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Here’s How to Avoid Getting Fooled on Election Night

Here’s How to Avoid Getting Fooled on Election Night | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Rumors and misinformation run rampant in the absence of real news. Be especially wary of exit polls, fraud claims and biased experts.
Heather Perkinson's insight:

Surviving election season with your wits intact is really all about information literacy skills. This columnist has some specific suggestions for finding the most balanced and accurate sources of election news.

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Education for a Civil Society

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More on the disappointing news about US Civics education from Harvard Ed blogger Peter Levine.

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Constitution Day Resources - A Listly List

Constitution Day Resources - A Listly List | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Constitution Day:  September 17th.  The School House Rock Preamble song/video is here along with many other fun and interesting resources.

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How FiveThirtyEight Calculates Pollster Ratings

How FiveThirtyEight Calculates Pollster Ratings | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Nate Silver explains how he rates pollsters -- a great example of math and statistics used for a real life purpose.  This is also interesting from the perspective of political science and government as he talks about the influence pollsters can have on elections. Don't forget to vote today!


Go straight to the data and the ratings: 

http://fivethirtyeight.com/interactives/pollster-ratings/

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Visualizing Civic Data To Make The Case For Civic Health

Visualizing Civic Data To Make The Case For Civic Health | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"A new contest found four online tools that help people be more engaged in politics and their communities--from finding out which candidates’ policies help you more to archives of photos of your neighborhood."

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Election Unit, Part 4: What Do You Think?

Election Unit, Part 4: What Do You Think? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Mini-Unit 4 in our Election Unit asks students to write an editorial endorsement for one candidate and to hold a mock election. The unit includes lesson activities, projects and useful handouts.
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