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Posted May 2, 2011

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Eldorado Teacher Recognized for Using Historic Video with Literature

Lauren McDougall, an English teacher at Eldorado High School, was recently featured in the NBC Learn newsletter that is distributed to thousands of subscribers. NBC Learn is the education arm of NBC News that makes global resources of NBC News and the historical film and video archive available to teachers, students, schools and universities. NBC Learn recently called McDougall to hear how she's been using the service in her classroom. McDougall teaches 10th and 12th grade English and writing.

“I am not a show-video type of person,” McDougall told NBC Learn, and she generally prefers not to have her class time taken up with watching videos. But NBC Learn is different, she said. The clips are short, and they allow students to learn how to be a critical thinkers and evaluators of multiple sources of information, whether studying topics like plagiarism, or events from the past.

This semester, to help her sophomores find a way into “To Kill a Mockingbird,” she showed them historic NBC clips from the Civil Rights era. “In New Mexico we have three cultures –Anglo, Hispanic and Native American – and our kids are not familiar with the history of segregation,” McDougall explained. “But everyone can connect with feeling like an outsider. And showing pieces about Rosa Parks allows my students to not only contextualize the period, but also show them how history has that ripple effect - that one person's actions can impact an entire nation.”

For more information on NBC Learn, go www.nbclearn.com.

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