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July 10, 2014
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Tomorrow Is World Population Day – Here Are Related Resources

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Tomorrow, July 11th, is World Population Day.

You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About Our World’s Population Of 7 Billion.

Here’s how the United Nations describes World Population Day:

As the world population edged to 7 billion people in 2011 (up from 2.5 billion in 1950), it has had profound implications for development. A world of 7 billion is both a challenge and an opportunity with implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment.

In 1989, in its decision 89/46, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that, in order to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues in the context of overall development plans and programmes and the need to find solutions for these issues, 11 July should be observed by the international community as World Population Day.

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July 9, 2014
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Perhaps My Last Listing Of New Resources For This Year’s World Cup

Here are what are perhaps the final additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The 2014 World Cup In Brazil:

ESPN has a phenomenal site for the World Cup called World Cup Essentials.

Life in Brazil – during – the World Cup, in Pictures is from Vox.

So You Think You Can Flop? is a fun Washington Post interactive.

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July 9, 2014
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Two Fun Links To Learn About The World’s Cultures

Here are two new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:

The McDonald’s meals abroad that may come as a surprise... is actually pretty interesting and is from The Daily Mail.

And here’s an infographic sharing the national flowers of many countries:

Around the World in 32 Flowers

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July 7, 2014
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Video: ‘World Cup Chemistry: The Science Behind the Brazuca Ball”

Here are some new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The 2014 World Cup In Brazil, in including a video:

The New York Times has collected all their World Cup interactives in one place.

Your World Cup Ethical Questions, Answered is from The New York Times.

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July 5, 2014
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More Sites For Learning About Different Cultures

Here are some new additions to one of my most popular lists, The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:

What Beauty Looks Like, From Argentina to Vietnam is from The Atlantic.

MAP: The most popular sport in every country is from Vox.

The amazing diversity of languages around the world, in one map is also from Vox.

Here’s a “Schooling Around the World” infographic that you can see in a larger form by clicking on it:

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July 5, 2014
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“Made From History” Is An Excellent BBC Site

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The BBC has tons of great resources for use in the classroom, including in the Social Studies areas. You can find many of their sites on multiple “The Best” lists.

I was particularly excited earlier this year when they unveiled the first in what they declared to be a series of “iWonder Guides” — one on World War 1. I immediately added it to The Best Resources For Learning About World War I.

They’ve since published a number of additional resources, though it’s not clear if and how they’re connected to the iWonder series. They’ve got them all under the umbrella of a new title called Made From History, and that site looks like it’s sort of connected to the iWonder series, but seems to primarily have more multimedia resources.

I’m not complaining about the resources — they all seem topnotch. I’m just a little confused about how and if they’re all connected. The bottom line, though, is that Made From History will definitely be on my end-of-the-year Best list for Social Studies sites.

I’m adding the Made From History World War One site to my related “Best” list on WWI.

I’m adding the Made From History World War Two site to The Best Online Resources For Teaching & Learning About World War II.

They also have a Made From History Civil Rights site. It, too, looks excellent. I’m adding it to The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History.

The site also seems to publish various other tools, like A Visual History of Why Americans Celebrate 4th July, which I’m adding to The Best Websites For Learning About The Fourth Of July.

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July 5, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Two Good “What If?” History Resources

I’m a big fan of using alternate history “what if?” scenarios in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes and with my ELL Social Studies students, and have written a lot about it at The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons.

Here are some new resources I’m adding to that list:

What If World War I Never Happened? is from Discovery News.

What If America Had Lost the Revolutionary War? is from The Atlantic.

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July 4, 2014
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border

I’ve previously shared articles on the children refugee crisis (and, make no mistake — it is a refugee crisis, not an immigrant problem), but thought it would be useful for me to collect them all in one list. Feel free to offer additional suggestions in the comments section:

 

U.S. Schools Gear Up for Surge of Young Immigrants is from Ed Week.

Wave Of Guatemalan Migrant Children Presents Unique Challenges is from NPR, and provides another perspective on the child migration tragedy.

Surge of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Presents Education Challenges is from Education Week. You might also be interested in 13 facts that help explain America’s child-migrant crisis from Vox (which they just updated).

Murrieta protest over immigrant kids exposes political divisions is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Children at the Border Raise Question of Who Is a Refugee is from NBC News.

The awful reason tens of thousands of children are seeking refuge in the United States is from Vox.

The Town Where Immigrants Hit a Human Wall is from The New York Times.

These two maps show the violence driving Central American children to the US is from Vox.

Child immigration crisis is a photo gallery from CBS News.

