What is the Brexit?

POLITICS All you need to know about the UK’s EU referendum. (BBC) What is the EU? Use our resources to find out. Educators, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What is the Brexit? “Brexit” is a portmanteau (mashup) of the words “British” and “exit.” Brexit refers to the possible departure of the United Kingdom from the … Continue reading What is the Brexit?

Voter’s Guide: Compare Candidates on Climate and Energy

POLITICS Here’s what you need to know about how the major presidential candidates stack up on climate, environmental regulations, renewable energy, and fossil fuels. (Nat Geo News) Use our media-rich resources to help students make informed decisions about climate change, environmental regulations, renewable energy, and fossil fuels. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s interactive poll and links to the … Continue reading Voter’s Guide: Compare Candidates on Climate and Energy

Should 16-year-olds Be Allowed to Vote?

POLITICS Voters in Brattleboro, Vermont, will be asked this week to lower the voting age for local elections to 16, a move that some say could place the town on the cutting edge in a world where teenage political maturity may be vastly increasing thanks to online social interaction. (Christian Science Monitor) Use our resources to learn more about elections. Teachers, scroll down for a … Continue reading Should 16-year-olds Be Allowed to Vote?

Mapping Monday: How Votes Moved Many

When it comes to midterm elections, what do your students think? Are they confused as to why the elections are being held without a presidential race? Or are they tuned in to the fact that the officials elected during midterm elections can have a great impact on the future of their local communities? Do they realize that some of the officials elected during midterm elections have influence … Continue reading Mapping Monday: How Votes Moved Many

7 Strategies for Teaching about Midterm Elections

POLITICS Here are some skills that educators can teach budding reporters (and voters!) so that they can productively engage in the debates around the 2014 midterm elections. (PBS MediaShift) Use our United States MapMaker Kit to plot areas where voters will be deciding key issues. Teachers, scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas The … Continue reading 7 Strategies for Teaching about Midterm Elections