Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some Resources for Teaching About Scotland and the U.K.

On Thursday voters in Scotland will decide whether or not to leave the United Kingdom. If you teach current world events, you may find the following resources to be helpful.

CGP Grey's video The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained provides a five minute overview of the differences between terms that some people incorrectly use interchangeably.


NBC News offers this breakdown of ten things to know about Scotland's independence referendum. The list includes some explanations of why Americans might be interested in the outcome of the vote.

The BBC (yes, they probably have a bit of bias on the topic) offers this overview of key issues at a glance.

The Edinburgh News (again, they probably have a bit of bias on the topic) offers this list of ten reasons for and ten reasons against independence.

Jeffery Hill has created a small quiz about Scotland's history and culture. You can find the quiz as a set of slides or as a PDF on his blog.


Monday, March 11, 2013

5 Resource for Learning About the History of Conflict on the Korean Peninsula

A few hours ago CNN and every other major news outlet reported that North Korea has declared invalid the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Part of the CNN article included a short video about the history of conflict on the Korean peninsula. That video is embedded below.


For a longer explanation of the Korean War, Keith Hughes has a sixteen minute overview for high school students.


This video gives us just the facts about the Korean War in three minutes.


The Guardian offers a short, interactive slideshow about North Korea's weapons testing. The slideshow is two years old, but the graphics on how the tests are conducted are still useful.

The BBC's country profile on North Korea is a resource that students can use to get a quick overview of history of North Korea in a timeline format. Teachers who have students that have read Lois Lowry's The Giver may want to ask students for their thoughts on the media section of the BBC's profile of North Korea.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

CNN Student News is Back for 2012-2013

The new school year has started for some and will be starting again soon for everyone else. With the start of a new school comes a new season of CNN Student News. CNN Student News started back up again yesterday. The format is the same as it has been for years. The roughly ten minute episodes feature US stories, a world news stories,  "shout out" to a class, and a quick quiz. Transcripts for each show are available for download as are suggested viewing questions to cover with your students. Today's commercial-free episode is embedded below.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Watch the News and Remix the News on Link TV


Know the News on Link TV allows students to create their own short news clips. On Know the News students can access Link TV's library of news and mix them together to create a unique news show. Link TV's news library contains segments from major news outlets around the world. The process of creating a news video is fairly straight-forward. Watch and select video clips to place on a timeline, organize the clips through a drag and drop feature, then add text narrations using the video text editor. After previewing the video it can be published on the Know the News network.

Applications for Education
Know the News provides teachers with a good tool for teaching lessons about media bias, accuracy in news reporting, and global perspectives of an event.
The terms of service for Link TV's Know the News video editor require users to be at least thirteen years old. Therefore, this probably a tool best reserved for high school and college students.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Discovering the World's News in Pictures

One of my favorite features on the BBC New website is the Day in  the Day in Pictures. The Day in Pictures displays a small collection of photographs from around the world. The pictures capture a mix of  serious news stories and lighter cultural stories. The Day in Pictures collections are part of a much larger resource from the BBC simply called In Pictures. The In Pictures resource provides hundreds of images in a variety collections and slideshows about current events throughout the world. Some of the slide shows even include narration. All of the images include captions explaining what is happening in the picture and a little background knowledge about the event being photographed.

Applications for Education
For years I used the Day in Pictures pictures as conversation starters for current events discussions in my Global Studies classes. The collections are also great supplementary material for students to use in presentations about current events. For visual learners the images from the In Pictures collections are helpful for providing visual connections to and context for a story.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011 in 120 Images & Predictions for 2012

The Atlantic recently published a series of 120 images representing some of the highlights and lowlights of 2011. Each of the images has a short caption that could refresh your students' memory about the story related to each image. I do have to warn you that some of the images may not be suitable for students under the high school level. Those images are labeled with a viewer discretion label by The Atlantic.

After reviewing some of the news stories representing by The Atlantic's collection, take a look at The Economist's World in 2012 features. The World in 2012 includes articles and videos of predictions on a number of issues like the Republican primaries that are sure to be important in 2012. The Economist also has a reader poll about issues for 2012. The current poll question is, "should the world pay more attention to adapting to climate change than efforts to mitigate it?"

Applications for Education
As I mentioned in a previous post, a good way to have students review the year's important news stories is to have them create short year-in-review videos or slide shows. After reviewing the year, have students create short videos or other digital presentations in which they state their own predictions for 2012.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hubii - Find the Latest News by Browsing a Map

Hubii is a new website featuring a map of newspapers from around the world. Visitors can locate online newspapers by clicking on the placemarks on the map. Registered users can subscribe to the online editions of the newspapers they find. When you subscribe (it's free) to a newspaper in Hubii it is added to your Hubii Mapazine in which you can read the newspapers to which you are subscribed. Learn more in the video below.


