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Looking at Constitutions

Accessed from "Constitute" by the University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved September 14, 2018 from www.constituteproject.org.

Constitution Day is upon us! During this time, discussions usually focus on our rights and responsibilities as citizens here in the U.S. but this year we would like to present a resource for incorporating a more globalized look at the Constitution. A new Google powered website called Constitute created by the Comparative Constitution Project at the University of...

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Making Our Constitution Live


Constitution Day is almost here. As is the case each year, we're presented with the challenge of making a document that is, by today's standards, less than exciting to read engaging for a new generation. That's why Constitution Day was created, or rather renamed, in 2004. A 1940 joint-resolution in Congress originally established the day as I Am An American Day. The observance was set on September 17th to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

In 1952 that resolution was...

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Making Federalism Real: (Part Two)

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The Legacy of Welfare Reform in Louisiana & Oregon

Case studies are a natural way to bring narrative into education. The psychologist Jerome Bruner could certainly be considered one of the most important contributors to the narrative turn in academic research over the last few decades. As Bruner observed, we are constantly building a coherent story out of the events of our lives. This story not only helps us identify who we are, but who we wish to become. It tells us what the world is,...

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Making Federalism Real: (Part One)

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From Government Cheese to TANF

Back in the 80s, I had a crew. We were a motley bunch, the four of us, assembling for lunch each day at a small table in the multipurpose room of our elementary school. Aside from trying to understand the meaning of Eazy-E’s untimely passing, many of our more serious conversations centered on cheese. We were Midwestern children, bear with me.

There was Colby Jack, American, string cheese, and of course The Whiz. The prize of our table came to school with our...

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A Living Document

Photograph Of Jimmy Carter Signing Extension Of Equal Rights Amendment (Era) Ratification, 10 20 1978
Photograph of Jimmy Carter Signing Extension of Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Ratification, 10/20/1978. Wikimedia Commons.

As a professor of political science over the last decade, I enjoyed finding ways to connect government to everyday life. We are, as political scientists, always searching for ways to help our students see government as present, relevant, and meaningful. Starting with our founding documents can be a challenge. 

Constitution Day is always an interesting event on...

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Help Us Save Bad Romance

Attention Soomo Video Fans: We Need Your Help!  

Sony/ATV has taken down our educational parody video Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage because we would not allow them to monetize it with an advertisement. As part of their copyright claims process, YouTube recently allowed Sony to place an ad on our video, and in an effort to defend the video and remove the ad, we’ve repeatedly appealed this claim on the basis of fair use provisions for parody works. 

The parody video, with over 3 million views and an Emmy win in 2012 for Best Instructional Content, receives fan mail weekly and has inspired thousands of students to learn about how women got the vote. Since its release in 2012, Soomo has made the video available on YouTube for free, without ads, in hopes that teachers across America could engage students with the story of the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th amendment. Help amplify our voice so that Sony/ATV sees the value in preserving this educational resource. 

If you think this video should remain in place and ad-free, tweet @SonyATVMusicPub and let them know why you think they should #SaveBadRomance.

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Constitution Day is Upon Us!

September 17 is National Constitution Day and we are getting excited! So, in preparation, we've gathered just a few of our favorite Constitution-based resources to commemorate the big day. 

We posted about this resource a few years back and are still huge fans of it: The Heritage Foundation's Guide to the Constitution . Use your mouse to roll over the text, and you'll see notes pop up that identify sections or phrases according to the topic covered. Need to send your students to find where the Electoral College is mentioned in the Constitution? Just tell them to click on the "Executive" article on the left side and then mouse over the text until they spot "Electoral College." Simple.

We're also huge fans of The Constitution Center...

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What's 'App'ening!


Now students can take Soomo with them wherever they go! Our mobile app has been released for both Android and iOS. The Soomo app allows users to read and complete work in their webtexts either online or offline—and will sync answers automatically as soon as Internet access becomes available. Students can get started by clicking the Get the App button on the Tools menu in any webtext, where they’ll find instructions on how to pair a mobile device.  To learn more about how it works, visit out Mobile Support FAQ page. 

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Re-engineering the First Year for Student Success

Soomo Learning has proposed a panel at SXSWedu to discuss how learning science and design thinking can improve graduation rates. Community support factors heavily into panel selection. And we need your help

The panel features Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer from Kaplan; Laura Malcolm, VP of Product Management for Civitas Learning; Timothy M. Renick, VP for Enrollment and Student Success and Vice Provost at Georgia State University; and David Lindrum, Founder and Instructional Designer at Soomo Learning. Vote here by September 4th!

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