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How to bring real-time Haiti news to your classroom

If you’re aware that Twitter can be a good source of up-to-date news, but not sure how you might use it in class, here’s a 3-step guide to presenting the latest tweets referencing Haiti onto your whiteboard:

  1. Go to http://twitterfall.com, and search for haiti (this link will do that bit for you)
  2. Use the Settings menu, on the right of the screen, to set Text Size to “Epically Large”.
  3. From the same Settings menu, click “Presentation mode”. You can “Double-click here to add a heading”, which appears at the top, to add your own heading.

This can be used in support of Social Studies experiences and outcomes including:

SOC 2-07b: I can describe the physical processes of a natural disaster and discuss its impact on people and the landscape.
SOC 3-19b: Having considered responses to a recent international crisis, I can contribute to a discussion of the effectiveness of the responses.

Health warning: These Tweets are published directly by individuals and organisations world-wide without any moderation, so may contain upsetting news items or inappropriate language.

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Using Google’s New Web Search “Search Options”

Google’s new “Search Options” make it simple to narrow down your search results in a number of useful ways. You can organise results by date, for example, or easily find videos, forum posts or reviews. There’s a timeline too, with a graphical view.

If you want to try it out, just click “Show Options” on your next Google search.

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