Podcasts Offering Insight into Global Cultures and Events
PrimarySource has created What Teachers Need to Know, a podcast series for educators who teach global cultures or world events in their classroom. In every compact episode, the podcast offers vital insight for understanding world cultures and current events so that teachers can facilitate deeper learning about the world with their students. Teachers will meet subject-matter experts and explore online resources that can help make a complex and dynamic world accessible for K–12 classrooms. The first podcast in the series, What Teachers Need to Know: The Middle East, offers insight for understanding the modern Middle East and North Africa. Episodes such as “Underneath the Veil” and “Syria, Explained” explore a range of cultural and political issues. “Media Literacy & the Middle East” discusses the importance of thinking critically about news, information, and stories related to the Middle East and highlights five activities teachers can do to promote media literacy in their classrooms.
The Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) has developed assessments of civiconline reasoning—the ability to judge the credibility of the information that floods young people’s smartphones, tablets, and computer screens. Discussions about politics and public policy, for example, increasingly take place on social media.
November 11 marked 100 years since the end of World War I. Artists and intellectuals, many of whom experienced combat firsthand, responded in myriad, often contradictory ways to the world’s first modern war.
Gamification, hashtag, tweep … When were these words first used in print? To find out, students simply enter a date in the search field on Mirriam-Webster’s Time Traveler webpage where they will see the words first recorded on that year.