NBC Learn Offers Free Special "Decision 2012” Collection To Support Student Learning And Engagement Around The Presidential Election

Posted on 08/29/2012 10:55 AM

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NEW YORK, NY—Aug. 29, 2012— With just weeks to go until the presidential election, NBC Learn has launched a new “Decision 2012” collection of free resources for students and teachers on www.nbclearn.com/Decision2012. This special collection of online content is designed to help students research and analyze the 2012 election based on the candidates, the major issues, the calendar of events, and the process behind the campaigns. The free “Decision 2012” offering includes premier content from partner organizations and institutions such as NIEonline.com, Carnegie Learning, Lynn University, the Newseum, and Scholastic Inc.

Content included in the collection (all utilizing NBC Learn resources):

• Weekly “Thought Starters” by NIEonline.com
Each week, NIEonline.com will write a thought starter to accompany an NBC Learn story about the 2012 presidential election. Each installment gives students a front row seat to the candidates, the issues and the entire election process. Video summaries and discussion prompts help teachers guide their class as America prepares to elect its next President of the United States.

• “Election Math” by Carnegie Learning
Election Math combines NBC Learn videos from the current campaign and past presidential election cycles with Carnegie Learning’s interactive Cognitive Tutor® math problems. The resource collection illustrates real-world math problems in the context of the presidential election, in areas such as: “Voter Math and Statistics,” “Data Displays: Graphs, Charts, Plots,” “Data Trend and Patterns,” Predicting Winners: Polls, Sampling,” Campaign Math and Statistics,” “Winning Math and Statistics,” “Mean, Median, Mode, Range,” and “Math of Representation.”

• K-12 Election Curriculum by Lynn University
Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, hosts the third and final presidential debate on October 22, 2012. In anticipation of this event, Lynn has created a K-12 Debate Curriculum tied to Florida’s New Generation Sunshine Standards and the Common Core State Standards with more than 80 related NBC Learn videos.

• “Decision 2012” timeline by the Newseum
Every four years, on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, eligible Americans have the opportunity to cast a ballot for president. The election marks the conclusion of intense political campaigns – but not the end of equally intense media coverage. From President Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 2009 through the latest election developments, this timeline uses videos from NBC Learn to trace the major media moments of Decision 2012.

• Election 2012 by Scholastic Classroom Magazines
Scholastic's award-winning Classroom Magazines Election 2012 website provides election-related news and resources to students nationwide. Kids in grades 3 and up will learn about the race for the White House through campaign trail stories and interviews by Scholastic News Kid Reporters, can cast their ballot for President through the Scholastic Student Vote, and be immersed in the election through interactive maps, games, videos, and more.

For more information on “Decision 2012” and NBC Learn, visit www.nbclearn.com/Decision2012.

About NBC Learn: (http://www.nbclearn.com)
NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers, and lifelong learners. The online resources NBC Learn has created for the education community leverages nearly 80 years of historic news coverage, documentary materials, and current news broadcasts. The NBC News Archives on Demand feature gives students and teachers access to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives, including great historic moments--from the Great Depression to the Space Race to the latest political coverage. NBC Learn also offers primary source materials, lesson plans and classroom planning resources, and additional text and image resources from our content partners.

About NIEonline.com: (www.nieonline.com)
NIEonline.com provides web services and interactive curriculum modules to newspaper NIE websites across the country. Lessons are tailored to the most important news events of the week, for use alongside print and digital editions, to enhance the relevance of daily newspapers as a living textbook for the classroom.

About Carnegie Learning: (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning is a leading publisher of innovative, research-based math curricula software and textbooks for middle school, high school, and post-secondary students aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Providing differentiated instruction in schools across the United States, Carnegie Learning is helping students to succeed in math, creating a gateway to graduation and preparing them for college and the 21st century workforce. Carnegie Learning is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL), located in Pittsburgh, PA.

About Lynn University: (http://www.lynn.edu/)
Lynn is an independent, co-ed, residential liberal arts-focused university founded in 1962, with a strong focus on career preparation. It’s located in Boca Raton, Florida, and is home to students from 47 states and 81 nations.

About the Newseum: (www.newseum.org)
The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news— offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. It ranks as one of the top attractions in Washington, D.C., and more than 3 million people have visited since it opened in 2008. The Newseum’s Digital Classroom (http://www.newseum.org/digital-classroom/default.aspx) brings news literacy, journalism and history to life for students.

About Scholastic: (www.scholastic.com)
Scholastic Corporation is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.com.

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