Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Story of the Obama "Hope" Poster

One of the most iconic images of the 2008 US Presidential campaign was the Barack Obama "hope" poster. The image was even used as Time magazine's cover for their "person of the year" issue in December. This morning the CBS Sunday Morning Show ran a segment profiling the artist that created the image. A video of the segment is embedded below the "applications for education" section.

Applications for Education
The story in the video raises a couple of issues of relevance to classrooms. First, because the image in the poster was created from an Associated Press photo, there is a question regarding fair use of copyrighted images. This story is a good resource for starting a discussion about students about the use of copyrighted images.

Art teachers and students will also be interested in this video as it brings up the question of what is art?

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This Day in Sports History - Miracle on Ice

This morning the YouTube blog reminded me that today, February 22, is the 29th anniversary of the US Olympic Hockey Team's upset victory over the Soviet Union. A quick search of YouTube for videos about that game yielded numerous videos. Below are a couple of good ones.

The last 15 seconds of the game and the famous "do you believe in miracles?" call by Al Michaels.

A ten minute montage video including game footage, game audio, and background information about the significance of the game.

Applications for Education
These videos as well as the movie Miracle are good resources to complement a study of the Cold War. Students that might not otherwise be engaged in studying the Cold War may become interested when sports are added into the discussion.

Monitoring and Mapping CO2 Emissions

This month's issue of National Geographic has a feature article on CO2 emissions titled It Starts at Home. The article chronicles the author's (Peter Miller) attempts to reduce, by 80 percent, his CO2 emissions at home. The online version of the article is accompanied by an interactive quiz and an interactive guide to reducing CO2 emissions. All three of these items could be useful resources for teachers of environmental science.

On Friday, Google posted on their LatLong Blog a Google Earth map of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. The file was created by a team at Purdue University. On the Google Earth map you can find CO2 emissions by fossil fuel consumption source. For example you can compare how much CO2 airplanes emit compared to the CO2 emitted by automobiles. You can see the map here. A video overview of the map is posted below.

Applications for Education
The National Geographic resources and the Google Earth resources posted above could be the starting point for a classroom project about CO2 emissions. Teachers could divide their class into teams that then compete to reduce their CO2 emissions for a week. The goal could be 80% as in the National Geographic article or it could be to simply lower emissions more than the other teams. The National Geographic interactive guide and the Google Earth map provide students and teachers with a guide to places where they can reduce emissions.