Mealworms Can Eat Plastic Waste - Text + Audio + Video - 17 November 2015
"Plastic pollution is a growing problem on our planet. Scientists from the U.S. and China have discovered that mealworms can digest plastic.
One mealworm can digest a pill-sized amount of plastic a day."
"is a Norwegian political thriller TV-series in 10 episodes scheduled to premiere on TV 2 on 5 October 2015....
Set in Norway in the near future, Russia on behalf of the EU initiates a velvet glove-invasion of Norway, who has stopped oil and gas production due to the climate crisis. The official explanation for the Russian occupation is that they should ensure Europe's access to oil and gas,
and - when it is achieved - let Norway return to autonomy."
Climate Change: It’s Real. It’s Serious. And it’s up to us to Solve it.
"National Geographic is partnering with the United Nations Foundation and the Earth To Pariscoalition to give a powerful voice to a critical message: Reimagining our world’s energy future will take a shared sense of urgency—from countries, companies, cities, and all of us.
Learn more at natgeo.com/climate."
Thanks to Stéphanie Richard (Ac. Rennes)
What kind of Asian are you? - a worksheet created by Muriel O'Mahony (Ac. Montpellier) - Niveau A2-B1
"In this video, What Kind of Asian are you?, a friendly jogger is very interested in guessing the heritage of Stella."
Facebook Launches Mobile News App- VIDEO - 22 November 2015
"The “Notify” app will let users get content from media partners on their smartphones.
And, Facebook will be able to add news alerts in its daily notifications to a worldwide audience."
Melting Glaciers on Climate Talk List in Paris - Text + Audio - 22 November 2015
"A major glacier in the Arctic’s Greenland is melting. This might cause a rise in global sea levels, according to a new study in the journal Science. But another study found parts of Antarctica are actually building ice. Climate change will be on the list for upcoming Paris talks."
'A Princess of Mars,' by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Part Three - Text + Audio + Video
"This is the third in our series of programs called “A Princess of Mars.” The story is from a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Last week we told how John Carter was captured by a group of warriors on the planet Mars.
John Carter continutes to tell about what happens to him..."
Ten Must-See Route 66 Attractions - Text + Audio + Video - 23 November 2015
"The United States is full of odd roadside attractions. The Historic U.S. Route 66 is home to some of the oldest
– and arguably most bizarre – attractions of them all. Here are 10 must-see attractions along the Mother Road."
The last word in green transport
"Wrapped in five square metres of live plants, this experimental Smart Fortwo cleans the air as it drives...
The vehicle before you is a Smart Fortwo, carpeted with five square metres of God’s own clearcoat, plants.
The team chose a blanket of frost-hardy, drought-resistant sedum plants, similar to the species Ford
used for the Living Roof on its Dearborn Truck Plant in the US."
Will Your Next Car Drive Itself?- Text + Audio - 18 November 2015
"You know how much your telephone has changed over the past 10 years? Your car will change even more than that in the next 10 years.
One of the big changes is that cars will drive themselves."
Will Big Data lead to Big Brother?- 17 November 2015
"Many countries are in the throes of a debate about the amount of surveillance a government should be allowed to carry out on its own people.
But in other countries, where there are few, if any, checks on the state's powers, a potential dictatorship of data is already on the horizon."
Explosives and Narcotics Detection
"Fido X2 Ultra-lightweight Explosives Trace Detector identifies military, commercial, and homemade explosive threats by class collected from surfaces (particulate). On-screen prompts guide users through operation. It starts from cold in three minutes
and has a battery that last up to three and a half hours."
Third Body Found in Rubble of Paris Apartment- Text + Audio - 23 November 2015
"Police discovered a third body amid the debris at an apartment that French police had raided Wednesday, officials said.
And French officials said Friday that the death toll in the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks has jumped to 130."
Who Is Islamic State and How Did They Get This Big?- Text + Audio - 23 November 2015
"Islamic State militants targeted Paris last week, killing 130 people and injuring many hundreds more.
It is also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh.
It began in 2003 after US forces invaded Iraq, and has been active in large parts of that country and in Syria since 2013."
15 Years of Terror- 22 November 2015
"German designer Milan Vuckovic (previously at Neatorama) compiled terrorist attacks over the past 15 years, between December of 2000 and November of 2015. This visualization follows a timeline at the bottom showing where attacks took place and roughly the number of people killed. Every death is a tragedy, but for accuracy and simplicity, the attacks plotted were limited to those in which twenty or more people died."
