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June 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Beginning List For Learning About The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Just as I’ve recently gotten a head start on the 2020 Olympics (see A Beginning List For Learning About The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics), I thought I’d do the same for the 2018 one.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics

The Best Sites For Learning About The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

The Best Sites For Learning About The London 2012 Olympics

The Best Sites To Learn About The Vancouver Winter Olympics

The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About The Olympics

Here are my choices for the best resources on the 2018 Winter Olympics:

You’ll want to start at the two official sites for the 2018 Olympic Games.

Rural South Korean County Prepares For Role As 2018 Winter Olympics Host is from NPR.

NBC has a multimedia site on the Olympics.

The Telegraph newspaper already has a site for all their stories about the games.

Check out my New York Times post for English Language Learners  on the Winter Olympics and using picture dictation in the classroom. It includes a student interactive and teaching ideas.  It’s about the last Olympics, but the ideas can easily be adapted and modified.

Winter Olympics: Sport by Sport is a good ESPN interactive on all the winter sports.

Winter Olympics: The drama of the Games is from The BBC.

Winter Olympics resources from EFL Classroom 2.0.

Here’s an interactive from the BBC on the history of the Olympic Games.

Here is a collection of interactive graphics from The Washington Post on the Olympics.  It’s from the last Olympics, but many are still relevant.

Tricks is a NY Times feature: “Snowboarders and skiers have an extensive vocabulary of spins and flips. Some tricks are named for their technical requirements, others for their flair. Here, some of the best riders describe the joy and fear that come with these jaw-dropping maneuvers.”

The Beginner’s Guide to Watching Olympic Figure Skating Like a Super Fan is from The Atlantic.

How Olympians Stay Motivated is an excellent article in The Atlantic, and here’s an excerpt that tells you about it:

We can’t all be Olympic athletes. (In fact some of us, including your humble narrator, should not be allowed anywhere near ice or blades.) But we all face times when we really don’t want to do something that we, nonetheless, really have to do. Drawing from interviews with top athletes and their coaches, along with psychological studies of athletes, here are seven ways Olympians stay motivated through the training slog. I doubt teachers will find a more useful article on the Olympics — piece combines the high interest and topic subject of the Olympics with just about every priority in Social Emotional Learning.

What Do the Olympic Rings Mean? is from Mental Floss.

Looking Back: Photos From the First 12 Winter Olympics is from The Atlantic.

Ski Jumping is a cool interactive from The New York Times.

New Scientist shares the odds of getting injured in each Olympic sport.

What’s the Most Dominant Country In Each Winter Olympic Sport? is from The Atlantic.

A Brief History of Sexism in TV Coverage of the Olympics is from The Atlantic.

The Olympic City Project has photos of former Olympic host sites.

Here are a bunch of videos from Infobytes:

June 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Students & Teachers Can Transcribe Ads From Former Slaves Looking For Their Families

Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery is a site for genealogists and researchers where they and others can search through incredibly tragic and moving ads former slaves published looking for their lost family members.

Here’s their official description:

Last Seen offers genealogists and researchers a new tool for telling family stories of separation and survival during slavery, emancipation, and Civil War. The site offers easy access to thousands of “Information Wanted” advertisements taken out by former slaves searching for long lost family members. The ads taken out in black newspapers mention family members, often by name, and also by physical description, last seen locations, and at times by the name of a former slave master.

You can help bring this new powerful genealogical tool to life by transcribing these ads!

It seems to me that invitation to transcribe could offer a powerful opportunity for students to begin to grasp the human toll of slavery and, at the same time, contribute to a greater good.

In many ways, it’s similar to another site offering these kinds of crowd-sourced learning avenue – Zooniverse (see “Zooniverse” Is One Of The Coolest Ed Sites On The Web – I Can’t Believe I’m Just Hearing About It!).

Thanks to Clint Smith on Twitter for the tip.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History.

June 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Today Is World Refugee Day – Here Are MANY New Related Resources

Here are many new additions to the already lengthy The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day:

The number of forcibly displaced people grew to a record in 2016 is an infographic from The Economist.

StoryCorps has several refugee stories.

9 questions about the global refugee crisis you were too embarrassed to ask is from Vox.

YouTube has created a great series called “#MoreThanARefugee: Everyone Has a Story to Share.” You can see the entire playlist at this link. Here’s a sample:

June 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Examining “Privilege”

The Ford Foundation has recently published a useful quiz to help people examine their own privilege and a similar older BuzzFeed quiz has recently been making the rounds on Social Media (I’ve also shared them here previously). Though I wouldn’t necessarily use those quizzes for high school (though they could be very effective for professional development purposes or for college classes), there are other resources I think would be usable. I thought I’d share them all here.

I’m adding this list to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

You might also be interested in A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race, Police & Racism.

Here’s what I have so far – feel free to suggest others I missed:

Video: “Students Learn A Powerful Lesson About Privilege”

This is what white privilege is is from The Washington Post.

On Racism and White Privilege is from Teaching Tolerance.

My ‘Word Of 2014’: Privilege is from NPR.

This is what the legacy of ‘white privilege’ looks like in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown is from The Washington Post.

White Privilege, Quantified is from The Atlantic.

Take This Quiz To See How Much Of Your Success Came From Privilege is an article about The Ford Foundation quiz, What’s your American Dream Score?

How much white privilege do you have? A checklist from 1988 is still relevant today is from Quartz.
Whiteness: Guilt, Privilege, and Opportunity is from ISEROTOPE.

How Privileged Are You? is that quiz from BuzzFeed.

Beyond the Privilege Walk is from Teaching Tolerance.

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” and “Some Notes for Facilitators”

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