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“Constitution and Federalist Papers” | EdTech Tuesday | Professional Development


Welcome to EdTech Tuesday, I’m Jennifer Gibson.
And I’m Rich Dixon. Alright, Rich, it looks like we have something on the Constitution
today. We do; there’s a number of different apps that represent and provide a reference
tool for the Constitution. I’ve chosen to bring in a free app today, and it’s called
The Constitution and the Federalist Papers. I’m actually familiar with this one, so let’s
walk through it. Let’s go ahead and do that. I’m going to launch the app, which is listed
as Constitution on the iPad, so you won’t see the full title that you will in the App
Store. That happens a lot with the apps, so be sure to double-check that. Well take a
look; first of all, within this, we get a little bit information about the application
itself. And what version are we reviewing today? 3.0, and we also can dive right in
and we can take a look at different sections of this document, the Constitution. Can the
font grow on this or is it that small? It can, and this is one of the things that I
like about this app in particular, is that if you are showing this on an overhead projector
or, let’s say, on an AppleTV to multiple students, you can simply tap the A button and you can
keep enlarging this font. That’s super because a small font is often hard for students, even
just on an individual iPad, but this even for projecting is nice. Another thing that
I really enjoy about this is that there’s a little bit of a description and explanation,
some annotation, below each of the sections within the Constitution. That’s another plus
there, as well. I’m going to leave the text this size for the rest of the tutorial. I’m
noticing at the bottom there’s a couple features there: there’s a star, and it looks like there’s
a share button. Do you want to tell us a little about that? Yeah, let’s say we’re working
on understanding this particular part of the Constitution. I can “Favorite” that so it’s
easy to come back to by clicking on the star, and I can do that on a couple of different
sections. Then I can click on Favorites up at the top and it’ll list multiple favorites.
It’s like a bookmark, exactly. Let’s say that I want to share this out for some reason;
I either want to share this via email with a student who wasn’t there; or as a student,
perhaps there’s some thoughts around this that I’m going to write in an email, but I
specifically want to share this part of the Constitution. I can click on the share icon
in the lower right-hand corner, and I can share this using a message, email, AirDrop,
but then I also like copy, so I can copy all this. Let’s say I’m using this inside of a
project that’s housed within Google Drive, for example: I can paste that text right within
there. Let’s take a look at a couple other things because it’s not just the Constitution.
If we take a look here at the bottom, this is what I’d like to point out. We have the
Amendments, which is great, we have Supreme Court cases, which is really interesting:
it’s the only in-app purchase. I was going to ask about that next. So, this does have
the in-app purchase? And it’s only that one. And it’s $0.99? Exactly, yeah. Very very interesting.
We do have Madison’s journal, and it’s really, really interesting as we go through the entire
time period in which this was being written. We get a little bit of an insight, an insider’s
view into what was happening during the writing of this document. That’s a really nice feature.
We have the Federalist Papers, with all 85 of the different papers that are listed here.
That could be a whole year in itself. Exactly! As a reference tool, this is really great
and exhaustive. We also have the Virginia Ratifying Convention, and then there’s actual
images of the original Constitution here, as well. So, while we can’t bring the original
in, it does attempt to bridge that idea of bringing in primary source examples. There’s
primary source all through this and definitely a Common Core tool for you as far as looking
at informational text and primary sources. I also see this as sort of ageless in a sense.
You could show this to the youngest students and talk about what our country is based on,
but also for adults and a reference for that, as well. For your upper elementary kids and
then into junior high and high school, if you’re studying this topic, great, if not,
there is some application, as Jennifer was just mentioning, across the board. Again,
we hope you enjoy this app.

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