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Data.gov,

Executive Branch of the Federal Government

This website is part of President Obama's Open Government Initiative. It provides free, open access to quanitative datasets created by the Federal government. Some state/local governments have also added data, but as yet Virginia is not one of them. Data sets include categories such as geography and environment, education and transportation. This data provides excellent primary source material, and offers many opportunities to create and interpret maps, diagrams, tables, charts, graphs, and spreadsheets.

Gapminder,

Gapminder Foundation

Gapminder provides free access to statistics (usually gathered from the United Nations) presented in moving data visualization charts. These statistics aren’t boring—data sets flow over time and offer surprising insights into public health, trade, and other issues. Users can select states such as Virginia and compare them to hundreds of countries throughout the world, including China, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. Statistics track a variety of indicators, including income, insurance “uncoverage,” immigration, and “best teeth.” Users can watch a video tutorial, as well as videos applying the information to real-world scenarios. This website is particularly useful for anyone learning about graphs, public policy issues, and the relationship between Virginia and the rest of the world.

Dr. Dean Ornish on the world's killer diet,

Dean Ornish

This video serves as an excellent background source for information about the obesity epidemic in Virginia and elsewhere. Drawing from CDC and other public health research, Dr. Dean Ornish discusses the effect of diet on obesity, cardiovascular,…

Our Documents,

National Archives and Records Administration, National History Day, US Freedom Corps

This website highlights 100 primary source documents that shaped United States history. Documents include the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Plan, the Civil Rights Act, and the Executive Order establishing the Peace Corps. Each source has detailed information about the document, an image of the original document, a document transcript, and high-resolution pdfs. The website also contains Tools for Educators, with guides on integrating these important documents into the classroom. Want to know what James Madison’s handwriting looks like, and why what he wrote was important? This is the place for you.

Diagram of Virginia's Judicial System,

Supreme Court of Virginia

Virginia's judicial system consists of four levels of courts. Judges are elected by the state legislature for a specific term.

Supreme Court: Virginia's court of last resort reviews decisions of the circuit courts and the Court of…

Legislative Meeting Schedule,

Virginia General Assembly

This website gives an updated schedule of the House and Senate committee meetings. Beside the Date and Time, the committee is listed with the exact location where the meeting is being held. Notice that not all of the meetings are held at the…

Basic Waste Management Fact Sheet,

Joe LaRocco

This document contains basic facts about solid waste management in Virginia written by Joe LaRocco. These facts include the amount of waste produced by one person every day to landfills,the importance of recycling, and how solid waste is…

Virginia Almanac Excerpt - Example from Central Virginia,

Toni-Michelle C. Travis

This is an excerpt from a document, compiled by Toni-Michelle Travis which provides a description of Virginia State Senators and Delegates, as well as their records and districts.

Here is an example from a town in the Shenandoah Valley…

Virginia Almanac Excerpt - Example from South-Western Virginia,

Toni-Michelle C. Travis

This is an excerpt from a document, compiled by Toni-Michelle Travis which provides a description of Virginia State Senators and Delegates, as well as their records and districts.

Here is an example from a town in the south-western…

Virginia Almanac Excerpt - Example from South-Eastern Virginia,

Toni-Michelle C. Travis

This is an excerpt from a document, compiled by Toni-Michelle Travis which provides a description of Virginia State Senators and Delegates, as well as their records and districts.

Here is an example from a city in the south-eastern…