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View Resource Wellbeing and the Countryside

City dwellers past and present have often had romanticized notions of rural life and narratives of the countryside having health benefits over the "dirty city" are not uncommon. The digital exhibit Wellbeing and the Countryside, presented by the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading, addresses this idea. Using objects and photographs from MERL's archival collections, as...

View Resource The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified

Launched in 2016, the podcast The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified describes itself as "an adventure series for the whole family." This audio drama centers around its main character, a "world-famous" radio reporter named Eleanor Amplified, who "foils devious plots and outwits crafty villains, all in pursuit of the big story." Eleanor Amplified was created by NPR's John Sheehan, a former...

View Resource Cartoon Abstracts

Science provides endless fodder for fascination but its research publications can sometimes be intimidating for general audiences. Cartoon Abstracts offers one possible way to bridge that gap by presenting the research article's summary in a creative and highly visual format. Cartoon Abstracts is an initiative launched in 2015 by Taylor & Francis, the international publisher of more than 2,700...

View Resource Hoax or No Hoax? Strategies for Online Comprehension and Evaluation

From ReadWriteThink and the International Literacy Association comes Hoax or No Hoax?, a lesson plan that aims to teach strategies for evaluating online material since "research has shown that online reading requires not only traditional comprehension strategies, but also new digital and media-literacy strategies." This standards-aligned lesson plan was written for high school students and takes...

View Resource Global State of Democracy: Exploring Democracy's Resilience

Those who study political systems around the world may be interested in The Global State of Democracy, a biennial report published by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). This report "analyses global and regional democracy trends and challenges based on International IDEA's newly developed Global State of Democracy indices, which capture global and regional...