22 Killed at Hotel in Mali- Text + Audio - 20 November 2015
"Gunmen shouting "God is great" took over a luxury hotel and seized 170 hostages in the African country of Mali on Friday.
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali, is popular with international visitors.
Officials say U.N. and Malian troops have surrounded the hotel."
Fear of Terrorism Spreads Far Beyond Paris- Text + Audio - 18 November 2015
"Planes being rerouted, trains delayed to check suspicious packages and cancelled trips are just some of the effects of recent terrorist attacks."
Nigeria Bomb Kills More Than 30, Wounds 80- Text + Audio - 18 November 2015
"Terrorism continued to spread this week as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for an explosion in Nigeria.
The blast struck a market after sunset in the northeastern city of Yola."
Two Killed in Paris Raid, Terror Leader's Fate Unknown- Text + Audio + Video - 18 November 2015
"President Francois Hollande says his country is at war with the Islamic State group. He wants to build a large coalition to target the militants."
Russia Says Explosives Brought Down Plane in Egypt - Text + Audio - 17 November 2015
"Russia admits that last month’s airplane crash in Egypt was a terrorist attack.
Explosives were found in the wreckage and luggage section of the airplane, said Russia’s Federal Security Service chief."
HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS USED TO ENCOURAGE TRAVEL TO SYRIA AND IRAQ - BRIEFING NOTE FOR SCHOOLS
"Terrorist organisations, such as ISIL, are trying to radicalise and recruit young people through an extensive use of social media and the internet. Young people, some as young as 14, have tried to leave the UK to travel to join ISIL and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq..."
+ PROPAGANDA THEMES
+ SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
+ LANGUAGE USED BY ISIL
From Scottish teen to ISIS bride and recruiter: the Aqsa Mahmood story - 24 February 2015
"n November 2013, 19-year-old Aqsa Mahmood gave her father, Muzaffar, a long hug goodbye. As if it were a normal day, she said "Khuda hafiz," which means "May God be your guardian," and left the family home in an affluent Glasgow, Scotland, neighborhood.
Then she went off to pursue violent jihad..."
Mission 4: City of Immigrants - a game
"It is 1907. You are Lena Brodsky, a 14-year-old Jewish Immigrant from Russia. In your hometown of Minsk, the forces of the Tsar have pushed your family off their lands, and the violence of the pogroms looms large. Your brother Issac was the first to cross the Atlantic to seek a new life in the land of America, and you have followed in turn: a fourteen day trip across the entire world. You hope that you will prove yourself worthy of entering America. You hope that you can earn enough to send for your mother and father. You hope for a better future. There will be many obstacles in America, and many choices to be made. But it is, they say, the land of opportunity…"
(mission-us.org) Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.
Trump leads Republican ‘bandwagon’ against Syrian refugees- 20 November 2015
"Billionaire Donald Trump continues to dominate the polls and drive the debate in the Republican presidential nomination,
staying a step ahead of his competitors on the issues of immigration, border security and the Syrian refugee crisis."
EU Immigration Debated at G-20 Meet- Text + Audio - 18 November 2015
"British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced, at the recent G-20 meeting, plans to organize a donor conference aimed at helping refugees from Syria. Last week, he called on the European Union to make a number of reforms.
Britain is also to hold a referendum on whether to remain in the EU."
Fading stars: India’s illegal tortoise trade - in pictures- 20 November 2015
"The ‘shocking’ scale of illegal trade in star tortoises in southern India has been revealed in a study published in the journal Nature Conservation. A large-scale network, fuelled by growing international demand for exotic pets, is causing extreme suffering to the animals and threatening
the survival of the species, researchers warn. In one site alone, at least 55,000 tortoises were poached from the wild in one year."
France bans imports of lion hunt trophies - 19 November 2015
"Officials told to stop issuing import permits for lion heads, paws and skins, while country considers stricter controls on other species."
First World War Centenary
Tuesday 29 April 2014 by Cécile Clavel, Isabelle Simon
"Projetcollaboratif interlangue et interdisciplinaire ainsi que transdisciplinaire. Il s’agit d’apporter un éclairage différent afin de commémorer l’évènement dans le respect de la mémoire de tous les peuples: l’histoire de la guerre vue par les anglais, les américains, les allemands, et les français, du point de vue de l’empire, des femmes, la neutralité des espagnols, vision de la guerre dans la littérature… autour d’un tronc commun qui s’articulera sur les connaissances du programme d’histoire-géographie et sur les compétences du socle."
