The Pentagon Has A Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Plan - 27 May 2014
"Because zombies pose a threat to all non-zombie human life, [Strategic Command] will be prepared to preserve the sanctity of human life
and conduct operations in support of any human population -- including traditional adversaries."
Scott Walker: 'I'm helping to clear the field' - VIDEO - 22 September 2015
"Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination to be US President.
His decision comes amid dwindling contributions and plummeting poll numbers.
He topped polls in the beginning of 2015 but lost popularity as Donald Trump began to dominate the race."
US presidential campaign stirs up plenty of controversy - VIDEO - 21 September 2015
"With more than a year to go until the US presidential election, and already the campaign is stirring up plenty of controversy.
On Sunday, Republican contender Ben Carson said he would not advocate a Muslim in the White House - a comment that has been criticised by many other candidates, and even led to some calls for him to get out of the race.
The BBC's North America Editor Jon Sopel reports."
Migrant crisis: Disputed EU relocation plan voted in- 22 September 2015
"European interior ministers have agreed a deal to relocate 120,000 migrants across the continent in a vote passed by a significant majority...
Under the plan, migrants will be moved from Italy, Greece and Hungary to other countries in the EU.
Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voted against accepting mandatory quotas.
But a large majority of EU member states backed the plan, which will take effect over the next two years."
Migrant crisis: EU ministers attempt to resolve quota row - Article + Photos + Video - 22 September 2015
"European Union ministers are to meet to try to resolve a dispute
over how to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers who have recently arrived in Europe."
+ Where do the 120,000 come from?
Migrant crisis: German anger at growing numbers- VIDEO - 22 September 2015
"A growing number of Germans are expressing their opposition to the record number of asylum seekers being accepted by Germany.
Around 5,000 people joined a demonstration on Monday organised by Pegida, which is opposed to what it calls the "Islamisation of Europe".
Some senior politicians are also calling for a cap on the numbers.
Jenny Hill reports from Dresden."
US, Germany Deal with the Wave of Syrian Refugees- Text + Audio - 21 September 2015
"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. would increase the number of refugees it would accept in the coming years.
Germany has promised to accept the largest number of Syrians so far. EU leaders meet Wednesday in Brussels to discuss the growing crisis."
Croatia minister: 'No way of stopping people arriving- VIDEO - 21 September 2015
"The Czech Republic says it would be illegal for the EU to impose compulsory quotas forcing member states to accept refugees arriving in Europe.
The warning comes ahead of a meeting in Brussels where the proposed quota system could be adopted.
Eastern European governments remain opposed to the plan.
Orla Guerin reports from Beremend on the Croatia-Hungarian border."
Austria a 'humanitarian corridor' for migrants - VIDEO - 21 September 2015
"Austria's interior minister says a Europe-wide resettlement plan is needed, after thousands more people crossed into the country over the weekend.
EU leaders will meet this week to try to find a solution to the vast numbers of refugees and migrants making their way into Europe.
Lucy Williamson reports from Nickelsdorf on the Austria Hungary border."
Migrant crisis: Countries build fences around the world - VIDEO - 21 September 2015
As migrants try to find alternative routes into Europe, governments are looking at how to seal their country's borders more effectively.
Fences and walls have been erected at key crossing points around the world.
In the US, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is calling for a "wall" to be built along the entire southern border with Mexico.
The BBC looked at where the fences are designed to keep out undocumented immigrants."
Vibby - Break YouTube Videos Into Segments With Commentary
"Vibby is a new service for breaking YouTube videos into segments and inserting comments into those segments... Vibby could be a good tool to use when you want to share with your students just a few pieces of a larger video.
Using the comments in highlighted sections could be a good way to call attention to important parts of a video
or to add further explanation to a section. "
Amazing Animals Make the World Records Book - Text + Audio + Video- 20 September 2015
"Guinness World Records tell us who is the best, fastest, biggest, most or smallest in the world. Recently, the publishers announced the new record holders for 2016. Meet the amazing animals who entered the records books this year. They include a tortoise, a dog, and a steer with huge horns."
Is India's Caste System Still Alive? - VIDEO
"India is growing fast, yet the outlawed caste system still creates discrimination.
So what is the Indian caste system? And how is it affecting modern India?"
Tiana’s Plea for Peace "Tiana is six years old. In this video, tells how she wants her divorced parents to be friends and get along.
Her mom recorded this after they had a fight and posted it to Facebook.
“My heart is something. Everyone else’s heart is something, too.”
Powerful Sculpture At Burning Man Shows Inner Children Trapped Inside Adult Bodies
"Here’s what Milov wrote about the piece on the festival’s website: “It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature. Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children chart to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives.”
