PBS Newshour Can Become Video Topic For The Day
PBS Newshour is well known for its solid and reliable reporting. In fact, it has been a nightly resource for the latest news analysis for 30 years. But did you know PBS Newshour is also a great resource for educators who are looking for relevant news items and current topics as a springboard to classroom discussion?
There is a Teacher Resource site that is just a quick click from the PBS Newshour home page. One especially useful feature is PBS Newshour's Video ClipBoard. This teaching tool is designed to make Newshour content useful and relevant to high-school aged students. A teacher can access the Daily Video Clip, which is downloadable and comes with a summary, quotes, warm up questions and discussion questions. In addition, there’s a searchable database of archived video clips which cover a whole gamut of subjects (History, Science, Arts, Technology, etc.).
According to the PBS Newshour website, here’s how Video ClipBoard can be put to use in the classroom.
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5 minutes - The quotes are meant to be stand alone conversation sparkers that can be written on the board for students to respond to, whether or not you plan to use the video. You can also use the warm-up questions to introduce a topic and then assign the video and discussion questions for homework.
10 minutes – Play the video and assign the discussion questions for homework.
15 minutes – Ask the warm-up questions, play the video and then use the discussion questions to process the information.
30 minutes – Ask the warm-up questions, pass out the quotes, or write them on the board and have students talk about what they think the statements mean. Show the video and then follow up with the discussion questions.
a whole class period – use the 30-minute activity and then have students do extra research to answer the discussion questions in a written essay. These essays can be submitted to NewsHour Extra for possible publication.
Tell us…how have you used PBS Newshour in your classroom?