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Students from Across the U.S. Leverage the Internet2 Network to Visit the Lincoln Memorial Without Leaving Their Classrooms

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 by Angela Stark
Tags: Education, Federal Government, Frontpage News, K20 Education, K20 Initiative, Teaching and Learning, U.S. UCAN

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2015—Hundreds of students from six states are descending on the Lincoln Memorial today—without even leaving their classrooms. The students are participating in a free, live interactive videoconference program called the U.S. Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), a collaboration between the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. presidential libraries and museums, other cultural and historic organizations, and the Internet2 research and education community, including its United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) program.

Today’s program—Civil Rights and the Lincoln Memorial: On the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address—is one of 10 PPSP programs taking place this year aimed at middle and high school students around the world. Most of the participating PPSP students interact live with NPS rangers and U.S. Presidential Library historians via gigabit broadband connections enabled by Internet2 and its regional network partners.

“The Presidential Primary Sources Project is a prime example of the powerful role collaborative technology plays in quality education,” said John Morabito, vice president of external relations at Internet2. “Today’s program content was developed by the NPS and is being live-streamed over the Internet2 Network by partner network MAGPI. The multipoint videoconference is bridged by the Idaho Education Network, with Internet2 connectivity provided by the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON). This entire program happens because the Internet2 community works together to combine innovative technology with outstanding educational curricula.”

Jennifer Epstein, Lincoln Memorial Today on the mall, approximately 200 students across two sessions will see, hear and interact with Jennifer Epstein, the NPS education specialist for the National Mall and Memorial Parks, which includes the Lincoln Memorial. In the first-ever live interactive videoconferencing event from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the program takes place almost to the day of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's second inauguration, and is designed to provide a starting point for students to discuss Lincoln's views and what he hoped for the country with the ending of the Civil War. Epstein is using the program to engage students in the legacy of Lincoln and his memorial, and what the memorial has meant through the years in the context of civil rights.

The event will be live-streamed at https://k20.internet2.edu/ppsp-live at 11 a.m. EDT and 3 p.m. EDT today.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos from today’s program will be made available after the event. Contact Angela Stark, astark@internet2.eduor 202.803.8996.

About Internet2
Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions. Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, in which the Network Operations Center is powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 260 U.S. universities, 65 government agencies, 40 regional and state education networks, 85 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

Media contact: Angela Stark, Internet2, 202.803.8996 or astark@internet2.edu