The C-SPAN Bus, an interactive multimedia learning center, will visit Kent State University from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today. The 45-foot bus will be located in the front of KSU's Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center and will be open for free tours for students, faculty, staff and the general public.
C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) is a private, nonprofit company created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service.
The C-SPAN Bus brings the network's coverage of public affairs to communities nationwide and teaches students how to follow events in Washington, D.C. Educators, media specialists, high school and middle school students, college students, legislators and voters are all welcomed aboard.
According to the network, the bus provides teachers a way to gain access to C-SPAN Classroom and its website, www.c-spanclassroom.org. Used by thousands of teachers nationwide, C-SPAN Classroom offers a vast library of video clips that can be downloaded, clipped and saved. Educators also will find lesson plans that can be used to teach a variety of civics lessons on current events and history. Topics include President Barack Obama's Cabinet, polls, landmark Supreme Court cases and the Constitution.
With its liberal copyright policy and the network's vast video archives, educators can easily access relevant primary source content to support the social studies topics they teach at absolutely no cost using C-SPAN Classroom.
"Through interactive computers, students and visitors will learn about C-SPAN resources, including our video library," said Christina Whirl, marketing specialist for C-SPAN. "We'll be on campus to promote ways that students and the community can utilize C-SPAN's online archive for class assignments, projects or presentations."
Visitors to the C-SPAN Bus can view several interactive demonstrations about the network's programming and how to use C-SPAN Video Library -- an archive featuring 190,000 hours of programming that dates back to 1986 -- for assignments and projects.
For more information about the C-SPAN Bus, visit www.c-span.org/Community.