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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

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

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

The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators

September 17th, 2012 · No Comments

The Simplicity Exercises is a free PDF full of lessons that engage students with the concept of simplicity. Produced by the Simplicity Institute, it covers areas such as mindfulness, the environment, money and time, asking students to consider simplicity and sufficiency. Some of the activities are experiential. For example, a lesson called Silence and Solitude […]

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Tags: blog · books · consumerism · global issues activities · global issues resources · happiness · health · lesson plans · listening · reading · simplicity · speaking · the environment · vocabulary

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

BART Symposium 2012 Presentation – From Awareness to Action: Engaging Students in Environmental Issues

June 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Here is the slideshow I just gave at the third annual BART symposium. It’s a modified version of the presentation I gave a couple of months ago at TESOL. Within the slideshow, there are links to PDF versions of some of the handouts. If you’d like DOC versions to adapt for your own use, you […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · conferences · consumerism · global issues activities · lesson plans · listening · presentations · professional organizations · reading · speaking · the environment · writing

TESOL 2012 Presentation – Offering Options: Activities That Raise Awareness of Local Environmental Resources

March 29th, 2012 · No Comments

For those who both were and were not able to attend my TESOL 2012 presentation, here are the materials I referred to. The overall focus of my presentation was using local environmental resources as a way to both raise student awareness of environmental issues and to offer them opportunities for positive action. One emphasis I […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · conferences · consumerism · global issues activities · greening an IEP · lesson plans · listening · presentations · professional organizations · reading · speaking · TESOL 2012 · the environment · visual prompts · vocabulary · writing

Occupy Wall Street

October 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Occupy Wall Street is a protest in New York City that has been going on for 18 days. On Saturday, 700 protesters were arrested, following the arrest of 80 protesters the week before. The occupation involves members of a number of different groups, and the main thrust is a frustration with the fact that American […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · finance · financial crisis (2008) · global issues activities · happiness · infographics · listening · pictures · poverty & wealth · reading · slideshow · video

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