Top 5: Films on Demand, April 2016

Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. Ruling by the Book: Illuminations: The Private Life of Kings (60 mins)
Dr. Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings and explores the medieval world they reveal. She begins her journey with the first Anglo-Saxon rulers to create a united England, she views the Liber Regalis at Westminster Abbey, encounters books in the British Library’s Royal manuscripts collection which are over a thousand years old, and examines a royal family tree which is five meters long.

4. The Road to Freedom: Gandhi (52 mins)
In the final episode, Mishal Husain explores the dramatic last years of Gandhi’s life, which culminated in his death by an assassin’s bullet. She gets to the bottom of an enduring mystery—why is Gandhi revered as Father of the Nation, when India turned its back on Gandhi’s blueprint for the country? Mishal retraces Gandhi’s visit to England in 1931 and uncovers evidence that Gandhi may have unwittingly contributed to the eventual partition of India. Newsreel footage from the time captures Gandhi meeting the people of Lancashire and London’s East End, and Tony Benn recalls meeting him as a six-year-old boy. Sixteen years later, India is free, but by then Gandhi is a broken man: sidelined from the center of power and devastated by partition and the horrific violence that independence brings. But it is Gandhi’s darkest hour that finally brings his greatest triumph.

3. The First Europeans: Migrations from Africa (54 mins)
Out of the great cradle of Africa came several waves of prehistoric hominid populations, some venturing into the Middle East while others crossed land bridges into Spain. This program shows how, over millennia, these nomads laid the groundwork for a permanent human presence in Europe. From La Caune de l’Arago in France to Britain’s Boxgrove cliffs to a Hungarian riverbank where Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans may have intermingled, the film explores stone tool innovations, shelter technology, burial practices, and early art and craft examples through which we can trace the emerging dominance of Homo sapiens on the continent. Portions in other languages with English subtitles. Part of the series The First Europeans.

2. Cooperative Learning and Culture: The Effective Teacher (46 mins)
Award-winning educator, author, and lecturer Harry K. Wong, in this classic video presentation, describes his method for teaching students how to work in cooperative groups. Dr. Wong believes effective teachers begin a lesson with a motivator—or attention-grabber—related to the lesson and designed to pique students’ curiosity. Research shows that the most effective learning in the classroom is in support groups. By teaching students to work cooperatively in groups, you prepare them for tomorrow’s world. Through cooperative group work, students learn to be self-motivated, self-directed, and procedure-oriented. Effective teachers create a classroom culture while effective administrators create a school culture. Students are taught procedures that allow for the smooth and efficient functioning of a classroom/school. These procedures establish the culture or shared values of the classroom/school. When you walk into a classroom/school with culture, you can sense the unity and purpose—a sense of belonging. Part of the series The Effective Teacher.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for April is:

fod-apr161. Save Our History: The Underground Railroad (92 mins)
The Underground Railroad was arguably the most important activist movement in American history, a loose network of people bound together by conscience and a determination to topple the institution of slavery by helping slaves escape to the North. “Conductors” risked fines and imprisonment for their devotion to the cause of freedom; “passengers” risked their lives. Hosted by Alfre Woodard, this program traces the hazardous journey undertaken by countless slaves, showing how they were guided—and pursued—along the way. Historical documents, visits to significant sites, and the rich music of the period are featured, as well as interviews with the descendants of noted abolitionists and commentary from experts including Ed Rigaud, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.


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