Learning With Lucie Archive 2006-2013

January 24, 2009

St. Albans City School Celebrates Historic Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Learning with Lucie @ 7:20 pm

The countdown towards a historic event in our country’s history created quite a buzz at St. Albans City School.    In an age where technology brings you instant access to view world events,  expectations ran high that students and staff would not only have the opportunity to view the first African American be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, but also participate in some of the events that surrounded the day.

While classroom teachers prepared their students with lessons on  history, government and the Constitution, the school librarians and the technology staff teamed up to make sure that everyone had a place to gather and watch the Inaugural Events. 

Mr. Lyndes, the school network administrator, estimated the amount of Internet bandwidth that would be required for each computer to stream the video from the many available websites, then calculated how many computers the school’s Internet connectivity could successfully handle. 

Ms. DeLaBruere, the school educational technology specialist,  set up locations with computers, speakers, screens and projectors  for groups to gather and view the event using the school’s Internet system in the gym, cafeteria, and  two classrooms.  

Librarians, Ms.Wade and Ms. Lang,  tested the school’s cable system and located enough televisions and live cable connections  to set up certain classrooms to act as hosts viewing stations.  They also worked with Mr. Pelkey to  turn the center of the school from a library to a large group viewing center, equipped extra chairs, patriotic decorations and a large projector screen  displaying a local cable feed of the Inauguration activities.

Even the cafeteria staff contributed by supervising extra equipment in the midst of a busy lunchroom to allow students scheduled for lunch to watch the President take the oath at high noon. 

After the oath,  some classes continued to watch some of the afternoon events, while others participated in debriefing activities.  While attendees in Washington DC were aiming their cell phones to capture photos and videos of the events,  City school students were using the Internet to post comments using an educational tool called Voice Thread, where students can add their voice or text comments to reflection questions.  

Click here for a larger version of this VoiceThread.






Older classes participated in free write activities that allowed them to express their thoughts and feelings, while some of the younger students  passed around Flip Video cameras to capture their ideas.   The school website hosts some initial pictures, videos, and the Educational Voice Thread activity of  this historic event; while additional videos are being prepared by students to be hosted in City School’s lobby kiosk.   

January 20, 2009

Historic Inauguration Jeopardy Game & Voice Thread

Filed under: Education — Learning with Lucie @ 12:22 am

Historic Inaugurations
Download Inaguration Jeopardy

Obama will go down in history as being the first African American to be
inaugurated as President of the United States. 

out this National Public Radio Slide Show of other “First” for Inauguration



Or challenge someone you know to Play Historical Inauguration Jeopardy. 

I added content to this PowerPoint Game from http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPT-games/.

The questions are challenging for even those who've been around for a while.  So you might want to modify the rules to engage your students  by teaming them with adults who have seen a few Inaugurations.  Here are some ideas for playing this Jeopardy Game.

  • Give students a chance
    to use the Internet to search for answers.  
    Perhaps use the Jeopardy Music as a timer.
  • Have two classes challenge each other with their
    ‘teacher’ where the students picks the question and has the choice to let the
    teacher answer it for “half the points”.

Download Inaguration Jeopardy

I also created a Voice Thread that can be used by educators to help student express their voice around this historic day.  You can find a copy of this along with a few other last minute gems relating to Inauguration in my latest Infinite Thinking Machine Post.


Enjoy and Celebrate!

January 16, 2009

Friday Five – Inauguration Web Sites for Classroom Teachers and Kids

Filed under: Education,FridayFive — Learning with Lucie @ 7:31 pm

This week's Friday Five expand on those with interactive sites aimed at classroom teachers and students relating to the Inauguration.

Inauguration  2009 (and related  Web Sites for Educators and Students )

1.  http://web.me.com/elemenous/NKO_Inauguration/NKO_Inauguration_Celebration.html

Looking for some Writing Prompts relating to the Inauguration.  Check

out the blog part of this website from a Middle School near Barack

Obama's Chicago Home.   I can help your class participate in a safe


2. http://americanhistory.si.edu/presidency/5a2b.html

All the Presidents's Children – A short trivia game about children who

have lived in the White House.

