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This Isn't Your Father's OldsmobileWelcome to PoliticsNow Classroom, the product of a groundbreaking collaboration between ABC News, Washington Post, National Journal, and Houghton Mifflin Company, a leading publisher of college-level political science textbooks. The Classroom combines the news resources of PoliticsNow and the academic resources of Houghton Mifflin in a site intended to become an integral part of introductory American Government courses. PoliticsNow Classroom is designed to change the way political science is taught and learned.
PoliticsNow Classroom offers a rich collection of political reporting, documents and information, keyed to the standard organization of the American Government course and integrated with extensive pedagogical support emphasizing Internet resources. Our goal is to broaden the depth and breadth of students' knowledge about key concepts in American politics, allowing them to become more astute, more critical and more involved political consumers and participants.
This first edition of PoliticsNow Classroom, designed for the Spring 1997 academic semester, supplements four Houghton Mifflin texts referenced throughout the site:
For structure, PoliticsNow Classroom follows the chapter format of the texts themselves. Each chapter is built around a Chapter Explorer, a selection of online readings from PoliticsNow, annotated with special interactive assignments and exercises, key terms and definitions, references to related Houghton Mifflin texts, chapter updates to the texts, links to related Internet sites and other resources--plus a "hotlist" of related readings. These materials are complemented by the Classroom's other departments:
The Classroom schedule is patterned after the typical introductory American Government class, its focus progressing through the chapters of the site as the semester unfolds. While all Chapter Explorers will be complete and their online readings available throughout the semester, The Current and online events in the Student Union will change according to the Classroom's schedule for the semester. Instructors may find details in the Classroom Calendar section of Faculty Lounge. Highlights of upcoming events on the site are listed in Coming Up.
In designing this first edition of PoliticsNow Classroom, the editors have discussed the project with many political science instructors - most of them Internet enthusiasts, but others not--hoping to create an exciting and broadly useful teaching tool. We will consult regularly with ourAcademic Advisory Board of noted political scientists on all aspects of the site's development. We would also welcome your ideas about the Classroom. You may contact us through the Feedback page and, if you are an instructor, also make your thoughts known in the "Talk to the PoliticsNow Classroom Editors" discussion group in Faculty Lounge.
For newcomers to the Classroom, here are a few notes on navigation to help in your exploration of the site: