women to our biographies collection. These include:

My Life: Queen of the Court by Daniel Paisner and Serena Williams

Serena and Venus Williams: Tennis Stars by Gregory N. Peters

Maria Sharapova by Jeff Savage

Game, Set and Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports by Susan Ware

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