Showing posts with label 60 minutes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 60 minutes. Show all posts

Monday, July 16, 2012

Steve Jobs and Apps for Autism

Last night's episode of 60 Minutes re-ran two stories that may be of interest to educators. The first story featured Steve Jobs' biographer talking about what made Jobs tick as well as a little history of Apple. You can read and watch the story here.

The second story featured Lesley Stahl reporting on how iPads are being used by teachers, parents, and therapists to assist students who have Autism. If you're really interested in learning about iOS apps for students with special needs I recommend reading iPodsibilities and Teaching Learners With Multiple Special Needs. The video from 60 Minutes is embedded below.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

World Map - Visualize, Explore, and Publish Geographic Information

World Map is a free program developed by the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. World Map is designed to enable creation, visualization, and exploration of geographically referenced information. In other words, you can build some great mapped data visualizations on the service.

To create a map on World Map you can use the more than 1800 data sets that are stored in the service or you can upload your own data sets. The majority of the data sets in the World Map library have abstracts explaining a bit about the purpose and scope of the data. There are five default base maps that you can choose to build upon. Alternatively, you can choose to create your map completely from scratch and upload your own base layer to build upon. Maps that you create on World Map can be embedded into a website, printed, or viewed in Google Earth.

The video below provides a short overview of how to create a map using World Map. There are many other how-to videos on the HGA YouTube channel.


Applications for Education
If you're looking for web-based map creation and analysis tools that offer more than you can find in Google Maps, give World Map a try. You might start out using World Map in your classroom by using the data set library then expand its use by having students create and or find other data sets to import.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stop and Watch This - Hard Times Generation

The leading segment on last night's edition of 60 Minutes was Hard Times Generation. The story features the children of homeless families, the choices they make, and what daily life is like when you live in a car or truck. I watched the story with three other people last night. The house was silent as everyone watched. This is a story that everyone should watch.

This segment made me think again about the need to balance school reform initiatives with the realities of teaching in many public schools. The next time you're wondering why a student hasn't completed an assignment, it just might be that she was more worried about making sure her family was safe than she was about completing a list of math problems or memorizing new vocabulary words.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Apps for Autism - A 60 Minutes Story

Last night on 60 Minutes Lesley Stahl reported on how iPads are being used by teachers, parents, and therapists to assist students who have Autism. The story is worth thirteen minutes of your time. If you're really interested in learning about iOS apps for students with special needs I recommend reading iPodsibilities and Teaching Learners With Multiple Special Needs. The video from 60 Minutes is embedded below.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ask 60 Minutes

The popular CBS News program 60 Minutes has partnered with YouTube to create Ask 60 Minutes. Ask 60 Minutes gives viewers the opportunity to ask reporters follow-up questions after watching a 60 Minutes segment. Viewers can ask their questions via text or through a video response on Ask 60 Minutes. Videos of the individual segments of 60 Minutes have been available on CBS News for quite a while, but now you can also watch them on YouTube.

This week Ask 60 Minutes gives you the opportunity to ask questions of Lara Logan about her report on the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Applications for Education
I know of at least one Social Studies teacher who often uses clips from 60 Minutes to get students talking about and researching current news stories. Ask 60 Minutes gives students the opportunity to dig deeper and ask the reporters themselves about their reports.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
NachoFoto - Realtime Image Search Engine
FRONTLINE Teacher Center - Lesson Plans and More

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Secret Language of Elephants

Secret Language of Elephants is an interesting story that aired on 60 Minutes on Sunday evening. The video profiles the efforts of researchers to understand the communications of elephants. The researchers are trying to decode the meaning of the sounds elephants make. The video is embedded below.

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Applications for Education
This video may be of interest to anyone that teaches zoology and or lessons about African wildlife. National Geographic has a couple of lesson plans (here and here) that could be supplemented by this video.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Harlem Children's Zone

Last night 60 Minutes ran a segment about The Harlem Children's Zone school started by Geoffery Canada. I watched all of it and was impressed by Canada's conviction and enthusiasm. One part of the segment that I didn't agree with was the focus at the end on trying to figure out which one thing is making Canada's school successful in closing achievement gaps. As they said in the segment, "trying to boil it down to pill form." If people are serious about closing achievement gaps and want to use Canada's model, they'll need to adopt all of his strategies, not just the "boiled down" version. The full segment is embedded below.


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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Lessons About Lions

This afternoon I spent some time browsing through films on Snag Films and came across this classic from National Geographic. Lions of the African Night is an hour-long documentary about lions. As I seem to always be thinking about how things I find on the web can be used in the classroom, I did a quick search for more National Geographic resources about lions. What I found appears in the links below the video.



African Lion Facts
National Geographic Kids - Lions Video and Sounds
Lions Lesson - Quiz
Lion Population Decline Map

CBS 60 Minutes ran a segment in March 2009 about the poisoning of lions in Africa. That video is embedded below.


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If you're interested in a good book about Kenya's wildlife in a modern context, I'm currently reading and enjoying The Shadow of Kilimanjaro.

A related resource that you may want to explore is Wild Earth TV.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Resurrecting Eden - 60 Minutes

On last night's episode of 60 Minutes there was a good segment about the people that live in the marshes found along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The segment covered the history of the people that live there, how people live in the marshes, why Saddam Hussein built canals to drain the marshes, and the work of one man who is helping to refill the marshes. The video of the episode is embedded below.

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Applications for Education
Resurrecting Eden could be used as part of lesson on geography, engineering, ethnic cleansing, and history. Of course, the video could also be used for a lesson on the War in Iraq.