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We the People, and the Republic we must Reclaim

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Over the past several election cycles, I’ve become convinced that the only issue that truly matters is getting the money out of politics. Until we do that, no meaningful change is possible. Lawrence Lessig’s recent TED talk expresses this problem in clear and engaging terms. This talk would be difficult for most students, but it […]

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Tags: blog · finance · global issues activities · listening · politics · statistics · video

Wealth Inequality in America

April 1st, 2013 · 1 Comment

This video is an effective way to visually communicate the wealth inequality in the US. I especially like the fact that it focuses so much on the difference between perception and reality. When I was teaching in China, I asked my class what percentage of Americans they thought was rich. The consensus was 80%. It […]

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Tags: blog · finance · global issues activities · infographics · poverty & wealth · video · visual prompts

100 Views of Climate Change

March 13th, 2013 · No Comments

100 Views of Climate Change is a website from Colorado State University that offers short and long videos on climate change, along with notes on books and articles and links to other resources. Finding specific resources is very easy. The site is broken into five sections: climate, nature, humans, action, and the big picture. Each […]

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Tags: art as activism · blog · climate change · global issues activities · global issues resources · listening · reading · the environment · video

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

The True Cost of Food / Free Range Studios

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

The True Cost of Food is a 15-minute video about the hidden costs of factory farming, industrial agriculture and fast food. It comes with a discussion guide and an excellent Take Action handout. I really like how the Take Action handout is framed — recommending actions based on the issues students care about. The video […]

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Tags: animal rights · art as activism · climate change · consumerism · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · health · lesson plans · listening · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual aids

Greening the L2 Classroom: Linking TESOL and the Environment

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Greening the L2 Classroom is a great article in the July 2012 edition of TESOL Connections by Wendy Coyle and Amy Delis. I met Wendy and Amy at TESOL 2012 when I attended their presentation on having students create environmental PSAs. This article describes much of the process they used in structuring this activity, and […]

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Tags: climate change · global issues activities · presentation skills · presentations · TESOL 2012 · the environment · video

Democracy Now’s Expanded Debate Coverage / iSideWith.com

October 5th, 2012 · No Comments

Full disclosure: I didn’t watch the debate this week. Hearing Romney and Obama deliver talking points was not going to inform my vote. If I end up choosing between these two candidates, there is no doubt who I would vote for. Having said that, I am curious to watch the expanded debate put together by […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · listening · politics · video

After Capitalism

September 17th, 2012 · No Comments

After Capitalism is a series of short animated videos available from The Guardian. Each video features a student animation of an impression of post-capitalist society. I was particularly struck by this one. The text of each animation comes from various authors and economists, including one of my favorite journalists, George Monbiot. The videos are short […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · cultural issues · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · happiness · health · human rights · imagined future · listening · politics · poverty & wealth · racism · the environment · video · visual prompts

Imagine All the Water

July 13th, 2012 · No Comments

Imagine All the Water offers a bunch of information on indirect water use. In other words, it addresses the issue of how much water is consumed in producing various foods and industrial products. The site features many short readings and a short video. The readings are fairly dry, but the video is funny, and the […]

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · reading · statistics · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual prompts · water

Open Source Ecology

July 11th, 2012 · No Comments

Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers and engineers that has put together the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that enables DIY fabrication of 50 different industrial machines that they believe are required to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts. I like the principles behind the […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · global issues activities · global issues resources · listening · natural building · open source · the environment · video · volunteering