Showing posts with label Current TV. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Current TV. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Two for Next Tuesday

With election day less than one week away, I thought I would share a couple of resources that Social Studies teachers might find useful. The Political Machine Express is a free game that students can use to explore the campaigning process. Students play the game as McCain, Obama, Palin, or Biden. The game was recommended to me by a reader of this blog. The one problem with the game is that it is only available for Windows.

Current TV has created an Election Night 2008 page to which users can contribute content. Current TV is looking for videos of election day parties. For high school teachers and students this might be a good opportunity to share how they are marking the election day. The best videos will be featured on Current TV's coverage of the election. If your class is helping to get people to the polls, register voters, or other civic project creating a video could be a good way to recognize the efforts of your students.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Cartoon Explanation of the Sub-prime Mortgage Crisis

I love videos that explain complex concepts in simple terms. This cartoon video about the sub-prime mortgage crisis just aired on Current TV.




Applications for Education
Cartoons and other animated illustrations are fun and simple ways to introduce students to complex concepts. CBS features a series called Fast Draw that tackles different ideas with simple whiteboard explanations, Common Craft also uses simple whiteboard explanations to introduce viewers to technology resources.