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Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Right to Food - An Interactive Story About Hunger

The Right to Food is an interactive story about the challenges of feeding the world's people. The story, produced by feedingminds.org, takes students to eight locations around the world. At each location students read about how people get food and the challenges that people can face in getting adequate food for themselves and their families.

Applications for Education
The Right to Food isn't the slickest website that you'll see today, but it does contain excellent information for students. As students read each part of the story they are asked to think about a series of "is it fair?" questions. Those questions could be used as the starting place for classroom discussions.

Right to Food is available in six languages; English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Arabic.

Science Take - Short Science Videos from The New York Times

Thanks to Peter Vogel I recently learned about Science Take from The New York Times. Science Take is a new series of videos short (60-90 seconds) videos that quickly explain the unique aspects of various animals including dolphins, jaguars, and sharks. Science Take is part of the larger collection of science videos hosted on the science page on the The New York Times.


Applications for Education
These videos aren't long enough to be the basis for a full flipped-classroom lesson, but they could be useful as supplementary material in a lesson. If you're creating webpages to replace your science textbook, the Science Take videos could be good clips to include in those webpages.

Video - Wikispaces Online Workshop

Last Friday I shared a idea for collaboratively creating a book review site with your students. On Monday Jenny Murphy Tweeted me to share what she has done with Wikispaces to create a book review site with her students.

If you would like to create a site like Jenny's, the Wikispaces back to school kit provides all of the directions you need to get started. Wikispaces hosted a bunch of webinars this summer. In those webinars they demonstrated everything that you see in the back to school kit. One of the webinar recordings is embedded below. The rest of the recordings can be found on the Wikispaces YouTube channel.

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