Bringing the Issues into the Classroom: Resources for Teaching the 2012 Election

On this day in history (September 26, 1960), the first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago. Since then, technology has come a long way, and we’re reminded of this as we face the social media storm that surrounds the 2012 election.

Which is why this election year is the perfect opportunity for teachers to incorporate technology in the classroom to help teach students about important issues, particularly since there is so much at stake for education in the upcoming election. We’ve already covered the great interactive web game Play the Election here on Technapex, and today we want to share PBS’s great election resources for teachers.

PBS Learning Media has created the Election 2012 Collection, which is an aggregation of curated and contextualized election-related resources for middle school and high school students. The offerings in the collection include:

  • A multimedia glossary of election-related key phrases and terms students should understand when discussing the election.
  • Multimedia lesson plans that include videos such as “Dollars & Votes: 2012 Election,” a video that investigates the fundraising landscape during the 2012 presidential election.
  • Digital Definitions,” four short videos meant to illustrate election terms in simple, informative, and entertaining ways.
  • Interactive games such as “Inside the Voting Booth,” a game that introduces students to the history of suffrage in America and then lets them fast forward to today’s issues.
  • Audio resources from NPR, such as the interview “Presidential Race Looks Different in Electoral College,” between Robert Siegel and Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about how the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney is playing out in the electoral college.
Here’s a quick sample of the content included within the Election 2012 Collection, an interesting video on the history of the black swan theory:

We love that PBS Learning Media is creating resources for teachers to help encourage our youngest citizens to be informed of our country’s issues, even if they are too young to vote — after all, we can’t forget that this year’s 14-year-olds will be voting in 2016.

Teachers and students: what do you think of these resources? Teachers, would you use them in your classroom? Students, would you want to use them in class? Let us know in the comments below, or shoot me an email at cdoyle@technapex.com.

Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.

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About Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.