Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Remembrance in Film, Presented by Snag Films

Snag Films, the free service that lets you watch full length documentaries and share them on your own blog or wiki, is providing seven free films about the events of September 11, 2001. All week long these films can be watched in their entirety without commercial interruption.

As I mentioned in my first review of Snag Films, Snag Films solves two problems for me. First, I can watch high quality documentaries without having to shell out any money for them. Second, by embedding a film's feed into my class blog if a student is absent the day I show a film, that student can watch the film without having to stay after school with me or going to the library to watch the film.

Doodle Buzz - A Fun Way to Explore the News

Doodle Buzz is an interesting way to look at the news. The service is simple. To find news stories enter a term in the search box, click go, then drag your cursor across the screen to reveal news stories related to your search term. The more you doodle the more stories are revealed. Each story is linked to the original source.

Applications for Education
When I was teaching Contemporary World Studies one of the more difficult things for me to do was to get students interested in exploring the news. Doodle Buzz brings an element of fun and a new element of discovery to the news that isn't found in a typical search engine.