The best of the bunch at BETT09 for me was filmclub.org. Basically it’s a free LoveFilm.com subscription for a school and you are licenced to legally show DVDs to large groups students which was a grey area in the past. They gave me a pull out supplement from the Guardian (June 3 2008 ) that was crammed full of great use cases of the film club: how it has helped kids discover their identity, engage with school dispite writing/dyslexia/behavioural problems.
TV and film can be considered passive but they can be turned into the most interactive of media simply by watching communally. Tag on a discussion afterwards and film then becomes a starting point for langauge, drama, art etc. the list is endless. FilmClub.org will even set you up with industry professionals to come and speak.
I was sold anyway but when I found out that Natalie, the girl on the stand who told me all about it, was a sixth former and ran her own film club I was already signing up. I’m going to get my ICT A level students to run the thing.
Update: Looks like film club has been around for over a year – shows how unplugged I’ve been !