Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This article on 538 details that most of the top gains to House seats in terms of population are in Republican districts and most of the losses are in Democratic seats. Here is an analysis why even though Republicans will pick up in the House, redistricting won't be as much a gain as one would think. What is also interesting is that under the new Electoral College changes which begin in 2012, there would be no change in the outcome of all previous elections for the past 100 years had they been in effect then.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Here (which means it won't last long), there is an interactive graphic where you can see how many seats (if any) that your state is going to lose or gain based on the 2010 census in the House of Representatives. Here is the accompanying article and here is a second one.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Splicd.com to quickly show only the portion of a youtube video I want in class. It is great for schools where youtube is blocked. But two others that you can use are ViewPure and SafeShare.tv which also give you a new url which will get you around the block your school may have. I found these last two at a new blog I follow called "The Pursuit of Education Technology Happiness."
Friday, December 17, 2010
eighth time in US history, a judge has been impeached and convicted. The Senate voted on Dec 8th.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
this resource does. Secondly it gives what it considers the pork in the federal budget year by year since 1991. Here is an article on recent pork spending in Congress. Finally you can find a number of other "goodies" including videos, "awards," and more at the Citizens Against Government Waste website.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Super Book Of Web Tools For Educators -
If you are a high school teacher skip to page 36. There is also a section on ESOL teaching as well as online teaching. It is very definitely worth your time to go through this and see what you can find that is new to you. Even with my great use of technology, I found it helpful.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I found out about this new site called Vote IQ today. It has profiles of 700,000 politicians, but more importantly it allows students and teachers to communicate in a social platform that looks somewhat like Facebook and so will be easy for your students to be able to use. Best of all, it's free. There are also a number of quizzes such as this one which helps students see if they are liberal or conservative.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Next week I will begin the budget process with my students. In case you haven't done so here are some links. First off Obama today signed a continuing resolution to keep our government open by continuing last year's spending levels for the next two weeks. The Congress must pass thirteen spending bills by September 30th and has yet to pass one. The rest of the budget process may be found here. As I tell my students if they worked liked the US Congress, they would simply put off their tests until the week before the AP exam - and then they would move that too and pay for it using next year's tax dollars (see US debt above)!
Here and here are updates on the fundraising already going on among Republicans and what they are already (mostly on other Republican candidates) their money on. Here is a chart that shows their polling.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I have been using Google Translate to e-mail students' parents who do not speak English. They usually write me back in their native language and then I tranlate it back to English. Well now, if you want, you can listen to what was written. I'm not sure the language teachers will like it, but it is still fairly cool.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
this story on the way to school today on how companies are needlessly emitting enough natural gas each year to run 700,000 homes a year. So I want to the GAO website and had my kids look at this page which has a video showing the gas and a summary of the report.