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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State of the Union Address - Behind the Scenes and More

Last night President Obama delivered his 2012 State of the Union Address. Every US-based news website has coverage of the event. If you're thinking of discussing the State of the Union Address in your classroom today, here are a few things that should be helpful to you.

The White House website you can find the entire video of last night's address. The White House published the "enhanced" video which includes some visuals to complement the content of President Obama's key points. You can view the video online or download it directly from the White House website.

The White House published a short "behind the scenes" video about the writing of the State of the Union Address.

You can find the full transcript of President Obama's State of the Union Address on the White House's website. Put that transcript into a tool like Wordle to create word clouds that will help students quickly recognize the most-used words and phrases in President Obama's address last night.

Finally, Larry Ferlazzo has a short list of visualizations of last night's address. Included in that list is this NY Times interactive display of last night's State of the Union Address. The interactive allows you to skip through the transcript to read the text and watch the corresponding video.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The State of the Union - Video & Text

Last night President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union Address. In addition to all of the usual major media outlets, the address was streamed live on YouTube. The video of last night's entire State of the Union Address is available on YouTube (I've also embedded it below). The text of President Obama's remarks are available here on the White House website.

And if you would like a quick overview of the words most commonly used in President Obama's remarks, check out the Wordle I made from the text.

If you need a quick explanation of the history of the State of the Union Address, CNN Student News offers one in the opening segment of today's episode.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

YouTube Invites You to Ask President Obama

Next week on January 27 at 2:30pm (EST) President Obama will respond, in a live interview, to questions asked by citizens through YouTube. Submit your questions by January 25 via video or text at Visitors to the site will then vote for their favorite questions to be addressed by President Obama.

Here are some suggestions from the YouTube blog:
  1. Video questions are highly preferred (though we also accept text). Videos should be about 20 seconds long and be sure to ask the question directly.
  2. Speak clearly and try to film in a place with minimal background noise. Keep the camera as still as possible.
  3. Feel free to be creative (use props, charts, etc.) to help your question stand out. If you have time, find an interesting backdrop that may help reinforce your message.
  4. Submit your question early. The final deadline is Wednesday January 25 at midnight ET.
Applications for Education
For someone who teaches US Civics, this is a good opportunity to get students thinking about what they would ask the President. And although the crowd voting will ultimately decide, it's also a potential opportunity to have their questions addressed by the President himself.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Snag Learning Film of the Week - Becoming Barack

This post is part of my on-going series highlighting some of the free full-length documentaries available through Snag Learning.

Becoming Barack is a forty-one minute biography of President Obama focusing on his work as a community organizer in the 1980's and 1990's until his decision to run for political office. It's an interesting look at the experiences that influenced our president and continue to influence his decisions. You can watch the video and find student discussion questions here.
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Applications for Education
Last week's midterm elections were labeled by some political pundits as a referendum on Barack Obama's first two years as President of the United States. If your school is anything like mine, you probably have some students who aren't big fans of President Obama. This video might give your students some perspective on what influences President Obama's policies today.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Snag Learning Film of the Week - Emperors of Ice
From Washington to Obama in 4 Minutes With Dates
47 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

President Obama Speaks to Students - Video & Transcript

Yesterday, President Obama gave his second annual back-to-school speech. Last year he gave his speech at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. This year he gave his speech at the Julia Masterman School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If you missed the President's speech yesterday, you can find the transcript here and watch the video below.

Click here if you cannot see the video above.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Visualizing President Obama's Budget Proposal

The New York Times has an interactive infographic of President Obama's 2011 budget proposal that depicts the various parts of the proposal in comparison to each other. The portions of the budget that are the largest, occupy the largest section of the graphic. Place your mouse pointer over any section of the graphic to reveal the numbers for the subsections of each portion of the budget. You can also compare the 2011 budget proposal with the 2010 budget.

Hat tip to Cool Infographics.

Applications for Education
If US current events are a part of your curriculum, the US budget is probably going to be a topic of discussion. This infographic gives students a quick reference for that discussion. You could also use this infographic as the launching point for an activity in which students research the subsections of the budget proposal.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
How Much is One Trillion Dollars?
State of the Union - Video, Transcript, and Wordle
Economics Education Resources from the IMF

Thursday, January 28, 2010

State of the Union - Video, Transcript, and Wordle

Last night President Obama gave his State of the Union Address. (Did you submit your questions to him?) For those of you who would like to show it to your students, have them analyze the transcript, or have them analyze the Republican response, I have posted resources for doing those things.

