Check out my New York Times post for English Language Learners on the Winter Olympics and using picture dictation in the classroom. It includes a student interactive and teaching ideas.
Well, the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games ended , so what better time to begin a “The Best…” list for the next Olympics coming up? 🙂
I’ll obviously be adding to list over the next two years. In addition to specific resources related to the Sochi Games, I’m starting off by including sites from previous Olympic lists that would be relevant.
In addition, you might be interested in some of these other lists. Dead links are included in them, but most seem to still be live:
The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About The Olympics
The Best Sites For Learning About The London 2012 Olympics
The Best Sites To Learn About The Vancouver Winter Olympics
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games:
Here’s a Wall Street Journal video report on the Sochi Games:
Russia Readies For Sochi 2014— The Putin Games is from The Wall Street Journal.
Sochi Olympic Preparations Strain City is from The Wall Street Journal.
Russia furiously building all-new Olympic sites for Sochi is from USA .
Winter Olympics: Sport by Sport is a good ESPN interactive on all the winter sports.
Figure Skaters Through the Ages is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
The Origins of 10 Winter Olympic Sports is from Mental Floss.
Winter Olympics For Kids is a student-created website.
Fractions of a Second: An Olympic Musical is an ingenious interactive from The New York Times. Just check it out…
Winter Olympic Venues in Sochi, Russia is an interactive from The Wall Street Journal.
Sochi 2014: An Olympic Preview is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Club Med – Facts about the Winter Olympics [Infographic] by Club Med
In Olympic Sochi, a Photographic Pregame is from The New York Times.
Gays In U.S. Olympic Delegation Will Send Message To Russia is from NPR.
U.S. delegation to Russian Olympics includes gay athletes includes many videos from CNN.
Aiming For The Gold is CNN’s ongoing special feature on Sochi.
NBC has an enormous site on Sochi.
Olympic Posters Over Time is an Associated Press interactive.
Got a Light? Olympic Torch Relay Seems Cursed to the Ends of the Earth is from The New York Times.
The Sochi Olympics Torch Relay in Pictures is from The Wall Street Journal.
Pussy Riot member urges Russia Olympics boycott is from The BBC.
Behind the Olympics: Teaching About Russia in the Putin Era is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Jamaican Bobsledders Seek Money for Sochi Trip is also from The New York Times.
CBS Sports has a continually updated special website on Sochi.
TIME for Kids also has a special Sochi page.
The Independent has their own page.
The BBC has one, too.
Here’s the official site of the Sochi Olympics.
The many, many problems of the Sochi Olympics is from The Week.
7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling is from NPR.
Double duty: 11 Olympians who’ve played both winter and summer sports is from The Show.
Interactive: Venues of the Sochi 2014 Olympics
Here’s the main NY Times site on the Olympics.
Gold-Medal Learning: Teaching with the Winter Olympics is from Education Week.
The Associated Press has an interactive on the Olympic Medals.
The Guardian has an interactive on the different Olympic venues.
Twelve new events to watch at the Olympics is an interactive from The Washington Post.
‘Mariachi Olympic Prince’ Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes is from NPR.
Russian activist creates Sochi Olympics corruption website is from Fox News.
Olympic Sponsors Were Warned About Sochi; Now McDonald’s and Coca-Cola Are Having a PR Nightmare is from The Huffington Post.
The New York Times has announced a free daily email newsletter where they will be Olympics resources. You can easily sign-up for it here.
The Olympics In The Classroom – Videos And Motion Graphics is from The ASIDE blog.
Winter Olympics: The drama of the Games is from The BBC.
The Games Are A Great Party, But Not A Great Investment is from NPR.
The CBC has an excellent Olympics site (thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip).
Journalists at Sochi are live-tweeting their hilarious and gross hotel experiences is from The Washington Post.
Winter Olympics resources from EFL Classroom 2.0.
A GIF Guide to Figure Skaters’ Jumps at the Olympics is from The Atlantic.
Putin’s Explosive Olympics is from TIME.
