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Posted Apr 18, 2013

APT Presents Shakespeare Field Trip

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Students Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday Up on Their Feet!

Dynamic Electronic Field Trip Transports Alabama Students to the Nation’s Premier Shakespeare Library to Discover and Perform Shakespeare Thousands of students in Alabama will have a chance to celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23 with a visit to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

There won’t be costly transportation involved, because students will travel via an electronic field trip (EFT) provided by Alabama Public Television. More than 36,000 students in Alabama and another 20,000 around the country are registered for Experiencing Shakespeare: Up On Your Feet, and more are expected to register before the event takes place on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00pm CT.

During the EFT, students will join a teacher and a group of students as they explore Shakespeare's texts. They'll explore the Folger's vast resources, search the text for clues, and learn through performances of Shakespeare’s writing. Throughout the webcast, students will be able to interact with the Folger Shakespeare Library’s panel of experts using Web 2.0 technology.

Prior to the live event, schools have the opportunity to upload their own student performances of some of Shakespeare’s most memorable lines from Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing for possible inclusion in the live program. Students can also submit questions to experts before and during the live event. Teachers can access valuable resources including a teacher’s guide and pre-viewing and post-viewing activities from APT’s website. This is the second live electronic field trip Alabama Public Television has presented in partnership with the Folger, and just one of many trips that APT has made possible for students in Alabama and across the nation since 2011.

APT received the National Educational Telecommunications Association’s 2012 award for Innovation in Education for its Exploring Mount Vernon EFT. In February, Exploring Our Nation’s Capitol gave students a chance to see the U.S. Capitol and other monuments in Washington, DC, meet the Capitol architect, and interact with U.S. Congressman Spencer Bachus of Alabama. Teachers, schools and homeschoolers can register for Experiencing Shakespeare until April 23 at Alabama Public Television’s website at www.aptv.org/bard

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Alabama Public Television's electronic field trip "Experiencing Shakespeare" introduced students to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

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