ePals has announced the launch of the ePals World Elections Center, designed to involve students in a range of interactive activities to help them learn about election processes, candidates and issues globally.
The ePals World Elections Center includes projects and activities for both whole-class and independent learning and reinforce problem-solving, critical thinking and the cultural awareness emphasized in the new Common Core Standards. Among the multimedia offerings available for students to explore are videos on the recent French presidential inauguration; the campaign trail with 2012 Venezuelan presidential candidates; and the U.S. Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Students can also tap into a variety of safe social media features that enable collaborative projects, discussion forums around election topics, quizzes, polls, and other interactive communication elements.
A primary area of the World Elections Center is Students Speak, where students can share their thoughts and feelings about the elections, leaders and issues in their countries with peers around the world. Student voices are showcased through a variety of media including writing, artwork and videos. In this area students can create collages illustrating the candidates' platforms, videotape a reading of an original poem about peace, or craft a persuasive essay explaining their personal political position. Special Challenge sections ask students to craft election slogans, campaign rules or a video-based Presidential Minute, where they have 60 seconds to address the leader of their country with advice, concerns and issues of importance to their families. For examples of Presidential Minute challenge videos created by students for past elections, visit www.epals.com/worldelections/?studentsspeak.
A Teachers' Corner helps teachers integrate the World Elections Center into the curriculum. There, educators from around the world can find partners for collaborative projects on a range of election-related topics. Sample projects include exploring primary election issues, researching candidates' viewpoints, and looking at the U.S. presidential campaign from a global perspective. Students can also get a kid-to-kid viewpoint on leadership through projects where they research and share detailed information on their country's candidates and how their current leaders came into power. Independent investigations can also be part of projects, with students interviewing parents and grandparents to learn about their immigration stories and how these affect their attitudes towards candidates and issues.
Additional elements of the World Elections Center include Fact Pages for countries that have had or will have presidential elections in 2012. Fact Pages include detailed curricular material focusing on each country's political structure including its form of government, election processes, terms of office, voting regulations, predictions, and result implications. Countries with elections in 2012 include the Russian Federation, the U. S., Taiwan, Mexico, Slovenia, Gabon, South Korea, France, Sierra Leone, Venezuela, and more.
To learn more about the ePals World Election Center, visit www.epals.com/worldelections.
Source: ePals Corporation, www.epals.com