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Inspiring educators use this year’s election as a teachable moment


Dr. Jay Barth teaches history as it happens. Recently Barth traveled as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, TakePart reports. He left behind his students at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he serves as chair of the Department of Politics & International Relations. But they didn’t get to skip class just because Barth was gone. He taught his “American Parties & Elections” class remotely from Charlotte.

“I blended my traditional classroom teaching where my students were seated as I interacted with them virtually with my own political engagement,” Barth said. “The teaching and learning process in political science works best at the intersection of analysis and real-world experience.”

Like Barth, many teachers on the college level, and in K-12 classes, are using this year’s election as a teachable moment. And technology, as Barth realized, is a key component…

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