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

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Video - The Difference Between Stocks & Bonds

Last week I wrote a post about the National Financial Capability Challenge for high school students. That post included some lesson plan resources for teaching financial basics. Yesterday, I came across a nice short video from CBS Fast Draw that should also help students prepare for the NFCC. The Difference Between Stocks & Bonds uses a fun scenario to illustrate and explain the difference between the two.


Applications for Education
I've always found that talking about money, particularly scenarios for making money, gets even the most disinterested student's attention. Combine that with a fun cartoon about a crazy cat-loving cousin and you have a good way to introduce students to important economic concepts.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Don't Forget to Change Your Clocks This Weekend

This weekend many of us will be moving our clocks ahead one hour for daylight saving time. Why do we do this? CBS Fast Draw has the answer in the video below.


Applications for Education
When your students grumble on Monday about being tired from missing an hour of sleep, this video explains why they missed that hour.

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.

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.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fast Draw - Putting the Oil Spill in Perspective

Yesterday, on the CBS Sunday Morning Show the Fast Draw team illustrated the size of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill relative to daily energy consumption in the United States. The video compares not only how much oil is used in the US everyday, but also the amount of coal and hydro power consumed in the US. Watch the video below.


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Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
First-hand Accounts of the Oil Spill's Impact
More Google Maps About Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Tracking the Oil Spill - Interactive Maps

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Has Anyone Seen a Missing Hour of Sleep?

Last night most of us in the US moved our clocks forward by one hour thereby foregoing an hour of sleep. Why did we do this? Watch the following video from the CBS News Fast Draw team to find out.


Applications for Education
I've posted this video a couple of times over the last two and a half years. No matter how many times I watch it I still think is provides a succinct explanation of the rationale for Daylight Saving Time.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The History and the Purpose of the US Census

This year a census of the United States is being taken. The CBS Fast Draw team has produced a short video that outlines the history and the purpose of census taking in the United States. The CBS video goes well with Say It Visually's video on the same topic.

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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, October 25, 2009

A Brief History of US Bank Debates

This week my US History students will be learning about Andrew Jackson and The Bank War. This short video from the CBS Fast Draw team, provides a quick overview of the ideas of Washington, Jefferson, and Jackson regarding the concept of a national bank. As my students have already studied Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton's ideas regarding banking, this video will be a quick review of those idea and an introduction to Jackson. The video is embedded below.

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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.

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.