With its reliable news in 10-minute video segments, CNN 10 allows teachers to keep students abreast of current events without overwhelming them with extra information or commentary. CNN 10 can be used as a starting point for a variety of activities. For instance, post a discussion question of the day related to a news topic and ask students to talk in small groups about how the story affects them. Ask students to choose a story of interest and probe into it for more depth. Flip the classroom by having students watch selected videos at home, and facilitate related projects in class. Promote collaboration and creativity by having students create their own news broadcasts related to curricular goals. Finally, promote media literacy by having students compare CNN's coverage with other media coverage of the same stories.
CNN 10 offers limited supports for classroom use: broadcast transcripts and downloadable weekly quiz questions, all targeted to the topics. But students can go to the top of the screen to get to more adult articles and topics, so beware. Still, that shouldn't deter kids who want to use the site independently or parents who want to help their kids learn what's going on in the world; the materials are user-friendly enough for everyone.Continue reading Show less
CNN 10 is a feature of the CNN website where middle and high school kids can get news in 10-minute video segments. On the CNN 10 home page, students will find the video of the day followed by the eight previous videos neatly arranged. The main feature is the daily news report by teen-friendly broadcaster Carl Azuz, posted Monday through Friday, in which the news of the day is paired with background information that's important for understanding the issues. Each story comes with a transcript, which can support reading for informational text and related classroom activities.
Also on CNN 10 is a Weekly News Quiz feature that contains 10 questions related to the current week's stories. Links to additional stories, which are updated regularly, appear in a side panel on the right side of the screen. These are stories culled from CNN's website covering topics that are likely to interest students as well as their parents and teachers. There's also an option to download the news segments as podcasts, an effective way to promote listening skills. Teachers will want to bookmark the page, because it's not easily found on CNN's main website.
With so much controversy surrounding media outlets, "fake news" claims, and broadcast journalism, one can argue that media literacy and awareness of current and world events is more important now than it's been in decades. CNN 10's daily news broadcast covers a lot of territory and could use some better transitions, but it provides a commentary-free broadcast where students can learn about current events and human-interest stories in a way that's less daunting than participating in the 24-7 news cycle. Each item has been pared into a digestible bite, supported by relevant vocabulary and history.
Creative teachers can pair a section of the broadcast with its transcript and facilitate collaborative discussions using open-ended, thought-provoking questions about the stories, and provide students with the current and historical context necessary to understand them. Whether or not kids would organize the material on their own is debatable, and only watching a broadcast without additional context may not enhance learning or entice kids to come back. But the information is all there for teachers to put together in a way that helps kids learn, and the additional stories in the side panel open a window onto the world and may spark student interest.
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.