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Multimedia Tool: Teaching the Presidential Campaign

The Newseum in Washington has just launched Decision 2012: Exploring Elections and the Media, an online resource for teaching about the presidential campaign and election. The module is part of the Newseum's Digital Classroom, which offers online media content and news literacy materials customized for elementary, high school, and college classes.

Social studies and English/language arts teachers at the middle and high school levels will find interactive content for students such as a glossary of media terms related to the election, a video timeline that dates back to President Obama's inauguration in January 2009 through today, a game, a photo gallery, and ready-to-go lesson plans. According to the website, the materials, which can be accessed by signing up for a free account, touch on topics such as "the relationship between candidates and the news media, the First Amendment, the evolution of the free press, campaign ads, political cartoons, candidate platforms, voting rights and more."

Could be a good place to look for teachers who are planning to have their students follow the campaign coverage this fall.

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