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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
So I was talking with a friend,which is how I get a lot of my ideas for classes, and one of the things we were discussing are the moral dilemmas that politicians are faced with everyday. For example, consider the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision to tell CA to cut their prison population by 30,000. A large part of the reason it is so large is because of the mandatory sentencing as well as getting rid of parole. So should that be eliminated or should we make people live in large gyms close together (or see video above from Al Jazeera)? Here is a graphic that shows each CA prison and how much overpopulated they are (many are over 200% overpopulated). Do you agree with the Supreme Court's view that it is a violation of the 8th amendment and should we care in light of the fact that law abiding citizens are worried about retirement benefits and making ends meet? The list could go on, but it does give the kids an insight into how difficult decision making can be.
great page on the US Supreme Court complete with biographies, recent court cases, links to useful websites like Oyez (which has every US Supreme Court ruling as well as audio on the hearings before the court for the past two decades) and the US Supreme Court. Most importantly it has stories on all recent court decisions.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Filter Bubble which argues that the Internet is being catered to our individual needs (i.e. you and I will get different search results for the same item, see different posts on Facebook even if we have the same friends, etc.). At any rate it mentioned news.me which is a start up funded by the New York Times. It allows you to select the type of stories you see each day, select videos, images, etc. and see what your friends are seeing. It seems worth it for the busy teacher who is looking constantly at news sources during the day. It can also be accessed on an ipad or e-mailed to you.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
US Congressman Jim Cooper has written an interesting article on "Fixing Congress" in the Boston Review. I converted the article into a pdf and loaded it into a neat free cloud site called FlipSnack, which converts documents into a flipbook. Here's the link to the converted Cooper article.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The slide show above says it is for Google Apps, but everything on it can be done for FREE if you get a Google account. After doing that, put "Google" in the search engine on this blog site and you will see links to be able to do pretty much everything above. It really has revolutionized what I do in the classroom.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Some might call me crazy, but having read three books on the inner workings of Google, I am not at all worried about the company losing my files and have consequently not backed up one file I have made this year. But for those of you who want to back up your files I just found out about Sync Docs from a blog I follow called The Pursuit of Technology. What it will allow you to do is to upload an entire folder and from then on it will sync everything you do. The video that explains it is above.
The 538 blog has a telling series of charts showing who went to Iowa and New Hampshire in 07 and now in 11. Some candidates have skipped one or the other, but not both. So the early stats on the Repubs have Santorum (who can't think he will get far after losing is senate race in 08), Gingrich, Pawlenty, Cain, Buchanan, but not Daniels, Palin and barely Trump and Romney. So if the stats tell anything, this is telling.
Friday, May 6, 2011
C-SPAN will open the phone lines for this segment to students only, so encourage your students to tune in to the program, and call in to get responses to their questions. Phone lines will be divided geographically.
Students in Eastern and Central states, call:
Students in Mountain and Western states, call:
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Right now I am focused on the AP government exam next Tuesday, but my mind is still thinking of how I can do a review of the executive branch using the capture of Bin Laden as my starting point. To help me, I will probably use the Lede which I've mentioned before as it is "reporting on the spot" as it includes items such as the live tweeting from nearby during the attack on Bin Laden was ongoing as well as the raw footage just after it ended and much more of this event and others in the news.
If you haven't used it before, you might want to use Student News which is a daily feature of CNN. With Bin Laden likely in the news and 9-11 such a big period of US history, this might be a feature (see above), you will want to occasionally use in the future.