Prez Elect USA

My last post on an election Resource to use with your students went over well. I had a request to continue sharing these resources, so today I have another one for you.

Today’s election resource is an iPad app. If you are lucky enough to have access to iPads, this would be a good app to use with your class. I don’t have a class set of iPads, but I do bring my personal iPad into the classroom and connect it to my projector to use with the whole class. We also will take turns using the iPad individually.

Anyway, today’s resource is an app called Prez Elect USA. It is a simulation game that allows kids to choose a political party, learn about the electoral college process, and the actual election process. You can also have the opportunity to manage the campaign, which I always find the most intriguing and baffling part of the election process. (Mainly because of the massive amount of money fundraised and spent on nasty campaign advertisements and the like. But that’s a post for another day and time!)

Check this app out and let me know what you think. There is no risk involved since it is FREE!

This is not a paid advertisement. I am just sharing some resources I have found and thought you might like.

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3 thoughts on “Prez Elect USA

  1. I also stumbled across this app as I was trying to find novel ways to engage a group of tweens. The hope is to teach beyond the basics by exposing the major influences of today’s political realities. To this end the app does have some useful features.

    All the expected basics are present, such as the mascots and colors of the dominant parties, the number of votes per district, and how an election, and therefore the presidency is won as a competition. The extras include campaign tools, the influence of public versus corporate funding and the undue influence that Super PACs can have. Choosing a strategy does seem to change how well a player and their party wins (anecdotal evidence from students).

    Using this app as a jumping off point, there have been offshoot discussions about Citizens United, previous 5 to 4 rulings of the Supreme Court, voter disqualifications, the debates, and others.

    The game’s graphics (the computer art style seems tailored more to young students than adults) and fast action game play is helping to fulfill my intent to make election campaigns somewhat fun and interesting instead of today’s malaise of ‘why should I bother voting’.

    My initial experiences with the app have been positive, so I’ve been letting other educators know about it, especially since it’s currently free. If anyone else has also tried it in their work environment, please share.

  2. Great App for Students!

    Junior Questions:
    Which animals reflect which political parties?
    What types of campaign activities do candidates take part in?
    Why do different states have a different number of electoral votes?
    How are elections won?

    Senior Questions:
    What campaign activities are more effective than others?
    What is the importance of a swing state?
    What is the difference between public and corporate funding?
    How do Pacs and SuperPacs influence elections?

    Extension Questions

    Why are the historical roots of the Elephant and Donkey in US politics?
    Why has the Elephant been officially adopted by the Republican party, while the Donkey has never been officially adopted by the Democrats?
    What were the results of the Supreme Court decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission? How did the 2010 decision change the political landscape?
    What happens if there is a tie?

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