Thursday, January 15, 2009

View Your Inaugural Events and More Online Using lyvegyde

Mary Stevens recently brought a great resource to my attention called lyvegyde which is a website she and her brother created to provide links to live, online events - primarily video webcasts, but also the occasional text chats or audio programs. They only provide links to free webcasts and rarely provide links to events that require registration. They also love interactive events, such as text chats or webcasts where viewers can submit questions. We do not include adult or otherwise explicit content.


After reviewing the site, I asked Mary if she could put together a guide for educators and she agreed and published a post that shares how educators can use this free resource in general, and specifically ways to use it in the upcoming election which she did in her post lyvegyde for educators.


I encourage you to visit the post. Highlights include:


ONLINE INAUGURATION COVERAGE FOR EDUCATORS

  • CNN Live will be integrated with facebook on inauguration day for any schools or teachers who want to update their facebook pages during the day. More details are here.
  • The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website states that they will have streaming coverage of the swearing-in ceremony with CLOSED CAPTIONING, which could be helpful in a classroom environment. The website does not say what time their coverage will begin. The actual swearing-in ceremony takes place at noon ET on January 20th. See lyvegyde link here.
  • News organizations such as C-SPAN, MSNBC, CBS News, Fox News, and more have also announced that they will have inauguration day coverage. Find more links on lyvegyde.

SOME OTHER UPCOMING EVENT LINKS FOR EDUCATORS

Here are examples of some upcoming video webcasts during the school day that may be of interest to teachers and their students:

  • Monday, January 26th at 9:45 am ET - The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards which includes the prestigious John Newbery Medal, given to an author for the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" - see lyvegyde link here.
  • Other upcoming events may be of interest to educational leaders. For example, on Wednesday, February 11 at 5:00 pm ET, Rice University is holding a panel discussion on the politics of teaching evolution in Texas. See lyvegyde link here.


ARCHIVED EVENT LINKS FOR EDUCATORS

In addition to providing links upcoming live events, lyvegyde also provides links to archived events whenever possible. Some categories where educators may find interesting events include education, children & family, political, government, science, and more. Sample events include the following:

  • December 17th interactive video webcast with astronaut Richard Garriott from the Challenger Center for Space Science Education See lyvegyde link here.
  • November 12th video webcast about Trouble Online: Campus Computing and the Law from the University of Illinois at Springfield See lyvegyde link here.


So, there’s a taste. I encourage you to check out the lyvegyde for educators blog post and the lyvegyde website for additional information.




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