Showing posts with label Snag Films. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snag Films. Show all posts

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Video - Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think is a film that I shared a couple of years ago when it was featured on Snag Learning. Snag Learning appears to have shut down, but the film is still available on Snag Films.  The film is based on the work of Gallup researchers who interviewed tens of thousands of people in 35 predominantly Muslim countries. The researchers asked questions like "What do Muslim women really want?" and "What do Muslims like and dislike about the West?" The film presents the researchers' work to challenge some popular notions and misconceptions about the feelings of Muslims toward the United States. You can find the film here.



Applications for Education
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think could be a good film for high school social studies teachers. You might considering doing a prior knowledge check before showing the film then afterward have students note how their "knowledge" changed after watching the film. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Snag Films - Explore China

It's been a while since I last explored Snag Films. Over the weekend I spent a bit of time browsing the history section of Snag Films and watched an Explore film about China. Explore: China is a forty-five minute overview of the current state of human rights, environmental concerns, public health, and education in China. I was particularly interested in the portion of the film that explores the attitudes toward and the impact of the Three Gorges Dam construction. You can watch a preview of the film below.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Nature of Things - Man, Dog, and Genetics

The cover story of the February issue of National Geographic is all about dogs and the genetics that create so many variations of looks and sizes in dogs. The online article and photo gallery is packed with interesting bits of information about man's best friend. Reading the article (I still get the print edition delivered to my home every month) reminded me of this documentary that I watched on Snag Films a few years ago.

The Nature of Things: Man and Dog, An Evolving Partnership is a 45 minute look at the evolution of dogs from wild pack animals to domesticated companions bred for specific purposes. A preview of the documentary is embedded below.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Watch 75 Full-Length National Geographic Films

I've highlighted Snag Films and Snag Learning in the past. It's been a while though so I thought I should point out that Snag Films has some great educational content available for free viewing. One great example of this is their National Geographic channel containing 75 full-length documentaries. You can view these videos online or use the iPad, Android tablet, and Kindle Fire apps to watch Snag Films.

Here is the beginning Last Stand of the Great Bear, one of the 75 National Geographic documentaries available on Snag Films.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Three Resources for Teaching About Surviving on Minimum Wage

Teaching economics is one of my favorite things to do each year. A big part of the reason that I enjoy teaching economics is that learning about money gets my students excited about class. Another reason that it's fun to teach is that economics easily lends itself to simulation activities that get kids actively engaged in learning. In the past I've used simulations created by the Buck Institute and simulations created by Biz Ed. While those simulations are good, I've always wanted something that students could personalize just little bit more. Therefore, a couple of years ago I created the outline and materials for a simulation about living on minimum wage in the United States.


The purpose of Life on Minimum Wage is for students to recognize how difficult it is to save money when your only job(s) pay minimum wage without benefits. To win (prize not determined yet) at Life on Minimum Wage the students have to reach five financial goals that they select. To earn money the students have to complete the tasks of their assigned jobs. The students then have to pay required bills before using money for their selected financial goals. As the game progresses students will be issued "surprise" cards which require them to spend money on things like speeding tickets, trips to a health clinic, and increases in rent.

All of the jobs in Life on Minimum Wage are connected so that if one "business" slows production or closes, the workers of another business are also effected. The goal here is to demonstrate the effects of a business closing on a small town's economy.

I've published all of the rules of the game and needed "cards" as a Google Document which you can view here. I would love to hear feedback for improvement from anyone that has done a similar activity. Please note, that I designed this activity with a rural Maine population in mind. Therefore, some aspects of the activity might need alteration if you want to use the activity in your classroom. For example, if you're in Florida you might want to replace the goal of "buying a snowmobile" with "buying a jet ski."


Life on Minimum Wage - Lesson Plan -

Spent is an online game designed to teach players about the challenges of living on minimum wage (or slightly higher) employment. Players begin by selecting a job which will provide the wages they have to survive on for a month. Then throughout the game players are confronted with challenges that they have to handle by making an "either or" choice. After each choice the player's account balance is adjusted. In addition to the change in the player's balance sheet, each choice is followed by an explanation of consequence of the choice made.

Uninsured in the Mississippi Delta is a short documentary about the struggles of people working minimum wage jobs faced with the choice of buying food or health insurance. The film focuses on the Mississippi Delta region because it is one of the most uninsured areas in the United States. You can watch the beginning of the video below or watch the entire video on the Snag Films website.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

MacHeads, Welcome to Macintosh

Once a week I post a documentary video from Snag Learning. This week instead of a Snag Learning video I would like to share two videos hosted on Snag Learning's parent site Snag Films. MacHeads is a documentary about the "cult of Mac" or what makes some people so devoted to Apple's products. A preview is embedded below.



Welcome to Macintosh is an hour-long documentary about the innovations of Apple from the Apple-1 to the iPhone. A preview is embedded below.

