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March 25, 2014
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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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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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March 18, 2014
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New Cesar Chavez Film To Have Screening At White House Tonight

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The new Cesar Chavez film is being screened at the White House tonight. It stars Michael Peña, who did such a great job in the HBO movie “Walkout,” as the union leader.

The trailer, which I’ve embedded below, looks great!

You can read more about the film here.

As regular readers may remember, I began my lengthy community organizing career working on the UFW grape boycott. And every December I provide a “holiday gift” to readers of a pdf book by Fred Ross, Sr., who was Chavez’ mentor.

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez.

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March 15, 2014
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The Best Resources On The Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

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Its fate appears to be a mystery no longer: Jet Fell Into Ocean With All Lost, Premier Says is from The New York Times and here’s an update from CNN.

The missing Malaysia Airlines plane continues to be a mystery, and a tragic one. I can only imagine what the families of the passengers must be going through…

It can also be a a topic for classroom study — ranging from geography lessons to writing prompts.

Here are some useful related resources if you want to discuss it with your students:

Dozens of Planes Have Vanished in Post-WWII Era is an infographic from Bloomberg News.

Planes that vanished without a trace is an interactive from the CBC. Thanks to Peter Vogel for the tip.

The scale of the search for Flight MH370 is a Washington Post interactive.

Key moments emerge in tracking of missing Malaysia Airlines plane is from CNN.

Flight MH370: Claimed locations for the missing Malayasian Airlines plane – interactive is from The Guardian.

The Associated Press has an updated interactive.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Australia says possible objects in Indian Ocean is from CNN. You can find lots of other related multimedia at the same link.

Questions Over Absence of Cellphone Calls From Missing Flight’s Passengers is from The New York Times.

The Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is a series of maps from The New York Times.

Expanding the search for Flight MH370 is a Washington Post infographic.

A Complete Timeline of the Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is from The Atlantic.

What Happened To Flight MH370? is an excellent interactive from The Washington Post.

A buoy, a fish, and a robot search for Flight 370 is an infographic from The Washington Post.

MH370: see how deep in the ocean the black box could be is from The Guardian.

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March 12, 2014
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“What If?” History Project At NPR

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Regular readers know I’m a big fan of using “What If?” history in the classroom — see The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons.

It looks like NPR has become a fan of the idea, too. This week, they’re inviting readers to share their visions of what the world would have looked like if World War One hadn’t happened.

See their article, A World Without World War I, Featuring Health-Nut Hitler.

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March 9, 2014
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The Best Sites For Learning About The 2014 World Cup In Brazil

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I’ve published two posts at The New York Times for English Language Learners that focus on soccer: one on Lionel Messi and the other on a Mexican girls soccer team.

The 2014 World Cup begins on June 12th in Brazil.

I created a very long “Best” list for the 2010 World Cup, and have selected sites that would be useful this year and added them to this new list. Of course, I’ll be adding a lot more as time goes on, and I hope that readers will contribute many.

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Brazil.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About The 2014 World Cup In Brazil:

As Brazil Gears Up For Olympics, Some Poor Families Get Moved Out is from NPR.

Fox Sports has a special section on this year’s World Cup.

Of course, there’s the official World Cup site.

Brazil World Cup 2014 stadiums: Interactive Guide is from The Telegraph.

Interactive: World Cup 2014 draw
is from Al Jazeera.

ESL / EFL Lesson Activity on Brazil World Cup is from News English Lessons.

TES Connect has a collection of related lessons.

World Cup Tech: Fine-Tuning the Beautiful Game is from Gizmodo.

Best Soccer Documentaries is from EFL Classroom 2.0.

Learn about The Birth of The World Cup.

A Brief History Of The World Cup is a TIME Slideshow.

The Evolution of The World Cup Ball is a NY Times infographic.

The BBC has nice visual tutorials on playing soccer.

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You might also be interested in my other 1,300 “The Best…” lists.

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March 8, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Updated Resources On Ukraine Crisis