Showing posts with label Public Opinion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Public Opinion. Show all posts

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Opinion Polls - How They Work and Why We Have Them

Turn on any cable news network in the United States right now and your're bound to hear about declared and possible candidates for the 2016 Presidential election. Over the next 18 months we're sure to hear about lots of opinion polls related to the election. When and where did modern political opinion polls start? How are they conducted? How are the results used? Those questions and more are answer in The Open University's Opinion Polls in a Nutshell. The videos are embedded below.

If you are using these videos in a civics class outside of the U.K. there are a couple of parts in the third video that you may need to explain and or modify for your students.

These videos could be turned into short flipped lessons in which you add questions for students to answer. The six tools in this list can help you do that.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Opposing Views - Experts Debate Public Policy and More

Opposing Views is a new website created for purpose of having experts debate public policy and other issues of popular concern. Opposing Views has categorized debate channels which are subdivided by specific questions. For example in the religion channel one of the current questions is "Does Islam Promote Violence?" Verified experts from two organizations, American Watch and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, are offering their commentary on the question. In some ways reading the responses to the question is like reading the transcript from a debate television show like Meet the Press or Face the Nation.

Applications for Education
Opposing Views is a great place for students to find opposing viewpoints on a wide variety of public policy and public opinion questions. As the presidential election approaches, Opposing Views, could be a place for students to find opinions and information about both candidates. Opposing Views can also be used as a resource for teaching students lessons about argument organization and recognizing bias and fault in arguments.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Youth Noise - Students Share their Views

Today, I discovered Youth Noise when I was looking for an avenue through which my Social Studies students could express and share their opinions on a variety of public policy issues. Youth Noise is a nice web 2.0 resource for high school students and teachers. Youth Noise allows users to create profiles, find information about current world events, and voice opinions on current issues.

Application for Education
Youth Noise incorporates a model students with which students are already familiar, social networking profile, into a platform for political expression. Students can create videos to speak out on just about any public opinion topic. Youth Noise hosts discussion forums and debates through which students can participate in discussion with their peers.