Showing posts with label PBS News Hour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PBS News Hour. Show all posts

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Current Events Sites for Students


CNN Student News, now called CNN 10, is one of the most popular sites for student news and current events, but there are many other sites out there that are worth taking a look at. Here are some of the ones that I have used over the last couple of years.


  • KidsPost- This is associated with the Washington Post. This site focuses on important events, but has plenty of fun and entertaining articles as well. 
  • PBS NewsHour Extra- News site for students in grades 7-12. This site also includes a searchable database of articles based on topic as well as lesson plans for teachers. 
  • National Geographic News- This site is not designed specifically for students, but it is packed with interesting articles that focus on current events around the world. 
  • TweenTribune- This site is associated with the Smithsonian and has articles that are lexile leveled for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. 
  • CBBC Newsround- This is a good site for news and fun facts for students. It includes stories, pictures, and videos.
Applications for Education
Instead of having all students read and summarize the same current event, why not provide students with a list of places to find current events and have them select articles that interest them? You could link these sites on your classroom website or in Google Classroom to make it easy for students to access them. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Watch & Share Reactions to Presidential Debates Since 1960

Watch the Debates is a PBS NewsHour website that offers videos of the Presidential debate of 1960 and every debate from 1976 forward. The site also includes videos of some debates between candidates for Vice President including the 1988 debate in which Lloyd Bentson famously quipped to Dan Quayle, "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

Watch the Debates lets you find debate videos according to year and or issue. Once you have found a video you can register your reactions to the arguments candidates make in the videos. You register your reaction by using thumbs-up and thumbs-down icons. You can register a reaction as often as every five seconds in a video. When you register your reaction you will be shown graph of how other viewers responded at the same point in the video.

Applications for Education
Watch the Debates could be a great resource for high school and middle school social studies teachers. Through the issue filter on Watch the Debates students can see which issues were most pressing at various points in the last forty years. Students could also see how responses to those issues have changed over the years. Finally, students can see that there was a time when a debate between politicians was about the issues important to the people and didn't devolve into name-calling.

One way that you could use Watch the Debates in your classroom is to have students pick an issue then work in groups to trace when that issue first appeared in a debate and how candidates' responses to that issue vary over time. For example, I might have my students choose the issue of economy then break-up the class into small groups with each group watching and taking notes on a different debate. Then I'd bring the class back together to compare notes on what candidates have said about the economy through the years.

On a related note, check out The Living Room Candidate to see the evolution of Presidential campaign commercials since 1960.

H/T to Open Culture for the Watch the Debates link. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

#MyZeitgeist 2013 - PBS News Hour Competition for Teens

PBS News Hour and Meograph are hosting a year-in-review competition for teenage students. The contest asks students to create their 2013 Zeitgeists. Students will use Meograph to combine videos, images, sounds, and maps to tell the story of the year. The winning entry will be featured on the PBS News Hour website, be featured on the YouTube Education website, and will the creator of the winning entry will receive a Nexus 7 tablet.

PBS New Hour offers a complete project outline for teachers and students. Unfortunately, to use Meograph for this competition students will have to sign-in with a Twitter, Facebook, or Google account. That will be a limiting factor for some students.


Applications for Education
If the requirement to use Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ to enter this competition is a deterrent to you, you can still use the My Zeitgeist concept to have your students review 2013.