An Olympics in the Shadow of a War Zone is an interactive from The NY Times.
Here’s an interactive from the BBC on the history of the Olympic Games.
The McClatchy newspapers also have an interactive history of the games.
How do you pronounce ‘Sochi’? is from The Week.
The Winter Olympics of yore is a slideshow from The Week.
Here is a collection of interactive graphics from The Washington Post on the Olympics.
are the winter olympics for the rich? is another Post interactive graphic.
Craziest falls, crashes and wipeouts from Sochi is from NBC.
Tricks is a NY Times feature: “Snowboarders and skiers have an extensive vocabulary of spins and flips. Some tricks are named for their technical requirements, others for their flair. Here, some of the best riders describe the joy and fear that come with these jaw-dropping maneuvers.”
Pearson OLE has a number of Olympic lessons. Thanks to Richard Byrne for the tip.
Jamaican Bobsledders Are Back, With Fans’ Help is from The New York Times.
Olympic Opening Ceremony Fails Through the Years is from The Atlantic.
These Russian Cops Singing ‘Get Lucky’ at the Olympics Cannot Wait for Tonight is from The Atlantic.
The Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony, Explained is from The Atlantic.
Here’s the central site for Olympics coverage from The Atlantic.
How to mine Sochi Olympics for teaching and learning is from The Washington Post.
Sochi 2014: The Opening Ceremony is a slideshow from The Atlantic.
2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi is a slideshow from The Boston Globe.
Russian Police Spent the Sochi Opening Ceremony Arresting LGBT Protesters is from The Atlantic.
The Beginner’s Guide to Watching Olympic Figure Skating Like a Super Fan is from The Atlantic.
If you’re looking for online videos about the Sochi Olympics — and, in fact, for previous Olympics — here are what look like the two best places to find them:
Of course, the NBC Olympics site has the exclusive rights to most of the best clips.
And then there’s “The Official YouTube Olympic Channel,” which I assume is controlled by NBC, but I’m not sure. There, you can find many clips about past Olympics, and other videos like these two:
Sochi 2014 Games: 6 Winter Olympics-Themed STEM Resources is from Edutopia.
The Wall Street Journal has a special Olympics site with a lot of multimedia resources.
Crazy Olympic team uniforms at Sochi is from The BBC.
What the data say about which countries will win Olympic medals is a graphic from The Washington Post.
Michelle Henry has an excellent collection of Olympics resources for English Language Learners.
The New York Times is coming up with incredible interactives each day. During past Olympics, they’ve created a special link to access them all, but time it appears you have to go to their main Olympics page to see them under “media.” However, you can get links to each individual interactive. So far, you can check out ones on snowboarding and the luge.
How Olympians Stay Motivated is an excellent article in The Atlantic, and here’s an excerpt that tells you about it:
We can’t all be Olympic athletes. (In fact some of us, including your humble narrator, should not be allowed anywhere near ice or blades.) But we all face times when we really don’t want to do something that we, nonetheless, really have to do. Drawing from interviews with top athletes and their coaches, along with psychological studies of athletes, here are seven ways Olympians stay motivated through the training slog.
I doubt teachers will find a more useful article on the Olympics — piece combines the high interest and topic subject of the Olympics with just about every priority in Social Emotional Learning.
Teaching Sochi 2014 – news and resources round up is from The Guardian.
Classroom resources for teaching the 2014 Winter Olympics is from The PBS News Hour.
USA has a special site for their Olympics coverage.
Surya Bonaly is the biggest bad __s in Winter Olympics History is from Jezebel. Thanks to Nancy Flanagan for the tip.
Winter Olympics Activity Toolkit is from The VIF Learning Center.
Here’s a neat video from the 1932 Winter Olympics. The Atlantic has a good post about it:
Sports Illustrated has a special site with lots of multimedia resources.
Teaching the Sochi Olympics | History, Geography and Social Studies is from The New York Times Learning Network.
What it’s like to just miss an Olympic medal is a neat interactive from The New York Times.
