Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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April 2, 2014
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Bus Boycott “Choose Your Own Adventure” Game

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The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is reopening this weekend after a $28 million renovation (see the NY Times article, From Slave Ship Shackles to the Mountaintop).

That’s great news for people who live nearby or who can travel there for a visit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear they spent any of that money on providing web resources for people unlikely to go there in person.

Their site does have a somewhat rudimentary, but still useful, “Choose Your Own Adventure” game called Before The Boycott that provides a glimpse into what it was like riding a bus in the South prior to segregation.

I’m adding it to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.

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March 29, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Great Interactive Video: “Sounds Of GREAT Britain”

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Sounds of GREAT Britain is a very cool series of interactive videos that allow viewers to take a customized audio and visual tour of…Great Britain. It’s very creative. I’ve embedded the first video below…

The creators of the video also have a very engaging site called LoveWall – Visit Britain which provides excellent categorized images from around the country.

I’m adding both to The Best Sites For Learning About The United Kingdom.

Thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip.

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March 25, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About Mudslides

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The terrible tragedy in Washington State happened five days ago, and the search for survivors continues.

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not very familiar with danger of mudslides, and am creating this list and will add it to A Compilation Of “The Best…” Lists About Natural Disasters.

I’ll start off with this New York Times video on The Science of Mudslides.

Extent of the Mudslide is a map from The New York Times.

The Snohomish County landslide is an infographic from The Washington Post.

Which States Are Prone to Landslides — and How Can You Prepare? is from NBC News.

Before and After the Washington Mudslide is from The Wall Street Journal.

Anatomy of a mudslide is from USA Today.

Interactive: Anatomy of a Mudslide is from a Seattle television station.

A closer look at aerial image of Highway 530 mudslide is from The Seattle Times.

Hope for survivors of landslide dims as death toll rises as high as 24 is from CNN.

Here are some NBC News videos:

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March 25, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Infographic: Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

I’ve previously posted about how I use the UN Universal Declaration Of Human Rights in a modified version of the well-known Rethinking Schools lesson ((I provide students excerpts of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the South African Bill of Rights, have students compare them our own, and then students develop one for their own imaginary country — with justifications).

You can see specific resources on that lesson at these two posts:

“Constitute” Is A New “Must-Use” Site For Any Social Studies Teacher

Excellent Infographic On The UN Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

Now, here’s another good infographic that would be useful in that same lesson. I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For “Bill Of Rights Day.”

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Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

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March 23, 2014
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Video: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Happened 103 Years Ago This Week

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The terrible Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire happened on March 25, 1911.

I’m adding this video to The Best Resources For Learning About The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which movingly makes the connection to what’s happening in Bangladesh sweatshops and in the United States today (be aware it contains graphic images). It definitely conveys a strong point-of-view and, to be safe, some teachers might want to offer a counterpoint to it from some of the clothes manufacturer’s perspective:

You can read a transcript to the video here.

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March 23, 2014
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Even More Cesar Chavez Resources

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The late labor leader Cesar Chavez is in the news this week, with a new movie being released and his official birthday celebration coming up.

Here are some new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez:

The San Francisco Chronicle has published two good articles related to the new film about Chavez’s life:

‘Cesar Chavez’ movie: An extraordinary ordinary man

‘Chavez’ revives labor leader’s legacy for next generation

Jinnie Spiegler at the Anti-Defamation League has created an accessible lesson on Chavez.

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March 22, 2014
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Just Updated My “Learning Economics & Practical Money Skills” List

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I’ve just revised and updated The Best Sites For Learning Economics & Practical Money Skills list.

In addition to cleaning-up dead links, I made one new additions: Gen i Revolution is a series of financial games. Teachers can create virtual classes and monitor student progress. You can learn more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

I’m also adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress list.

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March 20, 2014
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This Is The Best Piece I’ve Seen On The Role Of Social Media In Making Social Change

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Three years ago, Malcolm Gladwell’s article in The New Yorker, Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted, created a fair amount of controversy. He poked some holes in what was, at the time, a celebration of the role of Twitter and other social media tools in Arab Spring.

Now, the New York Times has published an even better, and more succinct, column on the same topic which hits the nail on the head. It’s headlined After The Protests, and is written by Professor Zeynep Tufekci.

Here’s an excerpt:

And whether these take place in Turkey, Egypt or Ukraine, pundits often speculate that the days of a ruling party or government, or at least its unpopular policies, must be numbered. Yet often these huge mobilizations of citizens inexplicably wither away without the impact on policy you might expect from their scale.

This muted effect is not because social media isn’t good at what it does, but, in a way, because it’s very good at what it does. Digital tools make it much easier to build up movements quickly, and they greatly lower coordination costs. This seems like a good thing at first, but it often results in an unanticipated weakness: Before the Internet, the tedious work of organizing that was required to circumvent censorship or to organize a protest also helped build infrastructure for decision making and strategies for sustaining momentum. Now movements can rush past that step, often to their own detriment.

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change.

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March 19, 2014
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Updated Resources On Missing Malaysia Plane

March 19, 2014
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New Resources On Ukraine Crisis

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Here are the latest additions to The Best Resources On The Protests (& Crisis) In Ukraine:

Crisis in the Crimea: The Showdown Between Ukraine and Russia is a GREAT interactive from Smithsonian Magazine.

The U.S. has treated Russia like a loser since the end of the Cold War is a very interesting piece from the former ambassador to the USSR.

Former U.S. Ambassador to USSR: Let Russia Take Crimea is a shorter piece from the same diplomat, and appeared in TIME.

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March 18, 2014
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White House Unveils New Climate Change Website, Though It’s Nothing To Write Home About — Yet

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Today, the White House is unveiling a new website on climate change called climate.data.gov.

It’s not particularly impressive now but, according to The New York Times, they have big plans for it in the future.

For now, though, in pales in comparison to another new site I posted about last month (see Very, Very Impressive New Interactive Site On Climate Change).

Nevertheless, since I assume the site will improve, I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

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