Obama at the Republican Retreat
This video above has received a lot of buzz today, so in case you want to show it to your students, here it is. In it, Obama has an interesting back and forth with members of the Republican caucus in the US Congress. Skip to about 1:15 into the video to see the beginning of the exchange.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Obama at the Republican Retreat
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This site has both the speech as well as a tab at the top so that you can see what the general theme is for each part of the speech. I am going to use it to quickly show the students key parts. It also has the text running along side the speech as well as analysis for each part.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Books of the Future or Should I Say the Present
The juniors in my school have been using e-books this year rather than a paper text. Some of them love it and others don't, but for me it is an important step towards what will be a much better product in the near future as you can see above.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Multiple Ways to Use Wordle
I have used Wordle on this site to show how you can compare two different sources on the same topic to look for bias. But I went to this blog and found the multiple uses you can see above including ways for your students to analyze their own writing and work. It is a great slideshow.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
My students often have a hard time understanding the Electoral College. Just last week I showed them two video clips. The first was the actual footage from the electoral vote in Virginia on December 15, 2008. (The Virginia State Board of Elections has two YouTube videos on their website. Part One is mainly filled with a speech from Tim Kaine. Part Two shows footage of the actual votes being cast).
I then showed them the official Electoral Vote count in a Joint Session of Congress on January 8, 2009. From what my students told me, this made the actual process easier to understand. Some students told me that they thought that the electoral vote was "digitally" sent to Washington. They also enjoyed watching Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi making small talk while they waited for Congress to come to order.
And, if you choose to be a bit silly with them, you can always show them Schoolhouse Rock's interpretation of the Electoral College.
Former Fox commentator and conservative talk show star, Tucker Carlson is today launching his own news website. While he is very right leaning, he claims the site (an alternative perhaps to the Huffington Post) will be there to educate people on the federal government. Here is a WashPost review and here is the actual site. It is definitely worth checking out.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
According to this article, the Supreme Court will soon make it easier to raise campaign funds, just in time for the 2010 elections. This article does a good job at looking at players on the Hill, interest groups and what the Supreme Court might say.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Desktop sharing, ten participants, switch presenter, remote keyboard, session recording and playback, whiteboard, transfer files, pointer, copy/paste, etc.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
To see the files you must have Google Earth, then down load the zip, extract them to a folder, and double click.