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Learning About Inauguration Day and Presidents the Tech Savvy Way

Friday, January 18th, 2013

On Monday, January 21, Barack Obama will be sworn in during our Nation’s 57th Inaugural Ceremony making it a great time to teach kids about the pomp and circumstance surrounding inauguration day as well as the role of the president and about our country’s past presidents. Where to start? Websites that are chock full of information satisfy curious learners while interactive apps engage kids of all ages.

Inauguration Day has many parts. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has a fantastic page about each of the Inauguration Day Events and the history behind them. Learn about the Procession to the Capitol, Vice President’s Swearing In Ceremony, President’s Swearing In Ceremony, Inaugural Address, and everything leading up to the night’s many Inaugural Balls.

For children who are interested in learning more about our country’s past presidents, an engaging way to learn is through iPad apps. Basher Presidents features fun facts and a bit of trivia about each of our presidents using text that is appropriate for first grade and up.

Upper elementary ages who are interested in a deeper dive into our nation’s leaders will enjoy the Disney American Presidents: Unofficial Oval Office Scrapbook iPad app. Based on the award-winning educational DVD series The American Presidentsfrom Disney Educational Productions and developed with the help of a producer from The Daily Show and Colbert Report, this app features an interactive scrapbook, cartoons, and animations that incorporate music, videos, art and more that makes for a fun learning experience for kids. Parents will also enjoy getting a history refresher course through real life testimonials from Mo Rocca, Bob Woodward, Paul Begala, Wesley Clark, Sam Donaldson, Melissa Harris-Perry, Robert Reich, and Jon Meacham.

If you happen to be traveling to Washington, D.C. to be a part of this historic day but are without inaugural ball tickets, The Washington Post shares 10 ways to celebrate for $20 or less. Consider involving your family in Inauguration Day of Service if you’ll be in town on Saturday to engage in charitable acts together. Also be sure to sign up for text alerts for real time information about Inaugural activities on the National Mall and parade route from the U.S. Park Police by texting INAUGURATION to 888777.

 Faces in the crowd on Bill Clinton’s Inauguration Day January 20, 1993 in Washington, DC spirit of america via Shutterstock.com

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