Showing posts with label CBS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CBS. Show all posts

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

This weekend's episode of CBS Sunday Morning contained a seven minute segment that provided an overview of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. The fire happened 100 years ago this week. The fire claimed 146 lives. In the aftermath of the fire new legislation was passed regarding working conditions and child labor. The video is embedded below and you can also watch it here.



Applications for Education
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire is one of the events highlighted in the section about labor reform movement in the US History text we use at my school. This video is a great complement to that text.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Videos - Gold and Other Investments

Turn on the television today and you're likely to see a commercial for "cash for gold" or a gold investment plan. What is causing this trend? Are those sound investments compared to the stock market or standard savings accounts? This morning the CBS Sunday Morning Show had a short segment about those questions and more. Watch the video below.



What about other investment strategies? How do they work? Common Craft has some answers in the videos below.

Saving Money (Compound Interest) in Plain English.


Stock Markets in Plain English.


Investing in Plain English.

Monday, February 7, 2011

CBS Fast Draw Video - The Truth About Lies

Why do people believe the things they do? What makes lies believable? And what are the consequences of those lies? The CBS Fast Draw team has the answers to those questions and more in the video below.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a quick resource to show students why fact-checking is important, take a look at this video. Before showing the video ask students if they think the sun revolves around the Earth or if shark attacks are the summer's leading cause of death. Then ask them why they think those things are true or not.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Video - What's Next in 2011?

Like other news shows, this weekend the CBS Sunday Morning show had some 2010 retrospective pieces. They also aired a few "looking ahead" pieces that I enjoyed. One of those pieces, America Asks What's Next in 2011, I'll be using in my Civics class tomorrow. America Asks What's Next in 2011 is a six minute video that looks back over the history of the United States, the current challenges facing the US, and then has some experts make predictions about the future of the United States.



CBS Sunday Morning also has videos on the same theme of predictions for 2011 in Asia and in Europe.

Applications for Education
Tomorrow afternoon my Civics students will be watching America Asks What's Next in 2011 and then making their own predictions about the future of the country. We spent all of December focused on economic issues so I'm predicting that many of my students predictions will be about the economy.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Brief History of the Nobel Prize

This morning while searching for something completely unrelated on CBS News, I came across a brief video about the history of the Nobel Prize. Created by the CBS Fast Draw team of Mitch Butler and Josh Landis, Nobel Peace Prize is a two minute, animated explanation of the history of the Nobel Prize. Watch the video below.



When President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, I shared this list of resources for learning about the Nobel Prize.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Meet the Google Doodlers

The CBS Sunday Morning Show had a short segment this week about folks who create the doodles that appear on the Google homepage. The segment provides a little back-story for the images that many of us see everyday. The video is embedded below.

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Applications for Education
There are a couple of points that you might want to highlight for students. From a design standpoint, notice how the artists plan images using a combination of whiteboard sessions and computer use. From a business standpoint, the end of the video highlights how Google's attitude toward logo manipulation stands in stark contrast the attitude of many other huge corporations.

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 21, 2009

Video - Two Cases of Global Warming

Last week CBS Sunday Morning had a short segment about global warming. The segment presented two cases of global warming's effects on people in two very different parts of the world. The segment begins in the Maldives where rising ocean levels threaten the islands. The segment then transitions to Greenland where shrinking glaciers are threatening native ways of life. The video is embedded below.

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Applications for Education
This video is not terribly different from dozens, perhaps hundreds, like them on the Internet except that rather than focusing on "how global warming happens" or "what to do to stop global warming," this video focuses on how people are adapting to climate change. After showing this video to your students you may want to ask them how global warming could affect them and how they would adapt to a change in their climates.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Rising Sea Levels - A Tale of Two Cities
The Breathing Earth - Interactive Map
View Glacier Melt in Google Earth

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Daylight Saving Time Explained

Last night most of us in the US turned our clocks back by one hour. Why did we do this? The CBS Fast Draw team explains why in the video below.


