USA.gov has designed a web site that gives users a behind-the-scene look at this important event. Users will be able to view information regarding the swearing-in ceremony and learn interesting facts about past presidential inaugurations, and see historic documents related to early presidents. You can also learn facts about presidents, vice presidents, and first ladies, past and present and learn about the election. process.
Picture Book Month is a 30-day celebration of print picture books. Each day during the month of November, a different picture book “champion” shares a post about the importance of reading picture books. Let your imagination soar–pick up a picture book & read!
The Seattle Public Library had a special event that required a lot of volunteer help. No books were harmed in the making of this video!
A new study from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center of 500 iPad users shows that parents have mixed feelings about using e-devices for reading to their children in the two to six year-old age group.
Even though e-devices are preferable and convenient for families on the go, most of the parents surveyed preferred the use of print books and believe that their children would agree. Although parents liked some of the interactive features of the digital books, such as audio cues for sounding out words, many felt that the games and videos often packaged with the e-books were distracting to the reading experience. A third of the parents surveyed felt that reading with young children was too difficult on digital devices.
The full report is available on the Center’s site.
Attention all Wizards and Muggles!
Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s online site for Harry Potter fans, is now “officially open” for new members. The site’s developers expect the first week to be very busy with new registration, and names, ages and e-mail addresses must be supplied. However, users are required to pick randomly assigned usernames and passwords to help protect personal identities. Once entering, members will be sorted into the appropriate Hogwarts house and can begin exploring this highly interactive site. Rowling will be adding new content to help extend the virtual world of Harry Potter. The video below gives fans a sneak preview of what they can expect at this magical site.
This past weekend marked the 1ooth year anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, the largest and most luxurious ship of its time. To mark this historic event, FindingDulcinea‘s expert team of researchers has created a web page of resources, including pictures, video and transcripts about the “unsinkable ship,” as well as an update on the wreckage from National Geographic.
Books bring imagination to life! But the folks at Type Bookstore in Toronto, Canada have brought books to life in this creative video that uses stop-motion animation. The owners of store (and many vounteers) shelved, re-shelved and photographed hundreds of books, over a course of several nights. Their video really shows the magic of books!
As we mark the somber 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on America, the memories may be fresh in the minds of those of us who lived through that day, but our students are either too young to remember or were not even born.
Discovery Education, together with the September 11th Families’ Association and the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, is offering free educator resources to teachers and families to help present information to children.
Included are eight short videos about people impacted by the attacks and how “they developed projects to make the world a more tolerant place,” and an interactive time line that “chronicles the events of 9/11 using images, audio, and video from the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s permanent collection.”
Other links to 9/11 educational resources may be found here.
May we all be united in our hope for a more peaceful world.