Schools across the country used the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Barack Obama as a teaching opportunity, broadcasting the historic event live in their classrooms and using web sites and other technologies to help provide historical context.

"It's a terrific opportunity for schools to share in the excitement that the rest of the country is feeling," said Nina Senatore, assistant professor of education at Simmons College in Boston.

At CIVA Charter School in Colorado Springs, Colo., educators used the inauguration to highlight the history of race relations. Students, mostly in 11th and 12th grades, made presentations about the 1954 Brown vs. Board of


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