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Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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U.S. Veterans Day Tribute

Thank you to Veteran’s for your sacrifice and commitment to our country. This week’s vote-casting, allowed it involved thousand of volunteers was initially brought to us through your willingness to serve.

photo by Teague

photo by Teague

 

Introduction to Resources in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP)

Interested in firsthand accounts of combat from Vietnam veterans? Want to know how to research your relative’s military unit? Come find out more during a special presentation by VHP reference specialist Megan Harris.

This introduction provides an overview of VHP’s collections scope, available online resources, how to search the archive using the online database, and how to coordinate use of non-digitized collections. Participants will learn more about VHP’s online exhibits, how to find information about specific units and conflicts, and the vast number of ways in which VHP collections can be utilized in your research.

Additional Veteran’s Day Posts

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Veteran’s Day Thoughts and Activities

Veteran's Day Courage

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau – Facts for Features: Veterans Day 2013: November 11
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb12-ff27.html

Additional Curriculum Resources for Veteran’s Day: http://4oops.edublogs.org/?s=Veteran%27s+Day

Additional Veteran’s Day Sentiments: http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/163696/12_veterans_day_quotes_to

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Veteran’s Day~~~Curriculum Resources

58816306Lessons of Liberty

The “Lessons of Liberty” initiative is an opportunity for American students to learn more about our country and its values, as well as the people that have been called upon to defend its freedom.

How Schools Can Participate In “Lessons of Liberty ” 

  • Schools will have access to a multitude of resources for participating in the “Lessons of Liberty” initiative through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education.  Schools, educators, parents, and students can visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site at www.va.gov/vetsday to find classroom materials and curricula, ideas for activities, and resources for getting in touch with a veteran in their community. Additional ideas may be found on the Department of Education Web site at www.ed.gov.
  • Leading veterans organizations — including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Military Order of the World Wars — are supporting the Lessons of Liberty effort and can be reached through their Web sites.  A directory of veterans organizations is available at http://www.va.gov/vso.
  • The “ Lessons of Liberty” initiative can be continued throughout the year through a variety of activities, including:
    • For Elementary and Middle School Students:
      • Read books about American history and government
      • Learn about outstanding leaders in America, past and present
      • Visit a historic site, such as a battleground
      • “Adopt an older American” and become a friend with a veteran
      • Participate in the “Friendship through Education” Initiative
    • For High School Students:
      • Register to vote
      • Pledge to mentor younger students on the “Lessons of Liberty”
      • Volunteer in community organizations
      • Organize student public service projects
      • Participate in the “Friendship through Education” Initiative
    • For Parents, Teachers and Administrators:

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