"OF THE 264 Twitter accounts belonging to governments and world leaders, and the 350,289 tweets that have been sent from those accounts to their 51,990,656 followers, not a single one was sent by a Chinese leader." says the Economist in their blog about China.
In a fascinating article that accuses Chinese leaders of a sort of "state led autism" it talks about how one major social media outlet (Twitter) is ignored and blocked by the Great Firewall of China but how their news service is now not only tweeting but linking to YouTube videos (which is also blocked.) The Economist uses this as a fascinating example of how being so insular is going to harm and ultimately limit the rise of China. If you follow China and current events, whether you like Twitter or not, this is a fascinating read and one you may want to bring to your students as well.
"The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and the Government Printing Office (GPO), today unveiled Congress.gov, a new public beta site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information. Congress.gov features platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation. Congress.gov, at beta.congress.gov, eventually will replace the public THOMAS system and the congressional Legislative Information System (LIS)."
The New York Times has some options to allow students to participate and learn from the US Presidential debates. If you're teaching and you are wanting to use this as a topic, this is a great lesson plan.
"The Digital Government Strategy sets out to accomplish three things:
Enable the American people and an increasingly mobile workforce to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device.
Operationalizing an information-centric model, we can architect our systems for interoperability and openness, modernize our content publication model, and deliver better, device-agnostic digital services at a lower cost.
Ensure that as the government adjusts to this new digital world, we seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways.
Learning from the previous transition of moving information and services online, we now have an opportunity to break free from the inefficient, costly, and fragmented practices of the past, build a sound governance structure for digital services, and do mobile “right” from the beginning.
Unlock the power of government data to spur innovation across our Nation and improve the quality of services for the American people.
We must enable the public, entrepreneurs, and our own government programs to better leverage the rich wealth of federal data to pour into applications and services by ensuring that data is open and machine-readable by default."
There are specific dates including a new US government API policy that is to be rolled out by next year.
This is the Google news search about the current events in Syria. As you teach students about how to build a PLN, creating a Google news search (and subscribing to it through an RSS reader) are vital for students to understand. Click on this link to see the current news and click the subscribe button at the bottom to determine how you want to subscribe to the link and which RSS reader you'd like to use (if you don't already have an RSS reader.) I use Google reader, but my students use iGoogle.
If your students are studying the French election, here are some resources, videos, and other information to discuss what has just happened in France with Socialist Francois Hollande winning over incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy. (One note, Hollande is promising a 75% income tax for the richest!) Use these resources to make this current event relevant. (High school social studies teachers, this is the kind of thing important in your classrooms.)
Lots of conversation about why Steve Jobs wasn't named the Time Person of the year. This would be a fascinating discussion for a social studies or current events class. Who would you name as the person of the year and why.
Love the 6 questions about the news from the New York Times. Some great resources here.
Student summaries of what they learned in the Arab-Israeli conflict simulation with the University of Michigan - as their final summary, they were to create movies summarizing their learning- the assignment and final videos were on this page. Overall, I'm very pleased with what they learned in this course - current events and history classes use this simulation. Simulations and role plays give such deeper knowledge than just class discussions.
Google map showing all live piracy incidents in the world - this would fascinating to discuss this in a current events class and correlate the incidents of piracy with political regimes and other correlated items.
Present to the class- here is the map -- figure out why this may be happening in these places.
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