Showing posts with label 2012 Presidential Debates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Presidential Debates. Show all posts

Friday, October 12, 2012

iSideWith Helps You Pick a Presidential Candidate

With the U.S. Presidential Election less than one month away many schools across the United States will be hosting or participating in mock elections over the next few weeks. iSideWith could help your students identify a candidate whose ideas they are most likely to agree with. Students work through a series of questions on issues of social welfare, economics, science, and international affairs. Based upon their answers iSideWith shows students how similar or different they are compared to six presidential candidates.

Applications for Education
If you're hosting a mock election in your school, your students might want to use iSideWith to learn a bit about all of the presidential candidates not just Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Presidential Debates 52 Years Later

Tomorrow (or today depending on when you read this) is the first debate between President Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. You can watch the debate live on YouTube through the YouTube Politics channel. That is certainly a much different way to watch the debate compared to how the first televised Presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon was watched in 1960. The Kennedy v. Nixon video is embedded below.



Applications for Education
I probably wouldn't have students watch all of the video above, but I might pull out sections of it to have students compare the debate topics of 1960 with the debate topics of 2012.

Friday, September 28, 2012

A Student Presidential Debate Contest

The National Forensic League has launched a presidential debate contest for students. The contest asks students to submit five minute video speeches on health care, the economy, and education. There are separate contests for each category. Students can submit videos for one, two, or all three topics. There are different submission deadlines for each topic the first deadline is October 12 for health care videos. Click here for all of the submission deadlines and rules.


The contest is open to all members of the National Forensic League. If your school is not a member organization, you could use the model of this contest to host your own school-wide or district-wide contest. If you do hold your own contest you could use the YouTube upload widget to collect videos from students.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Play the Election - Games for Learning About the U.S. Presidential Election

Play the Election from Rand McNally is a collection of games and lessons for learning and teaching about the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. Play the Election has three main sections that teachers should check out.

An interactive Electoral College map provides students with a current view of polling information and the number of Electoral College votes up for grabs in each state. Students can click on each state to see the current polling data for that state. Students will also find current news stories about the U.S. Presidential campaigns when they click on the states. To get some historical perspective students can view the results of each election going back to 1960.

In Play the Election Game Central you will find eleven educational games about the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. My favorite set of games in Game Central is State by State. In the State by State games students learn about the issues important to voters of various states. To find this information students click through interactive mini-infographics. After reading about the important issues students vote on which candidate they think will win, which candidate they think should win, and which issues are of the most importance in that state. Right now there are only four states open in the game, but more are on the way.

The third aspect of Play the Election that teachers should note is the Classroom Manager. In the Classroom Manager teachers can find lesson plans about the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. The lesson plans are aligned to Common Core standards. Teachers can also use Classroom Manager to see the statistics for the games their students play (students have to register and log-in as class members).

Applications for Education
Even if you and your students don't register on Play the Election you can still use the games and the interactive map. You can play the games without registering, but your scores will not be saved. What I like about the games is that students have to consider background information in the decisions that they make while playing the games.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

IDEA Guide to 2012 Presidential Debates

The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) has published a free 157 page guide to the 2012 Presidential debates. The guide offers detailed overviews and opinion pieces about seventeen issues that could come up during the 2012 Presidential debates. The issues are divided into three categories; Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy, and Economic Policy. Within each section there are opinion pieces for students to read and debate in your classroom.

Applications for Education 
IDEA's Teaching Tools page contains a big collection of suggested activities for teaching students how to constructively debate. You may want to use some of those activities in conjunction with lessons about the 2012 Presidential debates that are based on The IDEA Guide to the 2012 Presidential Debates.