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What Is The Electoral College? - Explainer Videos & Animated Infographics For All Ages

What Is The Electoral College? - Explainer Videos & Animated Infographics For All Ages | Design in Education | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, Americans will elect their next president. While a record 200 million citizens are now registered to vote, a majority do not understand the process for choosing the commander-in-chief. With a little conversation, the seemingly esoteric nature of the Electoral College is actually quite simple to grasp. Regardless, therefore, of the particular vitriol of this year's contest, teachers and students deserve to take a moment this week to learn about our Constitutional republic. A host of helpful explainer videos and animated infographics are available to educate learners of all levels about the Electoral College.
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Gaming The 2016 Election - Trading Cards & Virtual Interactives To Meet The Candidates

Gaming The 2016 Election - Trading Cards & Virtual Interactives To Meet The Candidates | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Educating younger learners about the 2016 presidential election poses a real challenge. The esoterica of the primary and caucus systems can be difficult to explain. The intricacies of the Electoral College require a background in both United States geography and the Founding Fathers' intents. This year's candidate quirks present a special hurdle, since many of the well-publicized comments are NSFS (Not Safe For School). Avoiding these challenges, however, would be a disservice. Pretending that the nation picks a president simply by totaling all the votes would be unethical. Teachers might as well never introduce advanced vocabulary or higher-level mathematics.
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Visualizing The 2016 Conventions - Interactive Tools To Learn About Parties & Politics

Visualizing The 2016 Conventions - Interactive Tools To Learn About Parties & Politics | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Whether for use now in July or for lessons in the fall, a host of valuable visualizations exist to explain the esoteric proceedings. These interactive infographics and animated videos touch on a range of learning standards. They also let users explore the conventions at their own paces and levels.
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The Best Videos Explaining Midterm Elections

The Best Videos Explaining Midterm Elections | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Many students – and many Americans – have a difficult time understanding why off-year elections are so important. Part of this confusion originates in the muddle of yard signs and Congressional ads during non-presidential years. A larger reason for the uncertainty, however, arises from the uneasy access to helpful information. Even in today's glut of online media, it can be challenging to find simple, effective tools to explain the midterm election process. The videos we collected below are some of the best resources for helping children learn about what's at stake this November and why every election is critical.

 

 

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Visual Civics - Designing A Candidacy

Visual Civics - Designing A Candidacy | Design in Education | Scoop.it

In the past 20 years, the study of civics has taken a backseat to the more elementary "social studies" and the more secondary "government." Civics, however, embodies a richer appreciation of the structures and services of American political life. In other words, civics is the marriage of a democracy's fundamental frameworks with its citizens' essential responsibilities in a free society.

The teaching of civics is often centered in the careful examination of primary documents. Today's learners, however, increasingly thrive in a visual world, where all of their educational inputs arrive via media and technology. The traditional pictures of civics, though, rely on linear flowcharts of the three branches or static portraits of the vice presidents.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: New Jersey's Governor Race - Designing A Candidacy

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: New Jersey's Governor Race - Designing A Candidacy | Design in Education | Scoop.it

A political brand is the same as a corporate brand. Both try to carve out unique identities. They seek to evoke positive emotions and consumer confidence at the mention of their names or at the appearance of their insignia. A familiar logo is the ultimate encapsulation of brand loyalty.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: The Presidential Inauguration - Infographics & Visualizations

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: The Presidential Inauguration - Infographics & Visualizations | Design in Education | Scoop.it

The educational benefits of President Obama's speech draw from more than just the text. Even as several phrases from his oration are already gaining station among the honor roll of historical words, we recommend taking a look at Fellow Citizens, by Robert V. Remini and Terry Golway, which is our favorite collection of past inaugural addresses.

 

 

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Gaming The 2016 Election - Animations & Maps To Decode The Electoral College

Gaming The 2016 Election - Animations & Maps To Decode The Electoral College | Design in Education | Scoop.it
In order to explain the workings of the Electoral College to all levels of residents and students, PBS Learning Media has put together a terrific "Electoral Decoder." As a part of its Election Central page, this comprehensive and visually impressive resource demystifies the process and helps anyone become more familiar with the United States' democratic system.

