Do We Miss Trust?

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Media awareness is at its highest. At any point in the day you can find a deluge of news reports and clips across any platform. While we can condemn the restricted closed-network of the North Korean media, constrained to one official outlet, we must be willing to look critically at our own western media. Thanks to our portable devices, everywhere we go we have access to, or are unwillingly exposed to, media stories, images and videos. We are flooded by news content on every online platform. We may celebrate this open-access gateway to worldly up-to-date headlines, but what does this exposure really do for us?

 

Does knowing more, make us care more?

 

In fact we are becoming a generation of apathetic sceptics. Our ability to look at news stories and graphic content of civil war in Yemen or bombs in Syria and move on or scroll down to something else – whilst perhaps commenting that it is probably fake anyway – is staggering. Far from being moved by the suffering around the world, that we can see around the clock, we are becoming numb to it.

 

In this era of fake news seeing is certainly not believing. We are exposed to vast swathes of information but come away little more informed than before. Not only is over-exposure making us blind to the content, but our vision is tainted by our own distrust. We like to believe that it is not us being taken in by all the fake news, and we don’t doubt our own ability to sort the truths from the falsities, but in doing so we don’t take in the content more critically, or filter our sources more thoughtfully, instead we maintain a constant level of scepticism which dulls any content we see, regardless of its accuracy. Throwing a blanket of scepticism across all sources protects us from being drawn in by ‘fake news’ but it also distances us from the truth in reliable reports.

 

The history of trust in the media is spattered with peaks and troughs, nearly 63% Americans still distrust the media’s account of JFK’s assassination. The ritual of the news hour is dying and with it any reverence for the media. Gallup first surveyed Americans’ trust in the media in 1972, when Richard Nixon was president and the U.S. was bombing Vietnam, and it reached its peak in 1976 with 72% of Americans having ‘a great deal/fair amount’ of trust in the mass media. Ultimately the new climate of news fueled by click-bait headlines and ‘viral’ stories has devalued the truth. Stories are lauded for high engagement rather than in-depth research and accurate reporting. Sadly the distrust in the media is even more keenly apparent in the younger generation; in 2016 only 26% of Americans aged 19 to 49 had ‘a great deal/fair amount’ of trust in the mass media.

 

We need to re-build Millennials’ trust in the media. Having grown it to be a powerful tool, allowing up-to-date access to events across the world almost instantaneously, we do not want it to be taken for granted or put on the same level as the other blogs and videos on Facebook, made with little or no research. Schools are bringing in programmes to teach students to be more media literate and to exercise a level of critical thinking when reading articles or watching news clips, an important skill in this climate; but in the meantime we can give students access to up-to-date video news from trusted sources around the world, in a self-contained space where we can all let our sceptical guards down.

boclips further expands its science collection

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14 March 2017
boclips – the world’s largest video library for education – has partnered with a further three new content libraries to add to the continually expanding boclips library. The partners’ grow the corporate collection with new accountancy videos, and increase boclips’ science library, making boclips a significant depository of science videos across Secondary and Higher Education.

 
Let’s Tute present scientific, mathematical and accountancy themes and concepts in a concise, easy-to-understand way for the 14 plus age group. Mr Atul Doshi, Director of Let’s Tute, has stated “We would like to distribute our content to all students across globe. We feel that boclips is best suited to help us achieve our goal.”

 

boclips also welcomes two more science collections, MinuteEarth and MinutePhysics, to the platform – all animated, quick videos that answer the big and small questions that secondary school children (and adults!) will love!

 

Zoe Moore, Content Director, states: “We are delighted to welcome three such sophisticated collections to our platform. We have seen growing demand for videos covering specialist subjects in the Secondary and Higher Education space, and the additions to our science collection cements boclips as a first destination to discover science content for education publishers.”

 

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For further information contact:

David Bainbridge, Knowledgemotion
+447801 180155
david@boclips.com
www.boclips.com

 

Notes to Editors
About Knowledgemotion and the boclips video platform

 

Knowledgemotion’s boclips, is the world’s largest video library for education. Named after the bo tree that provided Buddha with the shade he needed as he tried to make sense of the world, boclips enables education publishers and providers to find, license and use video clips that they then embed into their digital textbooks and services. Knowledgemotion has agreements with leading international content owners including Getty Images, Bloomberg, BBC Worldwide Learning, Associated Press Television News, Sports News TV and British Movietone. These agreements give boclips access to a high quality, rights-ready library of 2 million video clips, spanning all key stages, subjects and topics in the curriculum.  Customers include Pearson Education, the Open University, Macmillan and Bloomsbury.

