this is biased since it is put out by the College Board, but it does look at an amazing array of statistics such as voting rates, exercise enhancement, donations to charity, more activities with your children, less likely to be obese or smoke, etc., etc. and of course generally more income!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
article and short video on it.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Watch Know Videos
This site has a bunch of short videos such as the one above which describes the American republic and looks at it comparatively to other forms of government. The site also includes videos on Greek government, Marxism, School House Rock Videos, the Emancipation Proclamation, American presidents and civics. If you are like me you are building a library of links on your webpage and using short videos to enhance what you are teaching. I find it is also great to have these since students who miss can easily still learn the information. I find if it is a slightly longer one such as the one above (10 minutes) that I will give them some questions that I want to learn that are important concepts that we are learning.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sporcle has some great timed review games and allows you to create your own. Frank and I were talking about having students do essay re-writes and what should be done with the kids whose first essay is pretty good and having them create a review game was his answer.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Initially I had hoped to have "won" a free one of the above laptops, but it will be my next one this summer (think Acer is going to produce it). If you are a fan of Internet (cloud computing) only computing, it will be the perfect computer for you as it will be cheap, fast and turn on and be online in just a few seconds. What's the catch - it will only have a little bit of hard drive (enough to run e-mail, download some things before you upload them onto the web). Being completely on the cloud WILL be the future. By the way, I got a reminder of this innovation from The Innovative Educator.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Well starting today, it shows up just as it would in any Microsoft document and if you want to see it as a continuous page, then you simply need to go to "view" and then "document view" and "compact." Now if GD could just have a way to combine boxes in a chart, then it would be perfect.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Youtube site that puts them up about 5 days after the fact. Here is the one (not on youtube) on the government shutdown.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Gallup has a number of polls which illuminate the data behind the health care crisis. In one poll it reveals that the the top ten states with the highest numbers of uninsured are all from the South or West, whereas the seven of the ten states with the highest rates of insured people come from the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic.
Gallup has also has an application that allows you to manipulate the data at the city level called the "U.S. City Well Being Tracking." These polls use six criteria for identifying wellbeing and the application allows for you to save charts you create as .jpgs.
Posted by Garvey at 7:23 AM
Friday, April 1, 2011
Nate Silver of 538.com is now doing a three part series looking at the predictive power of presidential primaries. The first one shows that from 1972-2008, only one Republican was not selected based on the predictive power of the early primaries and that was John McCain.