For classroom teachers, a good initial stop is the video introduction to the tool and the methodology. Clear map animations lead educators and learners through the workings of the Electoral College. There is also a teacher portal that includes lesson plans and instructional suggestions.
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Gaming The 2016 Election - Videos & Toolkits To Let Students Join The Debates

Gaming The 2016 Election - Videos & Toolkits To Let Students Join The Debates | Design in Education | Scoop.it
In the modern era, presidential debates have become must-see theater. In many cases, these general election showdowns have produced critical moments to determine the November outcomes. Even at their most pedantic, these debates are rare opportunities to hear the nation's leaders speak directly to citizens and to each other. Voters can judge how the candidates handle themselves on the world's largest stage. The first debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University (down the road from us here on Long Island) on Monday, September 26, 2016, is predicted to shatter television viewing records. Not incorporating this event into a day's lesson, therefore, would constitute educational malpractice.
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Visual Civics: Designing A Candidacy - Hillary Clinton

Visual Civics: Designing A Candidacy - Hillary Clinton | Design in Education | Scoop.it

For several years now, we have used the concepts of logos and branding in our classes to teach visual civics. As avid consumers of visual media, our students become engaged with social studies and political science through the dynamic interactions of advertising, bumper stickers, and presidential insignia. In the last election cycle, we invited kids to rate presidential logos on each banner's ability to communicate candidate values and campaign themes. When our middle schoolers checked out Clinton's 2016 design, they immediately grasped its message of forward progress. They also astutely pointed out that with Clinton's widespread name recognition, she needed little more than an "H" to connect with voters.

 

 

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Does Voting Matter? Interactive Visualizations To Learn About The Midterm Elections

Does Voting Matter? Interactive Visualizations To Learn About The Midterm Elections | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We've long admired the election resources from Project Vote Smart, but some new interactive tools are taking the 2014 midterms to mind-boggling levels. The non-partisan consortium has designed two dynamic interfaces that explore issues and candidates across the country. Students of any level will be mesmerized by the vivid graphics as they accumulate an understanding about individual politicians and their votes.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: New York's Mayoral Race - Designing A Candidacy

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: New York's Mayoral Race - Designing A Candidacy | Design in Education | Scoop.it

These are the dog days of summer, which is fitting given the sexual brouhaha over New York City's mayoral race. The world may be fawning over the royal baby, but the cable stations stateside can't resist lingering over the lurid details of former Congressman Anthony Weiner's ongoing scandal. Since the spotlight is already on election politics, therefore, it seems as good a time as any to examine the relative prospects for each mayoral candidate based on his or her campaign design.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Virginia's Governor Race - Designing A Candidacy

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Virginia's Governor Race - Designing A Candidacy | Design in Education | Scoop.it

This post is part of our ongoing series in "Designing A Candidacy." We talk a lot with our students about logos and branding as components of media literacy. They become engaged during civics comparisons of television commercials and candidate bumper stickers, and they enjoy assigning adjectives to the relative strengths and weaknesses of political insignia. Even though 2013 is an off-year election, we want the future voters in our classrooms to remember that citizenship matters more than once every four years.

 

 

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Election Day - Our Favorite Voting Videos

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: Election Day - Our Favorite Voting Videos | Design in Education | Scoop.it

After months of campaigning and strategizing, the 2012 presidential election has finally arrived. We have been fascinated by the candidates' messaging all through the primary and general election seasons. We've also enjoyed exploring different tools in the classroom to allow students to exercise their voices, before they are old enough to exercise their votes. If you'd like to look at some resources and lessons about "Designing A Candidate," check out these prior posts. For election day itself, here are some of our favorite videos to share with students. These lively, informative clips can make sure everyone is ready to understand the eventual electoral results.

 

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