Showing posts with label protests in Egypt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label protests in Egypt. Show all posts

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

Monday, August 29, 2011

Unrest in the Arab World - Map and Timeline

Unrest in the Arab World is an interactive map and timeline from CNN. The timeline begins in December of 2010 and continues through August 2011. Along the timeline are links to various images and stories related to events in the Middle East and North Africa. Clicking on the map will open up summaries of events in each country. The map is color coded according to the level of violence in each country. The four levels are civil war, sustained violence, protests, and post-revolution. An explanation of each level is linked to the map.

Applications for Education
This fall I am again teaching a current global studies course and I plan to include this map on my course blog. Unrest in the Arab World should be a useful source of background information for my students.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Egypt After the Revolution

Just a few months ago the world was buzzing with news out of Egypt. As it always does, since Mubarak left the news cycle has shifted to other conflicts and events in the world. So what has happened in Egypt since Mubarak left power and what's next for Egypt? Those questions are covered in the following short (10 minute) documentary Egypt: After the Revolution.


Egypt: After The Revolution from Marty Stalker on Vimeo.

H/T to Open Culture.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Can Your Classmates Learn from Your Work?

This week the students in my global studies course finished up the short informational videos that they were creating about Egypt and Libya. Overall, they did a bang-up job. (We'll be making some of the videos public later this week). One part of the grades for their videos was "can your classmates learn from your work?" Because these videos were intended to be informational videos, the answer should be yes. Rather than just answering that question hypothetically, I had the students "hit the streets" so to speak to find out if people could learn from their videos.

The Process
Three weeks ago my students put together a seven question survey about current events in Libya and Egypt. They used a Google Form to make it easier to summarize the data they collected. Then I sent them off with their netbooks to survey students and staff throughout the school. They surveyed people in the cafeteria, in study halls, and in the library. When they finished we looked at the data and realized that many of the people in our school were not sure where Libya and Egypt are and what was going on in those countries.

Because we don't have access to iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, my students used JayCut to create their short (3-5 minute) informational videos. The videos had to provide answers to each of the survey questions. When their videos were done we watched them in class before going out to the cafeteria, study halls, and library to show them to other students. After watching the videos my students asked their viewers to take the survey again to see if their viewers actually did learn something from watching the video.

How do you assess student video creation projects? Please leave a comment.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

TED Talk - Inside the Egyptian Revolution

Wael Ghonim is the Google executive in Egypt who was detained for twelve days by the Egyptian government for his actions in organizing voices of protest. In his ten minute talk Ghonim explains why no one is a hero in Revolution 2.0, why he protested, why he was detained, and what he learned about his country and its people from his experience.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Protests Across the Middle East on a Google Map

Through the Google Lat Long blog I discovered a site called Storyful that is producing maps of the protests  in the Middle East and North Africa. While they're producing maps of individual countries, they've also produced a map about protests across the whole of the Middle East and North Africa. Like all good Google Maps, this one includes images, links, text, and video clips. You can view the map below or click here to view the full size map.


View Protests across the Middle East in a larger map

Applications for Education
Keeping up with developments in the Middle East and North Africa is one of the things that the students in my Global Studies course have to do this semester. This map could be very helpful for them in reaching that goal. In general, I like maps like this one because it puts global news into a geographic context that students can see.

Monday, February 14, 2011

What Lies Ahead for Egypt?

Now that Hosni Mubarak has left office in Egypt, the wonders what will happen next in Egypt. Who will run the country until the fall elections? CNN Student News has some answers in this morning's episode.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Camp That Toppled a President

The Camp That Toppled a President is an interactive image from the BBC of Cairo's Tahrir Square. The image contains clickable points that show and describe the various parts of the protestors' camp in the square. See the KFC that was turned into a makeshift clinic, where bloggers blogged, and more. For even more images of the protests in Tahrir Square turn on the images layer in Google Earth or explore it in Google Maps.
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Collaborative, On-going Writing Project

In my last post I briefly mentioned a collaborative project that my Global Studies students are working on. As promised, here's the follow-up to that post.

Last week marked the start of a new semester at my school. For me that meant the start of a new Global Studies course that I'm really excited about guiding my students through. (I refrained from saying "teaching" because as this course focuses on current events around the globe, we're learning together). Just as the new semester began, almost as if on que, the demonstrations began in Egypt. So I developed the first project of the semester around studying what is happening in Egypt.

The Project
The first project of the new semester is to work in groups of four to create an interactive booklet about Egypt. My students are using Google Docs Presentation to create their booklets. We're using Google Docs Presentation because it offers the option to embed videos which isn't an option if you're just making a standard document in Google Docs. All of the students in each group are collaborators on the project. I'm also a collaborator on each project so that I can see what they're doing and suggest edits as needed. Students are using text, images, and videos to tell the story of what is happening in Egypt right now.

Each group is responsible for including in their projects; background information about Egypt's history from the 20th Century through today, cultural information, details on the causes of the current demonstrations, and global responses to the current events. The students also have to form predictions as to what will happen over the next few weeks. The great thing about this project is that predictions will continue to change as more events unfold and more information becomes available. When we're done, I'll be sure to link the projects to this post.

A Lesson in Propaganda Through Protests in Egypt

I have to credit one of the students (Brandon) in my Global Studies class for finding this video today. We had our fourth class meeting today and as I do at the beginning of most courses I teach, we've been talking about identifying bias and propaganda in the media. We've been doing this through the context of the current events in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen. Today, during a part of class when the students were working on a collaborative assignment (more on that in my next post) Brandon showed me the following video about Nile TV reporter Shahira Amin quitting her job because she didn't want to continue to be a part of a propaganda machine in Egypt. Watch the video below.


Applications for Education
If you're planning to teach a lesson on propaganda, through this video students can see and hear of real-life uses of propaganda being used to influence a population's perception of events.

Monday, January 31, 2011

CNN Student News - Protests in Egypt

Over the last few days I've had a lot of people ask me for resources about Egypt. The last 72 hours have been kind of hectic for me and I haven't gathered links like I normally would so I've been telling people to check out Larry Ferlazzo's list of resources. If you haven't been to Larry's blog, go look at his list now. One resource that I would add to Larry's list is today's episode of CNN Student News which leads-off with a good overview of the causes of the protests in Egypt and the names you need to know related to the protests. Watch the video below.