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Integrating Technology in the Discipline 
The Wilson, American Government, 8/e Technology Program
American Government textbook by James Q. Wilson and John J. DiIulio Jr., 8th edition
Real Deal UpGrade (CD-ROM)
The American Government web site, including ACE self-tests and interactive "What Would You Do?" features
Political SourceNet
Crosstabs 4.0 (online crosstabulation program accessible from the American Government web site)
Houghton Mifflin Testing 2000 (Computerized Test Bank)
PowerPoint Slides
Transparencies
WebCT Webcourselet
Blackboard Course Cartridge
Explore the elements of The Boyer Program:

Real Deal Upgrade CD


Program benefits
What are the benefits of using all the elements of the program to instructors?
The American Government program provides a variety of high-quality, text-specific teaching materials that can be mixed and matched to meet individual instructors' needs:
  • The PowerPoint presentations and overhead transparencies can be used to enliven lectures and reinforce key points.
  • The Houghton Mifflin Testing 2000 computerized test bank can be used to create and manage customized assessment instruments.
  • The online course modules (Blackboard and WebCT) can be used to enhance student learning both in traditional classrooms and in distance learning courses. These customizable products provide intuitive systems for enhanced teacher-student communication and the tracking of student progress.
  • Instructors can assign short projects using Crosstabs 4.0 or Political SourceNet, exposing students to political science research methods and enhancing their critical thinking skills.
  • Unique features such as the campaign videos on the Real Deal UpGrade CD-ROM and the interactive "What Would You Do?" feature on the American Government web site can be used to highlight key ideas, encourage critical thinking, and spur interesting classroom discussions.

What are the benefits to students?
The American Government program has been carefully designed to improve student understanding of the material in the textbook and in Introduction to American Government courses. Multimedia resources such as ACE self-tests, online chapter outlines and learning tips, and video clips stimulate student interest in the course and help them study more efficiently. Key concepts are reviewed and reinforced, and students are able to test their understanding of course content on an ongoing basis.

Getting started with the program
Knowledge needed for Instructors
To use all of the elements in the American Government program, instructors should have:
  • Basic computer skills
  • The ability to use Internet browsers such as Netscape or Internet Explorer
  • The ability to install and run computer software, following the step-by-step instructions provided with the program

    Knowledge needed for Students
    To use all of the elements in the American Government program, students should have:
    • Basic computer skills
    • The ability to use Internet browsers such as Netscape or Internet Explorer
    • The ability to install and run computer software, following the step-by-step instructions provided with the program



    Best uses of the whole program
    How can the entire program be used in the course?
    The program resources reinforce and supplement each chapter of the American Government text and topics in Introduction to American Government courses. The program provides a variety of student study aids, assessment tools, and visual aids for instructors, including distance learning solutions.
    Where does each piece of the program fit into the course?
    The American Government program provides a variety of high-quality, text-specific teaching materials that can be mixed and matched to meet individual instructors' instructional plans and needs:
    • The transparencies and PowerPoint slides are organized by chapter, allowing instructors to enhance lectures with appropriate images, charts, and graphs.
    • The Houghton Mifflin Testing 2000 computerized test bank allows instructors to create customized assessment instruments.
    • The Real Deal UpGrade CD-ROM includes self-tests and chapter outlines to help students improve their understanding of the text content. It also includes primary source documents and Web links for use in student research projects, and an innovative feature on political campaign ads that instructors can use to foster critical thinking and media literacy skills and to stimulate class discussion.
    • The American Government web site provides an exciting and contemporary platform for student research, chapter reviews, and critical thinking. Through this site users can access the Crosstabs 4.0 program and Political SourceNet feature. The web site also includes a variety of other text-related teaching and study resources, including chapter outlines, ACE self-tests, and the interactive "What Would You Do?" feature, which puts students in the role of decision makers who must confront a realistic policy problem, decide how to handle the issue, and then deal with the consequences of their choices.
    • Crosstabs 4.0 can be used to explore, research, and analyze data pertaining to all of the major topics covered in the text and in Introduction to American Government courses.
    • The Political SourceNet feature allows users to access primary source documents, Web links, and Internet-based exercises by chapter topic or by type.

    Instructors can direct students to chapter- or topic-specific ACE tests, Political SourceNet documents and exercises, Real Deal UpGrade CD-ROM resources, Blackboard course cartridge modules, Web CT Webcourselet modules, and Crosstabs 4.0 research questions to supplement topics covered in class and in the text.

    How could the program be used to support a distance learning course?
    The Wilson/DiIulio Blackboard course cartridge and WebCT Webcourselet facilitate distance learning.

    The Blackboard course cartridge provides learning objectives and student self-tests, in addition to numerous other features and capabilities that enrich the online learning experience:

    • Asynchronous communication (threaded discussion)
    • Synchronous communication (real-time chat and whiteboard)
    • Assessment tools and gradebook
    • Collaborative work groups
    • Syllabus and course description pages
    • Electric Blackboard® for taking and filing notes
    • Database reporting and course web site statistics
    • Messaging system
    • Online file exchange (between instructor and student)
    • Online tutorial
    • User tracking

    The WebCT Webcourselet provides support materials similar to a study guide, such as student self-tests. In addition, numerous other features and capabilities enrich the online learning experience:

    • Course welcome page
    • Timed online quizzes
    • E-mail
    • Bulletin board
    • Student management tools
    • Chat tool
    • Whiteboard tool
    • Student homepage tool
    • Student presentation areas
    • Calendar tool
    • Page annotation ("My Notes") feature
    • Searchable image archive
    • Grading tools
    • Automatic indexing and searching
    • Study guide generation tool
    • Student self-evaluation feature
    • Learning goals


    Help Information
    Technical support Information.
    1. For the products listed below, contact Houghton Mifflin Software Support ((800) 732-3223) between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday or between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, or e-mail csweb.support@cengage.com.
    1. Real Deal UpGrade CD-ROM
    2. The American Government web site, including ACE self-tests
    3. Political SourceNet
    4. Crosstabs 4.0
    5. PowerPoint slides
    6. WebCT Webcouselet

    2. For the Blackboard course cartridge, contact Technical Support via the Blackboard.com web site at http://www.blackboard.com.

    3. For the Houghton Mifflin Testing 2000 computerized test bank, contact the Testing Help Desk ((800) 307-2129), or e-mail support@esatest.com.

    Information on adopting product.
    • For information on adopting American Government for use in your classroom, please contact your Houghton Mifflin sales representative or the Faculty Service Center at (800) 733-1717.
    • Your Houghton Mifflin sales representative can also provide information on using WebCT Webcourselets or Blackboard course cartridges with your students.
    • The Real Deal UpGrade CD-ROM is shrinkwrapped free with new copies of the American Government textbook.
    • The American Government web site, including the ACE self-tests, can be accessed via the Houghton Mifflin College Division web site (http://college.hmco.com). Instructors who adopt the textbook can obtain a user name and password from their Houghton Mifflin sales representative for accessing the instructor's section of the site.
    • The PowerPoint slides are available for download from the instructor's section of the American Government web site.
    • Political SourceNet and Crosstabs 4.0 can be accessed via the Houghton Mifflin College Division web site at http://college.hmco.com. User names and passwords for these features are available to adopters of Houghton Mifflin American government textbooks; please contact your Houghton Mifflin sales representative.
    • The Houghton Mifflin Testing 2000 computerized test bank and overhead transparencies are available to adopters of the text; contact your Houghton Mifflin sales representative for information.



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