Thanksgiving: Myth vs. Fact - Anglophenia Ep 43
"Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday for Americans, but how much do you really know about its origins?
Anglophenia's Kate Arnell separates fact from fiction on the Pilgrims and more."
Thangsgiving (5ème) - Worksheets créées par Sophie Delauney (Ac. Orléans-Tours) :
"Il y a une partie Pair work ou classe divisée en 2 selon le type de classe avec échange d'informations,
une partie d'activités interactives avec videos et une partie lexicale." - Partie A
- Partie B
Worksheets créées par Armelle MEYER (Ac. Bordeaux) :
"L'ensemble de mes séances sur cette notion portera sur la manipulation en général.
Donc je commence avec la manipulation religieuse à travers internet.
Pour le script, je ne donne que les pages 1 et 2 (recto verso) sinon c'est trop long.
Je numérote les lignes à la main."
- Flirting with the Islamic State (video script) - Compréhension du script - Alex
Mali hotel attack: 'No more hostages' after special forces raid- 20 November 2015
"Malian officials say suspected Islamist gunmen who stormed a hotel in the capital, Bamako, have "no more hostages".
The Radisson Blu Hotel was stormed by special forces after the gunmen entered the hotel,
shooting and shouting "God is great!" in Arabic, and seized 170 people.
The US-owned hotel is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews." +In pictures: Mali hotel attack
Terror Touches Nigeria, China, Norway - Text + Audio - 20 November 2015
"Terror spread to Nigeria, China and Norway this week as dozens were killed in markets in Nigeria and two hostages were killed by Islamic State. They were Norwegian and Chinese nationals."
Paris Terrorist Attack Causes Fear Worldwide- Text + Audio - 20 November 2015 Fear of Terrorism Spreads Far Beyond Paris "Planes being rerouted, trains delayed to check suspicious packages and cancelled trips are just some of the effects of recent terrorist attacks."
What should you do in an attack?- 19 November 2015
"Attacks of the magnitude of those that took place in Paris, killing 129 people and injuring more than 400, are extremely rare.
The authorities do prepare for these emergencies but what advice is there for ordinary people?"
French Police: Organizer of Paris Attack Killed- Text + Audio + Video - 19 November 2015
"French officials say the man suspected of organizing the deadly attacks in Paris last week was among those killed Wednesday.
Police say Abdelhamid Abaaoud was shot many times during a raid on an apartment in Saint-Denis, a suburb north of Paris."
Paris attacks: The crisis of Europe’s borders- 18 November 2015
"Europe's open borders were already under strain from the refugee crisis.
After the attacks in Paris there are increasing doubts about whether they can survive without being reinforced."
How does IS communicate securely?- 17 November 2015
"In the wake of the terrible events in Paris, governments around the world have renewed their calls for tech companies
to design products that will allow law enforcement agencies to better monitor communications."
What is 'Islamic State'?- Article + Maps + Photos - 14 November 2015
"So-called Islamic State burst on to the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.
It has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings.
The group though has attracted support elsewhere in the Muslim world - and a US-led coalition has vowed to destroy it."
In 60 seconds: What does Islamic State want? - VIDEO - 23 September 2015
"The US and Arab allies have launched strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.
The Pentagon said warplanes, drones and Tomahawk missiles were used in the attacks, which targeted several areas including IS stronghold Raqqa.
The move follows US air strikes against IS targets in Iraq.
The BBC explains who the jihadists are - and what they want - in 60 seconds."
Islamic State: Where key countries stand - 4 February 2015
"The lightning rise of Islamic State (IS), the jihadist militant group that has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq,
has sent shockwaves around the region and beyond.
The US has assembled a coalition to fight IS, but longstanding enmities and an already complex situation in the Middle East mean forming sustainable alliances will be far from straightforward. Here is a look at where countries stand..."
Islamic State: Can its savagery be explained? - 9 September 2014
"Since the sudden appearance of the extremist Sunni Islamic State (IS), the group has seized headlines with a shocking level of blood-letting
and cruelty - but can its savagery be explained, asks Fawaz A Gerges." (BBC)
Iraq crisis: What is a caliphate? In 90 seconds - VIDEO - 20 August 2014
"Islamic State forces have captured large parts of northern Iraq in recent weeks, having declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria in June.
