What if Lincoln had used Power Point…

Joyce Valenza Media SpecialistLast night on Women of Web 2, Joyce Valenza, Media Specialist extraordinare shared why she poses this question to her students,”What if Lincoln had used Power Point to deliver the Gettysburg Address.” This hypothetical question may be applied to any historic speech and what a great way to get students using their higher order thinking skills. Joyce calls the Media Center a Libratory, a place for practice, presenting, creating and sharing a center for communication/information sharing. She has over 30 years of experience in education and a Phd. but there is nothing stale about her approach. Here is her Virtual Library providing you with access to some excellent resources.


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2 Responses to “What if Lincoln had used Power Point…”

  1. Jennifer W Says:

    Hi Kathy

    Thanks for sharing this……..

    in expansion to Joyce’s question — I have always wondered how the NEWS MEDIA would have covered historical events —

    Such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson dying on the same day…..as an example. I am trying to fathom how our news would handle that today??!!!

    I think it would be interesting to see students create NEWS SHOWS on past events as well.


  2. joycevalenza Says:

    Thank you for your kind words!

    Here is Peter Norvig’s original lesson idea http://norvig.com/Gettysburg/
    We’re imagining just a little further. What if Lincoln had truly wonderful media skills in addition to his fine rhetorical skills?

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