I overhead some of our student's talking about this very topic in the

hall this week."Whose dog was a gift from the Soviet premier? Whose nickname was

Dynamo? Discover fun facts about past presidents' children with this

interactive activity from Smithsonian's National Museum of American


Video (So Help Me God)

Along with a fun list of "first and facts" regarding Past Inauguration

4. The American Presidency – A Glorious Burden

An online exhibit from the Smithsonian (great demonstration of a timeline)

Click on Site MAP (first)  to get a quick overview of everything on this site.


5.http://thinkfinity.com/Inauguration.aspxA whole collection of websites (some recycled from the Election

Collection) organized for educators, parents, students, and after

school program. '

(Including some of the ones listed below)



For Science Class:

President-elect Barack Obama has said he would like to make the White

House more of the "People's House" again by inviting guests to the

White House to discuss many different issues, including science.Which science topic would you like to see discussed at the White House?

Vote now!


Read Write Think collection of Lesson Plans and Activities that can be

used or related to the Election of Barack Obama

Understanding the Issues

The candidates might disagree on the solutions, but they both agree on

the country's most pressing issues. Learn more with Thinkfinity

resources.The Economy

National Budget Simulation Lesson from EconEdLink

Interactive Simulation of National Budget from NCEEThe Environment

The Human Footprint website from National Geographic


Curated and hosted by Museum of the Moving Image, The Living Room

Candidate offers more than 300 commercials from every presidential

race since the start of television campaign advertising in 1952. The

redesign and relaunch of The Living Room Candidate website are made

possible through a $435,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.Lessons

National Budget Simulation (EconEdLink)

The Economics of Voting: What Do You Mean My Vote Doesn't Count? (EconEdLink)

Propaganda Techniques in Literature and Online Political Ads (ReadWriteThink)

Getting Into the Electoral College (Illuminations)

The Art of Democracy (ARTSEDGE)

Where Were the US Presidents Born? (Xpeditions)

Science and Elections (Science NetLinks)

Will the Best Candidate Win? (Illuminations)

Electing America's President (EDSITEment)

Vote for Me! Developing, Writing, and Evaluating Persuasive Speeches

(ReadWriteThink)Voting! What's It All About? (ReadWriteThink)

Interactive Exhibits & Simulations

National Budget Interactive Simulation (EconEdLink)The Machinery of Democracy

(Smithsonian's History Explorer)The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden (Smithsonian's History Explorer)

Multimedia Resources

Human Footprint (Xpeditions)All About Elections from the Chatting About Books Podcast Series

(ReadWriteThink)News for You Online Newspaper (ProLiteracy)


Election Day Activity (ReadWriteThink)

Letters to the Next President (National Writing Project) (ReadWriteThink)

Bonus Site:

And to keep really current, check out:


January 9, 2009

Friday Five – Inauguration Web Sites

Filed under: Education,FridayFive — Learning with Lucie @ 7:30 pm

This weeks Friday Five comes from Patricia Aigner from Rutland School District, submitted through Vermont's School IT List Serv

1.  http://inaugurationday2009.com/broadcast.html

2. This is from the NPS:


3. From the Senate:



4. http://inaugural.senate.gov/history/index.cfm  video of Reagan,

Kennedy and other historical inauguration facts

 5.  From the District of Columbia:



6. Library of Congress


January 2, 2009

Friday Five – Inspiring Ted Talks For Educators

Filed under: Education,FridayFive — Learning with Lucie @ 7:27 pm

I thought we could all start the new year with Inspiration, so this week's Friday Five brings you inspiring words from the T.E.D. Conference archives.

For those of you who are wondering WHAT is TED.   Check out:


These range from 3 minutes to 20 minutes each.  I

tried to pick some that speak to my passion as an educator as

introduction to the TED conference.

1.  http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for

creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines)


2.  http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/gever_tulley_on_5_dangerous_things_for_kids.html

Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous

things you should let your kids do. From TED University 2007.

3. http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success.html

Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just

lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews

into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.

(Great one to share with students)

4. http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion.html

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and

helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension,

our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new

connections.   (Can be applied to any educator's passion)

5. http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/dave_eggers_makes_his_ted_prize_wish_once_upon_a_school.html

Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED

community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools.

With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia

tutoring center inspired others around the world to open–