"As waves of immigrants arrived in the United States they brought with them their languages, dialects, and expressions,
which have enriched "American English."
Try these vocabulary games to learn how immigrant groups have contributed to the the language of this nation."
Immigration - a lesson plan
"This lesson is based on the topic of immigration. It can be a sensitive topic, which may generate strong opinions.
Students are asked to discuss the reasons that people migrate, write a poem about immigration and try to put themselves
in the position of a recent immigrant. They will also discuss opinions about different aspects of migration." Level: B1 +
Time: 60 - 90 minutes
Materials: Immigration lesson plan, student worksheet and discussion cards
Migrant crisis: Austria sees fresh influx - Article + Videos - 20 September 2015
"Austria saw the arrival of at least 10,000 migrants on Saturday, amid bitter rows among EU nations on how to handle the growing crisis."
School Lunch in Japan - It's Not Just About Eating!
"Get inspired to see how Japanese students operate their lunch period!
You can see why "lunch period" is placed as a learning period in Japanese schools."
"In this Japanese elementary school, lunch isn’t just a break, it’s a learning experience.
Some of the food is grown in the school garden by the students themselves.
The kitchen staff prepare food for each class, and then the kids take over by bringing food to the classroom.
It’s an honor to be on the class serving crew, for which they learn about food safety and hygiene.
They also learn about the sources of the meal. The teacher eats with the students, and then everyone brushes their teeth!
Students also take care of cleanup, with duties dependent on their age."
In pictures: Migrants seek new routes -19 September 2015
"Tens of thousands of migrants are on the move across the Balkans as they seek to find refuge and apply for asylum
in Germany, Austria, Sweden and other western European countries."
Cambodia to Accept More Refugees Next Month - Text + Audio -19 September 2015
"A group of refugees will arrive in Cambodia in October as part of an agreement with Australia. This will be the second group to arrive.
Cambodia reportedly is receiving as much as $40 in aid from Australia in exchange for accepting the asylum-seekers."
No End in Sight to the War in Syria - Text + Audio - 19 September 2015
"About 240,000 people have died in the conflict. Millions more have lost their homes.
Russia and Iran continue to support the government of Bashar al-Assad. And thousands continue to flee to Europe."
'Luck' by Mark Twain - Text + Audio + Video
"Mark Twain, a beloved American writer, tells the story of an instructor in a military academy.
He meets a young student, Scoresby, and decides to help him because he seems so foolish.
As Scoresby pursues a career in the military, the instructor is surprised. Is his achievement due to luck alone?"
What's So Important about Sept. 17? - VIDEO - 16 September 2015
"Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution. It is normally observed
on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia."
What Does the Bill of Rights Say?- 16 September 2015
"The first ten amendments - or, changes - to the U.S.Constitution are called the Bill of Rights.
After 2/3 of Congress and state legislatures approved them, they became effective in 1791."
What Do the Rest of the Amendments Say?- 16 September 2015
"The Constitution has been changed only 17 more times after 1791. Many of the amendments in the 19th and 20th centuries
have permitted more people to vote, including African Americans, women and 18-year-olds."
Tear gas forces back migrants at Hungary-Serbia border - VIDEO - 17 September 2015 "Hungarian police have fired tear gas and water cannon at migrants as they tried to pass the closed border from Serbia on Wednesday.
Many migrants remain on the Serbian side of the border as night falls, though all violence has stopped.
There are reports that several hundred people have crossed into Croatia from Serbia as they seek to travel north through Europe.
Here's a look at some of the key images of the day."
The migrants avoiding the sea and seeking to reach Europe by land - VIDEO - 17 September 2015
Thousands of migrants in Turkey are now trying to reach Greece by land, through the northwestern border town of Edirne.
Many are saying they now fear to cross the Mediterranean in makeshift boats, especially after the death of the toddler Alan Kurdi.
But the Turkish authorities are keeping the border crossing shut leaving thousands waiting."
Afghan Refugee Wins UN Award for Teaching- Text + Audio - 16 September 2015
"Aqeela Asifi fled from Afghanistan to Pakistan as a young woman. She has spent her time in exile teaching other refugee women.
The UNHCR has chosen her to recieve the 2015 Nansen refugee award."
Refugee crisis: Hungarian camerawoman trips, kicks migrants- 10 September 2015
"The camerawoman was one of the videographers filming the flood of migrants trying to get through Hungary on the way to Austria and Germany.
The migrants include refugees trying to escape the carnage brought on by terrorists and war in their homelands."
