During the inauguration, first grade students sketched the words and images that they wanted to remember. I assembled these into a slideshow and then overlayed an audio segment of President Obama’s speech. I am so pleased that the White House has made these materials easy to access and download. I hope we will see students produce creative remixes of government content in the future.
I downloaded the full-quality MP4 from whitehouse.gov and then used QuickTime Player to extract the audio track.
Four school divisions gathered to experience the inauguration together.
Emotions in the rooms varied from solemn to exuberant. I felt a strong sense of collective experience. There was something truly memorable about witnessing this moment in history together with the younger and older people in this school.
Digital broadcast TV worked flawlessly in three locations. In the fourth, the signal was a bit jumpy, perhaps due to poor reception. Some classrooms and small groups of staff collected to watch streaming web video. The CNN feed had about a 45 second delay, perhaps because they were streaming to the huge audience they had cultivated for this event.