 

Knowledgemotion expands into China

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XinHua, China’s official news agency, partners with Knowledgemotion to exclusively distribute its video content via boclips into the global education industry. Learning7 selects boclips to deliver 3D and VR learning solutions.

24 January 2017

LONDON, Beijing, Shanghai

Knowledgemotion, the London based company behind boclips, the world’s largest video library for education, today confirms its expansion into the Chinese and ASEAN education markets.

XinHua, China’s largest news agency, has agreed to exclusively distribute its video materials on the boclips video platform for the global education marketplace. This partnership will make available rights-ready Mandarin and English language news reports and help complement the existing ‘Century of Video News’ already found on boclips. XinHua, founded in 1931, has rapidly expanded its digital offering and today is one of the most popular internet sites in the world.

Li Xiaoming, General Manager at XinHua commented: “We recognise the power of relevant video content to contextualise what is being taught in schools, universities and corporate training environments. We were excited by the vision of the Knowledgemotion team, the technology underpinning the boclips platform and the need for broadcasters to support an education marketplace that aggregates and curates content from the world’s most respected video producers.”

Knowledgemotion is also pleased to announce, on the eve of the BETT 2017 education conference, the start of an ongoing commitment with Learning7, the Beijing headquartered micro-learning platform that currently serves 5,000 schools and 5,250,000 students across 8 provinces in China. Learning7 will license and use curriculum aligned videos from boclips for its 3D, HD and VR solutions in China.

Digital materials and resources, including compelling video assets, are one of the fastest growing segments in education today. Commenting on the synergy of the relationship David Bainbridge, Founder and CEO of Knowledgemotion, says: “It’s incredibly satisfying to find a dynamic and innovative team that shares our vision for what video can do to assist learning achievement. Learning7 are driving as fast as we are and I’m certain it won’t be long before they positively impact millions of Chinese learners with our content and their technology.”

Acknowledging the scope and industry precedent of both of these announcements, Bainbridge concluded: “These incredible new relationships in China fully illustrate the potential of the boclips platform to provide the depth and breadth of content that will scale to learners around the world.”

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For further information contact:

David Bainbridge, Knowledgemotion
+447801 180155
david@boclips.com
www.boclips.com

Notes to Editors

About Knowledgemotion and the boclips video platform:

Knowledgemotion’s boclips, is the world’s largest video library for education. Named after the bo tree that provided Buddha with the shade he needed as he tried to make sense of the world, boclips enables education publishers and providers to find, license and use video clips that they then embed into their digital textbooks and services. Knowledgemotion has agreements with leading international content owners including Getty Images, Bloomberg, BBC Worldwide Learning, Associated Press Television News, Sports News TV and British Movietone. These agreements give boclips access to a high quality, rights-ready library of 2 million video clips, spanning all key stages, subjects and topics in the curriculum.  Customers include Pearson Education, the Open University, Macmillan and Bloomsbury.

About Learning7

Beijing headquartered Learning7 is a professional virtual reality teaching resource platform. Virtual reality technology is applied in the basic education and teaching activities to develop the learners’ right brain thinking and innovation ability. Learning7’s vision is committed to leading a new era of digital interactive education in China.

About XinHua

The Xinhua News Agency, Headquartered in Beijing, is the official press agency and the biggest and most influential media organization in China. Xinhua operates more than 170 foreign bureaus worldwide, and maintains 31 bureaus in China – one for each province.

 

boclips partners with Britlish to provide english language education videos

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boclips – the world’s largest video library for education – has partnered with Britlish  adding spoken English animations and videos to the ever expanding boclips library. Britlish produces great, high-quality English language learning material which serves as a great addition for the education library. boclips has already added more than 2.2 million clips to their platform with Britlish serving as their 26th partnership with a video content creator.

boclips is a high growth education technology business that believes quality video in the classroom can spark the imagination, engage and inspire students of all ages, whatever they’re studying, wherever they are. The boclips video platform makes it easy for education publishers and service providers to find, license and use video from some of the most respected content producers on the planet.

The platform currently holds over 2.2m rights cleared clips from the BBC, Bloomberg, Getty, Associated Press and others that have all been tagged to the curriculum – meaning editorial teams can quickly surface the very best clips by subject, key stage & topic.

If you’re a content provider and interested in partnering with the world’s largest library for education, please don’t hesitate to reach out to contact@boclips.com

www.boclips.com

Virtual Reality, Makerspaces, and Online Learning on the Horizon for Education

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Over the next five years, technology is going to shake up K-12 education. The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K-12 Edition, published by the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking, shares the technology that politicians, education experts, school administrators, and teachers should be integrating into classrooms: https://lnkd.in/dy4id8T