November 8th is fast approaching here, and I'm sure we all can't wait for it to be finally over! However, an election year does present us with a wonderful opportunity to discuss politics in a very real way with our students, especially with those that happen to be 18 and can vote!
I'm helping the government and econ teachers at my school hold a mock student election this year. In addition to voting on the major party tickets, here in California we have 15 state propositions to vote on! The teachers selected what they wanted to vote on (spoiler alert: NOT all 15!), and I helped to set up a Google Form for them. A wonderful new feature of Google Forms with GAFE is that it can limit a student to one response if they sign into their school account first. This works perfectly with the Chromebooks on campus. Students are automatically signed into their accounts, and when they put in the short URL, they can only vote once. If they try to get to the Form again, it will say they have already voted and cannot vote again. This is a big set up for Forms. Previously, you could only do this in something like Survey Monkey.
Since I helped to set everything up and at least one of the teachers is going to pass through here, I decided to set up a Presidential display. At first, I thought about just setting out some presidential biographies, but I wanted to garner a little more interest that My Life by Bill Clinton or Decision Points by George W. Bush would! So I introduced a little bit of presidential trivia. . . .
You can see in my pictures above that I created the display in our main display area and created small flip cards of fun presidential trivia that has actually piqued the student's interest over the past day or so that it's been up. Eventually, I will find room to post the results of the student mock election as well. You can check out my presidential trivia below. How well will you do?
You can access your own copy of this trivia to use here. This link will prompt you to make your own copy in your Google Account. Please feel free to use and share!
Until November 8th when we start to change things up. . . . . .
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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