But just what is a caliphate? BBC News explains - in 90 seconds."
"The European Police Office, commonly abbreviated Europol, is the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU) that handles criminal intelligence and combating serious international organised crime by means of cooperation between the relevant authorities of the member states, including those tasked with customs, immigration services, border and financial police etc. Headquartered in The Hague, the agency has 912 staff, of which there are regular police officers and 185 liaison officers  as well as personnel seconded from national law enforcement organisations.The agency has no executive powers, and its officials are not entitled to conduct investigations in the member states or to arrest suspects. In providing support, Europol with its tools – information exchange, intelligence analysis, expertise and training – can contribute to the executive measures carried out by the relevant national authorities."
Forgotten Classical Art Taken From Museums To The Streets
"Now, de Casabianca’s projects has become a “world participative project;” artists around the world have been invited to turn characters
from forgotten classical paintings into street art, where they might get the renewed attention that they deserve.
Artists can even receive small grants to help them with the cost of printing the artwork." (boredpanda.com)
How a Syrian refugee gets to the US- 19 November 2015
"In the wake of the attacks in Paris, at least 24 US governors have said that they want Syrian refugees barred from resettling in their states.
What checks do Syrian refugees face before they enter the US?"
US Debates Admitting Syrian Refugees - Text + Audio - 17 November 2015
"After the Paris terrorist attacks, U.S. lawmakers are debating admitting Syrian refugees to the country. Some U.S. state governors say
Syrian refugees are not welcome. Other politicians say the refugees get background checks before entering the U.S."
US immigration debate: What is a sanctuary city?- 8 July 2015
"The killing of an American woman last week by an undocumented Mexican man has reignited the debate over how "sanctuary cities"
in the US deal with illegal immigrants. How do they work?"
‘Trumbo’ Tells the Story of Blacklisted Screenwriter- Text + Audio
"In 1950, the United States Congress tried to end the career of Dalton Trumbo, the highest-paid screenwriter in Hollywood.
Now, that story is being told in the new movie, “Trumbo.” Actor Bryan Cranston stars as Trumbo.
Helen Mirren plays society writer Hedda Hopper."
Athletics doping scandal: Russia ruled in breach of Wada code - VIDEO - 19 November 2015
"Russia is one of six countries ruled to be in breach of the World Anti-Doping Agency's codes.
Along with Argentina, Ukraine, Bolivia, Andorra and Israel, it has been deemed "non-compliant" by Wada.
Brazil, Belgium, France, Greece, Mexico and Spain have been placed on a 'watch list' and must meet strict conditions by March 2016 or face similar action.
Meanwhile, Kenya has been ordered to explain its doping controls or join those countries under scrutiny.
Wada said that if Kenya's answers are "unsatisfactory", it could also face sanctions. There are 15 Kenyans currently banned for doping by athletics' governing body the IAAF."
Toilets around the world - PHOTOS - 19 November 2015
"To mark United Nations World Toilet Day on 19 November, photographers from Reuters have taken pictures in cities,
towns and villages around the globe, such as this one in the middle of an empty field on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile."
Amazon enters UK grocery shopping market (November 16, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The online shopping giant Amazon has entered the grocery delivery business in the UK. Its new service is called Amazon Pantry."
How to react- Video
"Il prodigue quelques conseils pour bien réagir face à une attaque terroriste."
As Paris Mourns, So Does Beirut - Text + Photos + Audio - 16 November 2015
"International attention on the Paris attacks - both on traditional and social media - has led some people to ask a difficult question:
Why Paris and not Beirut? Just two days before terror struck the French capital, Beirut, Lebanon, witnessed its worst suicide bombing
in 20 years."
Video Threatens Washington DC - Text + Audio + Video - 16 November 2015
"The militant group Islamic State released a video saying the terror group would bring violence to the U.S., specifically Washington, D.C.
At the same time, the activist group Anonymous released a statement saying it would wage war on Islamic State."
Video Lesson: Mr Bean Makes a Sandwich
"This Mr Bean sketch (like many others) can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom (see below for some other lesson plans),
but I decided to use it to practice the past simple tense. My EM Normandie students all have iPads, so I was able to prepare
a textivate sequence for them. Unfortunately, I can't embed that, but I have embedded a re-ordering activity below..."