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Horse Connection

This week's Snag Learning film of the week is A Horse Connection. A Horse Connection is a short documentary about Nancy King, her equine therapy program for people with special needs, and five of her clients. As always Snag Learning has a set of discussion questions to use with your students after viewing the documentary.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Nature of Things: Man and Dog

I'm a little late this week in posting it, but here it is. This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is The Nature of Things: Man and Dog. This forty-five minute documentary explores how the relationship between humans and dogs has evolved over centuries from one of confrontation to one of collaboration and companionship. The film examines two theories about the origins of domesticated dogs.
My loyal companion Morrison
Click here to watch the film and find the discussion questions.

Monday, September 12, 2011

9/12 From Chaos to Community

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is 9/12 From Chaos to Community. This hour-long documentary chronicles the lives of people who came together to create or recreate a sense of community in New York after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. As always Snag Learning has a set of discussion questions to accompany the film. Watch a preview of the film below or watch the whole thing here.
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Monday, September 5, 2011

Inside Islam - What a Billion Muslims Really Think

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. The film is based on the work of Gallup researchers who interviewed tens of thousands of people in 35 predominantly Muslim countries. The researchers asked questions like "What do Muslim women really want?" and "What do Muslims like and dislike about the West?" The film presents the researchers' work to challenge some popular notions and misconceptions about the feelings of Muslims toward the United States. You can find the film here.

Applications for Education
Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think could be a good film for high school social studies teachers. You might considering doing a prior knowledge check before showing the film then afterward have students note how their "knowledge" changed after watching the film.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Katrina's Children - The Hurricane Through Children's Eyes

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Katrina's Children. Six years ago Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. Katrina's Children is an eighty minute documentary of the experience through children's stories. A preview of the film is embedded below. You can watch the whole documentary and find corresponding discussion questions here.

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You can find four other documentaries about Hurricane Katrina in this list on Snag Learning.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Uninsured in the Mississippi Delta

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Uninsured in the Mississippi Delta. Uninsured in the Mississippi Delta is a short documentary about the struggles of people working minimum wage jobs faced with the choice of buying food or health insurance. The film focuses on the Mississippi Delta region because it is one of the most uninsured areas in the United States. As always, Snag Learning has a small set of discussion questions to accompany the film.
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Old School New School - Creativity and Success

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Old School New School. Old School New School is a thirty minute film that explores the questions what is creativity? And what is success? The film interviews artists from a variety of genres to explore the answers to those questions. You can watch the film and find discussion questions for it here.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Children of the Congo: From War to Witches

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Children of the Congo: From War to Witches. This hour-long film documents the effects of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the children of DRC. The film investigates the work of individuals and organizations to bring positive change to the lives of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The film is embedded below.
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Click here to watch the full-length film and read the accompanying discussion questions.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Snag Learning Film of the Week - Home Base

This past weekend the National Baseball Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony. Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to make Home Base this week's Snag Learning Film of the Week. Home Base is an hour-long documentary about the Baseball Hall of Fame. The film takes viewers on a tour from the creation of the Hall of Fame through its current work to preserve a slice of Americana in the form of baseball history.

Watch the film and grab the discussion questions here.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Snag Learning Film of the Week - The Last Survivor

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is The Last Survivor.The Last Survivor is a film that tells the stories of four different survivors of four different genocides; The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo. The film focuses on the themes of what it means to be a refugee and survivor of a horrible atrocity.

You can view the film here or as embedded below.
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Applications for Education
This film addresses some heavy topics in ways that might not be appropriate for students below the high school level.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Virus Hunters - Snag Learning Film of the Week

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is The Virus Hunters. The Virus Hunters is a forty-seven minute film that explains how viruses are spread and how they can be contained and or eradicated. The film includes a lengthy segment about the WHO's work to eradicate Small Pox. The film then moves on to address the efforts of scientists to confront modern viruses. The film also explains the role of veterinarians in the prevention of spreading viruses. The video is embedded below. You can find discussion questions for the film here.
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Journeys Through the Red, White, and Blue

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Journeys Through the Red, White, and Blue. This 35 minute film chronicles the stories of three young men in New York City as they go to vote. The story is focused around exploring the value of one person's vote in local and national elections. Click here to watch the film and read the accompanying discussion questions.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Snag Learning Film of the Week - Disconnected

How long could your students go without going online? In 2008 three Carleton College students tested that question on themselves. Disconnected chronicles the "struggles" of those three students as they disconnect from the web. Follow along as the students try to re-adjust to life without Internet access. Watch the sixty minute video below and read the discussion questions here.
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Applications for Education
This film could be a great way to get students to reflect on their use of the Internet in their personal and academic lives. Teachers of Sociology might find this to be a good resource to add to their lists of current resources.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Snag Learning Film of the Week - Curious About Cuba

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Curious About Cuba: The Great Museums of Havana. Curious About Cuba is an hour long exploration of Cuba's culture and history. The film examines the work of some people in Cuba to preserve artifacts that document Cuba's culture and history. As always Snag Learning has a series of discussion questions to accompany the film. The film is embedded below.
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