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Library of Congress launches three new learning apps

Library of Congress launches three new learning apps | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The apps are designed for K-12 students and cover subjects such as American history, government and civics.
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Executive Orders and Checks and Balances | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Executive Orders and Checks and Balances | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The message came via Facebook: “Anyone have an unbiased lesson out there about executive orders? I feel that I need to focus on them for a day and explain how they work.”

It’s a good question. Although most of us learned how a bill becomes law, that lesson probably didn’t have a lot to say about executive orders. Think about it: We teach students that the legislative branch makes the laws, the judicial branch interprets the laws, and the executive enforces the laws. Executive orders don’t fit neatly into that formula. 
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In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play

In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Part of the problem there is a lack of understanding of the idea of neutrality. People are saying “It’s on the internet...” or “It’s in a newspaper so it has to be true and objective.” But the truth is that there are very few truly neutral spaces. Lots of places have a particular idea about what they believe, and that comes out in the reporting. I think the word “distrust” is overused a little bit in the sense that I think a lot of people say that they “distrust” something not because it’s not trustworthy but because they actually just don’t agree with it.
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Information Literacy Lessons Crucial in a Post-Truth World | Knowledge Quest

Information Literacy Lessons Crucial in a Post-Truth World | Knowledge Quest | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I wasn’t really aware of this problem of fake news until I read an op-ed in The New York Times. Suddenly I remembered a recent day on Facebook. I saw a trending news story, and I remember thinking, that’s an odd story, but I fell for the click bait. Within reading the first two sentences, I could tell it was totally bogus.  It wasn’t until I read the New York Times column that I realized the proliferation of fake news stories, which may have played a role in the election.
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6 Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win

6 Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

By THE NEW YORK TIMES
For those trying to understand the political, economic, regional and social shifts that drove one of the most stunning political upsets in the nation’s history on Tuesday, we have some suggested reading from our critics and reviewers.

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5 Videos to Help Students Understand the Electoral College

5 Videos to Help Students Understand the Electoral College | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new President of the United States will be chosen tomorrow, kind of. The popular vote which in most states determines how the electors in the Electoral College will vote in December. If that sentence baffles your students, they could benefit from one of the following short video explanations of the Electoral College.
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5-Minute Film Festival: We The Voters

5-Minute Film Festival: We The Voters | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Inspire young people to get engaged with the political process through a timely new film series about the U.S. system of democracy, elections, and governance.
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Explainer: What is wrong with America's civic education

Explainer: What is wrong with America's civic education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Ninety-seven percent of high school seniors have studied civics in school. While they can recall facts, they are unable to apply that knowledge to current politics. Why is that?
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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.
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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

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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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Civics ed key to equity, improving discourse

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​U.S. Supreme Court Justice http://http://www.civxsummit.org/index.htmlSotomayor joined a group of experts Thursday to discuss the importance of enriching civics education in order to advance not only political knowledge, but also social equality. Among the many topics speakers discussed at the "Democracy at a Crossroads" event, held at the Newseum, they all emphasized this point: a good civics education and background is critical to graduating students who know how to engage in our society. 
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Students Need Our Help Detecting Fake News

Students Need Our Help Detecting Fake News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Given social media’s popularity as a news source, writes With social media a prime news source it’s critical to equip students with the analytical skills to
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Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We were guaranteed a free press,  We were not guaranteed a neutral or a true press. We can celebrate the journalistic freedom to publish without interference from the state.  We can also celebrate our freedom to share multiple stories through multiple lenses.
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5 Questions Students Should Ask About Media

5 Questions Students Should Ask About Media | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Fake news" is a term that has emerged since the 2016 presidential election and news continues to surface about how stories were generated during the election about the candidates and by whom. Meanwhile, school librarians have used the term "information literacy" as the goal that all of our teaching and learning standards are designed to help students meet. Certainly if we--and our colleagues--had done our jobs (and been given all the resources we needed to do so) our citizens would have the information literacy skills needed to recognize fake news when we see it.  

http://www.ala.org/aasl/parents/what

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Talking with Young People After the Election

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Tips and advice for educators, parents and family members to help them support young people in processing their feelings, understanding what happened and thinking together about what to do next after the presidential election. http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/anti-bias-education/c/talking-with-young-people-after-the-election.html
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The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 42

The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 42 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This week's Scout Report reviews the online resources listed below. Visit the Scout Report here: 
to read the detailed annotations of each resources and get direct links to the sites.

As U.S. citizens prepare to go to the polls on November 8th, we've decided to dedicate our biannual special edition of The Scout Report to the topic of voting. While U.S. presidential elections date back to 1789, the practice of voting in such elections has greatly changed as suffrage rights have expanded and new forms of technology and media have emerged. We include in this edition resources that examine such changes alongside those that provide insight and information into contemporary practices of voting, both in the United States and around the world.

     History of Voting in the United States 
Creating the United States: Election of 1800 
History of U.S. Woman's Suffrage: Crusade for the Vote 
Teaching Tolerance: The Votings Rights Act, 1965 
The Fight to Vote: America's Turbulent 
Voting Rights History 

     The Electoral College and Polling 
NARA: Federal Register: U.S. Electoral College 
The Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History: Teaching Resources: Government and Civics 
FiveThirtyEight: 2016 Election Forecast 
Nature: The Polling Crisis: How to Tell What People Really Think 

     Election Ephemera 
Museum of the Moving Image: the Living Room 
Candidate Campaign Buttons Etc. 
Vote: The Machinery of Democracy 
U.S. Presidential Elections 1992-2012: Historical Photo Collection 

     Voting Around the World 
Pew Research Center: U.S. voter turnout trails behind most developed nations 
IDEA Global Database on Elections and Democracy 
The UK Electoral Commission: Compulsory Voting Around the World (PDF) 

Copyright © 2016 Internet Scout Research Group - http://scout.wisc.edu The Internet Scout Research Group, located in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides Internet publications and software to the research and education communities under grants from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, and other philanthropic organizations. Users may make and distribute verbatim copies of any of Internet Scout's publications or web content, provided this paragraph, including the above copyright notice, is preserved on all copies.
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A Need to Speak: Teaching About the 2016 Election

According to the Teaching Tolerance report The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools, nearly 40 percent of the 2,000 teachers who responded to TT’s election survey are hesitant to teach about the election. Some educators cite concerns about the students who fear being ostracized or even deported if certain candidates win. Other teachers don’t know how to handle the fact that students are repeating the hate-filled language they hear from candidates’ speeches and social media posts. Still other teachers, like me, feel they must discuss this election with students.

Here are a two of the strategies I have used to teach students the skills to decode what is being said. Focusing on these skills has helped my students come to realizations all their own. Kids who were enjoying the excitement that comes with blaming and bullying have pumped the brakes and thought a little more carefully.
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Teaching Tolerance magazine: Teachers can inspire students to be lifelong voters

Teaching Tolerance magazine: Teachers can inspire students to be lifelong voters | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As an election-year approaches, we offer strategies to engage students in the democratic process.
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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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