Showing posts with label NY Times. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NY Times. Show all posts

Monday, October 13, 2014

15 Second Vocabulary Videos - A NY Times Learning Network Contest

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo this morning I learned about a neat contest that The New York Times Learning Network is hosting. The 15-Second Vocabulary Contest asks students to create a short video in which they pronounce, define, and illustrate (animation, drawing, acting, claymation, stop-motion) the meaning of one of the words from this list of the Learning Network's Words of the Day.

The contest is open to students worldwide between the ages of 13 and 19. Submissions are due by November 11. Complete contest rules are available here.

A winning video from last year's contest is embedded below.

Applications for Education
Even if your students don't enter the contest, the concept of creating 15 second vocabulary videos is one that you can incorporate into your language arts lessons. If you want to create a gallery of vocabulary videos that your students make, consider using Google Drive to make a private gallery of videos.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The NY Times Replica Edition - Free for K-12 Classrooms

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo I just learned that The New York Times provides K-12 classrooms (in the U.S.) with free subscriptions to the Replica Edition NY Times. The Replica Edition is different from as it does not offer all of additional features of The Replica Edition contains all of the articles found in the daily editions of The New York Times.

With the free subscription to The New York Times Replica Edition you can read and search the last 30 days of newspapers, listen to the articles, and print the articles. Click here to learn more and to apply for the free subscription.

Monday, July 7, 2014

This NY Times Interactive Compares Renting vs. Buying a Home

A few years ago The New York Times produced an interactive infographic about the costs of renting a home compared to buying the same home. The infographic was recently updated to include more variables. Some of the updated variables include mortgage rates, closing costs, and tax status.

Users of the interactive infographic can enter variable data such as home price, interest rates, rent prices, rental rate increases, and housing market changes to determine when it's best to buy a home rather than rent. Users can also account for information like insurance rates, condo fees, and opportunity costs.

Applications for Education
The big variable in this interactive infographic is the piece that says "if you can rent a similar home for less than.... then renting is better." The challenge then is to find a home to rent at the same monthly cost. Ask students to go on a real estate website to see if it is possible to find similar homes to rent and buy at the same monthly cost. Then ask them to justify if it is better to rent or buy their towns or regions.

The other pieces of this infographic that I like are the glossary and the break-down of the "hidden" costs of home ownership. Students often don't account for hidden costs in determining how much a decision costs in the long run.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Gauging Your Distraction - A Good Game for Teen Drivers

The New York Times has an excellent interactive game that every teen driver or aspiring driver should play at least once. Gauging Your Distraction requires players to try to read and reply to three text messages while negotiating lanes of traffic. The game ends when all three messages have been sent. I gave the game a try and found it to be quite challenging.

Applications for Education
Gauging Your Distraction is an excellent activity to incorporate into a driver training program. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State of the Union Address - Behind the Scenes and More

Last night President Obama delivered his 2012 State of the Union Address. Every US-based news website has coverage of the event. If you're thinking of discussing the State of the Union Address in your classroom today, here are a few things that should be helpful to you.

The White House website you can find the entire video of last night's address. The White House published the "enhanced" video which includes some visuals to complement the content of President Obama's key points. You can view the video online or download it directly from the White House website.

The White House published a short "behind the scenes" video about the writing of the State of the Union Address.

You can find the full transcript of President Obama's State of the Union Address on the White House's website. Put that transcript into a tool like Wordle to create word clouds that will help students quickly recognize the most-used words and phrases in President Obama's address last night.

Finally, Larry Ferlazzo has a short list of visualizations of last night's address. Included in that list is this NY Times interactive display of last night's State of the Union Address. The interactive allows you to skip through the transcript to read the text and watch the corresponding video.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Food for Thought - Schools for Tomorrow

Yesterday, The New York Times hosted their Schools for Tomorrow Conference. I'll admit that I don't know as much about it as I probably should, but I am looking forward to learning more through the recordings of yesterday's panel discussions and presentations. The panel discussions and presentations are now available online at the Schools for Tomorrow website. The first one that I plan to watch/ listen to tomorrow morning while drinking my Saturday morning coffee is the school environment panel moderated by Ewan McIntosh whose blog I have followed for quite a while. The video of that panel is embedded below.

Watch live streaming video from schoolsfortomorrowa at

Friday, September 16, 2011

Twenty Years of Grunge

Please excuse this small bit of self-indulgence as I take a trip down memory lane.

This morning I did something I hardly ever do anymore, I went directly to The New York Times homepage. There it was front and center, smacking me in the face with memories of middle school, a story about Seattle's music scene twenty years after Nirvana's release of Smells Like Teen Spirit. Embedded in the sidebar of the article are some multimedia elements including a six minute mini-documentary about Seattle's, Nirvana's, and other bands' roles in shaping the music scene of the 90's.

