Teacher Review for CNN 10

Awesome and Entertaining Daily News for Your Kids

Brian R.
Classroom teacher
East Orange Campus High School
East Orange, NJ
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used CNN10 in a lot of different ways. Right now, I watch it about once a week with my students. We watch two to three videos on Friday, we discuss them briefly, and students write a summary. Last year, I watched it every day as a warm-up and introduction in class. It would also be perfect for a flipped classroom and a daily homework assignment if you knew that students had access to technology.
My Take
Overall, I love CNN10. It's short and its entertaining, and it's an engaging way to teach students about the news without having them read a newspaper. While I love newspapers, these can be a barrier for students who struggle with reading. CNN10 has a great breadth of coverage, and students learn about a range of topics - from foreign conflicts, to natural disasters, to domestic politics. My kids also enjoy the trivia questions, and they routinely call out answers when they appear. They groan at the end of the episode when Carl Azuz does his puns, but it's funny nonetheless.