Teachers being replaced? Nonsense! Teachers using the best of the Internet? Now we’re talking.
In a recent post I referred to an article in The Atlantic titled “When the Computer Takes Over for the Teacher,” by Michael Godsey. I am completely over my fit of agita. But I decided to take my anxiety and use it to fuel my investigation of new, cool tools.
Let’s take Listen Current, a website that mines public radio and serves it up to teachers in the form of 3-5 minute clips with accompanying lesson plans and worksheets. When it comes to providing resources for teachers, Godsey quotes CEO and founder Monica Brady-Myerov as saying: It’s like the wild west right now, both in terms of online resources and educational technology. It’s why I quit my job [as a veteran award-winning public radio journalist], so I could ride out west.”
Okay. But where exactly is Brady-Myerov hanging out these days? Let’s take a look at Listen Current.
Today’s Listen Current, shows a daily menu of Current Events, ELA (English Language Arts), Science, and Social Studies. Clicking on Current Events brought me to a page with stories ranging from Gay Marriage, to Napoleon’s legacy, to the make up of atoms, to chimps that can cook––and more.
Each story has an enticing graphic and a link to more text, a way to listen and download resources (such as comprehension questions and Socrative assessments). Each day you can download a lesson plan for a current event; you can also sign up for a weekly roundup.
Just clicking through this site makes me feel curious and smart. It’s easy to picture how you would use these resources to get students excited about current events. I give Listen Current a thumbs-up, especially since it requires a good teacher to know how to leverage its potential in the classroom.
Give it a try!
To get the latest blog straight to your device, please either use the RSS feed or enter your email below to subscribe.
This is where Jules and Nic will post articles, links to interesting sites and things that we think our TechnoTeachers will like.