Showing posts with label snag learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snag learning. Show all posts

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.

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 22, 2011

Raindrops Over Rwanda

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Raindrops Over Rwanda. Raindrops Over Rwanda is a twenty film documenting the causes and long-term effects of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The film includes interviews with survivors of the violence. The video and accompanying discussion questions can be found here.
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Applications for Education
I know quite a few teachers who have shown all or parts of the theatrical production Hotel Rwanda as part of a lesson on violence caused ethnic conflict. Raindrops Over Rwanda could be a good resource for providing an overview of the conflict in Rwanda in 1994. One word of caution, some of the images in Raindrops Over Rwanda might not be appropriate for students younger than high school age.

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 20, 2011

Snag Learning Film of the Week - Lakshmi and Me

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Lakshmi and Me. Lakshmi and Me takes a look at India's ancient caste system through a modern lens. Lakshmi and Me is about the relationship between a documentary film maker and the domestic worker that came to live with and work for her as a teenager. As always, Snag Learning provides discussion questions to accompany this hour long film.
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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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Monday, May 23, 2011

Great Wall Across the Yangtze - Snag Learning Film of the Week

China's Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. The completion of the dam is regarded by Chinese officials as a marvelous engineering and economic success. But the completion of the dam had a tremendous economic and cultural impact on the people who live upriver from the dam.

In Great Wall Across the Yangtze PBS filmmaker Ellen Perry examines the effect of the Three Gorges Dam's construction on the people living upriver from the dam. Using a mix of new and archival footage the film also explains why the dam was built. Through the film students will learn not only why the dam was constructed but why some people were opposed to its construction.
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You can watch the film in its entirety and find discussion questions for it here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Power Paths - Snag Learning Film of the Week

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Power Paths. Power Paths is a one hour documentary about the work of the Hopi and Navajo Native America tribes to transform their local economies to by moving to green, renewable energy. The tribes are working with environmental groups to phase out coal-burning energy sources with renewable energy sources. You can watch a preview of the movie below.
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Here are some additional resources you may want to use in lessons about renewable energy:

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory offers mapped data about alternative energy use and alternative energy availability in the United States. Google Maps Mania highlighted the NREL's transportation atlas that features the locations of alternative energy fueling stations and the density of alternative energy vehicles.

The NEED Project is an educational program designed to teach students about energy consumption, energy sources, and the energy industry in general. NEED provides curriculum and lesson plans for teachers in all grades form elementary school through high school. The educators section of NEED makes all of their lessons with require materials available as PDF files.

The New York Times has an audio slideshow that provides a brief overview of geothermal energy. The audio slideshow is the accompaniment to an article about the dangers of drilling deep into the Earth. The slideshow provides an explanation of why the western United States is one of the easier places to access geothermal energy. The slideshow offers good visual aids depicting how geothermal energy is harnessed.