Showing posts with label World Studies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label World Studies. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Explore 5,400 New Artifacts In the Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute is one of my favorite sites for students in history, geography, and art courses. The online exhibitions in the Google Cultural Institute feature images, videos, audio, and text about significant historical and cultural people, places, and events. Some of the exhibitions like the Eiffel Tower Exhibition incorporate the use of Google Maps Street View imagery too.

Last week Google announced the addition of 5,400 new artifacts to the Cultural Institute. There is a strong emphasis on art and fashion in the new content added to the Cultural Institute. Some of the new content includes quilts from the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, kimonos from Japan, children's art from Norway, and interior tours of art museums in China.

Applications for Education
The Google Cultural Institute is a great site to have students explore to view artwork, find answers to questions, and have new questions and curiosities sparked in their minds.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Syrian Conflict Explained in Five Minutes

Social Studies teachers who are beginning the new school year by reviewing current events from around the world may be interested in this video about Syria. The Syrian Conflict in Five Minutes provides a quick overview of key events and people. The video is appropriate for use with high school students and possibly some middle school students. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for sharing it a few weeks ago.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Debate Graph Helps Students See All Aspects of Important Debates

Debate Graph is a great resource that students can use to evaluate the many arguments in hot-button global topics. By providing webbed diagrams of arguments students can see and explore the many facets of debate.

To find a debate, visit the gallery of debates on Debate Graph. There are seven formats in which you can view the parts of a debate. Those seven layouts are bubble view, tree view, radial graph view, box view, outline view, page view, and document view. Pick the format that works for you and your students. If you pick one of the bubble, tree, or graph views you'll also be able to see an outline in the right-hand margin of the page. To explore a debate students just need to click on any of the connected circles in a diagram. If you want to create your own debate diagram or contribute to one that is already started register for free on Debate Graph.

Applications for Education
Rarely are debates a simple two-sided matter. Debate Graph provides students with a great tool for exploring the many facets of debates. Students could also create their own Debate Graphs in preparation for an in-person debate with classmates.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Interactive Map - Who Is Protesting Where

The Daily Beast has published an interactive map of protests in North Africa and the Middle East. Hovering over a country on the map reveals a short description of the current state of protests in that country. Clicking on a country will take you to news articles about protests in that country.

Applications for Education
When I saw this map I immediately thought of students who are studying current world events in their classes. The map could be a good way to find some background information and have a geographic context for stories that they're discussing in their classes.

H/T to Google Maps Mania

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Two Cool Language Infographics

Through the Cool Infographics blog I learned about two interesting infographics produced by PS Translation Services. The first is titled The Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World, but I think a better name would be "translation station." The Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World is a train map of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Each track on the map represents one of twelve languages. Each station on each track indicates a country in which that language is widely spoken.

The second infographic from PS Translation Services is titled the Language Olympics. The Language Olympics features five rings. The rings represent Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. Each of the rings is comprised of the languages spoken there. The infographic includes some additional information about the number of languages spoken at the Olympics and the demographics of visitors expected at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Applications for Education

These infographics (download for free) could make for interesting classroom display and discussion. Here's a question to pose to your students looking at the Language Olympics infographic, do you think it's important for athletes that speak different languages to try to understand each other? (A little background on that question, in the mid-late 90's I competed in some international archery competitions. One the difficulties for me was trying to communicate during the scoring process with other archers and judges who did not speak English).

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The News About the News - Short, Fun TED Talk

While exploring the TED Talks website this afternoon I came across a short, fun talk given by Alisa Miller. In her talk Alisa Miller shares information about the news that Americans see and how Americans see it. Miller also explains why some global stories don't get the coverage that they should receive. During the talk Miller presents excellent visual representations of the type of news stories that are popular and where they are popular. The four minute talk is embedded below.

Reminder, if you need subtitles for this talk visit the TED website directly. On the TED website you can get subtitles and a transcript of this talk in eight languages.

Applications for Education
This TED Talk is short enough and effective enough to be an excellent starting place for a classroom discussion about what is news and what makes a story popular. If you work with ESL/EFL students it might be interesting to have those students exchange ideas about this topic with native English speakers.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Resources for UN Human Rights Day

Tomorrow is the UN's 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UN has some good resources for students to learn about the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tomorrow morning starting at 9am (est) you and your students can watch a webcast of the UN's commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The UN has some other resources that may be easier to use in your classroom than the live webcast. There is a short quiz about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that could be useful for introducing discussions about the UN or as a closing activity. You may also want to explore with your students the interactive declaration. Another student accessible resource from the UN is the cartoon exhibit about human rights.

The BBC has compiled some good resources about the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The BBC has a slide show, question and answer page, and a compilation of stories about human rights. You can find all of those resources here.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Google Earth Overlay Helps Users Find News by Location

Just when you think Google Earth can't get any better, they add another useful feature. According to Google's LatLong Blog, there is now a news layer available for use with Google Earth v4.3. Select the news layer from the options menu and as you zoom in on a location, news related to that area will appear. Click on the news snippet to read the full story or find links to more related stories. Click here to read the full directions. Click here to get Google Earth version 4.3.

Applications for Education
The news layer option on Google Earth is useful for students in global studies courses. Students can use this option to quickly locate news stories for the region of the world, country, or city they're studying.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Earth Calendar - Every Day is a Holiday Somewhere

Earth Calendar is a small demonstration of cultures and traditions from around the world. Earth Calendar is built on the idea that every day is a holiday for someone somewhere. Earth Calendar has three simple search options, holidays by date, holidays by country, or holidays by religion. I used the holidays by country option to find out that May 1 is Labor Day in Macedonia.

Applications for Education
Earth Calendar is a simple to use resource for students to use to get a little flavor of cultures and traditions from around the world. I've always found that adding just a little bit of lesser known information (dare I say trivia) about a country's culture helps to engage students in lessons about world news and world studies.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Travel Blog - Show Your Students the World

Travel Blog is a website that some of my Contemporary World Studies students are enjoying right now as we study life in Asia. Travel Blog hosts a large collection of blogs written by people traveling around the world. The blogs are written by average people telling first-hand accounts of their journeys and experiences in foreign countries. Travel Blog organizes blogs by continent and country making it very easy for visitors to find a blog they're interested in. In addition to the blogs, Travel Blog hosts some basic background information about each country and provides links to further investigate the history and other relevant facts about each country.

Applications for Education
Travel Blog provides students with alternative viewpoints compared to those found in traditional textbooks or travel guide books. Students can find travel blogs that illustrate what it is really like for an American or European to travel in a foreign country. Here is a simple activity that
teachers can do to incorporate Travel Blogs into the classroom. Have students read a section of textbook or travel guide book about a particular country then have them compare and contrast that information with what they find in the first-hand accounts written on Travel Blog.