Have you seen the documentary "Bully"?

Earlier this year a somewhat controversial documentary was released in the United states called 'Bully".

The study of the impact of bullying in an American high school was prompted by director Lee Hirsch's experience of being bullied as a teenager.

It has been well received by critics but was given an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America on account of language.

That meant under-17s were unable to see it without an accompanying adult. - Which really cut out it's intended audience.

Earlier this year an edited re-cut was made of the documentary that had some of the offensive language removed after a number of cinema owners chose to run the film publicly regardless of it's rating.

Hirsch has said he intends his film to ''not only reach those who have been the victims of bullying but, more importantly, those who still need an 'empathy push'.''

I was wondering if any teachers had seen the film and had any thoughts on whether it was a genuine call of events that are happening in our schools today or whether it is feeding on a media hot topic.

I'd love to hear of anyones thoughts?

100 Youtube Channels for History Buffs

Just another quick one for the weekend.  If you are a history buff and love using doco's to explain history to your students then you will definitely find something here of interest to spice up your next history lesson.  Art History, General History, Music, Culture, Aviation, U.S & World History, Ancient, Black and War history.  Check it out here.

The Best of History on the Web

Best of History Websites is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.

BOHWS has been recommended by The Chronicle of Higher Education, The National Council for the Social Studies, The British Library Net, The New York Public Library, the BBC, Princeton University, -- and many others.

The site is broken into a range of historical areas such as Roman, WW2 and tweteith century and every site has a mini review and rating to save you plenty of time.  Check it out here.

Snagfilms - Documentary Library on the Web

What is it?  Snagfilms is an online library of documentary films.  Unlike youtube these are the complete versions of the film and you can simply filter what you are looking for through it's intuitive search filter on it's front page.  the films here are a bit of a mixed bag from mainstream productions to independent but it is possible to find a few diamonds in the rough.  You can 'Snag' a film too and watch it later if you like.

How can I use it in my teaching and learning?  Obviously this would be a great tool for high school subject teachers looking for content to engage their student and promote discussion.  Probably not a lot here for the juniors though.

Check it out here