A combined effort by The Washington Times and Essentials in Education resulted in the creation of an innovative application that will allow users to explore the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents via their smartphone or similarly enabled device. Several prominent scholars have also written exclusive essays to be included in the app package.
For further study, the app also includes an embedded lesson plan designed to be used in school or by individuals.
The initiative was announced this week in collaboration with the 10th anniversary of Constitution Day, which is celebrated Sept. 17. Times President and CEO Larry Beasley explained why he feels such a program could reignite a passion for America’s founding principles among younger generations.
“My generation of Americans was encouraged to keep a copy of the U.S. Constitution in their suit pocket as a daily reminder of the extraordinary opportunity of U.S. citizenship and liberty,” he said. “With the Times’ Pocket Constitution app, we hope the next generation of Americans will keep the Constitution in the smartphone or tablet they carry with them each day.”
Chuck Stetson, CEO of the nonprofit group Essentials in Education, explained that the rise in technological capabilities has created a new forum through which to share the story of America’s rich history.
“The smartphone has become this generation’s essential life tool,” he said, “and we are thrilled to empower educators, parents and community leaders with a product to teach constitutional literacy to the next generation.”
Already available for $4.99 at the Google Play Store and online, the app is expected to make its debut on Apple devices by the end of the month. Educators can purchase the app with a bulk discount, making downloads just $2.49 per student.
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House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa commemorated Constitution Day in his own way, dedicating much of his day to posting the entire document on his Twitter account in segments of 140 characters or less.
Happy Constitution Day, twitter! 227 years ago, our Constitution was signed by 38 of 41 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) September 17, 2014
In honor of this occasion, for the next little while I’ll be tweeting the entire Constitution. — Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) September 17, 2014
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