Showing posts with label Presidential Campaign. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Presidential Campaign. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A Crash Course on Political Campaigns

Turn on the nightly news, open your Facebook feed, or walk down the street in the U.S. right now and you can't help but be reminded that we're choosing a new president in 2016. Why do presidential campaigns start so early? Who funds them? And how do candidates reach out to voters? These questions and more are answered in the Crash Course video on political campaigns.


Applications for Education
The first half of the video is focused on campaign organization. The second half of the video is focused on funding of campaigns and the laws regarding campaign contributions. These are some discussion questions that I would pose to my students:
1. Which outreach methods are best for each of the following age groups? 18-35, 35-50, 50-65, 65+
2. If you were a campaign manager how would you choose where to spend advertising money?
3. What are the pros and cons of limiting campaign contributions? Would you close the 527 loophole?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ad Libs - Create Your Own Campaign Commercial

Mozilla and PBS Newshour have teamed up to create a the Ad Libs campaign commercial generator. Ad Libs allows you to create your own short campaign commercial featuring you as a candidate. Ad Libs is like Mad Libs as you fill in the blanks to create a story. To generate your commercial you need to sign in with your Facebook account. To fill in the blanks in the Ad Libs commercial creator you select pictures and quotes from your Facebook profile.

A neat bonus aspect of Ad Libs is that as you create your commercial you can watch a few clips of commercials from past campaigns. That's how I found this old Clinton campaign commercial from 1992.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Living Room Candidate - The History of Campaign Commercials

Last night I was a guest on EdReach's EduNation Google+ Hangout On Air. One of the topics that came up was soundbite media and politics (don't worry it didn't turn into a political show). In the show I mentioned a resource called The Living Room Candidate that I reviewed four years ago. This morning I went back and investigated some new features of the The Living Room Candidate.



The Living Room Candidate is part of a larger project called the Museum of the Moving Image. Visitors to The Living Room Candidate can view the commercials from each campaign from both parties. A written transcript is provided with each commercial. Provided along with each video is an overview of the political landscape of at the time of the campaigns. Visitors to the website can search for commercials by election year, type of commercial, or by campaign issue.

Applications for Education
The Living Room Candidate has a great tool for students called The Living Room Candidate Ad Maker. The Ad Maker can be used by students to remix old advertisements, sound bites, and images to create new campaign commercials. The teachers page on The Living Room Candidate offers nine lesson plans for teaching about the historical context of campaigns, analyzing campaign ads, and creating new campaign ads.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Videos - How Candidates Raise and Spend Money

The amount of money that Presidential candidates spend on their campaigns is just mind boggling to me. Chances are good that it's mind boggling to your students too. CNN's Explain It To Me series has a couple of videos explaining how candidates raise money and what they spend that money on.

Here is How Candidates Raise Money.

Here is Campaign Spending. One of the statistics in this video that might help your students understand how much money is spent on campaigns is that Kobe Bryant would have to play for 29 years to earn as much money as President Obama spent in 2008.


On a much lighter note, and use your discretion before using this in your classroom, the Colbert Super Pac Coordination Resolution With Jon Stewart actually does include some good explanation of a couple of finer points about political super pacs.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Running for Office - A Political Cartoon Exhibit

Running for Office is an online exhibit of the political cartoons of Clifford Berryman. Berryman is probably best known for his cartoon featuring Theodore Roosevelt having compassion for a bear cub. That cartoon inspired the creation of the Teddy Bear. Berryman drew political cartoons for Washington newspapers for more than fifty years.

The National Archives has put together a fifty-two page online exhibit of Berryman's cartoons. The cartoons chronicle the process of choosing the President. The exhibit also includes cartoons about running for Congress. Running for Office does a good job of explaining the meaning and historical context of the cartoons. Almost all of the cartoons in the exhibit can be downloaded for free.



















Applications for Education
Running for Office provides teachers of US History with excellent cartoons that they can use in their classrooms. The cartoons can be used for a lesson on satire or used for a lesson on a particular campaign or person from the early 20th century. Students can also study the collection of cartoons to compare the campaign process of today with that of the early 20th century.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
More than 100 Editorial Cartoon Lesson Plans
Pictures and Cartoons from PRI's The World
Lessons About Presidential Campaign Commercials

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Third Presidential Debate - Full Video

If you're looking for video of last night's Presidential debate C-Span has posted a full length video of it on YouTube. I've embedded the video below. If you teach in a school that blocks YouTube, you may want to try one of these alternative methods for viewing online videos.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

2008 U.S. Presidential Election Maps and More

Like many news websites, Google has built a website dedicated to coverage of the 2008 election. On the Google 2008 U.S. Election page users will find all types of user generated content as well as stories from popular news outlets like CBS News. The part of the website that I like the most is the Elections '08 Map Gallery. In the map gallery users will find mash-ups of many types of data placed on a Google Map, for an example see the map below. The map below represents the campaign stops of both McCain and Obama.



Applications for Education
Google Maps mash-ups are useful for representing many types of data and information. Another of the election maps from Google illustrates where the largest campaign donations came from. A question to ask your students about that map would be something like, "what does the campaign map tell you about the party affiliation of the majority of people in area x or state x?"

Monday, August 25, 2008

Republican and Democratic Convention Resources

C-Span has launched two websites featuring user-generated content about the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. On each page visitors will find videos uploaded to the pages by convention attendees. Videos are being uploaded via YouTube and Qik. C-Span's "Convention Hub" pages will also feature comments from Twitter and the latest blog headlines from convention observers and participants.

Here are the links to C-Span's Convention Hub pages. Republicans Democrats

Here are the links to the official convention websites of the Republican Party and Democratic Party. On the Republican Convention website visitors will find information about how the history of the convention and the convention's organization. Click here to find that information. On the Democratic Convention website visitors will find a Convention 101 page featuring information about delegates, superdelegates, the organization of the convention and a glossary of terms used at the convention.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Lesson Plans About Presidential Campaign Commercials

The Living Room Candidate is an online exhibit of Presidential Campaign commercials from 1952 through 2004. The Living Room Candidate is part of a larger project called the Museum of the Moving Image. Visitors to The Living Room Candidate can view the commercials from each campaign from both parties. A written transcript is provided with each commercial. Provided along with each video is an overview of the political landscape of at the time of the campaigns. Visitors to the website can search for commercials by election year, type of commercial, or by campaign issue.

In order to view the commercials you will need to have either Windows Media Player or Real Player installed on your computer.

Applications for Education
The Living Room Candidate is a great resource for teaching lessons about the role of media and advertising in political campaigns. The Living Room Candidate has a good resource page for teachers which provides a series of eight sequential lesson plans.