Educators Learn to Use Presidential Election History to Teach Civic Engagement, Data Analysis at Free Webcast

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Results of Nationwide Mock Election Revealed at Presentation

Teachers will learn how to turn the exciting 2008 presidential election into a teachable moment by participating in a free webcast from Inspiration Software®, Inc., "Analyzing Close Presidential Races With InspireData™: How Might a Different Winner Have Changed History?" on Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET). To register, go to

Hosted by Rick Reynolds, the company's education development manager for social studies, this webcast will show teachers how they can have their students use InspireData to analyze vote totals by state for past elections and consider how history might have been different if the candidate who was narrowly defeated had won. When teachers implement the lesson that Reynolds is presenting, they will help their students see the importance of civic engagement and voting while they learn more about U.S. history and the process of conducting research and analyzing data.

Reynolds will also reveal the results of the Nationwide Mock Presidential Election sponsored by Inspiration Software. Prior to Oct. 16, students and teachers can visit where they will use InspireData's e-Survey tool to cast their votes for their favorite candidates on issues such as the economy, education, the environment, healthcare and the war in Iraq, as well as select their top candidate for 44th president of the United States.

"We developed this InspireData webcast so that teachers can take the top news story of the day - the 2008 presidential election - and use it to help their students build critical data analysis skills," said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder, Inspiration Software. "We are excited to hear about the ways that teachers implement this and other lessons using InspireData in their classrooms around the country."

InspireData engages students by letting them see data move before their eyes. They use InspireData to investigate, analyze and represent data and information in dynamic graphs and charts. InspireData tools make it easy to change variables and plot types so students can explore data in multiple, meaningful ways. This encourages them to investigate data analytically, ask more questions and apply their understanding of the data to form better conclusions and to continue exploration. Students in grades 4-12 use InspireData to build critical data literacy skills, develop analytical skills and strengthen their critical thinking skills.

Inspiration Software's professional development webcasts are free to all educators. For more information, go to

A free 30-day free trial of InspireData can be downloaded at For more information, call 800-877-4292 or visit to find a local education dealer.

About Inspiration Software, Inc.
Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.'s award-winning software tools, Inspiration®, Kidspiration® and InspireData, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company's visual learning software tools are used today by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.


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