Thursday, December 30, 2010
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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.
Monday, November 29, 2010
here if you don't know how). Well (and I am getting no $ for saying this), but you can try new software (for a temp fix) or pay $7 to be able to easily snap (as you can on Windows 7) the screens in half on your Mac. It comes from PC World, so I think you can trust it.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
here, you will see pretty much ALL cases' audio since 1973 from Roe v. Wade to Citizens United v. FEC,
Last year one of my AP students actually did her entire assignment on a smart phone when her power was out. I, of course, praised her, but now it is even easier to do from a phone, an ipad or if you have an Android, you can do write a document simply by speaking.
Friday, November 26, 2010
This New York Times interactive, "A Historic Shift", shows the results from the mid-term elections. It provides in-depth graphics that compare 2010 to 2008, party control of the House over the last fifty years and also the demographic groups that contributed to the Republican "wave".
Posted by Kelly Enders at 5:14 PM
Several of my students have added themselves to my Twitter (kenhalla) feed. When I tell them that I only put up content and technology links through it, they seem somewhat saddened that I don't put up anything personal. That, is, of course, the same belief that many educators have of Twitter when I tell them how many resources I get on it. If you want to get free information quickly, I'd suggest setting up a Twitter account, watch minute video above (taken from web20classroom on Twitter), go here for suggestions on how to get a group of people to follow (I started by plugging in "education," "social studies," "history," and other items like this. You can also go to my Twitter list and look at the people I follow and follow the ones you like.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Well first we had fantasy sports' leagues and now we have one for the Supreme Court. There are already over 200 schools signed up for this site which allows you to look at current Supreme Court cases, make predictions and compete against students at other schools. Above is a video explaining it and here is the website.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Here is a link for every country where we have ambassadors and how many are political as opposed to career diplomats. Above and here is a graphic that basically shows what parts of the world attracts political ambassadors.
Monday, November 22, 2010
This video first tells us why we vote on Tuesdays and then defines redistricting in depth (5 minute video). There are a bunch of videos that "Why Tuesday" does and can be found here. Also, the redistricting game mentioned in the video can be found here. I have used it with my kids and find it quite helpful.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Hat tip to the Monkey Cage Blog.
From the Pew Research Center.
Friday, November 19, 2010
I had a student tell me today that he was so happy I had helped him with Google Docs and that not only does he use it in every class, he can't imagine how he existed without it. While this video is for Google Apps (the paid version), you can do almost everything in the video for free. For example, I have the my kids' schedules on one of my calendars, my wife's on another and mine on the last one. About the only thing you can't do for free is to e-mail or give access to every teacher in the school or district. Beyond that you can do all of this. If you are into Google Docs or the power of cloud computing this 12 minute video is well worth it. I found this at FreeTech4Teachers.com , but I find most of my Google Docs info at the blog for it and in the upper right hand site of my account where it says "New Features."
you'll go here and nominate and vote for it for an Edublog Award. It is quite an award to get and would be a nice reward for the hard work of my fellow bloggers. If you want mine, I like FreeTech4Teachers as a blog and "ShellTerrell" and "web20classroom" on Twitter.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Although I am always looking for new ways to bring technology into my classroom, I often am overwhelmed in trying to determine what will truly be useful. Jing is a tool that allows you to capture screen shots and narrate images, among other things.
Posted by Kelly Enders at 8:57 PM
this has been put together by a AP US History teacher and has podcasts for all of US history. It is broken up into units that will match your textbook and is very easy to follow.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I am presenting at the online Global Education Conference on Tuesday November 16th at 8 AM EST. The conference has over 300 free sessions. If you are interested, I will be doing a session on using Google Docs with your students and peers. In a one hour session, you will be trained to create a create Google documents, Presentations (PowerPoints), drawings, folders and how to share them with your peers and how to easily grade your students work online. To get to the session, click here and then put "Halla" in the search engine and when you get to my link, click on the Elluminate session.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
This page has every single assignment for the entire year of AP US Government. If you are new to teaching the course, you will love it. I am going to "borrow" some of the assignments myself. You will find assignments as well as PowerPoints for the entire year.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Monkey Cage (which is done by several political scientists), they do explain (in simple statistical terms) that being a Tea Party member improved one's vote total by a "whopping" 1.3%. In short, the Tea Party makes for great news stories, but as Christine O'Donnell's campaign showed, there isn't statistically that much there. By the way, Jill Lapore has a great book out talking about how the Tea Party (and most of us) have forgotten some of the realities of that era.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I am presenting at the online Global Education Conference on Tuesday November 16th at 8 AM EST. The conference has over 300 free sessions. If you are interested, I will be doing a session on using Google Docs with your students and peers. In a one hour session, you will be trained to create a create Google documents, Presentations (PowerPoints), drawings, folders and how to share them with your peers and how to easily grade your students work online. In a few days I will give you the Elluminate link and you can attend the session for free.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
here, all you need to do is fill in a few parameters and gives you a rubric for literally anything you need (essays, debate, play, brochure, letter and lots more).
Monday, November 1, 2010
YTimes has a moving graphic that shows the number of people tweeting on campaigns over the last couple of months. If nothing else, it does reflect some of the key campaigns (except for O'Donnell's and then it just reflects what is in the news).
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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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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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.