Showing posts with label Africa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Africa. Show all posts

Friday, June 7, 2013

Video - This Is Africa

This Is Africa is a beautiful short video produced by Benjamin Bowie. The five minute video captures some of the essence of Uganda and Tanzania. The video could definitely spark some questions and conversations at the beginning of lesson.

THIS IS AFRICA from Benjamin Dowie on Vimeo.

H/T to The Adventure Blog

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Children of the Congo: From War to Witches

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Children of the Congo: From War to Witches. This hour-long film documents the effects of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the children of DRC. The film investigates the work of individuals and organizations to bring positive change to the lives of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The film is embedded below.
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Click here to watch the full-length film and read the accompanying discussion questions.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Milking the Rhino - Snag Learning Film of the Week

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Milking the Rhino. Milking the Rhino is an hour long documentary about the challenge of wildlife conservation in Africa. The film depicts the struggle to convince people who have for years poached game to preserve game. Milking the Rhino features the work of NGOs to show African villagers how they can benefit more from ecotourism than they can from poaching. Watch the film and find discussion questions here.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Audio Slideshow - Mapping Africa

I love the In Pictures section of the BBC News website because not only does it host great collections of images about current world events, it also hosts audio slideshows about a wide range of current and historical topics. One of the audio slideshows that I recently discovered and enjoyed watching is Mapping Africa. Mapping Africa is a five minute narrated overview of the changing map of Africa from the 14th Century through today. The slideshow features explanations of the features of different historical maps of Africa.

Applications for Education
World History textbooks have made progress in including more information about the history of Africa, but there is always more that could be included. Mapping Africa could be a good multimedia resource to supplement the content about found in a typical high school World History textbook.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The True Size of Africa

Africa is a huge continent, but just looking at a map of the world students might not realize just how big it is in comparison to other continents. Through Jim Gates's blog I found an image that puts into perspective just how big Africa really is. As you can see in the image below (created by Kai Krause and released into public domain), China, the United States, India, and many smaller countries all fit within the boundaries of Africa. The image is huge so to make it navigable I dropped it into before embedding it.

Applications for Education
If you're teaching world geography this image could be a good one to demonstrate to students how large Africa is. Alternatively, give students a world map and ask them to try to fit as many countries as possible into Africa.

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.

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, October 5, 2009

India's Tigers & Kenya's Elephants

National Geographic Adventure is currently hosting a couple of engaging photo essays. India's Tigers is the photographic companion to a feature article titled The War on India's Tigers. Both the article and the photographs chronicle the efforts of an activist and government officials to end the poaching of tigers in India.

Extreme Elephant Tracking is a feature article and photo essay chronicling the 130 mile journey of eight men tracking one elephant across Kenya. Along the way the men search for understanding of elephant migration habits and search for ways that elephants and humans can cohabitate.

Applications for Education
These photo essays might provide an emotional prompt for a discussion of the politics and science of wildlife conservation.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
The Congo's Other War
BBC Audio Slideshow - Kenya's Drought
Exploring Africa in Google Earth

Friday, September 4, 2009

BBC Audio Slideshow - Kenya's Drought

Mike Thompson and Paul Kerley have produced an excellent audio slideshow for the BBC. This three minute audio slideshow chronicles the struggles facing Kenyans as the result of the on-going drought in parts of that country.

Applications for Education
This slideshow provides a succint overview of the struggles facing Kenyans due to drought conditions. The slideshow could be a nice complement to the Google Earth Africa Mega-Flyover Tour. These two resources together could be useful in biology classrooms as well as meteorology and Earth Science courses.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Congo's Other War

This month's issue of The Atlantic has a good article titled As Go the Hippos... The article is about damage to the Congo's ecosystem as a result of the civil war there. The online version of the article is accompanied by a five minute video slideshow narrated by the author, Delphine Schrank. The video is embedded below.

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Applications for Education
This video and article could be good for getting high school students to think about the unintended consequences of war.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Expedition Africa - New TV Show and Online Game

Expedition Africa is a new television show starting this weekend on the History Channel. The basic premise of the show is four adventurers traveling across 970 miles of African bush in Tanzania. According to the trailers, the show is not a contest as the four adventurers are working together without any sort of prize at the end. The four adventurers include a wildlife expert, a navigator, a survivalist, and a journalist.

The Expedition Africa website has a game in which players try to travel 970 miles of African bush. Throughout the game players encounter natural obstacles and have to make decisions regarding course of travel and use of resources. In general the game could be described as Oregon Trail meets African bush.

Applications for Education
The Expedition Africa game could be a fun way for students to learn about the natural dangers of backcountry travel in Africa.

Here is a related resource that may be of interest to you:
Wild Earth TV - Live from the African Bush