NPR: Inaugural Firsts - Tech Learning

NPR: Inaugural Firsts

In recent years, Inauguration Day has been packed with a lot of pomp—parades, speeches, and gala balls at the White House, but that has not always been the case.
Publish date:

Since 1933, January 20th has been the official Inauguration Day for our U.S. Presidents. Every four years on this day, unless it falls on a Sunday, the public will witness a new or incumbent president as he (or she) takes a solemn oath and is sworn in to office,a pretty momentous event. In recent years, Inauguration Day has been packed with a lot of pomp—parades, speeches, and gala balls at the White House, but that has not always been the case. In Inaugural Firsts, NPR commemorates our presidential inaugurations and highlights some significant firsts. From the shortest address in history, given by George Washington, to the longest, 90 minutes in the freezing cold by William Henry Harrison, you will have fun learning new facts about this special day and gain a sense of how it has evolved over the years.

Courtesy of Knovation



First Day of School Activities

First Day of School Activities Are you looking for some creative activities to get to know your students on the first day of class? This site has compiled a list of great activities, icebreakers, and team-building games to get your classes off on the right foot. Cape Breton Victoria School District

Flying Firsts

 An illustrated timeline of flying firsts, beginning with the hot air balloon (1783) and continuing through to the first completed international space station (2006). From PBS's Scientific American Frontiers. courtesy of netTrekker

White House Christmas Trees

White House Christmas Trees The White House Historical Association takes a look at how Christmas has been celebrated in the White House throughout its history. It's interesting to see how the Christmas trees have been decorated using themes chosen by the various first ladies. There are close-up

Christopher Columbus: First Voyage

Columbus knew the world was round, but thought its diameter was smaller than it is, so when he landed on San Salvador and continued to explore Hispaniola and Cuba on his first voyage, he thought he’d reached Asia.

First Grade Friends

Name: First Grade Friends Brief Description of the Site: Although she retired from Edwardsburg, Michigan at the end of this last school year, Jill Perkins’ will update her Web site for first-grade students through the 2004-05 school year. The site is a great example of how teachers can use the Internet to

Mrs. Walley's First Grade News

Name: Mrs. Walley's First Grade News Brief Description of the Site:Amanda Walley teaches first grade at Pawtuckett Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her classroom Web site is nicely organized for easy student and parent access. The Home page features a welcome message that highlights important linked

Mrs. Schwartz's First Grade

Name: Mrs. Schwartz's First Grade Corinne Schwartz teaches first grade at Lincrest Elementary School in Yuba City, California. A main focus of her Web site is providing online resources for students to practice math and language arts skills, as well as to learn vocabulary for science and social studies. How to