I’m still on a high from yesterday’s inauguration – the long sustaining high that comes from inspiration and commitment. Not just the temporary sugar high of excitement, although, I confess, at this moment I feel that, too!
At 12:01 P.M., right after President Obama became our 44th president, his new website went up at whitehouse.gov.
Its interactive and it’s phenomenal. What a fantastic resource to keep engaged and knowledgeable as a citizen, and what a wonderful, real time way for students to learn about and participate in their government.
One of the features I love is the ability to review and comment on non-emergency legislation for five days before the President signs it. I see no age restriction here. My eleven year old can put in her two cents worth just as I can.
To keep up to date on what’s happening, you can sign up for email notices or subscribe to their rss feed. There will, also, be weekly videos starting Saturday, by the President.
You can read more in depth about these features here on The White House Blog.
The educational section is wonderful. Learn about the White House, the history of it, fun facts, time lines and slide shows.
For a study on government, federal, state, judicial, and resources, this link is fabulous.
It’s a work in progress, but worth keeping up with. What better way to learn about our government, but to engage directly with it?
This is one way, that may inspire you and your student to become engaged in ways that are right for you in your own community.