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Brian Williams on NBC Learn
Air Date: 06/24/2009
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Brian Williams on NBC Learn

MIKE TAIBBI reporting:

NBC News, the network that made history with the first news broadcasts, is now bringing outstanding content to 21st century students through 21st century technology. NBC Learn makes the resources and rich history of the news archive available to teachers and students online.

DORANNA TINDLE (High School English Teacher): Our students demand lessons of an interactive nature.

TOM BROKAW (NBC Nightly News): This is Isaac Asimov, he doesn’t like to be far from his typewriter.

MIKE KOREN (Middle School Social Studies Teacher): They’re not into reading textbooks, they want to see, they want to feel.

Unidentified Scientist: The key to recovery of endangered species is habitat.

LESTER HOLT (NBC Nightly News): We have a generation now that is used to multimedia.

BRIAN WILLIAMS (NBC Nightly News): When I see my own kids at the kitchen computer, what they learn in the space of an hour and how they learn it, I’m more and more convinced that this has to happen.

TINDLE: We know that the NBC News archive, I mean, that those are genuine clips and that the information is accurate. It’s going to make my curriculum a lot more dynamic, a lot more interesting and interactive. And I don’t have to run around and scramble around to create this, it’s being done through a place with enormous resources.

WILLIAMS: All of the stories catalogued in this great building, in this great network, that’s all the raw materials of education.

HOLT: If you want to know where we’re going, you have to know where we’ve been, and that applies to pretty much anything. These archives are a rich reservoir, they’re a treasure. When you see these video clips, when you can go in, and say, “Here, here’s what it was like.”

GLORIA STEINEM: We are the women that our parents warned us about and we are proud.

HOLT: Here’s what people had to experience.

JOHN LEWIS: We intend to march to Montgomery to present our grievances to Governor George C. Wallace.

HOLT: You see not just the moments but you get the feel for what the mood of the country was at the time.

MARIA BARTIROMO (CNBC): And what a day it was, really a tough one for investors down here on Wall Street as the notion set in that we are officially in a recession.

HOLT: What the issues were, what the struggles were.

TOM BROKAW (NBC Nightly News): You’re seeing the destruction of the Berlin Wall.

HOLT: You see that it makes it real for kids.

BARBARA JORDAN: My presence here is one additional bit of evidence that the American Dream need not forever be deferred.

HOLT: And here it’s right at the fingertip of teachers and they can bring these lessons alive.

WILLIAMS: Background and context are what we do. We combine journalism with the moving image. The tragedy would be if all these words and pictures were to remain locked up in a vault on aging film and video tape, never used for learning purposes, that would be a genuine tragedy.

HOLT: It’s important that we recognize this history as a learning opportunity to understand how we can work together, how this country has ridden through so many bumps and bruises along the way and how we continue to find our to making ourselves a better country.