Here is the video.

The Republican response.

The transcript of President Obama's speech.

Below is an image of a Wordle generated from the transcript of President Obama's State of the Union Address. (Click to enlarge)

Applications for Education
CNN Student News has a short overview of President Obama's speech and the Republican response. I did not post that segment in the list above because I think it is important for students to learn how to interpret and fact check the speeches of both parties. To get started on this process students can use Wordle to figure out which words or phrases appear most frequently in the transcript of President Obama's speech. They can then explore why those words were so frequently used.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

YouTube Offers "Ask President Obama"

Tomorrow night President Obama will be giving his State of the Union address. YouTube will be broadcasting the address live through its Citizentube channel. For the first time citizens viewing the State of the Union address will be able to ask questions of the President during the speech. Then next week the most popular questions, as determined by voting, will be addressed by the President in a separate YouTube interview from the White House. You can read more about this unique opportunity on the YouTube blog.

Applications for Education
I'm not sure if all of the questions generated by YouTube viewers will be visible or not, but if they are this could be a good opportunity to discuss with students the public reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.

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, September 9, 2009

Video and Wordle of Obama's 9/8 Student Address

In case you weren't able to watch it yesterday or you want to show it to students today, I've embedded the video of President Obama's student address below.

Many people have made Wordles from the text of President Obama's student address, but I made one of my own which you can see below in black and white.

If you're looking for a good follow-up activity to viewing President Obama's student address, the US Department of Education has created the I Am What I Learn video contest.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

President Reagan Speaks to Students

Today, President Obama will be speaking to all students through the web and C-SPAN. In November of 1988 President Reagan spoke to students in the East Room of the White House. The address was broadcast to some classrooms (but not mine) throughout the country. You can watch President Reagan's speech in the video embedded below.

Applications for Education
A good follow-up activity to President Obama's speech could be to have students watch President Reagan's speech from 1988. You could have students try to make comparisons between the two speeches.

I Am What I Learn - White House Video Contest

As a follow-up activity to President Obama's student address, the US Department of Education has organized a video contest. I Am What I Learn asks students (13 and older) to create two minute videos outlining the steps they will take to improve their education and the role education will play in fulfilling their dreams. The videos can be created in just about any style including documentary, music video, or public service announcements. All videos must be uploaded to YouTube between September 8th and October 8th (this might a good reason for unblocking YouTube at school). You can learn more about I Am What I Learn here.

Applications for Education
Creating videos for I Am What I Learn could be the incentive for your middle school and high school students to be active listeners during President Obama's address today. Creating videos could also be a good way to get students to really reflect on the role of education in their lives.

Transcript and Link to Obama's Student Address

Just in case you haven't been able to find it, the transcript of President Obama's address to students can be found here. You and your students can watch the address online beginning at 12:00 PM Eastern Time.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Presidential Press Conference from 4/29/09

Last night President Obama addressed the nation. President Obama started the press conference by speaking about the Swine Flu outbreak and the government's official response to the outbreak. Embedded below is a video of the entire press conference.

Applications for Education
As much of the press conference was about what the administration has done in the first 100 days, parts or all of the video could be used in a current events class in conjunction with the slideshow of the first 100 days that I posted yesterday.

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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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Monday, April 27, 2009

History of the First 100 Days

Wednesday will mark one hundred days in office for President Obama. One hundred days is typically the first major check point in measuring a new president's administration. The significance of the "first 100 days" comes from FDR's first term in office. CBS News and CNN have released videos explaining the history and significance of a president's first one hundred days in office.
The CBS Video is embedded below.

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The CNN Video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
These videos could be useful for teachers of current events and teachers of US History. Teachers of US History could use the videos as a brief explanation of the significance of FDR's election in 1932 and the legislation he got passed in an attempt to pull the country out of the Great Depression.
Teachers of current events could use the videos as the starting point for a discussion or student research about what President Obama has done in his first one hundred days in office.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Videos of President Obama Addressing Congress

There are a number of places on the Internet to find President Obama's address to Congress last night. CNN Student News leads off their episode this morning with a segment about President Obama's address from last night. As always, CNN provides a short quiz and transcript to accompany the video. CNN Student News is embedded below.

If you need to watch the full address from last night, the video below covers President Obama's entire address.