Red Nose Day to make US debut this year - 18 March 2015
"The three-hour fundraiser on NBC will raise money for charities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the US.
Comic Relief in the UK has raised more than £1bn since the charity was co-founded by filmmaker Richard Curtis 30 years ago.."
Learn English With Photos 17 — The Tower of London
"In this episode of Learn English With Photos, we visit the Tower of London, one of London's most famous historic monuments, and learn some vocabulary connected with the Tower and its history. You can download a transcript and glossary for this lesson here,
and see all the previous episodes of Learn English With Photos on the dedicated YouTube channel."
National Gallery in London bans selfie sticks - 11 March 2015
"Trafalgar Square gallery joins Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim in banning gadgets, while British Museum considers similar move...
Photography is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes in the National Gallery – however, there are a few exceptions in order to protect paintings, copyright of loans, individual privacy and the overall visitor experience. Therefore the use of flash and tripods is not permitted."
Thanks to Gaëlle Lantin (Ac. La Réunion)
Mexico introduces circus animals ban- 18 March 2015
"The move means the industry now needs to find a way to address the problem of the estimated 2,000 animals it has in captivity
- including tigers, elephants and zebras."
51 Astounding Animal Facts - mental_floss on YouTube - List Show (301) "This week, John looks at awesome, astounding, and amazing animals!" (YouTube)
"A ferret played a crucial role in building our National Accelerator Laboratory.
There’s a crab that comes with its own pompons.
There are 11,000 species of bats.
When hyenas laugh, it doesn’t mean anything funny.
The difference between kangaroos and wallabies will surprise you.
This week’s mental_floss List Show gives us a quick rundown of things you don’t really need to know about animals,
but you’ll want to, because they are quite interesting."
The power of Google "What if Google turned to the dark side?
It's interesting given Google's recent decision to stop censoring internet access in China due to concerns that
human rights activists' emails were being tracked, as well as accusations of privacy issues with Buzz..."
+ A WORKSHEET: Meet Google
Created by Elisabeth Pellegrino
Fighting for Lions in Zimbabwe- Article + Audio - 15 March 2015
"Conservationists are breeding lions in the Southern African nation of Zimbabwe.
The wildlife experts hope to increase the lion population to keep the great cats from disappearing.
In some areas, lions and human beings are competing for control of land."
What Causes Jet Lag and How to Avoid It - Article + Audio + Quiz - 17 March 2015
"Traveling from one time zone to another can leave you feeling strange for several days, or "out of sync."
This feeling is called jet lag. Jet lag is not all in your mind. It is also can affect the brain of flies.
Read on for ideas on how to avoid jet lag on your next trip."
The world water crisis
"World Water Day takes place every year on March 22nd. How much do you know about the water you drink and use every day?
Watch this video and learn about the world water crisis." + Interactive activities + Worksheets + Transcript
Django Django - First Light (Official Video)
(YouTube) + LYRICS:
"Sending out a signal from the city we went
Towards a future that is greener than the money we spend
Discover beaches buried deeper underneath the cement...
But we climb tighter...
light it up quicker...
We’re reaching taller...
We never knew its game till later The higher we are the further we will fall."
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler - a lesson
"Twenty four hundred years ago, Plato, one of history’s most famous thinkers, said
life is like being chained up in a cave forced to watch shadows flitting across a stone wall.
Beyond sounding quite morbid, what exactly did he mean?
Alex Gendler unravels Plato's Allegory of the Cave, found in Book VII of The Republic."
CES 2015: Testing the latest drones - 9 January 2015
"There are drones to help you take the perfect selfie, drones that fly themselves and drones that follow you by hooking up with your smartphone."
People not talking to each other - Article + Photos + Video - 12 March 2015
""Smartphones have made everyone seriously dull" claims the man who took this series of intriguing images.
The street photographer - who goes by the name of Babycakes Romero - calls the set the Death of Conversation."
Sportswear maker accused of sexism (March 11, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"An Indonesian sportswear manufacturer has had to apologise for a label on its merchandise that people deemed to be sexist...
It read: "Washing instructions: Give this shirt to a woman. It's her job."
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman (read by Tom O'Bedlam)
"According to Walt Whitman, this is about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
It is hard to see anything particularly relevant to that occasion but the American people accepted this poem as a suitable tribute
and it became very popular. I suspect it owes a lot to Moby Dick - Melville was the same age as Whitman..." orAnother video
Walt Whitman's O Captain My Captian! Poem Analysis
"I created this video analysis of Whitman's famous post-Civil War poem, "O Captain My Captain!"
to show my middle school students an example of how you take a piece of history and analyze it using iMovie."
O Captain, my Captain! | Thank you to Robin Williams (HD)
"A thank you to the wonderful Robin Williams.May he rest in Peace.
The scene is taken from "Dead Poets Society" where the students tribute to their teacher Mr. Keating (Robin Williams)
who taught them think different, to seize the day (carpe diem) and to stand up for what is right."
