HS Digital Bytes: The May Edition

A roundup of great links to explore for Humanities Teachers this month.

Crossing Divides via the BBC

Access all three resources in the series (thus far) here

Regain your real news bearings with Compass News


Should we consider the ethics of listening to true crime podcasts?

“There’s this thing in our society that makes people feel like, ‘If you’re watching that and eating your popcorn at the same time, you are evil,’” she says. “But then what happens is we have a society where some people are not even able to recognize evil, or unkindness, or cruelty, because it’s coming in the shape of charisma, or beauty, or attraction.”

The reality of climate change as seen in virtual reality

“This film and its characters convey, through the truly immersive experience of Virtual Reality, the message that we have long aimed to share with the world: that we Fijians are not standing still and accepting the realities of climate change; rather that we are resilient; we are coming together with strength to support each other and build our communities through these challenges,” said Fijian Prime Minister and President of COP23, the Hon. Frank Bainimarama.” (read more here)

Violins as instruments of peace

“Wuilly Arteaga is a peace icon known for playing his violin during last year’s deadly protests against President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela. The National Guard destroyed his violin and tortured Arteaga in jail. Now he’s calling on the world to condemn Venezuela’s rulers.”

What does it feel like to have your house hit by a missile?

“The United States says that the suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma, Syria, this month was part of a military push by President Bashar al-Assad’s government to break the will of the people still living there. One of them tells his story. Guest: Mahmoud Bwedany, who grew up in Douma and was there when Syrian forces attacked this month.”

26 Tweets That Broke My Filter Bubble:

  • “I will find highly active accounts run by people who are wildly dissimilar from me, or who have had wildly dissimilar life experiences. These people must be talking frequently about the issues I hope to understand.
  • I will follow one of these people every day for thirty days, and I will keep following each of them for no less than thirty days, regardless of how much I dislike what they say.
  • I will not engage with the owners of any of these accounts. I will not debate them, I will not argue, I will not interact in any way apart from just reading.
  • I will engage in self-study when I encounter terms or concepts that are foreign to me.”

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