The White House

[asa_item id="350190807"] For all news White House related, users can go to the official White House app. Featuring a blog, a briefing room with White House policy news, a photo section, a video section, and a live stream from the White House for breaking news, the White House app has everything users need for studying the President and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Users can browse through blogs and briefs to stay current with White House policy, view videos and photos about recent presidential events, and watch live events as they happen. Plus, the blogs, briefs, and photos can be shared using email,…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 8.3
B. Design - 9.8
C. Engagement - 6.7

8.3

White House: A Best App for History Teachers

Summary : How well do you know what the President is doing?

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For all news White House related, users can go to the official White House app. Featuring a blog, a briefing room with White House policy news, a photo section, a video section, and a live stream from the White House for breaking news, the White House app has everything users need for studying the President and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Users can browse through blogs and briefs to stay current with White House policy, view videos and photos about recent presidential events, and watch live events as they happen. Plus, the blogs, briefs, and photos can be shared using email, Facebook, or Twitter. Users can also mark specific blogs, briefs, and photos as “favorites,” which automatically saves them to the users’ favorites section for easy future reference.

Instructional Ideas

  1. As a “Do Now” activity, teachers can instruct students to read a specific blog post from the White House app and answer a set of questions projected on a screen, posted to a class website, or located on a document stored in a class Dropbox or Google Drive folder. Questions could include: (1) What is the central message of the blog post?; (2) How would you summarize this blog post in one sentence?; and (3) What idea(s) do you support or not support as mentioned in this blog post? Lastly, students can submit their answers digitally over email or the teacher can have a class discussion in response to the questions.
  2. Using the “Briefing Room” section of the White House app, teachers can have students compare and contrast a breaking-news policy brief with a policy from the Cold War, World War II, or another major policy related to United States’ history as it is covered in class. Students can be instructed to complete a Venn diagram or compose a short paragraph to explain their comparisons of the two policies. After all students have compared the two policies, teachers can lead a classroom discussion about the policies or have students submit their work using email or by posting it to a class website.
  3. Teachers can have students watch an assigned video from the White House app or read a policy brief. Next,  students can be instructed to articulate their opinions in a presentation using Keynote or Haiku Deck or by writing a short op-ed piece using CloudOn or QuickOffice about the policy and whether its effect is positive or negative for the United States.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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