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 news-media museum’s Digital Classroom, which offers online media content and news-literacy materials customized for elementary, high school, and college classes.
Interactive content includes a glossary of media terms related to the election, a video timeline that dates back to President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, 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 such topics 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.”
It is available at www.newseum.org.
A version of this article appeared in the September 19, 2012 edition of Education Week as Newseum Resource Explores 2012 Election