Sunday, October 31, 2010
There is now a youtube channel for Google Docs. Most people know about Google Docs (ie word documents) and Presentation (ie PowerPoint), but few know about charts and my new favorite - drawings which is better than Microsoft Paint. Above is how to make a Google Docs Drawing which I use for my map quizzes and tests.
Friday, October 29, 2010
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
So apparently the video on Barney Frank's opponent that was written about below in the NYTimes is not out yet, but above is another one producer Ladd Ehlinger, Jr. did that your students will enjoy as it features the characters in the Wizard of Oz. Judging by his ads, he works with candidates who have no chance of winning as this one (John Dennis) is for the opponent of Nancy Pelosi and the one featured on the NYTimes (Sean Beilat) is running against Barney Frank.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
here is a page on the Tea Party Candidates that shows that slightly more than half of them are in solid Dem districts and have no chance of getting elected. Even O'Donnell is in a Dem leaning district. It does bring up for your students the horse race mentality that the press likes to embrace even if it doesn't really exist in many districts.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
This is a very interesting video that essentially (in a very entertaining way) describes how our schools were created for an industrial age and asks if we are preparing them for our current world. I laughed at part of it as I thought of someone who this week complained that I was expecting my students to work too much online - as if they won't need it after high school!
This is a website that I use with my students when discussing primaries and caucues. Although the image I've posted has results from 2004 and earlier, 2008 results are available as well. It's a good source for students to draw conclusions, discuss name recognition, etc.
Posted by Kelly Enders at 12:24 PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
This article makes me want to get back to my doctoral research class when I studies the judiciary to look more in depth at this phenomena. It talks about how more and more cases are being argued before the S Court by S Court experts who are highly successful at getting to the court and getting their desired outcome.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
splicd and you just enter in the start and end times as well as the url and you will be all set. Here is a how to video. It only takes one second to make your new video and you even both a new url and code to embed it. I found this bit from this ed tech site.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Supreme Court's webpage, you can actually hear the week's arguments each Friday. There are also two released videos of previous arguments. HERE are the first oral releases from this year's court.
this is a great piece from 538.com which details that polling is facing problems not just because some do not call cell phone users (which are now the 20/30 crowd), but because people do not like the robo calls, do not speak English and several other reasons. Also, when you go to the page you can see the probability of each targeted House race going D or R as well as the Senate and gubernatorial races.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The Tea Party movement has been getting more and more media attention and we will soon see how it impacts the mid-term elections in November. There are still many unanswered questions though. Will this "movement" evolve into a true third party? What exactly do they stand for?
Two resources that may be helpful when teaching about the Tea Party Movement are: Tea Party Time: The Making of a Political Uprising, an article from Time Magazine. Also, NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr speaks about his feelings on the Tea Party Movement in this clip from All Things Considered. Both audio and a transcript are included.
Posted by Kelly Enders at 4:14 PM
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission allowed corporations to give unlimited donations to third parties running ads in a campaign. If that third party is running only issue ads (as opposed to promoting a candidate) it does not have to tell where the money is coming from (therefore getting around the 30/60 requirements of McCain-Feingold). So here is an article explaining that and from now until the election you can go here and see the top interest groups, where they are spending and which party's members they support. It will be updated weekly until the election.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Here is a nice visual which shows how often each justice voted with the majority and minority. It also allows you to click on the justices and see which person they voted with the most. Next it has the key cases and how the justices voted. Finally it has a game which allows you to see if you can sit the justices in order of seniority (I missed one!).
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Wetoku. All you do is give a link to the person you want to interview and get online at the same time and push "start." Immediately you have a link and embedded code to put on a website. The only disadvantage is that it is not as good quality as some of the other paid ones, but for the price it is excellent.
Friday, October 1, 2010
One cannot say enough good about CSPAN that has made all of their videos public. I have even talked about their amazing effort to link their videos to all parts of the Constitution. Above is one such great video that talks about the upcoming court cases this year and the decision to release oral arguments at the end of each week.