Great Tool for the Classroom!
Overall, I think it is a great tool for students to use in and outside of the classroom. It is a different way of receiving information rather than reading a long article or just simple post. This reaches into a new type of literacy: technology literacy. For social studies, it can be hard to grad the attention of students and wanting to have a discussion. This provides distinct, clear information for students to understand then present to the class. Also it opens up the door for different ways of learning. Students like watching videos and changing the pace of the class. If students want a written copy of the article, they can go into the CNN website and look at the full. I like the options that are given to student through this site. It allows the students to choose what/ how they want to learn.
How I Use It
I used it in the beginning of the class as an opener, group work, discussion topic, and for current event papers. It is a really great tool to show students the accessibility to the news and current events summed up in a short video. This keeps their attention for the time is needed. Not only that, it helps with writing and comprehending information given to them in a short period. Sometimes I need to play it twice so they can watch it again just in case they missed something from the video.