Showing posts with label White House. Show all posts
Showing posts with label White House. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The White House Film Festival Seeks Student Submissions

The White House is hosting a film festival for K-12 students in the United States. The White House is seeking student-produced videos about how students are currently using technology in school and how students might use technology in school in the future. In the video below Bill Nye explains more about the The White House Film Festival.


More information and entry forms can be found here. The deadline for submissions is January 29, 2014.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The White House Shows You Where Your Tax Dollars Went

I have to admit that I am guilty of occasionally wondering where my tax dollars go. Now thanks to the White House's Federal Tax Payer Receipt I can find out.  I can enter the data from my actual tax returns, enter data that I estimate, or choose to use one of the "common scenarios" to see a breakdown of what my tax dollars will be spent on. The screenshot you see below is based on my selection of the scenario for a single person earning $25,000.

Applications for Education
The Federal Tax Payer Receipt could be useful for showing students how tax revenue is used by the federal government. This could be of particular interest to high school students who may have had their first jobs and first experiences with income taxes this year.

For more resources that you can use to teach students about income taxes please see Financial Literacy, Taxes, and Economics Lessons.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tour the White House's Interior in Google Maps

Through Google Maps Mania I recently learned that you can now take an interior tour of the White House in Google Maps Street View. To access the interior views just zoom-in on the White House then drag the Pegman onto the White House. Blue lines will appear on the White House wherever interior views are available. Google Maps Mania has put together a nice list of links to take you directly to some of the rooms in the White House. I've embedded the view of the library below.


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Applications for Education
The White House's own website does offer an interactive tour, but the quantity and quality of the imagery is not nearly as good as the new Street View imagery. If you want to give your students a look inside the White House, open up the new White House Street View imagery in Google Maps.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Register for a Free Live Webinar from the White House

This is short notice, but I hope some of you can make room in your schedule tomorrow for a great free learning opportunity courtesy of the White House and Discovery Education. Tomorrow at 1pm (ET) Discovery Education will stream a live webinar about Osama Bin Laden. The webinar will feature a Q&A session with Ben Rhodes, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting (wow! that's a long title). You can register for the webinar here. If you cannot make the live session, you should still register on the site to be notified when the archived session is made available.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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.

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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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Who Built the White House?

Today on CNN Student News there is a brief segment about the role of slaves in building the White House and the role of slavery in the lives of the early United States Presidents. I've embedded the video at the bottom of this blog post.

The CNN segment reminded me of some other resources for teaching lesson about the White House. White House for Kids, run by the US government, features games and activities for learning. On White House for Kids students can learn about the history of the White House, what happens in a typical day in the White House, and read brief biographies of past Presidents. There is also a page for teachers that contains lesson plans and guidelines for writing letters to the President.


The White House Historical Association is a great source of information about the history of the White House. On the White House Historical Association's website you will find tours, timelines, and images documenting the history of the White House. Of particular interest to teachers is the classroom page where you will find lesson plans categorized by grade level.


DC Historic Tours has a great list of popular real and virtual tours. Currently, DC Historic Tours is featuring a map of President-Elect Obama's inauguration parade route. DC Historic Tours could be a useful resource for providing your students with a geographic context for the lessons you are teaching.

Here is today's CNN Student News video. The segment about slavery in the White House is about 90 seconds into the video.

(If you're reading this in a RSS reader you may need to visit the blog directly to see the video).

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Growing Up in the White House - Part II

The video embedded below, from CNN Student News, includes a segment about life in the White House. The segment which includes the code names assigned to the Obama children makes a good companion to the video segment and the writing project idea that I posted yesterday.



(If you're reading this in a RSS reader, you may have to visit the blog directly to see the video).

Applications for Education
As I mentioned yesterday, an interesting writing project could be formed around living in the White House. You can have students express how they would feel if their mother or father was elected to the Presidency, have them write about the rooms they would most want to play in in the White House, and ask them what they would choose as their "code name" if they lived in the White House.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Growing Up in the White House

Over the weekend I saw a few segments on the news shows about children growing up in the White House. One segment I watched was on CBS and the other was on NBC's morning show. You can view the slide shows from CBS here. The video of the segment from NBC is embedded below. (I apologize for the pre-roll ad).



Applications for Education
The video above could be a good way to introduce a creative writing assignment about the White House. If you have students of the same age as the Obama's children you can ask your students to write about what they would feel if their father or mother was elected to the Presidency of the United States. You may also want to have your students view some virtual tours of the White House and ask your students which rooms they would like to live and play in if they lived in the White House.