Visit the colorful cemetery of Chichicastenango, Guatemala, where every year families repaint the graves of their departed loved ones. To outsiders, the passionate display of color may seem incongruent with loss of life—but according to indigenous Maya tradition, honoring the dead encourages the living to make peace with the inevitability of death.
However, her organization has just released an online tool students can use to explore possible interest in various careers. It’s called Sokanu and seems fairly engaging and somewhat useful. I wish the descriptions of the different careers was a bit more engaging than a long piece of text, though.
Brainpop videos are good, and I have a teacher’s subscription to them. But you have to pay in order to see them.
Simple History is a YouTube channel that provides a decent selection of comparable – and in some cases, better – animations. They don’t offer the extras, like quizzes, offered by Brainpop. And if your school or district pays for Brainpop, the additional student creation options are great.
ProPublica has used a recent study on immigration and created a a very useful interactive called The Immigration Effect. With it, you can modify immigration policy and see it’s impact on the U.S. economy. Here’s an excerpt from their article about the study:
I have several interactive maps at The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day that show the flow of refugees around the world. They tend to be confusing – at least, to me. The University of Zurich, though, has developed a new one called Refugee Movements which is clean, clear and easy to use. The screenshot at the top of this post shows its interface, and the site has a slider at the bottom that lets you change the years.
Thanks to Renee Moore, I learned about the video of a 1967 address Martin Luther King, Jr. gave to junior high school students in Philadelphia. It’s titled “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” and I haven’t been able to find a full transcript on line. Here’s a very partial one, but much is missing. A full transcript apparently is available in a book. It’s impressive, to say the least, and would be very useful in class:
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Google have created an interactive Searching For Syria site providing an excellent overview of the Syrian War and its refugee crisis. You can read more about it at TechCrunch. I’m adding it to: