After writing my post about how to Help Students Pay Attention to the 2009 Inauguration with Engaging Lesson Ideas, many readers emailed me to ask how to watch the inauguration with students. Here is what I found.
Broadcast and cable news channels will have extensive coverage of the Jan. 20 inauguration and the events preceding it. The day will begin for the networks between 5-7 a.m. ET, when the morning shows set up the event at Capitol Hill. Major coverage will take place beginning at about 10:30 a.m., when the Obamas visit the White House for the traditional tea before the president and president-elect take the motorcade the short distance to Capitol Hill where the swearing in will take place. There are other events throughout the day, including a long parade that will be televised by all the major networks.
Streaming on the Internet
Major news web sites will offer live streaming video and audio of the ceremony. Visit your favorite TV Network or Cable station for details. Here are a few links to sites that will carry the broadcast streamed via the internet.
- C-SPAN main streaming page.
- CNN Live page.
- New York Times will be streaming the inauguration live.
- Inaugural Senate site will be live streaming the event.
- LINK-live Inaugural Gala uses digital technologies to bring Americans together to participate in conversations through video feeds, Flickr streams, liveblogs and more. Note: Content from the inauguration ceremony will not be available until after the ceremony has concluded. Great for follow up activities.
A few special broadcasts to note:
- BET will carry the Inauguration ceremony and parade and will have extensive other coverage.
- Nickelodeon will not offer live coverage, but will periodically present the highlights of the day with a focus on what it means for children.
I encourage educators to have a radio plan to witness the inauguration. There will likely be bandwidth issues in some school systems on this day. The ol’ reliable radio may be your best bet. You will be able to listen to the ceremony, live, on your favorite NPR station. Other NPR shows will either have an inaugural focus or will be preempted for special coverage. Check with your student's favorite radio stations to determine what kind of coverage they plan to have.
Viewing from School Sites
Schools should work with their on site instructional technology specialists to have laptops and projectors, televisions, and/or radios set up in designated areas around the school depending on the technological capabilities in their schools.
Viewing Details for
The NYC DOE has partnered with ABC News to provide schools with a live Internet video stream of the presidential inauguration on January 20. The ideal location for viewing the broadcast is an auditorium, cafeteria, or large library with projection capabilities (including a laptop or computer with an Internet connection).
Consider an Inauguration Field Trip
There are many places that are hosting live screenings of the inauguration across the country. What better way to make this event special then to reach out and partnering with local community libraries, parks, theaters, etc. to provide a memorable experience for you and your students. Here are some screenings occurring in
Live Screening of Presendential Inauguration in Foley and Duffy Squares
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Father Duffy Square - (
Centre Streetat Pearl Street)
- Foley Square - (West 47th between Broadway and
Live Screening of Presidential Inauguration in
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This is a free event, but reservations are required. Please call (718) 760-0064 for tickets.
(From the Inauguration Day 2009 website)
Here is what educators and their students can expect to see when watching the inauguration as the President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families participate in inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Festivities will commence on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:
Preliminary festivities begin, including music by The United States Marine Band, The San Francisco Boys Chorus, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
- Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
- Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
- Aretha Franklin will sing
- Vice President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office
- Music composed by John Williams and performed by Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero, and Anthony McGill.
As specified by the U.S. Constitution (20th Amendment), presidential terms of office begin and end at 12:00 noon on January 20. Barack Obama will take the oath of office, which is this simple, 36-word, statement:
I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the
12:05 PM (approx)
President Barack Obama will give his inaugural address, speaking to the nation and world, for the first time, as President of the
- Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
- Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
- The National Anthem: The
Navy Band "Sea Chanters" United States
1:00 PM (approx)
Inaugural Luncheon. For details on the menu and invited guests, see the news release.
2:00 PM (approx)
There are many inaugural balls held around
Balls Hosted by President Obama
For details, see the press release.
- Youth Inaugural Ball - Young Americans aged 18-35
- Obama Home States Inaugural Ball -
Illinoisand invited guests Hawaii
- Biden Home States Inaugural Ball -
Delawareand invited guests Pennsylvania
- Eastern Inaugural Ball - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, PR, and USVI invited guests
- Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball - MD, VA, DC, NY, NJ, and WV invited guests
MidwestInaugural Ball - KS, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI, and MO invited guests
- Southern Inaugural Ball - AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and TX invited guests
- Western Inaugural Ball - AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY, AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, OK, GUAM/AS invited guests
- Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, hosted by President Obama
. Low Cost and open to public. Washington Convention Center
- Commander-in-Chief's Ball, hosted by President Obama
For men and women in uniform only.
- All American Ball
- Change Has Come Inaugural Gala
- The Dream Come True
- Hawaii State Society Inaugural Ball
- The Hill Ball
- Inaugural Purple Ball
- Link Live Inaugural Gal
- MTV Be the Change Inaugural Ball
- State Society of Arizona Inaugural Ball
- Unity Ball