Showing posts with label North Korea. Show all posts
Showing posts with label North Korea. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CNN Student News Visits North Korea (Kind of)

This morning's episode of CNN Student News features a report from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of the Korean Peninsula. It's an interesting look at the nuances of international boundaries, particularly boundaries between enemy countries. The report shows us how a few feet means the difference between legally and illegally being in North Korea.

To learn about the history of the conflict between North and South Korea, take a look at the The Korean "War" For Dummies produced by Keith Hughes.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

North Korea Explained in Four Minutes

This afternoon I spent some time jumping from one interesting and educational YouTube video to the next. Many of those videos will be appearing in blog posts here on Free Technology for Teachers. The first one that I want to share is North Korea: Explained. This four minute video from the Vlog Brothers answers the following questions: Is North Korea going to bomb us? Is North Korea a Threat? Is North Korea Communist? Why does North Korea Hate us?


For more background on North Korea, I also recommend The Korean "War" for Dummies produced by Keith Hughes.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Three Videos Looking at Life Inside North Korea

Last month I shared five resources for teaching about the history of conflict between North and South Korea. This afternoon I spent some time looking at resources for showing students what life is like for citizens inside of North Korea. Here are few of video resources that I think are worth sharing. All three of these were produced before the death of Kim Jong Il.

Inside North Korea was produced by National Geographic Explorer. Some of the imagery may not be appropriate for use with students younger than high school age.

Snag Films is currently hosting a three part series of videos about life inside North Korea. Part one is embedded below.


Life Inside the North Korean Bubble is the title of a BBC article and fifteen minute video (viewing may be restricted in some areas) on daily life in North Korea.

Monday, March 11, 2013

5 Resource for Learning About the History of Conflict on the Korean Peninsula

A few hours ago CNN and every other major news outlet reported that North Korea has declared invalid the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Part of the CNN article included a short video about the history of conflict on the Korean peninsula. That video is embedded below.


For a longer explanation of the Korean War, Keith Hughes has a sixteen minute overview for high school students.


This video gives us just the facts about the Korean War in three minutes.


The Guardian offers a short, interactive slideshow about North Korea's weapons testing. The slideshow is two years old, but the graphics on how the tests are conducted are still useful.

The BBC's country profile on North Korea is a resource that students can use to get a quick overview of history of North Korea in a timeline format. Teachers who have students that have read Lois Lowry's The Giver may want to ask students for their thoughts on the media section of the BBC's profile of North Korea.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Life Inside North Korea

By now you've probably heard the news that North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il died over the weekend. There are plenty of good news sources on the story, here's CNN's story, here's the BBC's story. CNN also has a biographical video about Kim Jong Il. But if you want to know more about what life is like inside North Korea, I have some resources that you can use in your classroom.

The BBC has a great set of fact sheets for every country in the world. Their Guide to North Korea is no exception to that pattern. Life Inside the North Korean Bubble is an article and fifteen minute video (viewing may be restricted in some areas) on daily life in North Korea.

Eight years ago Mike Wallace did a 60 Minutes story about life inside North Korea. You can see the video here or as embedded below.


CNN has a sixteen image captioned slideshow about life inside North Korea.

And here is a video of North Korea's military on parade.

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

Snag Films has a three part documentary on North Korea.

Monday, November 29, 2010

CNN Student News - Tensions in Korean Peninsula

This morning's episode of CNN Student News leads off with a segment about the latest tensions between North Korea and South Korea. The segment concludes with an explanation of why the US would get involved if North Korea declared war on South Korea. Watch the episode below.



For more resources about tensions in the Korean Peninsula see this page set-up by CNN.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

North Korea v. South Korea Incident Map

The Guardian's Data Blog has created a map of every incidence of diplomatic or armed hostilities between North Korea and South Korea over the last sixty years. The map was created using Google Fusion Tables and a database of incidents published by the Congressional Research Service.












Google Fusion Tables is a tool for creating a variety of data visualizations including maps. You can learn more about using Fusion Tables in this post I wrote last winter.

Applications for Education
Last week's violent incident between North Korea and South Korea has put their tensions back in the news. If you're planning to have students investigate this story in your classroom this week, this map of past incidents could help students understand some of the underlying tensions leading up to last week's outbreak of violence.

For more resources about tensions between North Korea and South Korea see Larry Ferlazzo's list.

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.

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The Bayeux Tapestry Animated
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