Know The News is part of an organization called Link TV. It appears to be designed to give viewers a perspective on world news that might not be typically seen in the United States, and has an impressive group of funders and Board of Directors.
What I especially like, though, are some of their accessible online student activities in their Know The News section. Not only are they accessible to Intermediate English Language Learners, but they provide opportunities for critical and “higher-order” thinking.
One is a Remixer activity where students can edit news clips of the same event from different countries or networks, add their own commentary, and post it online. Teachers need to register in order for their classes to participate. It appears to be free.
It also has a News Challenge game that can be played without registering. Two different short news clips are shown, and then questions are asked about them.
Finally, in its Watch and Rate exercise, viewers rate different clips on journalistic qualities.
I’ll be adding the News Challenge Game to The Best News/Current Events Websites For English Language Learners — 2007 (I’ll also be creating a new version of that list soon). I’ll also be adding it to my website under News.
I’ll be exploring the other two features more, and would be interested in hearing the experience of others.