Hubii also offers a heat map view of the news that shows where in the world the important stories are emerging at that moment.

Applications for Education
Hubii could be a great resource for teachers who use current events in their classrooms. If you're trying to get students to explore and read news and editorials from other parts of the world, sending students to explore Hubii could be a good way to do that.

Here are five other ways students can visually explore the news.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Trends Map - Follow Twitter Trends on Google Maps

One of the classes that I used to really enjoy teaching was a current events course for 9th grade students. I enjoyed in it because the topics of discussion were always changing. I taught that class before Twitter emerged on the scene, but if Twitter had been available I think I would have utilized Trends Map to discover the stories that people were talking about around the world.

Trends Map is a Google Maps display of topics current trending on Twitter. The map displays the trends according to their locations. If you want to see what people are talking about in France, just use the map to zoom-in on France and see the topics that are trending.

The Tekzilla Daily episode embedded below shows Trends Map in action.


Applications for Education
Trends Map could be useful in a current events course. You could use the map to see get a sense of what stories are important to different groups around the world. Depending on the topic, that trend could lead you to article links, videos, and other useful current events discussion materials for you and your students.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

CNN Student News Summer News Quiz

This week CNN Student News doesn't have a new episode (regular episodes will resume on August 15). Instead of a new video, this week CNN Student News published a ten question summer news quiz. The quiz covers news stories both political in nature and lighter cultural/ societal topics. Each question has a featured related image. After answering each question students have the option to click through for more information about that story.

Applications for Education
This quiz could be a good first or second day of school activity to get students thinking about what has happened in the world since they left school in June or May. It could also give you some insight into which of your students tends to pay attention to current events.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Last 18 Years of News in Rap

Just like CNN Student News, The Week in Rap is going on hiatus for the summer. In their last episode before the summer instead of just covering the last week of news, The Week in Rap is covering all of the big stories from the last 18 years. This is a great way for students who are about to graduate to be reminded of all that has happened in the world in their lifetimes. The video is embedded below.


The Last 18 Years in Rap 1993-2011 from Flocabulary on Vimeo.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Videos and Articles About the Death of Osama Bin Laden

As I and many other Americans on the east coast slept last night, President Obama announced that a military operation had killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. If you're just waking up to this news too and thinking about discussing it in your classroom today, here are some resources to explore.

The video of President Obama's announcement is below.


From Millionaire's Son to Most-Wanted is an NPR article that you can also listen to about the life of Osama Bin Laden.

CNN has a timeline and video about Osama Bin Laden and his actions over the years.

Boston.com has a short photographic timeline of terrorist events connected to Osama Bin Laden.

The BBC offers a good categorized break-down of the raid on Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, Political Reactions around the globe, and what the death of Bin Laden means for the future of Al Qaeda.

And as I expected, Larry Ferlazzo has also started to put together a long list of student-accessible resources on this event. Larry's list has some good videos that you should check out.

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.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Audio Slideshow - We Remember... in 2010

In what is sure to be a week in which many media outlets publish year-in-review slideshows and videos, the BBC has one that stands out. The BBC's We Remember...in 2010 takes a look at the notable politicians, athletes, actors, and music stars that passed away in 2010.  The audio slideshow is nearly eight minutes long. And as with most BBC audio slideshows, captions are available to accompany the audio.

Applications for Education
As with most year-in-review videos and slideshows there isn't a lot of depth on any one topic. Where year-in-review videos and slideshows are useful is in refreshing students' memories of the year in news and providing a jumping-off point for further research and discussion of the year's biggest stories.


Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Build Your Own Year in Review Collage
Flocabulary's Year in Rap
27 Videos About Teaching Online

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

News Map - Find World News by Location

A few weeks I shared the news mapping service Mapeas with you. Not long after that Mapeas hit a technical glitch, but I'm happy to report that it is fully functional again. Tonight, I'd like to share with you another service that helps you locate world news stories by location. News Map is a relatively simple mash-up of Google Maps and Yahoo News. To use News Map select a region from the tabbed menu then click on a country to see a list of current news stories. For some larger countries you can further refine your search by state, province, or city.















News Map was included in a Make Use Of list of news maps.

Applications for Education
News Map and resources like it can useful for providing students with a variety of perspectives on world news and a variety of stories. You could have students use News Map to compare the ways the same story is reported by media outlets in different parts of the world.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
AP Timeline Reader
Ten by Ten - Visual Links to World News
Science and Statistics Animations