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

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Video - America's Briefest President

This evening while browsing the CBS News video section I came across a short piece about William Henry Harrison. The four minute video, narrated by Mo Rocca, tells the story of how William Henry Harrison came into office and why his wife never did make it to Washington, D.C.

Applications for Education
As I watched the video I noticed there were some striking similarities between Harrison's attempt to hide his aristocratic roots while campaigning and those same attempts made by politicians today. Show the video to your history students and ask them if they can draw any comparisons between the campaign practices of Harrison and of today's politicians. Then ask them to think about why some politicians may want to hide their aristocratic backgrounds.

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, May 2, 2011

Americans by the Numbers

Last year I shared a handful of resources related to the US Census. My favorite of those were this interactive map from The New York Times and this CBS Fast Draw video about the history and purpose of the US census. Yesterday, CBS Sunday Morning offered a short video that gives us a little more insight into the habits of the "typical" American. Americans by the Numbers is a short overview of how the typical American spends his or her money.

Click here if you can't see the video.

Applications for Education
This video could be the start of small local research project for your students. After watching the video, have your students interview their parents, grandparents, or other adults in their lives to see how they compare to the "typical" American. Then have the students combine their research work to compare their community to the typical American community.

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.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Bush v. Gore Ten Years Later

To some of us (particularly those who were passionate undergrad political science students in 2000) it seems like just yesterday Bush v. Gore was decided. It's now been ten years ago the 2000 Presidential Election was decided in favor of George Bush. CBS News has a short video recapping the story. Watch the video below.

If you show the CBS News video to your students, you may also want to show Common Craft's Electing a US President in Plain English.

Applications for Education
The case of Bush v. Gore should be included in any high school Civics discussion about the Electoral College. After watching the videos about and reading about Bush v. Gore have students compare and contrast the circumstances and resolution of that case with the 1876 Presidential Election featuring Tilden v. Hayes.

Friday, November 19, 2010

What Are Earmarks?

If discussion about the news, particularly political news, is a part of your classroom, the term "earmarks" might be something your students have questions about. Charles Osgood from CBS Sunday Morning has a simple and clear explanation of earmarks. Watch the video 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.

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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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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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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.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fall of the Berlin Wall - Video and Photos

Tomorrow, November 9, marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. CBS News has two visual resources looking back at the events of November 1989. The Fall of the Berlin Wall is a slideshow of twelve images with captions from twenty years ago. Berlin Wall in Pictures is a three minute documentary of the political circumstances leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall Berlin Wall.

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President Reagan's speech at the Brandendburg gate.

1962 - Road to the Wall.

ABC News doesn't allow embedding of its clips, but you can view Peter Jennings reporting the news of the Wall's fall here.

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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Monday, April 27, 2009

History of the First 100 Days

Wednesday will mark one hundred days in office for President Obama. One hundred days is typically the first major check point in measuring a new president's administration. The significance of the "first 100 days" comes from FDR's first term in office. CBS News and CNN have released videos explaining the history and significance of a president's first one hundred days in office.
The CBS Video is embedded below.

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The CNN Video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
These videos could be useful for teachers of current events and teachers of US History. Teachers of US History could use the videos as a brief explanation of the significance of FDR's election in 1932 and the legislation he got passed in an attempt to pull the country out of the Great Depression.
Teachers of current events could use the videos as the starting point for a discussion or student research about what President Obama has done in his first one hundred days in office.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

America's Class Warfare - Video for US History

As some readers have probably guessed, I try to watch the CBS Sunday Morning show every weekend. Today's show started with segment about America's new class warfare. One of my US History classes has developed a particular interest in the struggles between economic classes throughout US history. This video makes reference to the class warfare of past eras with class warfare today. Tomorrow morning I will use this video as the starting point for students to create their own comparisons between class warfare of the past and of today.

The video also contains an interview with middle class workers in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania who share their opinions on whether or not the government should bail out those people who default on sub-prime loans. This is another good topic that my high school students have passionately discussed this year and are sure to pick up on again when they watch the video.

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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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