• BBC Learning: Teachers [BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation]
With lesson plans grouped by topic and grade level, and a "Class Clips" section featuring "more than 3,000 clips" from BBC programs that can be viewed online.
• Learning Network [The New York Times]
Includes a "Student Connections" section with new summaries and daily quizzes and a "Teacher Connections" section with lesson plans and background readings and more.
• NPR >> News >> World [NPR, National Public Radio]
Although not specifically designed for educators, NPR.org is an excellent resource for world news.
• PBS LearningMedia [PBS, Public Broadcasting Service]
This site draws from PBS media to provide "instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more." Teachers may also be interested in PBS NewsHour Extra, which uses the standards and resources of PBS's NewsHour to provide students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events.
• Teachers' Domain [WGBH Educational Foundation]
"Teachers’ Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards."
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• The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program >> Teaching with the News [Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University]
"The Choices Program's Teaching with the News initiative provides online curriculum materials and lessons to connect the content of your classroom to the headlines in the news. Topics cover a range of foreign policy and international issues." The "Teachers Corner" section of this website also features teaching tools, assessment tools, and other resources. The Scholars Online section features video interviews with university scholars (see, for example, Xu Wenli and the China Democratic Party). Choices also publishes excellent curriculum units for purchase.
• For Educators >> Academic Modules [Council on Foreign Relations]
"Academic Modules — featuring teaching notes by the authors of CFR publications — are designed to assist educators in creating or supplementing a course syllabus. The modules are customized packages built around a primary CFR text, such as a book or report, and include teaching notes; additional readings; video, audio, and transcripts of CFR meetings; Foreign Affairs articles; and other online resources." Also see the Publication section for "Daily Analysis," Interviews," "Online Debates," and "Backgrounder" articles on current world issues.
• Great Decisions: In the Classroom [Foreign Policy Association]
The Foreign Policy Association, in collaboration with PBS, sponsors an annual series on current events topics. On the website above, click on the list of "Topics" to see which will relate to East Asia in the current year. Look also at the "Materials" list for the Classroom Packet, should you wish to order it.
• Education about Asia (EAA) [Association for Asian Studies]
This journal has excellent articles on contemporary topics written with the classroom in mind. A subscription is highly recommended.
• Global Issues and Current Events [Asian Educational Media Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
Featuring resource guides (with links to newspaper articles, editorials, video clips, and lesson plans) on selected current events topics.
• SPICE Digest [SPICE: Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University]
"SPICE Digest was created to provide educators with background information on a wide variety of topics related to Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the global environment, and international political economy." A selection of articles on China and Japan, some on topics of contemporary concern, are available online. The Digest is disseminated twice yearly via email subscription. SPICE also publishes excellent curriculum units for purchase.
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• Japan Focus [The Asia-Pacific Journal]
This peer-reviewed journal "provides critical analysis that illuminates the geopolitics, economics, history, society, culture, and international relations of the Asia-Pacific."
• About Japan: A Teacher's Resource [Japan Society]
The Japan Society's website for educators, featuring "thought-provoking essays; classroom-ready lesson plans; an area for asking and answering questions; resources including historical documents, maps and images..." Amongst the resources are many articles and lessons on current social, cultural, and economic issues in Japan.
• An Interpretive History of Japan [SPICE/Stanford]
A web-based curriculum unit that includes six lectures by Professor Emeritus Daniel Okimoto from Stanford University and six corresponding lesson plans. The curriculum first reflects on the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, the following nuclear accident, and the impact these incidents have had on the country as well as the world. It then explores in depth the contemporary issues of Japan and analyzes Japanese politics, economy, society, and culture from multilateral perspectives.
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