Tuesday, September 10, 2013

CNN Student News Explains Syrian Conflict

Today's episode of CNN Student News begins with a segment on the current state of affairs in Syria. Students watching the segment will get an overview of the history of developments in Syria and the current stance of the U.S. and other countries regarding Syria. The segment is embedded below.

After watching the CNN Student News segment you might want to have students jump to this CNN slideshow to explore more information about key developments in Syria.

Finally, this Associated Press video does a good job of summarizing the causes of the current conflict in Syria.

H/T to Larry Ferlazzo for the AP video. 

A Small Collection of Resources for Teaching About 9/11

Tomorrow is the twelfth anniversary of 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I have assembled a small list of resources for teaching about 9/11. Those resources are described below. Visit Larry Ferlazzo's blog for a very long list of resources about 9/11.

Understanding 9/11: A Television Archive is hosted on The Internet Archive. It is an assembled collection of more than 3,000 hours of news footage from September 11, 2001 and the six days immediately following. You can explore the footage in a timeline grid format. I spent time watching some of the news footage and it took me right back to many of the same feelings that I had almost ten years ago watching it live from a FedEx sales office in Tempe, Arizona.

Story Corps offers three animated stories of the real experiences of people affected by the events of 9/11. All three videos are embedded as one playlist below.

Video - How to Create a Padlet Wall for Your Classroom

Earlier this week I published an updated version of my guide to using backchannels and informal assessment tools in your classroom. In that guide I included ideas and directions for using Padlet. I received a few questions about Padlet via email so I put together a short video to demonstrate how to use some of the Padlet settings. The video is embedded below.

pH and pOH - A Crash Course in Chemistry

This week Hank and John Green added the thirtieth episode to their chemistry Crash Course series. The latest episode is all about pH. Students will learn what pH is and how to calculate it. Like all Crash Course videos your students will probably have to watch the video twice or rewind the section on calculation to catch it all. The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
The next time your students are in need of some chemistry review materials to watch online, they might want to visit the Crash Course Chemistry series from Hank and John Green.

Create Digital Portfolios On eduClipper

eduClipper, the popular bookmarking tool for teachers and students, has just released a great new feature. Students can now create digital portfolios on eduClipper.

The new eduClipper portfolio tool allows students to create portfolios of things they have clipped (AKA bookmarked) online, things they have stored in their Google Drive accounts, content they've created on services like Prezi and Animoto, and files they have stored on their computers. eduClipper portfolios use the same visual interface that students and teachers use when bookmarking things in eduClipper. Students can re-arrange elements in their portfolios by simply dragging and dropping them into position on their portfolio canvasses. Watch the video below to see the eduClipper portfolio tools in action.

Getting Started with eduClipper Presentation Portfolios from AdamBellow on Vimeo.

The best part of eduClipper, and why I think that teachers will love it, is that you can create class boards to share with your students and they can share boards with you. As a teacher you can create classes in your eduClipper account. When you create a class you will be given an access code that your students can use to join your class. Alternatively, you can directly add students to your class boards through your eduClipper account. As the teacher you have complete control over the content that is shared and the comments written on each board.

If you are an Edmodo user you can add eduClipper to your account and those of your students.

Disclosure: I have a very very small equity stake in eduClipper.