TV – A New Development

Look and Listen ©Institute of Education Archive

The editorial on the first page of Look and Listen from July 1955 proclaims television the saviour of visual aids in education ‘It offers the world at the turn of a switch’. The article talks about the use of film in the classroom and some fo the things which have hampered this – such as overcrowded classes, lack of instruction and administrative difficulties. Television however ‘offers a ready-made lesson, easily adaptable to individual needs’.

An article ‘Culture – with a smile’, by Sarah Stoddart warning of the dangers of over-saturation, of too much information – no not the internet, the television!  This article is also from Look and Listen, less than a year after the one above which heralded the arrival of the TV in the classroom. 

“Do you know whether fish sleep? Are you burning to find out how toothpaste gets into tubes?… Then, go no further than your television screen, for there is a mountain of knowledge, a procession of facts…
TV seems bent on letting you in on “the who, the where, the why, the when” at every available opportunity… Must they cram in this global intelligence in such a dizzy whirl?… That’s the danger of these information programmes. Masses of these stranger-than-fiction facts can quickly reach saturation point, however cunningly and entertainingly presented.”

This is the first box of three on educational film use and cinema so I’m sure there will be a few more posts on these subjects to follow!

There weren’t any adverts in these magazines for television programmes for educational use, maybe because it was still so recent but I really liked this explanatory advert on how to use tape recorders in the classroom.

Advertisement from 'Look and Listen' ©Institute of Education Archive


One thought on “TV – A New Development

  1. Problems showing films there might have been, but fitting your class timetable to the broadcast schedule would have been nearly as difficult back then! Not to mention everyone seeing that really massive 19″ TV screen. Anyone interested in early (or indeed later) schools broadcasting should take a peek at Ben Clarke’s site – – a real treat for nostalgia fans.

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