Sainsbury’s OFFICIAL Christmas Advert 2015 – Mog’s Christmas Calamity
"Presenting the new Sainsbury’s Christmas Advert. Mog sets off a chain of unfortunate events which almost ruin Christmas
for the Thomas family. Can she pull it all back to save the day?"
"Mog is a fat cat who stars in a series of children’s books by Judith Kerr, published between 1970 and 2002. Mog is also the star of the Christmas ad campaign for the British supermarket Sainsbury's. The sweet animated cat accidentally starts a fire with a chain reaction beyond her control. However, in her panic she also accidentally dials 999 and summons the fire department.
The story is narrated by Emma Thompson, and author Judith Kerr appears as one of the neighbors. Sainsbury’s is partnering with publisher HarperCollins to sell the new book Mog’s Christmas Calamity and a plush toy, with proceeds going to Save the Children UK
for their literacy program." (Neatorama)
Moroccan-Belgian Named Leader of Paris Attack- Text + Audio - 16 November 2015
"French officials say the man who is suspected of organizing Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris is Belgian citizen Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
Police say Abaaoud is 27 years old. He is said to be part of a Brussels-based terrorist cell.
He avoided capture in Europe and is believed to be in Syria."
Paris attacks: How does a manhunt work?- 16 November 2015
"French police are hunting Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the attacks on Paris which killed 129 people.
But how do operations like this work and what are the difficulties faced?"
Paris attacks: Search for answers after terror attacks - VIDEO - 16 November 2015
"French investigators believe that a Belgian jihadist of Moroccan origin masterminded the Paris attacks which killed at least 129 people.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud is thought to be in Syria with the so-called Islamic State (IS) group."
Anonymous 'declares war' on Islamic State - Article + Video - 16 November 2015
"Anonymous is promising its "biggest operation ever" against Islamic State militants (IS).
The hacking group's "declared war" against the extremists after the attacks in Paris on Friday.
In a YouTube video, a spokesman wearing the group's signature mask said they'd use their knowledge to "unite humanity"...
It means we're likely to see attacks on the IS website, any related websites, recruitment sites, social media
and if Anonymous goes down the hacking route this time, it could mean communications disrupted too..."
Is Europe a Fortress? - Text + Audio - 16 November 2015
"Paris terrorist attacks further complicate migration into Europe.
While hundreds of thousands of refugees flee war-torn areas and migrate to Europe, some terrorists might be among them"
E.L.L. Practice | The Global Refugee Crisis - a lesson plan - 16 November 2015 By LARRY FERLAZZO "Note: Every Monday during the 2015-16 school year, we present a special post for English Language Learners.
Each focuses on one topic and offers an interactive quiz and a writing prompt.
We invite any E.L.L. student 13 years or older to post responses to this prompt in our comments section,
which is moderated by the Learning Network staff."
US governors move to block Syrian refugees - VIDEO - 17 November 2015
"More than a dozen US states say Syrian refugees are no longer welcome due to security fears after the Paris attacks.
Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan said he was suspending the acceptance of new arrivals until after a review.
Alabama, Texas and several other states issued similar statements but a State Department spokesman said
the legality of this action was still unclear.
President Barack Obama has urged the US to "step up and do its part" to help those fleeing the civil war."
Migrants 'do not lower school results'- 16 November 2015
"Higher levels of immigration do not damage educational achievement in the host country,
a global study from the OECD economic think tank suggests."
The US is so paranoid about Syrian refugees that it’s letting barely any in- 16 November 2015 "Refugees aren't just slipping into the US. Screening takes two years, and it's nearly impossible for people to pass...
The US has admitted only 2,000 Syrian refugees over the past four-plus years... Syrian refugees have to prove they're not affiliated with a terrorist group."
Paris attacks: Impact on border and refugee policy - 15 November 2015
"The Greek authorities say at least one of the attackers may have passed through the island of Leros with a group of 69 refugees.
The man, apparently, registered in Greece and had his fingerprints taken...
If the link is established the refugee crisis will take on a new dimension.
It can already be detected in Poland. The incoming Minister for European Affairs Konrad Szymanski said
"we will accept refugees only if we have security guarantees"...
Any proof that the refugee routes have been used by terrorists will pose further problems for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.