Ball State's Electronic Field Trip celebrates 100 years of 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'

Topic: Teachers College

October 1, 2008

Ball State's award-winning Electronic Field Trip (EFT) program will partner with the National Baseball Hall of Fame to showcase the 100th anniversary of the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

Students in grades 3-8 will have the opportunity to participate in "Baseball's Greatest Hit: 100 Years of Musical History," a live 60-minute interactive broadcast at 10 a.m. and noon Oct. 21 from Brooklyn's KeySpan Park.
 
"This innovative use of interactive technology will allow viewers to celebrate one of baseball's most storied traditions and deepen their learning experience of its history without ever leaving the classroom," said Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora. "Making history and culture more accessible through our leadership in emerging media is just one more way that we are redefining education."

Students from P.S. 24, the Spuyten Duyvil School in the Bronx, will be on hand as presenters and Andy Strasberg and Tim Wiles, authors of the book "Baseball's Greatest Hit: The Story of Take Me Out To The Ball Game," will also be participants of the show.

"The Electronic Field Trip program allows us to connect the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to millions of students in one day," said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. "As an educational museum, we are charged with telling the story of baseball and how it is embedded in American culture. The EFT allows us to share this story with a huge audience while at the same time celebrating one of the most well-known songs in the world."

The broadcast, which is funded by the AT&T Foundation, will be distributed to nearly 7 million students in 41 states across the country, making KeySpan Park the largest classroom in the world. Students can e-mail or call in questions during the broadcast.

One interesting fact the students will learn is that "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, is synonymous with a baseball game's seventh-inning stretch, but the song was actually written to be performed on home pianos and the vaudeville stage.

Educators can sign up to receive the free broadcast, which offers standards-based curriculum in language arts, music, history and technology, by visiting www.bsu.edu/eft.

In addition to the broadcast, the EFT experience also offers additional content students can participate in before the virtual trip, including:

  • short video packages, called webisodes, that can be viewed online at the EFT Web site or through the iTunes music store
  • a series of age-appropriate classroom activities, developed by teachers who have been immersed in the EFT content
  • a Web site filled with interactive games and activities

Many local PBS stations will air the broadcast live, but classrooms can also access the broadcast as well as archived shows on Ball State's EFT Web site, www.bsu.edu/eft, and on Apple's Learning Interchange Web site, http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/.

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