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

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.



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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 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, 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.

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, 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, 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.

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.

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, 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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