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The past month has brought us many historic news events, and in this month’s newsletter, we’ve created playlists of the most important stories, in four subject areas – plus a current events activity you can do with your students. You’ll also hear about an exciting new original science series and a mini-collection about the man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, Steve Jobs.


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We’ve partnered with the National Science Foundation and The Weather Channel on a brand-new series exploring the science of natural disasters. These powerful stories take your students into the lab to see the latest research that’s helping to improve predictions and save lives.

Current Events

Pope Francis enthralled audiences in America; thousands of Syrian refugees flooded into Europe; President Obama secured his Iran deal; and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump went on the attack. Just a few of the stories you’ll find among the new videos in our Current Events collection.


Watch the new science videos we’ve posted this month and learn how warming Arctic temperatures are threatening Alaskan villages and triggering a new Cold War; and how the discovery of an ancient human is raising new questions about our origins.

Language Arts

There’s plenty of fodder for classroom discussion and expository writing among the new videos in our Language Arts collection: Should the U.S. take in more Syrian refugees? Should Kentucky clerk Kim Davis have gone to jail for her beliefs? And how can kids with cancer become real-life superheroes?

Health & Wellness

The new videos in our Health and Wellness collection include important findings on blood pressure treatment; how service dogs are helping disabled farmers; and an inspirational story about the healing power of crayons!

Current Events Thought Starters

Need more ideas about how to incorporate our news stories into your teaching? Try our Current Events Thought Starter, a helpful guideline featuring videos paired with engaging questions for your students.

Watch our new collection for surprising clips from our archives of the product launches that put Steve Jobs at the center of the computer revolution. Steve Jobs comes to theaters in October. Although the film is rated "R," these clips are appropriate for all ages.

We all know how busy parents can be. With that in mind, our friends over at the Parent Toolkit unveiled another original video collection out this month. "5 Minutes to Spare" offers tips for parents to support their child's overall development, including academics, health and wellness, and social emotional development, in a spare five minutes. Each video is under a minute long and is available in Spanish as well as English on the Parent Toolkit. Keep an eye out, they'll be coming to the free resources section of NBC Learn soon.

Subscriber Spotlights

This month we feature two California educators. Juarez Newsome, a high school history teacher, shares tips on how he uses our timely video resources to develop his students’ critical thinking skills; and engineering professor Raji Lukkoor discusses the positive impact NBC Learn videos have on her students’ career readiness.

How are you using NBC Learn as a teaching and learning resource? E-mail us at with examples of NBC Learn videos that especially engaged your students or summaries of your lessons.  We may feature you in a future K-12 or Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight!

Want to read more Subscriber Spotlights? On the Home page of NBC Learn K-12 or NBC Learn Higher Ed, look under the heading NBC Learn in the Classroom.

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