About a year ago, while visiting a friend in New England, I had a chance to sit in on a town council meeting. One by one the residents took the floor to express their concerns over disabled accessibility around town. Budget constraints clashed against the moral and physical needs of the citizens of this small town by the Atlantic; I had a front row seat for the drama of who gets what, when, and how. Tempers flared and cooler heads attempted to restore balance; the problems of daily life and...
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...
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.
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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...
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.
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!
Soomo has published the second edition of Texas Politics for fall courses. The new edition now includes a series of in-depth investigation features, new chapters on Local Government and Public Policy, and updates for currency throughout. Learn more...
With all the debate and discussion happening over the Iran Nuclear Deal, I found myself wanting to dig further into the details and see what all the fuss is about. Below is a brief list of resources I found helpful, and I bet your students will too.
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.
"Completely unscientific--asked my class of 230 at the very beginning of the first day of class (before I even introduced myself): 'What do you really want to know about American politics and American government?'