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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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Same-Sex Marriage Timelines

With the recent SCOTUS ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, I've been keeping my eye out for new resources to use when teaching about issues in American Government through the case of same-sex marriage. Pew Research Center's State by State Interactive Timeline does a nice job of efficiently capturing the issue's history, showing changes in policies state by state, over the last 20 years. It serves as a nice primer for discussion of the impact of the SCOTUS ruling on states.

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Survey Says


As we mentioned earlier in April, we conducted our spring student survey and asked students about their experiences using Soomo's webtext, Central Ideas in American Government . Students who completed the survey were automatically entered in a drawing for an iPad! We stick by our word, and this semester's winner was a student at Wells College in New York, whose survey comment read, 

"This webtext has been amazing. Clear information, easy navigating and interesting assignments."
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Presidential Viability of Superheroes

superheroIn Soomo's American government webtext, Central Ideas in American Government , there is a poll in the presidency chapter that asks students, "Which superhero do you think would make the best president?"  The options students select from include:  Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, and the Incredible Hulk. 

Recently, a student emailed us to let us know that actually, only one of the superheroes listed could legally become president. 

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Infographic: How Laws Are Made

Laws_InfograhpicProfessor Jocelyn Evans recently shared this infographic about the legislative process. Titled, "How Our Laws Are Made," the infographic looks like a colorful board game that walks students through the ins and outs of every legislative step (and obstacle) in a bill's journey to becoming law. The infographic won the 2010 Design for America Award, sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation

Be sure and check out other 2010 design winners including the County Sin Rankings. (I don't even know what to think about that.) 

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