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October 6, 2014
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More Resources On The World’s Different Cultures

October 6, 2014
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Vox Publishes Great Piece On Saul Alinsky

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Vox has just published an extraordinarily thorough and well-written description of legendary community organizer Saul Alinsky and his influence today.

Regular readers might remember that I spent the last fifteen years of my nineteen-year community organizing career working for the Industrial Areas Foundation, the organization that Alinsky founded.

I’m adding the Vox piece to The Best Sites To Learn About Saul Alinsky.

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October 6, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Brand-New Thomas Piketty TED Talk On Income & Wealth Inequality

TED Talks released a Thomas Piketty video today on wealth and income inequality. It’s twenty-one minutes long, and I wouldn’t recommend showing all of it, but clips could be very useful. I’ve embedded the video below, and you can see it on the TED Talk website here, along with an interactive transcript.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality.

While I’m at it, I’m adding these new resources to the same list:

The state of America’s widening wealth gap is from The Washington Post.

Chart: the average white family is 74 times wealthier than the average Hispanic family is from Vox.

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October 2, 2014
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Many More Resources On Race & Racism

October 1, 2014
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Updates On The Colorado Student & Teacher Protests

October 1, 2014
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More Excellent Resources On The Hong Kong Protests

September 30, 2014
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Ebola Resource Update

With the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States today, I thought I’d update the already extensive The Best Resources For Learning About The Ebola Virus list:

Investigating Ebola: How contact tracing will work in Texas is an infographic from The Washington Post.

The NY Times has updated their What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak infographic.

Ebola in the United States: What You Need to Know is from TIME.

Map: These are all the countries with confirmed Ebola cases is from Vox.

First Ebola case diagnosed in US is an interactive from The Associated Press.

Don’t panic over Ebola in America is from Vox.

Ebola is in the US. Here’s how health officials will contain it. is from Vox.

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September 30, 2014
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Teachers Can Receive Free DVD Of “12 Years A Slave” & Study Guide

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Teachers can receive a free DVD copy of the movie “12 Years A Slave,” a book and more, and it’s very simple to register for it online.

Here’s what you get:

*FREE Educator’s Toolkit Includes:

Full Length DVD copy of the movie (edited version, parental approval suggested)
Copy of the Penguin Paperback Book
Printed study guide
Letter from director Steve McQueen

I’m not sure how realistic, practice or wise — on many levels — it would be to show the entire film, but clips could be very powerful. And the book could be a high-interest one for students.

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September 29, 2014
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Hong Kong Protests

Massive protests are rocking Hong Kong right now, and I’ve brought together some related resources that I will continue to expand in the coming days and weeks.

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About The Hong Kong Protests:

Protests Have Their Roots in China’s ‘Two Systems’ is from The New York Times.

Interactive: A fascinating timeline of tweets about the Hong Kong protests is from Vox.

How umbrellas became the symbol of the Hong Kong protests is from Vox.

Hong Kong protests: In the thick of it is a photo gallery from CNN.

The anger behind the Hong Kong uprising, in one chart is from Vox.

Hong Kong Protests: What You Need to Know About the Umbrella Revolution is from Mashable.

Hong Kong protesters refuse to leave is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

As it happened: Hong Kong protests is from The BBC.

Under the umbrellas: what do Hong Kong’s protesters want from China? is from The Guardian.

Hong Kong’s protesters are using the same “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture used in Ferguson is from Vox.

From Around the World, Support for Hong Kong Protesters is from The New York Times.

How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks is from NPR.

Hong Kong Overview is an interactive from the Associated Press.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protests: Occupy Central and pro-democracy movement – interactive timeline is from The Guardian.

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September 29, 2014
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Learn About Different Culture With New Version Of “Fasten Seat Belts”

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Thanks to Richard Byrne and to InterCom, I’ve learned about a new and revised version of a neat site called Fasten Seat Belts.

It shares a series of short and light videos about cultural norms in different countries. They’re framed as “Dos & Don’ts.”

Here’s an example of one about India:

I’m adding the site to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

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September 28, 2014
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Islamic State & The Campaign Against It

With the military effort against the Islamic State heating-up, I thought I’d pull together a few related accessible resources.

