Current Events and Technology: Video and Audio on the Internetby: Matthew M. Laposata, Tom Howick, and Michael J. Dias

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Teachers can utilize the vast audio and visual resources available on the Internet to bring current science events into the classroom. A wide variety of news sites as well as technology requirements and teaching suggestions are described.

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  • on Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:03 PM

The authors point out that the goal of using current events is to show the relevance of class topics in the real world; this is best accomplished when the event is of interest to students. Students are more engaged when they connect with a topic on a more emotional level-something a video clip can offer over a written article. They point out several efficient ways of integrating current events that are available from the Internet. They begin with digitized video clips that can be found online without investing in additional computer software. The article explains how the videos can be accessed and selected. Providing simple directions to follow, this article “walks the teacher through” the steps they would need to follow to use video streaming. For classrooms unable to use video streaming technology, this article discusses audio on the internet, such as the National Public Radio (NPR). The authors also provide a website with printable tutorials describing how to locate and play video and audio clips for each of the web sites mentioned in the article. This is an excellent article for all teachers wanting to use the internet to enhance their use of current events in their classrooms.

Sue Garcia
Sue Garcia

  • on Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:08 AM

This article is a how-to about capturing and using segments of TV news into streaming video you can use in the classroom. The author describes what one must do to acquire some interesting science news you want to capture as well as what sites can offer this streaming video that you use to engage and motive your students. This is a very helpful article for the technology challenged.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:26 AM

Video clips certainly help us engage our students by allowing them to "see" science in action. seeing the rage of a storm, or a bridge swaying in sine waves before crashing into a river conveys much more than a textbook could, and serves to engage our students in discussion. The author discusses technology from a 2002 perspective. For some teachers, that may not be a problem, because the technologies at their schools are not much newer, and some of the suggestions are still pertinent, like installing Quicktime or RealPlayer. I was a little surprised that no mention was made of YouTube - it is amazing how our sources change over time! Also, many classrooms, even in schools with high-speed internet connections, find streaming to be choppy, and now download much content. Some of the suggestions were amazingly obvious - like having a projection unit and a screen. Other comments were timeless, like reminding us of the middle-schooler's ability to comprehend more abstractly and the value of videos in connecting the concepts. All in all, a good article. Three stars because it lacks currency, but yet contains fundamentally sound principles when incorporating video into the classroom setting.

Jennifer Rahn  (Delafield, WI)
Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI)

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