The idea of an election is much more interesting to me than the election itself…The act of voting is in itself the defining moment.
– Jeff Melvoin
How do you get a class of Dominican’s (all of them seniors) interested and fired up about studying AP US Politics? This was the challenge presented to one of the teacher’s here and over the last two years Tina Schuster has done exactly that. This year her AP students will be traveling to California as part of an exchange to witness the election taking place. In preparation for the trip students are sharing ideas, thoughts and opinions with their Californian counterparts through this wiki.
When Tina came to me looking for integration ideas a wiki seemed to be the obvious choice. Neither teacher had used a wiki before and i am thankful for their willingness to leap into something entirely new. We scratched out some ideas and came up with a rough structure that was shared with Mr. Chavez in California. He added to it. It was set-up and live in less then a week and after three weeks all three of us are astounded by the work that these students are coming up with. After watching Obama speak in California i jumped on the wordle craze that was dominating my twits and added a page for discussion as extra credit. The student knew this had nothing to do with their grade, but the ball is rolling now – it isn’t about grades any more. Ms. Schuster and Mr. Chavez of ignited something bigger, something real and much more long lasting then grades…a real desire to know all that they can about the election and the candidates involved in it. They jumped all over it and one of them “beat me to the punch” of posting a second wordle (from McCain).