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To This Day by Shane Koyczan

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

I love Shane Koyczan. I first heard his work in a collaboration with musician Dan Mangan called Tragic Turn of Events / Move Pen Move. His most recent work is a project based around his poem To This Day, where he collaborated with numerous volunteers to make a video that powerfully addresses the issue of […]

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Tags: art as activism · audio · bullying · global issues activities · happiness · human rights · listening · poetry · reading · video

Center for the Advancement of Steady State Economy

September 7th, 2011 · No Comments

One of the fundamental problems with capitalism as it is currently practiced in many countries around the world is that it relies on continual growth. Obviously, this is not sustainable. The Center for the Advancement of Steady State Economy (CASSE) is an organization that seeks to explore the true costs of growth-based economics, as well […]

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Tags: audio · blog · climate change · consumerism · fair trade · finance · global issues resources · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · statistics · the environment · video · visual prompts

RSA Animate

July 28th, 2011 · 5 Comments

The RSA Animate series of video clips is an interesting way to present some very sophisticated ideas to learners. The visual nature of the lectures helps comprehension and helps hold student interest. The lecture above looks at how recent developments in cognitive science change our understanding of human nature. Other lectures deal with concepts like […]

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Tags: art as activism · audio · blog · climate change · consumerism · cultural issues · global issues activities · global issues resources · happiness · health · human rights · infographics · listening · politics · poverty & wealth · the environment · video · visual prompts

L. M. Bogad and Performance-based Activism

July 15th, 2011 · No Comments

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of going to a talk on campus by L. M. Bogad. He is a professor at UC Davis and spoke on the topic of performance-based activism. He’s been involved with number of groups, including Billionaires for Bush and The Yes Men. On his website, he has video […]

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Tags: art as activism · audio · blog · climate change · consumerism · global issues activities · pictures · politics · video · visual prompts


June 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Teach UNICEF is a new website that shares a bunch of UNICEF teaching materials by topic and grade level. Topics include child labor, armed conflict, poverty and sanitation, to name a few. Most topics offer materials for grades 6-8 and 9-12, and some include K-2 or 3-5. You can also browse by media type. I […]

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Tags: audio · blog · child labor · cultural issues · fair trade · finance · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · human rights · lesson plans · listening · maps · natural disasters · peace and war · pictures · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · statistics · video · visual prompts · vocabulary · volunteering · water

The Best Sites for Learning about Cesar Chavez

April 4th, 2010 · No Comments

March 31st was Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and Larry Ferlazzo updated his list of the Best Sites for Learning about Cesar Chavez. His list includes a lot of great stuff, including readings, audio and video clips. One that caught my eye is something from the Smithsonian on the banning of the short-handled hoe. I have to […]

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Tags: audio · blog · child labor · cultural issues · food and hunger · global issues activities · health · human rights · listening · pictures · politics · poverty & wealth · racism · reading · slideshow · video · visual prompts

Drop the Weapons

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Drop the Weapons is a collection of audio and video clips aimed at convincing young people not to carry guns and knives. The speech in these clips is very natural, making it a nice change from scripted recordings. Some of the videos are “choose your own adventures” where viewers interact by choosing what to do […]

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Tags: audio · blog · guns and knives · listening · video

2 Plagiarism Resources

February 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Larry Ferlazzo just posted two multimedia plagiarism resources that could be useful for English learners. The first, Plagiarism, is an interactive slideshow that talks about what is and is not plagiarism. The information is all presented visually, which is nice because English learners can go through it at their own pace. The second, Academic Integrity, […]

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Tags: audio · ESL activity · listening · plagiarism · reading · slideshow

Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq

February 7th, 2008 · No Comments

I just heard about the book Purple Hearts: Back from Iraqon the World. It’s a collection of photographs and interviews with injured American soldiers returning from Iraq. A short (4:45), powerful slideshow features many of the photos along with recordings taken from the interviews. More photos are available at Nina Berman’s website. Check the purple […]

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Tags: audio · blog · books · global issues activities · peace and war · video

Responsible Consumption Month: The ID Project

January 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Interdependence Project is a New York based non-profit group that brings together meditation and activism. I became aware of them through their podcast, 21st Century Buddhism. In January, they are conducting their 2nd month of responsible consumption. The tenets of the month are: Daily meditation. Limiting use of plastic bags, disposable coffee cups, electricity, […]

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Tags: audio · blog · Buddhism · climate change · consumerism · ESL activity · global issues activities · the environment