I assume this will be all over the Internet tomorrow, but here it is too. Christine Amanpour just interviewed him and this is quite a good (and short) interview which includes references to the fact that no demonstrations are occurring and that the rebels are drug induced!
Monday, February 28, 2011
here and you will see a map, current time, a paragraph on events in the last 24 hours and links to recent articles. A great place to send your students or you if you need an easy update.
esterday the White House announced that the president was freezing the approximately $30 billion of Libyan assets that is under US control. Here is the wording of the executive order that will probably be numbered 13566. Here are the other executive orders done by Obama and here are all of them from Hoover through Obama.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Could Constitutional classifications be changing? Can the executive branch make such a change? This letter from the AG to the Speaker of the House is a great tool for teaching Constitutional classifications (rational basis, heightened scrutiny and strict scrutiny), separation of powers, and political maneuvering. There are also a few noted court cases that may be worth exploring with your students (Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas, and Bowers v. Hardwick).
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The charts and article from Pew, of course, lend credence to the fact that Obama is in trouble for his re-election if he doesn't get unemployment down.
If, as I am, you are trying to connect the events in the Middle East to your government class, this is a great video to explain why the price of oil has been increasing by barrel (related to the events) as well as the gas stations (not related). It is a great two minute video. Here is an article which also explains what is going on.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Here is an article on what would happen if a continuing resolution is not passed by early March 4 on the current year's budget which is already five months old. It is a good way to teach about CRs, the 1995-96 shutdown and even what is the difference between discretionary and non-discretionary spending. By the way, the cover above (and here), I like to use as a way to show how Clinton "won" the shutdown and why we have not had one since.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Kno is an educational tablet company that just might have the coolest laptop in the world which you can see in the above video. Think if you connected to ipads together and you get Kno. You can drag things from one screen to the other, type (a la the ipad) on one screen, read on one side and use the Internet on the other, or even make it fold back on itself to have only one screen showing. Take a look and imagine how your students could use it.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
"In her most candid and extensive public remarks since joining the court in 2009, Justice Sotomayor reflected on the advice she had received from colleagues, her discomfort with becoming a celebrity and the role public opinion plays in judicial decision making."
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Part of my in-service today was on how to use Google Docs, Google Presentation (PowerPoint), to create collections (folders), how to upload and how to link to one's student presentation tool (ie Blackboard, Google Sites, Edublog, etc.). The advantage of doing this is that once you have the link set up, you can just make the change within Google and will never have to re-upload the document or presentation again.
If you follow this blog, you will have noticed that I believe the 2012 presidential campaign has long been started. Mitt Romney, who is fighting the fact that he used to be a pro-choice liberal Republican (universal health care in MA passed from his signature as governor) and he is Mormon which doesn't fly with conservatives. At any rate, every once in a while I show the kids a part of the pres campaign and tomorrow I will show a small portion of the above clip, as well as the Pawlenty ad post and the post below which follows presidential candidates.