Sunday, September 2, 2012

CNN Explains: Political Conventions


I found a link to this video on the Free Technology for Teachers blog. If you’re trying to explain political conventions to your students, you might want to show them this 3-1/2 minute CNN video.

And another one for the math teachers...

Check out this post from Free Technology for Teachers: Fun, Free Math Video Games on Math Moves U

A Click - Mathematics Games for All Grades

Math teachers will want to check this out:  A Click - Mathematics Games for All Grades

Clean Up YouTube for the Classroom

If you want to show a YouTube video in class, but are nervous about what else may show up on the page, try cleaning it up with A Cleaner Internet. Use one of these browser extensions to get rid of the other stuff that appears on the page, like ads, comments and related videos. Check it out!


Possible Classroom Novel for 8th Grade English


The Hero in the Gray Box looks at using E. L. Konigsburg’s book The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World as a classroom novel.  I see it as more appropriate for 8th grade, especially with the Nazi tie-in.  The art aspect might lend itself to a cross-curricular project with the art teacher. We have this book in our library.  

As we continue to rewrite our curriculum, I thought you might also be interested in taking a look at the titles used by the author of the article as part of his 8th grade English curriculum.  (I marked them on the 2nd page.) He mentions that they all include characters who take a stand in some way. I believe we have all of these titles in our library.

If you’d like to see any of the books mentioned in the article, please let me know.

The rest of the story. What's behind political ads?

Have you noticed that a presidential election is right around the corner? How could you not with the seemingly endless political ads during every commercial break. When you view a political ad, do you ever find yourself wondering if the claims being made are true and who and how much money is behind it ? Now there’s an easy way to find out with the SuperPAC app for IOS devices. While viewing a political ad, hold up your IOS device to get objective, third-party information about what is being said.
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Why not have your students play detective? Share this app with them and challenge them to look below the surface. What do they learn from the app that the ad “forgot” to mention?