Swanson Elementary School

December 6, 2000

Students of Dede Marshall's third grade class conduct an eSchool chat with Mary, a docent with the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Student questions are posted using the eSchool account of Erik Clark.

Welcome to eSchool!

erik clark: test

Mary: Good Morning!!

Steve Bross: we are working\

Mary: It took us a little while to get moving...but I think we are ready.

Steve Bross: Dennis Hansen will be working under the assumed name of Steve Bross this morning!!

Mary: That's okay with us. We are actually Mary and Vivian, working both as Mary

Mary: How many children will you have with us today?

erik clark: Howdy, This is Erik Clark in Omaha, the kids are here, please move into the appropriate color room

if you haven't already. Thanks.

Mary: We are in the main classroom. Is that all right with you?

erik clark: That should be fine.

erik clark: http://communitydisc.westside66.org

Mary: Thank you for sending us your community pictures. Where would you like us to start?

erik clark: Please scroll down to "Community Images at the NMAA" and look at "St. Louis from the River below"

erik clark: Chelsea would like to know how many ships are on "St. Louis from the River below"?

marie: Hi, Chelsea. We think we see at least two ships travelling on the river. What do you think?

erik clark: We weren't sure if the items near the land were ships or buildings.

marie: Neither were we.

Mary: http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/images/1985/1985.66.311_1a.jpg

marie: We're going to enlarge the picture so we can see more detail.

marie: Now what do you think?

erik clark: That image is not loading for us

marie: Try the URL again.

erik clark: It still doesn't load. That's ok. Let's go back to the "Community Images at the NMAA" page at look

now at "Lumbering in Texas".

Mary: http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/images/1985/1985.66.311_1a.jpg

erik clark: oops, I mean "Lumbering in Arkansas".

Mary: Did it load that time? Nevermind, we'll go to "Lumbering in Arkansas".

erik clark: oops again, that seems to be the wrong picture. Give us a minute while we take a quick look at

some of the other images.

Mary: http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/images/1974/1974.28.1_1b.jpg

Mary: Did your image change to "Lumbering in Arkansas"?

erik clark: yes, it did.

marie: Do you think lumbering is a big industry in Arkansas?

erik clark: Ok, we figured out which picture we need. Please take a look at "Waterfront-Brooklyn".

Mary: Okay. We're bringing it up

erik clark: Yes, we think lumbering was a big industry in Arkansas, but we don't know if it still is.

Mary: http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/images/1964/1964.1.121_1b.jpg

marie: Which cities can be identified here?

erik clark: Chelsea would like to know is that a frozen lake behind everything in the picture?

marie: This is a winter scene, of course. But there is moving activity on the water,- ships moving, etc. The

water is not frozen. This is not a lake. It's the waterfront (Atlantic Ocean) on the east coast. What city are

we looking at?

Mary: How many different types of transportation can you see?

erik clark: Howdy, group 1 with Chelsea just left. The next group should be here soon.

Mary: We'll just leave this image on for the time being...unless you prefer to change.

marie: HI, KIDS. We're eager to talk to you about these paintings. There's no snow here today. Do you have

fresh snow in Omaha?

erik clark: Nope, no snow here. We're trying to locate some images. The ones we want to use are not linked on

the CD website.

Mary: Tell us what they are and we will push them for you.

erik clark: The first one is "Futuristic City"

marie: o.k. We're looking for it. Give us another minute.

Mary: http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/images/1992/1992.37.7_1b.jpg

marie: here you go. What would you like to talk about

Mary: It looks pretty neat to me...almost like a movie set.

erik clark: we don't see the picture, but Scott's question is: Was this made of ripped paper?

marie: Do you think this is an area where people live? Try the url again.

Mary: Do you mean a collage?

erik clark: yes, is it a collage?

erik clark: the image finally loaded

marie: We think it's not a collage, but we're not really sure.

Mary: Now, let's here your reactions to this super city.

erik clark:


Mary: How about "hear"?

marie: Now we have the Brooklyn Bridge. What about it?

marie: Is that the Empire State Building in the background? It sure looks llike it. Have you seen it?

erik clark: Andrea wanted to know if "Brooklyn Bridge" was in New York, how old it was, and if it was a real

bridge, but we just answered those questions with the information that is displayed with it.

erik clark: We don't know if that is the Empire State Building.

Mary: Right you are. It was certainly a very important event. At the time it was built, it was the longest

suspension bridge in the world.

erik clark: Do you have an image that you would like us to see and talk about?

marie: Well, I am pretty sure it is. At that time it was the tallest building in New York, and it only took 13 or 14

months to build, which is some kind of record.

marie: We are going to look at School's Out. It is by Allan Crite.

Mary: http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/images/1971/1971.447.8_1b.jpg

erik clark: That is pretty amazing about the Empire State Building. 13 months for that large a building. Wow!

erik clark: We got a "Not Found" error on the "School's Out" page

marie: We are trying to pull up the image. Please wait a couple of secs.

Mary: http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/images/1971/1971.447.8_1b.jpg

marie: Well, maybe we will have to try something else. Sorry.

Mary: http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/images/1985/1985.66.311_1B.JPG

Mary: http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/images/1985/1985.66.311_1B.jpg

erik clark: Howdy,

Mary: http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/images/1985/1985.66.311_1b.jpg

marie: Sorry about the delay. Do you have it now?

erik clark: yes

marie: oh good. This is George catlin's St. Louis from the River below.

marie: Do you know about George Catlin?

erik clark: They don't know about George Catlin, but they have seen this image.

erik clark: Andrea and Scott want to say thanks. They have to go now.

marie: Do you think that St. Louis looks like this today?

marie: Well, it's been fun talking to you. Let's do it again!

Mary: We enjoyed talking to you. We hope we can do it soon again.

erik clark: Thank you for your time. The kids really enjoyed it.

Mary: Until next time...


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