Showing posts with label Reuters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reuters. Show all posts

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Year in 60 Seconds - A Video Project Idea

The Year in 60 Seconds is a video from Reuters featuring images and some sound bites of the year's biggest global news stories. I found this video on The English Blog. As Jeffrey Hill mentioned on his post, the video makes you wonder if anything good happened in 2011. The video is embedded below, but if you're reading this in RSS you might need to click through to see the video.

Applications for Education
I'm sure as that as the month progresses we'll see many more "year in review" news videos and slideshows popping-up on the web. Instead of waiting for those videos to appear, challenge your students to create their own "year in review" news videos. FlixTime and Animoto are two easy-to-use video creation tools that are well suited to producing videos like the one from Reuters embedded above.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

China Looks Back on 60 Years

Earlier this week Reuters produced a short video overview of the last sixty years in China. The two and one half minutes video takes a quick look at the impact of significant events including the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
When using videos in my classroom I generally prefer to use short clips rather than longer documentary films (although I have used those too). Short clips like this one don't strain my students' attention spans while at the same time providing a visual and audio introduction to or review of a lesson.

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Tiananmen Square 20 Years Later
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tiananmen Square - Lesson Plans and Videos

Tomorrow, June 4, 2009 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests being crushed by the Chinese government. I've compiled a short list of videos and lesson plans for teaching about the Tiananmen Square protests.

Probably the best educational resource on the topic is FRONTLINE's video, The Tank Man. You can watch the full video online. FRONTLINE has four lesson plans designed to accompany a classroom showing of the video.

The New York Times has a good piece called Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen. The New York Times Learning Network also has a complete lesson plan on the topic. The lesson plan can be used with middle school or high school students.

If you just want to give your students a quick video introduction to the Tiananmen Square protests you can use this short video from Reuters.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Resources for Learning About the Khmer Rouge

A colleague of mine that teaches a course called "Holocaust and Human Behavior" asked me if I had any materials for teaching about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. As I once taught the same course, it was logical to ask me, but I didn't have anything readily available. So I went looking for a few things to share with him and I figured that some of you might appreciate the links too. Here are a few of the things that I found.

FRONTLINE World has a twenty-five minute video in which Amanda Pike interviews survivors of the Cambodian Genocide. Ms. Pike visits former prisons and execution sites throughout the video. It is a powerful (and sometimes graphic) documentary. Prior to watching the video you may want to have students review some of the background information provided by FRONTLINE World.

Outreach World has published a very detailed lesson plan designed for use in a high school setting. The focus of the lesson plan is to have students evaluate the social, economic, and political effects of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The lesson plan calls for about six hours of classroom time.

Reuters recently released a short news video about Cambodians gathering to remember the victims of Pol Pot's regime. The video is embedded below.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Seating the New US Senate

The new US Senate was seated yesterday, but two new Senators, Al Franken and Roland Burris, were not sworn in yesterday. CNN Student News and Reuters both have videos providing a quick overview of reasons why each Senator was not sworn in. I have embedded both videos below.

The New York Times Learning Network has posted a lesson plan about the qualifications for Senators and a good article about the various paths to the Senate. The lesson plan and article are designed for middle school and high school students. If you have struggling readers, have them turn on the vocabulary and geography help links within the article.

Applications for Education
These videos along with the lesson plan from the New York Times could be good resources for exploring with students some of the peculiarities and nuances of the US political process.
Every episode of CNN Student News is accompanied by a ten question summative quiz that is useful as a quick way to check for understanding.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Living Off the Land - Personal Finance Lesson

This video from Reuters features a short story about a British economics student that is trying to spend a year living without spending any cash or using credit cards.

Applications for Education
This video could be a good discussion starter for a lesson in personal finances and spending. Students could explore the problems that a person might confront by trying to spend a year without spending any money.

On a related note I recently read a series of blog posts about trying to spend seven days without spending any money. You can read the author's experiences here.

For other economics lesson ideas check out Biz Ed.