What Happens to Lost US Airline Luggage?- Article + Audio + Video - 12 March 2015
"Most people who fly on passenger planes in the United States do not lose their bags but some do.
The unclaimed bags are sold at a store in the southern state of Alabama.
You never know what you’re going to find there, including iPads, eyeglasses and laptop computers!"
'Keesh' by Jack London - Article + Audio + Video
"This week's American Story takes us to the far north. It is the story of a clever young Eskimo named Keesh.
He must overcome problems with the leaders of his village.
Find out how he uses his head to help both his mother and all the people of his village."
Are you ‘over-connected’?-Article + Audio - 10 March 2015
"Wander the city in 2015 and all you’ll see is people staring at screens or talking on handsets. Is it changing who we are?
Tom Chatfield weighs up the arguments."
Making marijuana into a legitimate business - VIDEO - 10 March 2015
"Cannabis has been legal for recreational use in the US states of Washington and Colorado for more than a year now.
Voters have also backed legalisation in Alaska and Oregon, and are facing a new challenge
- how to turn an illegal drug into a legitimate business.
Alastair Leithead has been to Seattle - to see how legal cannabis is going, and over the border to Salem, Oregon
- to see how they are planning to implement it."
Dozens arrested in cybercrime 'strike week' - 6 March 2015
"The UK's National Crime Agency has arrested 56 suspected hackers as part of a "strike week" against cybercrime.
In total, 25 separate operations were carried out across England, Scotland and Wales."
Chappie (stylized as CHAPPiE) "is an American science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp...
The film premiered in New York City on March 4, 2015...
In an effort to reduce the high crime rate in Johannesburg, the South African police force purchases armour-plated attack robots
from weapons manufacturer Tetravaal, which prove successful in reducing crime..."
"In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force.
When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself."
The Fence - VIDEO
"Photographer Charles Ommanney drove nearly 2000 miles along the US-Mexico border from Brownsville, TX to San Diego, CA
where he photographed and filmed the border fence, and gathered testimony from US citizens along the border.
The result is a unique perspective on the immigration debate through a conceptual exploration
of the economic, political, environmental, and humanitarian costs of the construction of this fence."
Dublin in Words
"Over the years, Dublin has been the muse of many a talented wordsmith.
But one poem in particular perfectly evokes the city’s unique atmosphere, rich history and “seedy elegance”.
In this beautiful video, Dublin slam poet Stephen James Smith recites, Louis MacNeice's poem, ‘Dublin’ the poem over a series of stunning, thought-provoking images of the city. These highlight the many different elements that make each visitor’s trip to Dublin truly unique."
Thanks to Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier)
The world goes green on St Patrick's Day
"On St Patrick’s Day the world goes green, but in Ireland every day is green.
Watch and share this video greeting kindly narrated by Liam Neeson with friends and family and wish everyone a Happy St Patrick’s Day."
Thanks to Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier)
Robots to Make iPads and iPhones - Article + Audio - 11 March 2015
"A major manufacturing company employs millions of people in China to make iPads and iPhones.
Now, the company plans to replace many workers with robots.
Both economists and labor rights groups are welcoming the move.
They say it will save the company money and ease workplace disputes."
US diggers unearth pharaonic tomb in Egypt's Luxor - 10 March 2015
"The tomb, found at Al-Qurna archaeological site in Luxor, dates to the period of the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC)
and its walls show scenes of celebrations and daily life at that time, the antiquities ministry said."
It's up to me and you! - a song + an activity
"Listen to a song and find out about things we can do to help to save the planet."
How green are you?- a quiz
"There are lots of things we can do at home to look after the environment. What do you do? How green are you? Find out with a quiz."
Clean and green- interactive activity
"Your room is a mess! There's rubbish lying all around, but you can recycle it. Can you put the rubbish in the right recycling bins?"
Environment - interactive activity
"What can you do to help the planet? Paint good things to do purple and bad things to do pink."
Birds that bring gifts and do the gardening- 10 March 2015
"A recent Magazine story reported how an eight-year-old girl in the US regularly receives gifts from crows - they seem to be thanking her
for feeding them. It inspired readers to email us with details of their own remarkable relationships with birds."
Stunned France probes deadly Argentina helicopter crash - Article + Video - 10 March 2015
"Prosecutors in France have opened a manslaughter investigation after two helicopters crashed in Argentina, killing eight French nationals...
Both helicopters were involved in the filming of TV survival show Dropped, which airs on French channel TF1...
Yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine were the show's celebrities on board at the time of the crash. They all died..."
+ Profiles of sports stars killed (BBC)
Solar Powered Plane Starts World Tour- Article + Audio - 9 March 2015
"A Swiss airplane powered only by energy from the sun left from Abu Dhabi early on March 9.
Its creators hope the plane will make the first around-the-world journey without any fuel.
Internet viewers can go to the Solar Impulse website to see the plane's location and listen to the pilots."