I enjoy learning about new social media tools. I used a website called Jing to create a video presentation on Thinglink, a tool that allows users to add interactive tags, or image channels, to a still photo.
These links allow you to add music, video, text and images creating interactions through photography. Thinglink has the power to educate, engage and entertain.
For the first time in nearly two decades, the U.S. government shut down. What makes this shutdown different from the first in 1996, is the social media landscape. Political figures, commentators and journalists flocked to Twitter voicing their opinions or concerns. This Storify captures tweets, websites and other social media to tell a story about the shutdown.
The unlikely partnership between a Jewish immigrant turned businessman and an African-American educator spawned nearly 5,000 schools across the United States. This website explores Rosenwald Schools, from the eyes of former students and people interested in keeping the histories of the school alive. Click here to visit the site.
Low-income families using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, see the end of extra money for food due to end of funding. Farmers markets in the area provide an way for families to stretch their dollars.
“Till the Earth” is a short documentary that shines light on the shift in traditions through different generations. This story is told by my 76-year-old grandmother. To this day, she still gardens. I can remember summers where she would spend hours sowing, planting and harvesting beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables. This is a tradition that was passed down from the generations before her. Gardening was a way of life for my grandmother when she was a child. Today, the times have changed.
Local volunteers build affordable homes for for veterans and their families. The project is called “Homes for Vets” and it is sponsored by the Washington, D.C. chapter of Habitat for Humanity. At it’s completion, six homes will be build for veterans who were once homeless.
There’s strong, but then there’s “Boston Strong.” Many Washington D.C. residents are proving just that during the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The strength of the runners can be felt even in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Women Fly it Forward gives young girls their wings to fly. For her first time on an airplane, 12-year-old Ariel Thomas flew over the city of Tallahassee, Fla. in a small aircraft. She was accompanied by her friend Danielle. In a partnership with the Tallahassee Regional Airport and the FL Aviation Center, they received their wings in science and technology.
Puree Artisan Juice Bar offers organic juices made from fruits and vegetables. A new location recently opened inside MINT Health Club, in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The popular juices were once sold in Whole Foods and delivered to homes. Customers rave over Mean Lemon-aid, Daily Green and Rosemary Grapefruit flavors. Director of Operations Alan Kelley tells us what makes Puree different than other juices.