National Public Radio can be your best friend in the classroom. Why? Because your students can listen to stories and features which supplement most of your core subjects. I found a wealth of material dealing either directly or indirectly with New Mexico and the Southwest. Your classroom computer is equipped with speakers, and is probably already loaded with Real Player. Maybe it's got Windows Media Player too. (I'd suggest both.)
If you have trouble getting NPR audio to work, visit the audio help page. If that doesn't help, get one of your tech guys in there and let him figure it out. (Note - Prior to Feb. 1, 2003, NPR audio is only available with a RealPlayer.)
Visiting NPR is like synchronicity in action. I mean, you'll be amazed how many times one of the day's features dovetails into one of your subjects. (And there's a search box at the top where you can dig down for older stuff.) Here's an example of what I'm talking about...
My classes were studying the country Israel as part of the Middle East section of World Geography. We ran across the word "Holocaust". The very next day, I checked out the NPR homepage (which I do every day), and there it was... a feature on Eugenics as practiced in Germany and how the program eventually led to the holocaust. It was a powerful lesson.
I'm telling you, NPR can be your best friend in the classroom!