Showing posts with label Global Issues. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Global Issues. Show all posts

Monday, June 8, 2009

Debategraph - Diagrams of Global Debates

Debate Graph is a great resource that students can use to evaluate the many arguments in hot-button global topics. By providing webbed diagrams of arguments students can see and explore the many facets of debate.

To find a debate, visit the gallery of debates on Debate Graph. There are two options for exploring debates. The simplest way to is use the "explorer view" of a debate. The "explorer view" provides an easy to explore webbed diagram. To explore a debate students just need to click on any of the connected circles in a diagram. To explore a debate in the most depth, select the "mapper view" which gives you access to all of the information used in the creation of webbed diagrams. If you want to create your own debate diagram or contribute to one that is already started register for free on Debate Graph.

Applications for Education
Rarely are debates a simple two-sided matter. Debate Graph provides students with a great tool for exploring the many facets of debates. Students could also create their own Debate Graphs in preparation for an in-person debate with classmates.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Opposing Views - Experts Debate Public Policy and More
ProCon - Helping Students Evaluate Controversial Topics

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Why Americans Know Less About the World

From the Open Culture collection of Intelligent YouTube Videos comes this short video of a TED talk from this past winter. In the video Alisa Miller explains, through maps, why Americans don't know as much about world news as compared to their peers in other countries. Ms. Miller gives a convincing presentation that has some implications for educators in the United States.

Implications for Education
Educators in America hear the news reports and see the statistics about how our students measure up to the rest of the world all the time. There are a lot of reasons and responses that can be offered, but let's not ignore the fact that we're charged to do something. As a teacher who promotes the use of technology in the classroom as a global learning experience, a video or story like the one from Alisa Miller offers a great justification for increasing access to the Internet in the classroom. If mainstream media cannot or will not spend adequate time covering world news then as a teacher it's my job to make students globally aware and teach them how to find and access world news.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The BBC's Day in Pictures - Worth One Thousand Lessons

The BBC runs a feature every day called the Day in Pictures that displays a small collection of photographs from around the world. For years I've used this resource as a conversation starter for current events discussions in my Contemporary World Studies class. The Day in Pictures collections are part of a much larger resource from the BBC simply called In Pictures. The In Pictures resource provides hundreds of images in a variety collections and slide shows about current events throughout the world. Some of the slide shows even include narration. All of the images include captions explaining what is happening in the picture and a little background knowledge about the event being photographed.

Applications for Education
The In Pictures collections from the BBC are great conversation starters for current events discussions. The collections are also great supplementary material for students to use in presentations about current events. For visual learners the images from the In Pictures collections are helpful for providing visual connections and context to a story.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Students of the World

Students of the is a useful resource for social studies teachers at all grade levels. Students of the World provides all of the typical statistical data and general background information about countries that you would expect from an almanac.

A great feature of Students of the World is that the website provide students and teachers the opportunity to be penpals with classes around the world. Students of the hosts discussion forums and blogs through which students can connect with other students around the world.

Students of the has great educational games for designed for younger students.

Applications for Educators
Students of the has something for every student or teacher of global studies. The penpal portal would be a great way to have your students discuss current world news with students from another country thereby giving your students a more global perspective on the world. Have your class look at a class blog from a school in another country to see what schools around the world are teaching and learning. Overall, Students of the is a great way to open the eyes of your students to global perspectives.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Predict the News with Hub Dub

Hub Dub is similar to many other social bookmarking services in that readers can submit stories from all over the web. The unique feature of Hub Dub is that rather than just ranking news stories, users can predict the future of the news.

Applications for Educators
Hub Dub is a way for students to track a particular news story, make a prediction about that story, and compare their predictions to the actual outcomes. Students can compare their predictions to the predictions of others around the world using Hub Dub. Hub Dub exposes students to global perspectives on news stories.

Here is a short video introduction to Hub Dub.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Film Your Issue

Film Your Issue is a globally recognized film competition for high school students. Students can speak out about any national or global issue. Winning films receive prestigious prizes including internships at major media outlets and or college scholarships. FYI provides a list of suggested topics and categories for the film, but the competition is open to any film about any issue. This is a great competition to get students thinking about and speaking about the issues that they think are important. Visit the Film Your Issue website to learn more about the competition and prizes.

Below is a winning video from the 2007 Film Your Issue competition.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Global Geografia

Global Geografia is an Italian-based website full of useful resources for Geography and World Studies teachers. Global Geografia offers an index of global statistics (much like the CIA's World Fact Book), satellite imagery of the Earth and the solar system, photo albums, webcams from around the world, and most impressively 360 degree virtual tours of many famous places throughout the world.

Applications for Educators
Global Geografia is a useful, one-stop shopping style, resource for global statistics and images.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: TED Talks- Presentations from Scholars

TED is an organization dedicated to Technology, Entertainment, and Design. TED hosts a global conference every year on these topics and more. The best lectures and presentations for the conference are hosted on the TED website. There are currently over 200 talks on You may remember David Pogue's medley about media on the Internet that I posted on Thursday. I have embedded a TED talk about trade versus aid in Africa.

Applications for Educators
The TED talks are appropriate for math, science, and social studies courses. Share with your high school students what the best and most famous minds have to say about today's most important global issues. makes it easy to find talks appropriate for your classes with an easy to navigate themes section on the homepage.