2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Part I is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
What Do the Olympic Rings Mean? is from Mental Floss.
Here’s a crazy ride on the luge:
This amazing interactive map is certainly one of the best resources created around the Winter Olympics.
Teaching the Sochi Olympics | Science, Health and Math is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Check out this neat NY Times interactive on Olympics gear used by the athletes.
Looking Back: Photos From the First 12 Winter Olympics is from The Atlantic.
Winter speed demons is an interactive from The Washington Post.
Charts: The Most Ridiculously Expensive Olympics Ever is from Mother Jones.
Teaching the Sochi Olympics | English Language Arts, Journalism and Fine Arts is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Sochi 2014 Olympics: Reaching the podium is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
The Best Olympic Goalie Mask Art is from The Atlantic.
Here are a bunch of videos from Infobytes:
Our Favorite Moments of the Sochi Olympics (So Far) is from The Atlantic.
Crazy Olympic team uniforms at Sochi is from The BBC.
Jamaica Has an Official Song to Sync to Its Bobsled Run is from The Atlantic.
An Olympics Performance Perfect For A Lesson On “Grit” is a post I wrote earlier.
Ski Jumping is a cool interactive from The New York Times.
Tracy Barnes makes Olympic sacrifice for her sister Lanny is a great article in The Washington Post.
Sochi 2014: 10 amazing helmet designs at the Winter Olympics – in pictures is from The Guardian.
The Washington Post has created a page where they have all the interactive graphics they’re creating for the Olympics. It’s not to be missed. If only the NY Times would do the same!
Top 10 viral videos of the 2014 Winter Olympics is from NBC.
New Scientist shares the odds of getting injured in each Olympic sport.
The 2014 Olympics By The Numbers is a neat NY Times interactive.
Ancestral Enemies Meet at Olympics for a Toast to Amity is an intriguing NY Times article.
Primer: Olympic 500m Speedskating is a Wall Street Journal interactive.
Sochi Olympic Panoramas also comes from The WSJ.
The Athletes of the First Winter Olympics is a photo gallery from SLATE.
The New York Times has finally gotten around to putting all their Olympics’ interactives in one place.
6 Olympians who became educators is from Education Dive.
What’s the Most Dominant Country In Each Winter Olympic Sport? is from The Atlantic.
2 in Russian Protest Band Held, Then Freed, in Sochi is from The New York Times.
I’ll soon be starting a new “The Best” list about the 2016 Summer Olympics, and this piece from NPR will be on it: Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse?
Russian Riot Grrrls Beaten but Not Arrested in Sochi is from The New York Times.
Champions of the corruption race is an interesting interactive.
A Brief History of Sexism in TV Coverage of the Olympics is from The Atlantic.
The Sochi Olympics, Frame by Frame is from The New York Times.
Olympians’ Least Favorite Questions is from The NY Times.
‘To everybody, it’s my 1st Olympics, but to me, it’s my 1,000th’: Journals help Shiffrin prep is from US News.
Sochi Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony – in pictures is from The Guardian.
Closing Ceremony Draws Russia’s Big Moment to a Close is from NBC.
10 Inspiring Sochi Moments That Embody the Olympic Spirit is from Mashable.
Sochi’s bleak future: What happens to Olympic cities after the Olympics are over? is from Salon.
The Olympic City Project has photos of former Olympic host sites.
Our Favorite Moments from the 2014 Winter Olympics is from The Atlantic.
2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Comes to a Close is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
Olympic Story is an impressive interactive on the history of the Winter Olympics.
The 2014 Winter Paralympics is a slideshow from The Atlantic.
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THANK YOU – this is EXACTLY what I was looking for to teach my children about the Olympics – we homeschool and it is hard to find good resources – you ROCK!
Wow! Thank you so much for compiling all these resources – this is hugely helpful (is that a real phrase!?) !!
There are few references to the 1980 games in Salt Lake City. Did these things happen in 2002 (in SLC)? That is when they held them.
I’m not sure which ones you’re referring to — if there are, they’re typos