Teacher Review For CNN Student News

This resource allows me to make connections between my history content and today's current events.

Eric L.
Classroom teacher
South Valley Junior High School
Liberty, MO
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My Grades 8
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
You can watch it online using the video stream provided on the site and make it full screen with a quick double click on the video. If you have an issue with the speed of your Internet connection at certain times of the day you can also subscribe to the CNN Student News video podcast on iTunes for free and download it at the start of each day. The advantage of this is having the video downloaded directly on your computer and then not worrying about the connection speed when you watch it via the online video stream.
My Take
I use CNN Student News in my 8th grade American history classroom on a regular basis. We don't watch it every day but some weeks might watch it twice or three times if we have a little bit of time at the end of class. My students enjoy it enough that they will ask if we can watch it if we haven't watched it in a couple of days. The stories are engaging and good mix of national and international news. I have found that we often make connections to the American history curriculum to things discussed in CNN Student News shows we have watched.