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Andrew Marr's History of the World Hitler's rise to power

Andrew Marr tells the story of Hitler’s rise to power in Weimar Germany from 1919 to 1933. He explores Hitler’s years in the wilderness after the First World War, the Munich Putsch and the reason for his electoral success in 1933. Teacher notes: Pupils could use the video to write a news report or fact file about Hitler’s background. They ...
  • 2012
  • 00:08:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World American Civil War

Andrew Marr describes how the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln changed American history forever. The focus is on Abraham Lincoln’s role in the conflict and his assassination. Scenes shown include violence towards slaves, Lincoln’s assassination and battle scenes. The long-term consequences of national division, segregation and lynching are also outlined. Warning: There are violent scenes in this video. Teacher ...
  • 2012
  • 00:09:40
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World The French Revolution

Andrew Marr tells the story of the French Revolution. He explores the causes and events, Louis XVI’s failed escape and execution and Napoleon’s ascent to power. Warning: There are some violent scenes of execution and riot. Teacher notes: Before viewing this video, the teacher could prepare a checklist of key points for students. This might be given to students before ...
  • 2012
  • 00:10:15
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World The Industrial Revolution

Andrew Marr tells the story of Britain’s Industrial Revolution. He explores the context and triggers, the inventions and innovations that powered the revolution. He also looks at the important economic, political and social consequences. Teacher notes: Students could create a range of 'cause and consequence' revision cards about the Industrial Revolution. Causes could include the impact of coal and the ...
  • 2012
  • 00:06:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World Development of the contraceptive pill

Andrew Marr explores the significance of the birth control movement in the United States in the early 20th century. He looks at the background and controversy, the campaigning efforts of Margaret Sanger and the social impact of the contraceptive pill. Warning: Contains upsetting scenes. Teacher notes: This video can be used to consider the social impact of birth control on ...
  • 2012
  • 00:05:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World Russian Serfs

Andrew Marr describes how serfdom was finally abolished in Russia in the 19th century. He uses Tolstoy’s efforts to free his serfs as a case study, and explores Tsar Alexander II’s failed attempt to fully emancipate the serfs. Teacher notes: Students could draft questions and possible responses to serfs and nobility to determine their points of view. Students could then ...
  • 2012
  • 00:07:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World China's Cultural Revolution

Andrew Marr explores the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the fall and rise of Deng Xiaoping. He looks at the changing fortunes of Deng within China’s ruling Communist Party, his relationship with Chairman Mao Zedong, and the role his economic reforms played in the emergence of China as a superpower. Teacher notes: Create a timeline which charts the rise, fall and ...
  • 2012
  • 00:07:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Cracking the Code Creating interactive 'App Toys' using smartphones and bespoke hardware

Many toys already include computers. An ‘App Toy’ combines dedicated toy hardware with a smartphone or tablet to create a highly interactive toy. The toy uses sensors built into the smartphone. This can include its microphone, camera and accelerometer, as well as its built-in software for voice recognition. The image displayed on the screen is reflected on a mirror inside ...
  • 2013
  • 00:09:08
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Cracking the Code Programming a webcam

Two young coders and science presenter Minna Kane meet an amateur photographer who uses a helium balloon to carry a Raspberry Pi computer, webcam and radio transmitter high enough to take pictures of the curve of the Earth. Dave holds the world record for the highest photograph ever taken by an amateur, and shows the children how he’s programmed a ...
  • 2013
  • 00:08:41
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Cracking the Code Creating a simple automated driving simulator

A primary school class is using Scratch visual programming language to code instructions to make a car race around a track, helped by science presenter Minna Kane. They first draw the track using paint tools, then pick a car “Sprite”, or icon, to instruct to drive around it. They paint the headlights of the car different colours, and use IF/THEN ...
  • 2013
  • 00:05:12
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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