First a bit about me
I have a degree in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, and I have finally landed a job I am really interested in (not an opportunity many graduates have so fresh out of university!) This is all thanks to an internship programme called ‘Time to Shine’, which funds my position with TrueTube. The programme was set up by The Rank Foundation and gives young people like me a chance to work for great charities and aims to help us develop skills needed in the world of work. (lucky me!) So with the force of ‘Time to Shine’ behind me, I have a pretty exciting year ahead.
As the new Marketing and Research Assistant for TrueTube, my job is to promote our website and to encourage the discussion of the religious and ethical issues amongst all of you teachers and students out there. My role is to find out how you use our media and how you think we can improve it.
My favourite bits and bobs.....
I’ve been familiarising myself with TrueTube’s films and the ‘Holy Cribs’ series is definitely a favourite for me. TrueTube has provided a new creative outlook here, on learning about different places of worship - it certainly held my attention! Even though the style of the films is much more MTV than BBC, do not fret teachers-it does not fail to deliver key facts of the syllabus from Key Stages 2 to 4. The personal tour of each holy building by a young person, made me feel as if I was there, being treated as a VIP guest going from room to room. Presenters lead the camera around the religious buildings in true student style, careful not to leave out any important facts, mind you. It is now possible to bring the energy of a school day out of a classroom, which is evident throughout all films in this series. With your own personal tour guide and extensive detail of each place of worship, students are provided with an alternative to looking in a text book to help them understand- this vital section of R.E. Whether you’re a regular MTV viewer (like me!) or not, Holy Cribs offers entertainment and the right information you need to feed your students. Take a look, and see if you agree.
This is my favourite one....
Other news: competitions, awards and shows
TrueTube has received a number of awards and accolades since 2008 - this year is no exception to the rule! TrueTube has been shortlisted for the BETT Award for ‘Free digital content / Open educational resources’. The BETT show is the most well-attended education hub in the world so the whole team are really looking forward to attending. TrueTube also won the BETT Award for ‘Secondary Digital Content’ in 2009 and again in 2013 - fingers crossed we strike lucky again!