Two things struck me as I watched the video. First, I'm definitely getting older. Second, many of my students listen to bands today that were heavily influenced by the likes of Nirvana. So what's this have to do with education? Don't worry here's the tie-in. Music teachers looking to give a lesson on the development of the modern music scene might want to pass this article and video along to students. Similarly, social studies teachers trying to develop lessons on 1990's culture may want to give the article and video a look.

And for all of my Gen-X contemporaries, happy listening.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Final Shuttle Launch - Videos, Images, and More

This morning the space shuttle Atlantis was launched on its final mission. In case you missed the live webcast of the launch this morning, the video is available on YouTube and in NASA's video gallery. I've embedded it below.

After the launch NASA held an hour-long press conference in which a number of questions about the current state of NASA's programs and the future of NASA's space exploration missions. You can watch that video here.

National Geographic has updated their pages about the shuttle program with new images, videos, and articles. A few of the many things worth highlighting on National Geographic's pages include this photo gallery of Discovery's milestones, a history of the shuttle program, and five myths about the Challenger disaster.  

The New York Times published 30 Years of the Space Shuttle which is an interactive timeline about the shuttle program. Place your cursor over each marker on the timeline to learn more about each shuttle's missions and milestones. Thanks to Angela Maiers for sharing this resource.

Larry Ferlazzo has also assembled a good list of resources for teaching and learning about the shuttle program.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Images of Haiti Before and After Earthquake

Today marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The New York Times has a good interactive map that allows viewers to compare images from before the earthquake, immediately after the earthquake, and eleven months after the earthquake.  You can zoom-in on structures in and around Port-au-Prince then click on the short slideshows in the map. The map is best viewed in full screen.

H/T to Google Maps Mania.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Disunion Blog - NY Times Civil War Blog

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. In the lead-up to the 150th anniversary, The New York Times offers The Disunion Blog. The Disunion Blog uses images, maps, timelines, diaries, and historical assessments to illustrate the causes of the Civil War and how the war unfolded. My attention was drawn to the Disunion Blog by the US History Teachers Blog recent post about the maps and timelines featured on the Disunion Blog.

Applications for Education
If you're a teacher of US History, the Disunion Blog is sure to offer something that you can use to enhance your lessons about the Civil War. This map of American Slavery is one that I'll be using in one of my US History classes next week.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Three Good WWI Resources from the BBC
American President - An Online Reference
The Science and Technology of WWII

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Capturing the Atom Bomb on Film

Capturing the Atom Bomb on Film is an audio slideshow from The New York Times. The slideshow features the voice of George Yoshitake who is one of the few remaining photographers who attempted to capture on film the atomic bomb tests run by the US Government between 1945 and 1962. The slideshow contains twenty-two images in all.

Applications for Education
There is a set of seven images in Capturing the Atom Bomb on Film that really demonstrate the power of nuclear bombs. In those seven images (slides 14-20) show how a nuclear explosion produces enough heat to almost instantly incinerate a school bus. Some of the other images in the slideshow along with Mr. Yoshitake's narration demonstrate how little was known about the effects of atomic bombs in the early days of their development.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Create Audio Slideshows with Shwup
Audio Slideshow - Kenya's Drought
Bush's Eight Years in Office - Audio Slideshow

Friday, August 27, 2010

Teaching With Infographics - Many Good Resources

Earlier this week I learned from Larry Ferlazzo that The New York Times Learning Network was doing a series of posts about teaching with infographics. The last installment of the series went live today with a post by Diana Laufenberg. Diana's post includes ten steps for designing lessons in which students create infographics. Her post also includes links to some valuable information concerning the actual infographic design process.

The entire Teaching With Infographics series contains a lot of very useful information for teachers who are considering using infographics in their classrooms. Infographics for Language Arts and Fine Arts can be found here, infographics for Science and Health can be found here, History and Economics infographics can be found here, and "getting started" resources can be found here.

Applications for Education
I've found in my classroom that infographics can be very useful for helping students gain a better comprehension of data sets. Viewing infographics can be helpful, but designing an infographic is a better way for students to increase their understanding of data sets. The Teaching With Infographics series could help you design lessons for using infographics with your students.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Scenes From a Ruined Boulevard - Interactive Photo Essay

The New York Times has an interactive photo essay about post-earthquake Haiti. Scenes From a Ruined Boulevard is a long series of photos taken on a quarter-mile stretch
of Boulevard Jean-Jacques Dessalines
. Boulevard Jean-Jacques Dessalines is one of the busiest streets in Port-au-Prince. Strung together the images give viewers a good sense of the destruction caused by the earthquake in Haiti. Viewers can explore the images by using a horizontal scroll bar or by selecting one of the five chapters. Scenes From a Ruined Boulevard provides some text in the photo essay to help explain what is recorded in the images.

Applications for Education
In my school all seniors are required to do some type of public service project before graduation. Some of our students are doing fundraisers for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Those students could share with others a visual reference, like Scenes From a Ruined Boulevard, to raise awareness of the need for aid.

