APT Transports Students to Selma with Project C
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Posted Mar 11, 2015

APT Transports Students to Selma with Project C

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Interactive Field Trip Recounts Selma to Montgomery March for Students Across the Nation

Thursday, March 12 at 10:00am & 12:00pm

Alabama Public Television will take more than 50,000 students in Alabama and another 325,000 students across the country to Selma on Thursday, March 12 in a pair of live, interactive electronic field trips (EFTs) exploring the 50th anniversary of the famous Selma to Montgomery March of 1965. Student reporters will lead these two 45-minute webcasts that incorporate Web 2.0 technology to allow classroom students to ask questions and respond to polls as they watch the live events.

Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement is a three-year initiative examining the role of citizenship in a democracy through the study of the movement. The Selma to Montgomery event is the fifth EFT of the series and the second for the current school year. The EFT is webcast twice - at 10:00am and 12:00pm – to provide more opportunities for students to participate.

News anchor Sherri Jackson of WIAT-TV will host the webcasts. Live guests during the webcasts will include two participants in the Selma to Montgomery March: Dr. Gwendolyn M. Patton, a civil rights activist and archivist; and Ella B. Belle, vice president for the Alabama State Department of Education. Also participating live will be Auburn University history professor David. C. Carter. Recorded segments for the EFT will feature U.S. Congressman John Lewis, who served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1963-1966) and was a leader of the March; and Sheyann Webb, co-author of the book Selma, Lord, Selma.

Many of the students participating in this week’s EFT have already submitted questions for the live panel via e-mail. More will be able to submit questions during the live events.

In addition to the live webcast events, Alabama Public Television supports teachers with lesson plans, suggested activities, archived episodes of past events, and opportunities for students to generate and share content on the Project C community website, http://project-c.org.

Alabama Public Television has won a number of awards for the interactive technology and educational value of its EFT events, including two awards from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) for Education Innovation (2012) and Education Excellence (2013), and an Emmy Award for innovative use of technology (2014).

APT’s Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement is supported by a generous grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation, the Robert Meyer Foundation and the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Support is also provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) through the American Graduate initiative to support community-based solutions to the dropout crisis. 

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Congressman John Lewis remembers Selma to Montgomery March on Project C field trip.

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