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Tech Thursday: Five Games to Make Election 2012 Fun

By Rosemary Jean-LouisPosted October 10, 2012 3:43pm (EDT)
Race for the White House 2012 is a game that tests whether you have what it takes to become president.

Race for the White House 2012 is a game that tests whether you have what it takes to become president.

Here is a way to make the Debates and Election 2012 fun for your students. Yes you read that correctly. I used the word “fun” and debates in the same sentence. I took a quick spin through Google Play and found there are several games and apps that can be used to test students’ knowledge about the political process in an entertaining way.

Here are my recommendations. Note some of them are only available for Android devices.

Do your students have what it takes to be president? The Race for the White House asks them to prove it. Some of the ways include appearing on a late night talk show, fundraising and traveling across the nation to set campaign priorities.

With Campaign Manager, put the fate of the election in the hands of your students. It includes an advanced election simulation model using real-world polling data, population demographics, and historical voting trends. Players can also launch campaigns and hire volunteers.

To get students familiar with Vice Presidents, try out Vice President Quotes. It's an app that spits out quotes from Vice Presidents past and present.

Through Debate Bingo, students will learn political buzzwords. Be the first to check off five in a row.

In the quiz Democrat or Republican, students determine which politician said what based on a list of quotes. The statements are based on different topics such as healthcare, immigration, foreign policy and social issues.

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