Donald Trump comes under attack in 2016 debate- 17 September 2015
"Republican contenders for the US presidency have been taking part in their second live TV debate.
Going into the debate, the outspoken billionaire Donald Trump was still ahead in the polls, but he came under attack from all sides.
Laura Bicker reports from Washington."
Warning over drone security threat to prisons- 17 September 2015
"There were nine attempts to use drones to infiltrate prisons in England and Wales in the first five months of 2015,
according to the Ministry of Justice."
Famous acronyms (ppt)
"Voici le diaporama sur les acronymes célèbres sous forme de quiz que j'ai créé pour réviser l'alphabet avec un peu de culture.
Les élèves doivent prononcer puis trouver à quoi le sigle correspond. Possibilité d'en rajouter plein d'autres: LOL, AM & PM etc."
Créé par Isabelle Meynot (Ac. Versailles)
Smuggling people into the country thousands want to leave- 16 September 2015
"The accidental shooting of eight Mexican tourists during a security operation in Egypt's Western Desert underlines the difficulty of preventing militants crossing over from lawless Libya. But people are also going in the other direction - penniless Egyptian migrants looking for work
in Libya - and the smugglers who take them say they too risk being shot on sight."
German town of Darmstadt throws party for refugees- VIDEO - 16 September 2015
"Germany has taken a lead in accepting refugees over the past month, although it recently tightened its border controls to cope with the influx.
Officials estimate 800,000 migrants will have arrived in Germany by the end of the year - although some expect the figure to be much higher.
Some 91,000 have entered the country since the beginning of September.
The BBC's Jenny Hill has been to the town of Darmstadt where refugees and migrants are being welcomed into Germany."
Horizon: How video games can change your brain - Article + Photos + Videos - 16 September 2015
"The video game industry is a global phenomenon. There are more than 1.2 billion gamers across the planet,
with sales projected soon to pass $100bn (£65bn) per year."
Intelligent Machines: New York's super smart AI couple- 16 September 2015
"If you thought that wandering round a party trying to "network" with people was awkward, try making small talk with a machine. I recently went
to New York to meet two - a virtual assistant dubbed Amelia owned by IPsoft and the IBM-owned cognitive platform Watson."
My day with a robot - Article + Video - 15 September 2015
"I spent a day this week showing my new friend Harry Nao around my office..."
Intelligent machines: The robots that work alongside humans - VIDEO - 14 September 2015
"Will using new technology in the workplace threaten people's jobs?
Research from the University of Oxford and accountancy firm Deloitte warns that more than a third of jobs risk
being lost to automation over the next 10 to 20 years.
They say some sectors will be hit particularly hard, with low-skilled, low-paid workers five times more likely to be replaced by machines,
as computers and robots are able to do more tasks.
But some skills which computers cannot replicate will become increasingly valuable in the job market
- as the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports."
Burn Trials - Out of the Maze and onto the Playa - Film to come
"What happens when you send the characters from The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials to an overcrowded music festival in the desert?
You’ll have to witness it for yourself. Things will get toasty on The Playa. Welcome to the #BurnTrials!"
How safe can artificial intelligence be? - 15 September 2015
Friend or foe?
"If Hollywood movies are your only guide to Artificial Intelligence, we face a terrifying future
in which machines become so clever that they dominate or even destroy us."
Migrant crisis: Afghan boy's lonely start in Germany - Article + Photos + Video - 15 September 2015
"Munich station has become the destination for tens of thousands of people taking the migrant route from the Balkans,
and Germany has re-imposed border controls in an attempt to slow the influx down.
Many of those arriving are children who have travelled long distances without their families."
Migrant crisis: Hungary declares emergency at Serbia border- 15 September 2015
"Hungary has declared a state of emergency in two southern counties as tough new laws to stop migrants entering illegally came into force...
The EU's border agency said more than 500,000 migrants had arrived at the EU's borders this year, compared with 280,000 in 2014. The vast majority have come by boat across the Mediterranean."
A Story of Refugees Arriving in Greece - Text + Audio - 14 September 2015
"Eight men travel from Turkey to Greece, but boat.
Heather Murdock's web log tells about some of their experiences as they try to reach Europe."
Dealing with Back-to-School Stress: Part 2 - Text + Audio - 14 September 2015
"Heading back to school after a carefree summer can be stressful. But you can do some things to help reduce stress.
This is important especially for teenagers in the U.S. who, according to a new survey, are just as stressed as adults."
About Time: Simple Present
"This great activity was provided by an Argentinean teacher, Fernanda Delgado. It is a great contribution.
I am sure my readers will simply love it. Send us more, Fernanda!"