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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

My Life as a Turkey

November 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

My wife and I just watched a great documentary on PBS called My Life as a Turkey. It tells the story of naturalist and wildlife illustrator Joe Hutto and his experience as “mother” to a brood of wild turkeys. The video powerfully reveals the complex and sophisticated lives of wild turkeys. I think this should […]

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Tags: animal rights · blog · food and hunger · global issues activities · the environment · vegetarian / vegan · video · visual prompts

Slavery Footprint

November 9th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Slavery Footprint is a visually engaging survey that roughly determines how many slaves were involved in producing the goods we consume. It’s similar to carbon footprint calculators in terms of the questions it asks, asking about your home, electronics, diet, clothing and so on. On several of the questions, it allows you to really delve […]

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Tags: blog · child labor · consumerism · fair trade · global issues activities · human rights · poverty & wealth · reading · statistics · visual prompts

World Population: 7 Billion

November 8th, 2011 · 2 Comments

NPR has a neat short video on how the world population has grown to reach 7 billion. It would be pretty understandable, even at lower levels, and it would work with a range of topics: population, poverty and wealth, food, consumption, etc. Thanks Krista

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Tags: blog · global issues activities · population · video · visual prompts

Business Insider: A Ton of Charts and Graphs on Wealth Inequality

October 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Business Insider has a page that features a ton of different charts and graphs on wealth inequality. It would work great in conjunction with an activity on Occupy Wall Street. The graphs start off showing how unemployment is at an all-time high (since 1940), then they look at CEO pay and corporate profits. The graph […]

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Tags: blog · consumerism · finance · financial crisis (2008) · global issues activities · poverty & wealth · statistics · visual prompts

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

In 1000 Years

July 7th, 2011 · No Comments

What will the world look like in 1000 years? This is the question posed by Sibylle Machat via her website, where she displays drawings of people’s imagined answers. She invites people to submit their ideas via postcard. This would be a great class activity, and the images Sibylle has already collected would make great writing […]

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Tags: art as activism · blog · global issues activities · imagined future · the environment · visual prompts

Global Eye

June 10th, 2011 · No Comments

Global Eye is a (now defunct) magazine aiming to bring global issues to primary and secondary schools. Thus, the language is pretty accessible and a lot of it could be used with English language learners. As a magazine, the materials are primarily readings and pictures / graphics, but there are some writing activities in there, […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · fair trade · food and hunger · global issues activities · global issues resources · infographics · k-12 · lesson plans · natural disasters · politics · poverty & wealth · reading · the environment · visual prompts