Site URL: archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12
Content: Everything related to the 2012 U.S. Presidential election is here, filed and organized for classroom use.
Design: Describing the Decision 2012 section of the site as “simple” would be an understatement. The page is dominated by a series of clickable screenshots with brief descriptions about each particular video or article.
A single navigation tool to the left of the screen allows users to sort the content by specific topics such as candidates, issues, campaign trail and calendar. There really isn’t a whole lot to get between the content and the user.
Review: This new election-related section of the vaunted NBC Learn Web site would, without question, earn a 5-star rating if it were free. As is the case with the rest of the NBC Learn content, however, users must register and pay to gain access.
With that said, this is certainly one of the rare occasions where the cost can be justified. Having the unparalleled quality of NBC News’ coverage of the election, tailored specifically for classroom use, is very valuable. A brief survey of the content on this site reveals video outlining candidates stances on specific issues, articles looking at how the Internet has changed the race and the very latest news from the campaign trail.
Bottom Line: It comes with a price, but the content on NBC Learn’s Decision 2012 is certainly worth it.