Decision 2008!

Project Information:

School: Spencer Technology Academy
Teachers: Mrs. Norman and Ms. Townsend
Grade Level: K-8
Project Purpose: The purpose of the project was to teach students throughout the school about the voting process and to incorporate technology in the lesson.
Procedure:  Students used a Google Form to register to vote online.  Voter registration cards were then generated using the data from the form and a mail merge in Microsoft Word and they were handed out to students.   On election day, the students went to polling places throughout the school to cast their votes electronically using Turning Point student response system.

State Goals the project addressed:
STATE GOAL 14:  Understand political systems, with an emphasis on the United States.
A.   Understand and explain basic principles of the United States government.
B.  Understand the structures and functions of the political systems of Illinois, the United States and other nations.
C.   Understand election processes and responsibilities of citizens.
D.  Understand the roles and influences of individuals and interest groups in the political systems of Illinois, the United States and other nations.

More on Turning Point Student Response System: Turning Point is a program that works with Microsoft PowerPoint that allows teachers to place polls into PowerPoint slides.  Each student has a "clicker" remote control device that sends their responses to the computer when the poll slide is being displayed.  Teachers can then immediately display the anonymous results or export the results to a spreadsheet for further evaluation.  Students can be assigned a particular "clicker", which allows the teacher to keep track of how each student is responding as an alternative form of assessment.

Ms. Norman and Ms. Townsend