You might also find these previous “Best” lists useful:

The Best Web Resources On The Iraq War

The Best Resources For Learning About What’s Happening In Syria

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Egypt & Beyond

Here are some new resources that I’ll be adding to in the coming weeks and months:

The campaign against the Islamic State is an interactive from The Washington Post.

14 maps that explain ISIS is from Vox.

How ISIS Works is an interactive from The New York Times.

ISIS: Everything you need to know about the rise of the ‘Islamic State’ is from CNN.

Mapping The Islamic State is an interactive from The Associated Press.

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September 27, 2014
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“Object Lessons in History”

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I’ve previously posted about various projects teaching history through “objects.” Here’s what I’ve written:

The New York Times has published an interactive A History Of New York In 50 Objects that they modeled on the BBC’s famous A History of The World in 100 Objects.

Teachers can use them as a model for students — why not have them create their own histories of the U.S., their native countries, or even their families in 10 or so “objects”?

Today, The New York Times has published a column on this phenomena and headlined it Object Lessons in History.

It mentions an intriguing new exhibit using this strategy appearing at the Victoria and Albert Museum called “Disobedient Objects”:

From Suffragette teapots to protest robots, this exhibition is the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.

The museum has some unusual teacher resources for the exhibit.

Here are a couple of newspaper articles, with photos, on it:

‘Disobedient objects’ chart history of protest at V&A is from the BBC.

Art and Design of Protest Movements in Disobedient Objects, Victoria & Albert Museum
is from The Huffington Post.

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September 25, 2014
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Nice Bill Of Rights Lesson From NY Times Learning Network

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You may, or may not, be familiar with the well-known lesson plan from Rethinking Schools that I’ve previously described on this blog and use any year that I teach U.S. History. It’s a great one where students create their own Bill of Rights after reviewing various versions from different countries and the United Nations.

Today, The New York Times Learning Network posted a nice lesson plan that has different variations on the same theme. It’s worth checking out Text to Text | The Bill of Rights and ‘The Bill of Rights We Deserve’ and potentially adapting it for your own classroom. I know I’ll use of its ideas to tweak my own lesson.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For “Bill Of Rights Day.”

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September 24, 2014
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Interactive: “Global Poverty Map”

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Here’s how Google Maps Mania describes the Global Poverty Map:

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has developed a method for measuring poverty that takes into account a number of factors, including health, education, and living standards. This Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is made up of ten indicators, divided into these three main dimensions of poverty.

The Global Poverty Map provides a number of global views of poverty based on the MPI. The map provides an overview of poverty around the world based on the 2014 Global MPI findings, with each country shaded on the map based on each country’s MPI score.

I’m adding it to The Best Visualizations Of Poverty In The U.S. & Around The World.

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September 23, 2014
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It’s A Bit Early, But Here Are A Zillion Halloween Resources

It’s obviously early, but I’ve begun to see Halloween posts on the web and thought I’d remind readers of my massive list, The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween.

It’s one of my most popular “Best” lists. Let me know if you have suggestions for resources I should add to it.

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September 21, 2014
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More Resources On The World’s Different Cultures

September 18, 2014
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PBS Releases “The Roosevelts” Lesson Plans With 19 Video Clips

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I don’t know about you, but I’m finding Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts” fascinating, though I’ve only watched Part One so far (the others are taped, since I’m also trying to watch the third season of Homeland this week :) ).

PBS just released three related lesson plans, along with nineteen video clips from the mini-series.

It’s part of a larger PBS site of President-related lesson plans called The U.S. Presidency.

And, of course, there are plenty of other resources on the actual The Roosevelts mini-series website.

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites To Learn About U.S. Presidents.

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September 16, 2014
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Two New iPad Resources That Look Intriguing

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Here are two new intriguing resources I’m adding to The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users:

The Library of Congress has published a series of interactive ebooks:

The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in for close examination, draw to highlight interesting details and make notes about what they discover.

The first six Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. These sets cover the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, and Understanding the Cosmos.

The second resource is an app called FiftyThree – Mix. I’m on a waiting list to get access to it, but you can read about it at TechCrunch. You can also watch this video, though it isn’t very informative:

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