You can also get your students’ attention with some slimy science experiments from a chemist on the TODAY show. Sink your fangs into another TODAY show clip that examines spiders and their venom. And from our partners at San Francisco State University, learn about the discovery of a creepy-crawly insect that is turning honeybees into "Zombees."
Featured CueCards in October
85 Years Ago: Black Tuesday
Black Tuesday, or the Wall Street Crash of 1929, followed a speculative boom when stocks were bought for margins of 10 percent cash and 90 per cent credit. In this playlist, learn more about Black Tuesday and why stock market failures have continued throughout America’s history.
65 Years Ago: The People's Republic of China Founded
On October 1, 1949, after a victory by the Communist Party in the Chinese Civil War, Mao Zedong founded the People’s Republic of China. Learn about the tumultuous history of China from the Great Leap Forward to its recent economic boom in this playlist.
10 Years Ago: Christopher Reeve Dies
The actor best known for playing Superman died on October 10, 2004 at the age of 52. Nine years earlier, Reeve had been thrown from a horse, leaving him paralyzed below the neck. In spite of a devastating spinal cord injury, Reeve led an inspiring life as an advocate for stem cell research. With his wife, he started a foundation called The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which continues to research treatments for spinal cord injuries.
United Nations Day
United Nations Day, on October 24th, commemorates the 69th anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations. This year’s theme for UN Day is “Global Citizenship and Youth.” Inspire your students to be global citizens with this playlist that explores the history of the United Nations.
October marks the birthdays of three historic American figures: John Adams, second president of the United States (October 30, 1735), Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States (October 27, 1858), and Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of the United States (October 11, 1884). Commemorate the accomplishments of these extraordinary Americans with the playlists below.
"I read my eyes out and can't read half enough. The more one reads the more one sees we have to read." - John Adams
"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad." - Theodore Roosevelt
"All of life is a constant education."- Eleanor Roosevelt
NBC Learn K-12 Subscriber Spotlight: "Using NBC Learn to Challenge Preconceived Notions About History"
Meet Kathleen Argus, a secondary Social Studies Instructional Coach for the Syracuse City School District. Argus leads professional development and trainings for teachers, ELA coaches, administrators and parents. In her trainings on NBC Learn, Argus suggests that students do an interactive exercise before watching a video to sharpen their critical-thinking skills.
“Students have preconceived images of history from movies and video games that can either be reinforced or challenged with NBC Learn videos,” she explains. Argus cites as an example the video Martin Luther King, Jr. Debates Segregationist Editor, a half-hour televised debate from 1960 between King and James J. Kilpatrick, the editor of the Richmond News Leader. Before students watch the video, Argus hands out sections of the transcript for them to read.
“The students read the text with the emphasis they think the debaters would use, and often they exaggerate certain terms and phrases,” noticed Argus. “But once we show them the actual video, students are often conflicted with their previous ideas about King and how he spoke during the debate. This leads to a discussion of ‘dignified debate’ and comparing the cultural behaviors of the 1960s with today.”
Syracuse City Schools has recently put a number of initiatives in place like the DBQ Project, which provides materials and training for using Document-Based Questions to help prepare students for college. Argus finds that NBC Learn can help there, too. “NBC Learn helps us support these initiatives in argumentative writing and informed action. I have created lessons with NBC Learn that support skills of sourcing, contextualization, close read, and corroborating evidence. I don’t think you run across any history teacher that isn’t excited about NBC Learn.”
Syracuse teachers also use NBC Learn playlists for quizzes and evidence-based writing, and they share playlists in a flipped classroom setting.
NBC Learn Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight: "NBC Learn Increases Student Participation Tenfold"
NBC Learn Series Win Awards
The Science of Golf, a video series produced in partnership with the United States Golf Association and Chevron, has received an S.E.T. Award for “Best Online Program.” The S.E.T. Awards are presented by the Entertainment Industry Council to productions portraying and promoting the fields of science, engineering, technology and math in an accurate yet entertaining way.
On October 2nd, NBC Learn Executive Editor Mark Miano accepted the RNRF Outstanding Achievement Award for the series Sustainability: Water. The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation award recognizes a project, publication, piece of legislation, or similar concrete accomplishment in the natural resources field. NBC Learn is the only media organization to win the award twice. Sustainability: Water was produced in partnership with the National Science Foundation.
The NBC Learn team has been keeping busy with trainings across the country. Michael Levin, Director of Technology, visited the Miami Dade County Public Schools for their first ever Digital Learning Day and was interviewed by the NBC affiliate WTVJ about the event. Cyndy Harrison, trainer, met with librarians, instructional designers and faculty at California State University, Bakersfield.
Education Nation Monthly Twitter Chat
In honor of Bullying Prevention Awareness month, Education Nation (@EducationNation) is hosting a Twitter chat Tuesday, October 28th at 7pmET to talk about ways families and educators can help children cope with bullying and prevent bullying altogether. The featured guest is educational psychologist, TODAY Show contributor and Parent Toolkit expert Dr. Michele Borba (@MicheleBorba). Join in with hash tag #ToolkitTalk and share stories from your school district on bullying prevention efforts.
Dollars for College: Financial Aid Toolkit from America's Promise
NBC Learn’s partner America’s Promise Alliance and uAspire, with support from the Citi Foundation, has launched a financial aid tool designed to promote greater access to higher education. The increased opportunities and quality of life that college offers are well known, but too often the cost can seem prohibitive and the financial aid process can be daunting. The Dollars for College Financial Planning Toolkit seeks to help students and families understand all the available resources and options that can make higher education affordable. Dollars for College includes five comprehensive and easy-to-follow chapters, each offering solutions to potential challenges and directing students to resources that will help them to stay on track. The financial aid process is clearly presented in the form of a timeline to coincide with the steps that need to be taken at each grade level. The Dollars for College Financial Aid Planning Toolkit is available in English and Spanish, free and accessible to all through the following link. For more information about America’s Promise Alliance, visit AmericasPromise.org.
Blackboard Never Stop Learning Event
On October 20, NBC Learn will be at Towson University, an NBC Learn subscriber, to take part in the Never Stop Learning Tour, presented by Blackboard. The Never Stop Learning Tour is a FREE 1-day Teaching & Learning event for faculty, instructional designers, and academic leaders. NBC Learn will join more than 200 representatives from regional colleges, universities, Blackboard content partners, and media and technology companies to help Blackboard clients extend their Blackboard environment in new and innovative ways to improve their educational experience.
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