The Children Crossing Our Border Just Want a Better Life—Let’s Treat Them as Our Own is by Jose Luis Vilson.

Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border is from The New York Times.

Book Drive Seeks To Give Immigrant Kids Chance To ‘Daydream’ is from NBC News. You can also access a special section they have on all their stories about the refugee crisis.

What happens when deportation separates parents from their kids? is from Vox.

Here’s a short video explainer from Vox:

Shame on you, Murrieta, for blocking immigrant detainee buses is from The L.A. Times.

Migrant children describe fear of facing protesters is a news report from an ABC affiliate in Southern California.

A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis is from The New York Times.

The So-Called Immigration Border Crisis Is Neither is from The Daily Beast.

Vox has just published a very useful list of organizations that are helping the child refugees in the Southwest, and ways people can help them.Check out What you can do to help the US’ 52,000 child migrants.

Schools a haven for kids who crossed border alone is from The Associated Press.

Beware John Cornyn’s ‘Humane’ Immigration Act is from The New York Times.

The U.S. Border Crisis is a series of infographics from Reuters.

Surge in unaccompanied children at the border is an infographic from The Washington Post.

The process Congress wants to use for child migrants is a disaster is from Vox.

What’s Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer is from NPR.

Border Crisis: When Has the U.S. Provided Refuge for Kids in the Past? is from NBC News.

Pope Says Children at U.S. Border Must Be ‘Welcomed and Protected’ is also from NBC News.

A Central America expert explains the root causes of the migrant crisis is from Vox.

The Myth of the Diseased Immigrant is from TIME.

Towns Fight to Avoid Taking In Migrant Minors is from The New York Times.

US communities diverge on child migrant response is from The Associated Press.

Unaccompanied migrant children in the United States: Research roundup is from Harvard. Thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip.

Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island: And no, we didn’t just send them packing. is from Mother Jones.

White Rage in Murietta, Oracle… and Little Rock is from The Nation.

Make the Border Kids Americans is from Politico.

New York Communities Prepare for Influx of Unaccompanied Minors is from Ed Week.

Q. and A. Children at the Border is from The New York Times.

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July 4, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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In Addition To Being The U.S. Independence Day, Today Is Also Rwanda’s 20th “Liberation Day” — When The Genocide Ended

As we here in the United States mark July 4th as our Independence Day, Rwanda also “marks its Liberation Day, the anniversary of the Rwandan Patriotic Front’s defeat of government forces which effectively ended the 1994 genocide.”

You might be interested in The Best Sites To Learn About Genocide In Rwanda.

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July 4, 2014
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A Few More Good July Fourth Resources

July 3, 2014
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More Ramadan Resources

Here are new additions to The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About Ramadan:

Here’s a short video explainer from The Associated Press.

Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition is from Al Jazeera.

9 Questions You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask About Ramadan is from BuzzFeed.

Ramadan: Five things you may not know is from The BBC.

Ramadan Chant is from The British Council.

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July 3, 2014
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Several More Useful Resources On Race

Here are new additions to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism:

Why we still need affirmative action for African Americans in college admissions is from The Washington Post.

The Major Disadvantage Facing Black Students, Even In Kindergarten is from The Huffington Post.

Everyone does drugs, but only minorities are punished for it is from Vox.

Most Americans Think Racial Discrimination Doesn’t Matter Much Anymore is from Mother Jones.

Here’s some good advice for those of us who are not members of an ethnic minority:

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July 1, 2014
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Good Resources On World War One

It’s the one-hundred year anniversary of the beginning of World War One, and there are lots of good resources coming online. Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Learning About World War I:

The Wall Street Journal has selected 100 legacies from World War I that continue to shape our lives today is from…The Wall St. Journal.

World War I in Photos is from The Atlantic.

The Great War War is from The New York Times.

40 Maps That Explain World War One is from Vox.

Europe 1914 and 2014 is an interactive map from Radio Free Europe.

Here’s a photo gallery from The NY Times.

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June 30, 2014
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More Good Resources On Race & Racism

June 30, 2014
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Several Excellent New World Cup Resources

Here are the latest additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The 2014 World Cup In Brazil:

WORLD CUP BRAZIL: THE COMPLETE GUIDE is an excellent interactive from The Sydney Morning Herald. Thanks to reader Michelle Walsh for the tip.

A Look Back at Iconic World Cup Moments is from Slate.

The History of the World Cup is a very impressive site.

World Cup 2014: Goal Celebrations in Soccer Are Always Colorful is from The New York Times.

Adam Simpson has created several World Cup-related PowerPoints for English Language Learners.

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June 26, 2014
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More On Freedom Summer

June 22, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Sunday’s New World Cup Resources