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History Education Tools: The Congressional Record App (iPhone and iPad)

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Published on Fri, 05/20/2016

screen480x480 (January 4, 1995 - present) Who: Civics and History Courses Why!?! How can educators and students tap into this valuable resource!? The Congressional Record App offers an exciting opportunity for educators and students to review the daily proceedings of Congress. Potential lesson plans ideas include:
  • Take topic you are currently studying in class and have students search the records to find any Congressional discussion regarding the issues.
  • Current Event: Have students search for a current event topic and respond to questions such as: How does this topic impact your life? How could you take an active role in shaping this particular issues?
  • Use in conjunction with https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record:
    • Have students select a member of Congress and browse legislation they have sponsored (or co sponsored). Students may consider whether or not they agree with the Member’s position(s) and write about why or why not.
What: Daily Congressional proceedings may include legislative activity by the chambers and their committees, member remarks, communications from the president, and more. Features include:
  • Browse editions of the Congressional Record by date: January 4, 1995 (the 104th Congress, 1st Session) to the present
  • Perform keyword searches within individual documents or sections within documents
  • Share documents via email
  • Save documents to your preferred iPad PDF reader
  • Identify the latest bills and resolutions considered daily on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Identify the latest bills, resolutions, treaties, and nominations considered daily on the floor of the U.S. Senate
When: Congress first started publishing the the Congressional Record in 1873. At the time, Congress decided that it would be more economical and satisfactory to publish its debates and proceedings under its own direction. Starting in 2012, the Library of Congress launched an iPad and iPhone App with the goal of making the daily Congressional Record available as part of an initiative under the Committee on House Administration.   Where: The Congressional Record App is available from iTunes. Download App.
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Karen Albano

History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano began working with the Emerging America program in 2015. She is currently the editor of the weekly History eNews, and has contributed to many facets of the Emerging America program, including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, and overseeing social media outreach.