Monday, February 22, 2010

NY Times - Inside the Olympic Action

The New York Times has good collection of videos and audio slideshows designed to take you "inside the action" of Winter Olympic events. The videos will take you down a luge run at 90mph, through a snowboard half pipe, and down the men's downhill ski course. Along the way athletes and coaches explain intricacies of each event and how the athletes maneuver through their events.

Applications for Education
Inside the Action could be a good resource for learning about Olympic events from an "insider's perspective." You might want to use these videos in conjunction with a Google Maps Street View tour of the Winter Olympics.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Calculate the Future Costs of College

The New York Times has a handy little tool for students and their parents to use as they prepare to finance a college education. The College Cost Calculator allows users to estimate the cost of college up to twenty years from now. To use the calculator enter the current tuition then select the number of years from now in which the student will start college. After inputting the current tuition and start date, the College Cost Calculator will generate a graph of the predicted costs for four years of schooling. The calculator uses a 3% rate of increase, but you can alter that rate with the slider at the bottom of your graph and the graph will automatically adjust.

Applications for Education
If you work with students and parents on college planning the College Cost Calculator could be a useful for appropriate planning.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Unigo - College Reviews and Advice from Students
College Cruch - Resources for College and Career Planning
My College Calendar Helps Students Organize College Applications

Monday, December 7, 2009

Interactive Immigration Map

In my school's US History curriculum, we stress patterns and enduring themes. One of the themes we talk about throughout the year is waves of immigration. The New York Times has an excellent interactive map showing immigration data from 1880 through 2000. The map shows the origins of immigrants and where they settled. The timeline on the map allows users to easily change the data that is displayed. Users can also choose to display one country of origin or all countries of origin.

Thanks to the US History Teachers blog for the link to this map.

Applications for Education
I'm sure that the NY Times interactive immigration map will be making an appearance or two in my US History course when we begin to study immigration at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th Century.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Quick Overview of Geothermal Energy

The New York Times has an audio slideshow that provides a brief overview of geothermal energy. The audio slideshow is the accompaniment to an article about the dangers of drilling deep into the Earth. The slideshow provides an explanation of why the western United States is one of the easier places to access geothermal energy. The slideshow offers good visual aids depicting how geothermal energy is harnessed.

Applications for Education
This audio slideshow could be useful for science teachers to use as an introduction to geothermal energy. The slideshow could also be the beginning of a student brainstorming session in which they list all of the forms of alternative energies with which they are familiar.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
A Crash Course in Wind Energy
Exploring Alternative Energy Sources
Coal Mining Practices Outlined in Google Earth

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

How Americans Spend Their Time

Following up on yesterday's post about the online stopwatch, I found an interactive about how Americans spend their days. The New York Times produced an interactive chart of how Americans spend their days. This chart is based on the results of a 2008 survey of thousands of Americans. Click on the chart to see how much time Americans spend working, sleeping, eating, watching television, volunteering, and other daily activities. You can isolate demographic groups and activity elements on the chart for further analysis.

Applications for Education
This interactive chart could be used in a health class to evaluate how much time different groups of Americans spend being active versus the time they spend being sedentary. You could also use this chart in a middle school mathematics class as a model for creating displays of data sets.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Skim Articles Quickly on NY Times Article Skimmer

The New York Times has tons of great content everyday, but trying to sort through even a portion of it can be very time consuming. The New York Times now has a new way for readers to browse its content. The New York Times Article Skimmer is a grid of headlines and article stubs that enables you to quickly skim many articles from your choice of sixteen article categories.

Applications for Education
The New York Times Article Skimmer could be a good news resource for high school students. The New York Times Article Skimmer has potential for use not only in a current events curriculum, but also in business courses, science courses, and technology classes as there are sections for each of those topics on the NY Times Article Skimmer.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Timelines: Israel, the Gaza Strip, and Hamas

Yesterday, I posted a video from CNN Student News that gave a brief overview of the current fighting in the Gaza Strip. Today, I found a couple of timelines to accompany that video.

As is to be expected, the BBC has put together some good resources that middle school and high school students can use to gain an understanding of the current situation in Gaza. The timeline provides brief summaries of the events of each day since the fighting started on December 27. Students can gain a geographic context of the events by using the BBC's situation map. You can access the map and timeline here.

The New York Times has a great interactive timeline that middle school and high school students can access. The interactive timeline covers not only the current events in Gaza, but also the history of Israel dating back to 1949. By clicking along the top of the timeline students will find articles and images explaining each event. You may also want to have your students read this recent article from the NY Times Learning Network. Turn on the geography and vocabulary keys to help younger students comprehend the content.

Larry Ferlazzo has compiled a great list of resources for teaching about the Middle East. Make sure you check out Larry's list for more ideas.

On a more positive note, Snag Films, has made available for free the PBS movie Bridge Over the Wadi. Bridge Over the Wadi is a documentary about a joint Arab-Jewish school that opened in 2004 in Israel's Wadi Ara region.