Applications for Education
This video provides a succinct explanation of the rationale for Daylight Saving Time. If you don't plan to show the video to your students, it's still worth watching as a refresher for yourself.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Newspapers to Blogs - Blogging Through History

This morning the CBS Sunday Morning Show had a good, but long segment discussing the demise of the newspaper industry. Later in the show, they ran a shorter segment featuring the Fast Draw team making comparisons between developments in the history of newspapers to the current evolution of blogging and crowd-sourced news. The video draws a comparison between the development of steam powered printing presses making newspapers more plentiful at the end of the 19th century and the Internet making news websites and blogs plentiful today. The best part of the video is the visualizations at the end. If you have a two and a half minutes, the video is worth watching.

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Applications for Education
There are a couple of items in the video that could be used in a history classroom. The video mentions the role Thomas Paine's and other pamphlet makers' roles in American Revolution. The video also mentions the role of improved printing presses and yellow journalism in the dissemination of news in US history.

The visualization at the end of the video makes it clear that the history of the news industry has a repeating pattern.


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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Explaining Daylight Saving Time

Today, we moved the clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time. Why do we do this? Where did the idea for Daylight Saving time come from? These are questions your students might ask. The CBS Fast Draw team answers these questions in the three minute video embedded below.


Applications for Education
This video provides a succinct explanation of the rationale for Daylight Saving Time. If you don't plan to show the video to your students, it's still worth watching as a refresher for yourself.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dealing With Data Rot - From CBS

One of my favorite weekend television programs is CBS Sunday Morning. Yesterday, they ran a David Pogue segment about data rot. Data rot is what happens when your data is stored in a software format that cannot be displayed any longer because the hardware has been replaced. Every year I see an example or two of this with some of the veteran teachers in my school who have documents on floppy disks or in an old Mac format. In fact, the teacher who shares the workspace next to me has a stack of old IBM floppy disks (the kind with hole in the middle) that he refuses to get rid of.

Dealing With Data Rot is embedded below.


Applications for Education
There is a lesson in this video for all of us and it's, back up your data in a modern format. Whether it's personal photos or a simply fantastic lesson plan that you don't want to lose, moving your data to a modern format before it's too late is a good idea. The video also provides a good, short lesson on the development of computer technology over the last 40 years.

A good video to complement the one above is The History of the Internet.

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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Saturday, December 27, 2008

An Interactive Look at 2008 in Review

When students return to school after this vacation we will be in the year 2009. The first day back to school might be a good time to have students look back at some of the biggest stories of 2008. Here are three places to find "year in review" activities including some interactive quizzes and timelines.

MSNBC, as I shared last week, has some excellent year in review slide shows featuring pictures and cartoons for news, sports, and entertainment. Within the last week MSNBC has added a bunch of additional year-in-review resources including quizzes and videos. One of my personal favorites from MSNBC is the Top Viral Videos of 2008.

CBS News has put together some excellent resources for reviewing the year in news, sports, and entertainment. On the CBS 2008 in Review site you can find quizzes and timelines that students can use independently. You will also find audio, video, and pictorial reviews of 2008. Were it not for the occasional, annoying pop-up ads for "health products" this would be my top pick for year in review resources.

CNN, in addition to the Student News Semester-In-Review, has a number of videos reviewing the year in news, sports, health, science, and entertainment. CNN has also aggregated the top iReport videos of the year. iReport is CNN's citizen journalist page.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fast Draw - Obama's Promises

Now that the election is behind us, it's time to look at the challenges facing President-Elect Barack Obama. In this video the CBS Fast Draw team takes a look at campaign promises made by Barack Obama and the challenges he faces in trying to keep those promises.

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Applications for Education
This video provides a short review of checks and balances as it reminds viewers of the things that a President can or cannot do without the consent of Congress.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Growing Up in the White House

Over the weekend I saw a few segments on the news shows about children growing up in the White House. One segment I watched was on CBS and the other was on NBC's morning show. You can view the slide shows from CBS here. The video of the segment from NBC is embedded below. (I apologize for the pre-roll ad).



Applications for Education
The video above could be a good way to introduce a creative writing assignment about the White House. If you have students of the same age as the Obama's children you can ask your students to write about what they would feel if their father or mother was elected to the Presidency of the United States. You may also want to have your students view some virtual tours of the White House and ask your students which rooms they would like to live and play in if they lived in the White House.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: The Shrinking World

The CBS Sunday Morning Show features a segment called Fast Draw. This Fast Draw segment shows and tells a short story of how the world has shrunk because of technology.