Showing posts with label Contemporary World Studies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Contemporary World Studies. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Short Explanation of the European Union

If you teach global studies, current events, geography, or anything along those lines, you've probably found yourself explaining the European Union to your students. There many many nuances to it, but if a quick primer on it is all that your students need then you might consider sharing CGP Grey's  video The European Union Explained. As is typical of CGP Grey's videos this is a fast-paced video that you'll probably need to watch a couple of times in order to catch everything that he says.

While we're in the neighborhood it might not be a bad idea to revisit The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Interactive Map - Who Is Protesting Where

The Daily Beast has published an interactive map of protests in North Africa and the Middle East. Hovering over a country on the map reveals a short description of the current state of protests in that country. Clicking on a country will take you to news articles about protests in that country.

Applications for Education
When I saw this map I immediately thought of students who are studying current world events in their classes. The map could be a good way to find some background information and have a geographic context for stories that they're discussing in their classes.

H/T to Google Maps Mania

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

News Map - Find World News by Location

A few weeks I shared the news mapping service Mapeas with you. Not long after that Mapeas hit a technical glitch, but I'm happy to report that it is fully functional again. Tonight, I'd like to share with you another service that helps you locate world news stories by location. News Map is a relatively simple mash-up of Google Maps and Yahoo News. To use News Map select a region from the tabbed menu then click on a country to see a list of current news stories. For some larger countries you can further refine your search by state, province, or city.

News Map was included in a Make Use Of list of news maps.

Applications for Education
News Map and resources like it can useful for providing students with a variety of perspectives on world news and a variety of stories. You could have students use News Map to compare the ways the same story is reported by media outlets in different parts of the world.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
AP Timeline Reader
Ten by Ten - Visual Links to World News
Science and Statistics Animations

Sunday, October 24, 2010

North Korea's Military Parade in Slow Motion

When North Korea recently held a military parade to introduce Kim Jong-il's youngest son as his successor, international media was allowed to film it. The Guardian's Dan Chung was one of those members of the international media that filmed the event. The slow motion video Chung created does a good job of capturing the faces of North Korea's military. Watch the video below.

North Korea's Military parade in Slow Motion from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
The video above reminded me of films of the Soviet Union's May Day parades. A quick search on YouTube yields many clips of old Soviet May Day parades (here's one). You could use these video clips to launch a classroom discussion about the role of propaganda in communist governments.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
WWI Video Map
The Bayeux Tapestry Animated
Smarthistory - A Multimedia Art History Book

Monday, April 5, 2010

Audio Slideshow - Ex-child Soldier in Sudan

Ex-child soldier in Sudan is a powerful, three minute audio slideshow produced by the BBC. The slideshow chronicles the struggles of 13 year old Deng Chan to care for his family, attend school, and deal with anger after leaving the rebel army in South Sudan.

Applications for Education
When I was still teaching a contemporary global studies course this audio slideshow is exactly the type of resource that I would use to "humanize" the events my students were studying in class.

Monday, December 28, 2009

20 Things That Happen in a Minute

20 Things That Happen in 1 Minute is a graphic that illustrates twenty common things that occur every minute in the United States and around the world. The graphic reminded me of a video, If the World Were a Village of 100, that I've seen a few times. That video is embedded below.

Here is a similar video that is geared toward a younger audience.

Applications for Education
These graphics and videos could be used to combine social studies and mathematics into one lesson. Students could use the video and or looking at the graphic as a model for creating their own diagrams about data sets. Students could create graphics about data sets that apply to the population of their state or country.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Resources for UN Human Rights Day

Tomorrow is the UN's 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UN has some good resources for students to learn about the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tomorrow morning starting at 9am (est) you and your students can watch a webcast of the UN's commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The UN has some other resources that may be easier to use in your classroom than the live webcast. There is a short quiz about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that could be useful for introducing discussions about the UN or as a closing activity. You may also want to explore with your students the interactive declaration. Another student accessible resource from the UN is the cartoon exhibit about human rights.

The BBC has compiled some good resources about the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The BBC has a slide show, question and answer page, and a compilation of stories about human rights. You can find all of those resources here.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thematic Mapping Engine - Creating KMZ Files Made Easy

Thematic Mapping provides users with a very simple way to create Google Earth kmz files. Thematic Mapping draws on data provided by the United Nations to create maps depicting all types of development data and environmental science data. Users select a statistical indicator category, select a year or range of years, and the manner in which they would like the data displayed in Google Earth. If you're using a Windows computer you can preview your files before downloading them. Below is an image of the kmz file I created using Thematic Mapping.

Applications for Education
Thematic Mapping could be used in Social Studies, Math, or Environmental Science courses. A map depicting GDP Per Capita would be useful in math if students are studying the differences between mean and median. The same map would also be useful in a Social Studies course where students are studying the distribution of wealth. There are a number of environmental science indicators available from Thematic Mapping one that may be particular useful for Environmental Science students is the CO2 Emissions Per Capita theme.

Thematic Mapping Engine appears to be offline as of 3/27/09, but the blog for TME is still online and active so hopefully TME is only offline temporarily.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Remembrance in Film, Presented by Snag Films

Snag Films, the free service that lets you watch full length documentaries and share them on your own blog or wiki, is providing seven free films about the events of September 11, 2001. All week long these films can be watched in their entirety without commercial interruption.

As I mentioned in my first review of Snag Films, Snag Films solves two problems for me. First, I can watch high quality documentaries without having to shell out any money for them. Second, by embedding a film's feed into my class blog if a student is absent the day I show a film, that student can watch the film without having to stay after school with me or going to the library to watch the film.