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Newsela Free Summer Reading Challenge

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For those many kids who choose not to read books, for those kids who are news junkies, for those kids who choose to focus on nonfiction, for those kids who read everything anyway, and for those kids who are motivated by regular, tangible rewards, Newsela’s Free Summer Reading Challenge may be just the thing to [...]

Newsreel heaven! British Pathé post 90,000 Historical Films on YouTube

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It’s almost #toogoodtobetrue The week, British Pathé, turned its archive of more than 90,000 historical films (or 3500 hours) over to YouTube.  This rich collection of captioned newsreels and documentaries spans the 1890s through the early years of the 21st century.  With coverage ranging from fashion to warfare and sport to travel it should be [...]

Searching Google for contemporaneous news

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A few years back, I mourned the loss of Google’s New Timeline. I still miss that beautiful visual presentation, but you can still use Google News to search contemporaneous news. Contemporaneous news offers students unfiltered, personal connection to the past and forces them to wrestle with issues of bias and historical perspective. Contemporaneous news focuses a media literacy [...]

Newsela: making news accessible for more learners

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Face it.  The news is not written for most of our kids, especially those who are struggling readers or new English learners. I showed Newsela to my ELL and several of my ELA teachers early this semester and we have some devoted fans. Launched in June, and the winner of a Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge, Newsela publishes articles [...]

TV News Search & Borrow brought to you by Internet Archive

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Television news has always been ephemeral–hard to search, hard to access, hard to share. The Internet Archive recently launched a tool that will be huge help to any teacher who would like to use television news in the classroom.  It opens up some fabulous possibilities for student media research. Inspired by the pioneering work of [...]

EUscreen debuts

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Your history and language teachers will be very interested in the recently launched EUscreen. The new multimedia, multilingual portal reaches back to the early 1900s and offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. The About page describes the need for this collaborative project: Although audiovisual content [...]

Newswordy: building context for media

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I’ll be sharing Newswordy with my social studies and English teachers this fall.  The sites presents a useful strategy for increasing vocabulary, promoting  understanding of breaking news, and developing critical thinking around the media. Each day, Newswordy identifies buzzwords–words used by the media and pundits, words that we don’t often use in everyday conversation These [...]

New views of news

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One of the things I find most challenging and most exciting is sharing with my students the growing number of options for examining the news and for discovering that not all news is western.  I practically jump up and down like a crazy person when I see my students habitually returning to the same limited [...]

New York Times Learning Network Revisited

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Yesterday I came across a pretty fabulous NYT Learning Network Blog Post: 10 Ways to Use the New York Times for Teaching Literature.  I plan to share it with our Language Arts Department. But  the  great ideas in the post reminded me of how much I really love the whole New York Times Learning Network [...]