Interesting Things Roundup – Updated

Some resources on randomly-selected events from the week:

  • Pope Francis’ address to Congress transcript, in which among other things he urges Americans to exercise compassion for migrants from Central America.
  • Today is Eid al-Adha: “the [Muslim] Feast of Sacrifice, commemorating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son and God’s mercy in allowing him to substitute a ram.” An explainer is here.
  • Yesterday was Yom Kippur: Orthodox Jews celebrate in a pictorial essay, and there’s an explainer available here.

For an introduction to comparing and contrasting the world’s major monotheisms, check out the Case Study: Religious Literacy (Monotheisms) in Civics.  And in totally unrelated news:

  • Virtual reality is coming to an affordable place: the Oculus Gear VR headset will be $99 — you and your students should start planning how you’ll want to use it now!

I’m very excited about that last bit of news — how you could research, create, and then explore historical landscapes and places.  The difficulty of doing so (even with more affordable technology) might also give us a healthier appreciation for actual reality.

[The featured image is of President Barack Obama bidding farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)]

UPDATE 10/1/2015: Virtual reality is even more affordable than I previously knew!  Check out the headsets available (starting at around $15) at Google Cardboard, then either buy one or build it yourself, load up your smartphone with apps and put it in the headset, and go!  Click here for a video introduction on YouTube.


BulbgraphOnOffUse social media such as a Twitter hashtag to create a running stream of questions during lectures, then go back and discuss.

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Dr. Annelies Kamran is V.P. for Content and Product Development at WorldView Software, Inc.

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