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Complimentary Online Resources for Election Year from Colonial Williamsburg

We encourage you to take advantage of this complimentary program from Colonial Williamsburg‘s Electronic Field Trip series. Colonial Williamsburg announces  its “Gift to the Nation” – this will be complimentary online access to their first Electronic Field Trip of the 2012-2013 season, “The Will of the People.” (The target grade level audience is 4-8th).

This Electronic Field Trip examines the presidential election of 1800, one of the most bitter in U.S. history, and provides a surprising lesson for a 21st-century student. Thomas Jefferson explains how negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections have been a part of our political system since the earliest days of the republic.

This program will give teachers, home schoolers, and the general viewing audience a look at all the online resources that comprise each Electronic Field Trip. These resources include: a complete teacher guide, teacher road map, bibliography, literacy materials, program script, an email link to Thomas Jefferson, and streaming video versions of the pre-recorded program segments.

Registrants will have full access to this online resource from September 1-30, 2012. The Gift to the Nation – The Will of the People Electronic Field Trip is delivered 100% online. The actual broadcast of this Electronic Field Trip will happen on October 13, 2012. 

Tune Into CSD’s Cable Channels for Educational Programs

Did you know that Cooperating School Districts broadcasts educational programming on 3 cable television channels and on two ITFS (instructional television fixed service) channels? You can catch CSD’s programming on Charter channels 985, 986, and 987. For questions about programming on the channels, contact Sharon Crocker. Here are a few shows coming up on October and November:


Wednesday, October 5, 2011 on Channel 987

12-1:00 pm | Audience: Educators
Fairfax Network – Funding a Nation: Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton
Description: Our first president and two members of his cabinet discuss and debate the ways and means of financing the government of our fledgling nation. Originally presented as part of the 2011 George Washington Summer Residential Teachers’ Institute, this lively presentation gives teachers new insight into questions on the role of government and the national economy that are just as relevant today as they were over two hundred years ago.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 on Channel 987
9-10:00 am  and 12-1:00pm  | Audience: Grades 5-8
Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips 2011-2012 – A More Perfect Union  (Encore program from 2010-2011)
Description: Witness the conflict and compromises that accompanied the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Join young eighteenth-century observers, unseen by convention delegates, as they travel from state to state tallying the vote. Learn about the ratification process and Americans’ growing interests in their fledgling nation’s new government. (Colonial Williamsburg programs can only be aired 4 more times after the original broadcast date and held here for 1 year).

Friday, November 11, 2011
12-12:30 pm | Audience: Grades 1-3
Fairfax NetworkMeet the Author:  Lane Elementary Authors
Description: Nicole Groenewege challenged her first & second grade students to enter the Scholastic Book Fairs’ Kids Are Authors contest, an annual competition open to students in grades K–8. Five weeks, 20 revisions, and five tiers of judging later, their book, The Perfect Place for an Elf Owl, won the 2011 Grand Prize for Nonfiction.  The book is about a little lost elf owl who searches for his mama through diverse habitats and ecosystems until he finally finds her in the “perfect place.”  In the book’s dedication, one student wrote, “you have to read books, to write books.” During this live program, the young authors will describe their roles in the writing process, teamwork, and the different elements of a storybook. Students can call in with questions.  More information on this as the program date gets closer.

Thursday,  Nov 17, 2011 on Channel 987
9-10:00 am  and 12-1:00pm  | Audience: Grades
Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips 2011-2012- Harsh World, This World (Broadcast Premier)
Description: What was slavery really like for enslaved people and their masters? Traditional proverbs guide students through personal stories, based on primary sources, showing kindness, betrayal, trust, cruelty, and the many emotions that govern complex human relationships.