Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Regulators into Lobbyists
Here is an article that talks about how lobbying firms are recruiting bureaucrats to be lobbyists since they know about how to understand a number of new regulations.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

US Supreme Court Wrap-Up
The NewYorkTimes is geared to start charging in January for its online edition and items such as today's on the court are why I will probably be paying. Today there is an article on the court as well as tremendous graphics. Here is a graphic on the ideology of the courts' members and here is a 360 on the inside of the court.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Google Translator
Sorry to hit the Google items back to back, but I have a lot of ESOL students (esp. during the summer when I teach online). When I showed them Google Translate they were overjoyed. If kids are having difficulty with their textbook, they can copy and paste it (assuming it is online as my students have) into the text box. Or I have them write the essays in their native language and then translate it into English.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Court Cases on Google Scholar
Now if you go to Google Scholar you will be able to get court case information, but there is more "Starting today, we're enabling people everywhere to find and read full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts using Google Scholar. You can find these opinions by searching for cases (like Planned Parenthood v. Casey), or by topics (like desegregation) or other queries that you are interested in. For example, go to Google Scholar, click on the "Legal opinions and journals" radio button, and try the query separate but equal. Your search results will include links to cases familiar to many of us in the U.S. such as Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education, which explore the acceptablity of "separate but equal" facilities for citizens at two different points in the history of the U.S. But your results will also include opinions from cases that you might be less familiar with, but which have played an important role."

Friday, July 16, 2010

CSPAN Continues To Be Incredible
You can already get (and crop) everything that C-Span has on its network, but they just created a US Constitution page with videos to explain all parts of it. It is a dynamic page and they will continue to add to it.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Tiny Url For E-Mail To Text
If you ever have a long url and want to shorten it (say for a text), you can go here and it will be done for you. So what would you use this for? Well most of my students do not like e-mail. If you go here I have links for how to input their cell phone into an e-mail database. Then you could send them an e-mail message with the "tiny url" of your blog post and the kids could get the message (since texts can only be 140 characters long).

Friday, July 2, 2010

AP US Government Course Online
Okay, so this is a shameless plug (!), but after ten years as an AP grader (and twelve years teaching it at both high school and college) I believe I have mastered what it takes to do well on the AP exam as 25% of my students earned a perfect "5" on the AP exam last year (and for those who like stats, it was in a school w. 64% minorities and 27% free and reduced lunch - in fact I was pretty psyched that my minority - white gap was nil). So I have (along w. my co-blogger, Frank Franz) created a completely online AP US Government class that uses tons of online links, projects and video. The course is very cheap to take and you can do it with no textbook (or perhaps the Barron's AP US Government study guide). So if your school doesn't have enough kids for a class or your district won't teach AP Gov in the brick and mortar setting, this might be the alternative with the new company Zulama.