Showing posts with label Barack Obama. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Barack Obama. Show all posts

Friday, October 9, 2009

Video - Announcement of Nobel Peace Prize

Earlier I posted some resources for learning about the Nobel Peace Prize. Shortly after that posting I came across this video of the announcement that President Obama is the recipient of the prize for 2009. The video is embedded below.
Update: the video doesn't appear to be functioning properly, but you should be able to access it here.

Learn About The Nobel Prize

As you've probably heard by now, the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 has been awarded to President Barack Obama. This announcement will undoubtedly create good conversation in current events classes. Your students will probably have questions about the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Foundation has created a Nobel Peace Prize fact sheet to help visitors learn more about the history of the prize and to address some frequently asked questions. The Nobel Peace Prize website also offers videos of lectures given by past recipients of the prize.

The Nobel Foundation has an educational games site designed to help students learn about the work of past Nobel Prize recipients from a variety of fields. For example, there is a game for learning about Pavlov's dogs.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The First 100 Days in Pictures

President Obama has been in office for 100 days now. Earlier this week I posted some videos explaining the historical significance and current importance placed on the first 100 days. The White House has released a large collection of images of President Obama's first 100 days in office. The images are published on The Official White House Flickr Photostream. You can view the images in slideshow format here.

Applications for Education
The slideshow provides a wealth of possibilities for a creative writing project. You could have students select an image or two and write a short story based on the actions they see in the image. For example, a student might select this image of President Obama speaking to Senator Susan Collins and write a dialogue of what they might be saying to each other. An assignment of this type could be graded as a social studies assignment and a creative writing assignment if you require students to include factual elements in their writing. In the case of the image with Susan Collins I might have my students find out which issues Senator Collins has been most vocal about and have them include references to those issues in the dialogue that they write.

This slideshow of images from President Obama's first 100 days could be a good tool for prompting a review political and social events of the last three months. Each image has a "show info" link in the upper-right hand corner. Clicking that link provides a brief caption of the image.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
The Story of the Obama "Hope" Poster
Comparing Obama's Inaugural Address to Kennedy's
Growing Up in the White House

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Story of the Obama "Hope" Poster

One of the most iconic images of the 2008 US Presidential campaign was the Barack Obama "hope" poster. The image was even used as Time magazine's cover for their "person of the year" issue in December. This morning the CBS Sunday Morning Show ran a segment profiling the artist that created the image. A video of the segment is embedded below the "applications for education" section.

Applications for Education
The story in the video raises a couple of issues of relevance to classrooms. First, because the image in the poster was created from an Associated Press photo, there is a question regarding fair use of copyrighted images. This story is a good resource for starting a discussion about students about the use of copyrighted images.

Art teachers and students will also be interested in this video as it brings up the question of what is art?


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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama's Inaugural Address Subtitled in 3 Languages

Dot Sub is a video sharing website that I wish more people would use. Dot Sub allows users to upload videos and subtitle the video in any language. Once your video is uploaded you can do the translating yourself or allow others to contribute to translation process. Dot Sub has uses in foreign language classes as well as for teaching students with hearing impairments.

Below you will see President Obama's inaugural address. Currently, the video can be watched with English, Spanish, or German subtitles.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CNN Student News - Inauguration Day

As you might expect, today's CNN Student News episode is all about Barack Obama's inauguration. Beyond the video, make sure you check out the one page history of inaugurations as presented by CNN Student News.

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Brief Overview of Notable Inauguration Speeches

Two days ago I posted a link to Hulu's video collection of inauguration addresses dating back to Eisenhower. That collection is great, but watching all of those videos would be time consuming. If you would like a short overview of significant inaugural addresses from all Presidents, watch this two and one half minute video from MSNBC.



Applications for Education
This short overview of past inaugural speeches might be good to show to your students before watching Barack Obama's inaugural address next Tuesday. You may want to have your students make some predictions about what they think Obama might say in his speech. For more inauguration lesson ideas, check out The Innovative Educator's blog post on the topic.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fast Draw - Obama's Promises

Now that the election is behind us, it's time to look at the challenges facing President-Elect Barack Obama. In this video the CBS Fast Draw team takes a look at campaign promises made by Barack Obama and the challenges he faces in trying to keep those promises.

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Applications for Education
This video provides a short review of checks and balances as it reminds viewers of the things that a President can or cannot do without the consent of Congress.