As the school year gets underway, here are a few things that might interest you, your students, or your own children.
1) PBS TeacherLine offers more than 40 online, facilitated courses in reading and language arts, math, science, technology integration, history, instructional strategies, and STEM –to help you in your career and to help your students succeed. Enroll today for our Facilitated Courses and receive 20% off! Promo Code: FALL13.
Courses last just 6 weeks and are taught online by expert educators in a media-rich learning environment. Each course offers learners access to interactive lessons, videos, articles, and online discussions moderated by their course facilitator.
Enroll today in a PBS TeacherLine course that can help you earn CLUs or graduate credit!
PBS TeacherLine: The premier provider of online professional development courses for K-12 educators. Early Fall courses start September 18th. Don’t delay in registering!
2) Check out the new weekly content themes from LPB LearningMedia to help enrich and support your curriculum at http://www.lpb.org/education under the section titled “Of Interest.” If you are not a member of LPB LearningMedia, now is a great time to register—at no cost—at http://www.lpb.org/education. This week highlights Arts in Education. Upcoming themes are:
Week of 9/16 Get Your Tech On!
Week of 9/23 Daily News Collection
Week of 9/30 Hispanic Heritage.
3) If you like reading her “Color of Money” column in The Advocate, you will want to hear Michelle Singletary’s down-to-earth opening talk at the LA Jumpstart’s Money Matters Financial Education Event on Saturday, October 5th in Baton Rouge at the Pennington Conference Center. The syndicated columnist will deliver her personal brand of collected wisdom and rigorously tested financial strategies to motivate listeners and provide true insight into the world of personal finance. She will lead the budgeting and debt reduction workshop. Other financial experts will talk about financial planning and spending, consumer fraud, and investing. Everyone is invited. Registration is online at http://www.lajumpstart.org. The event is from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The fee is $10. For more information, contact: Debbie Lapeyrouse 225-931-6296.
4) Join the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for a weekend (October 4-6) full of fun and learning about the Louisiana Black Bear. The teacher workshop will be held at Palmetto Island State Park. Check in begins at 4 p.m. on Friday and the workshop ends at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. A registration form must be submitted with the $25 registration fee. Participants will receive:
• GLE aligned lessons focused on the Louisiana Black Bear
• $50 stipend upon completion of the workshop
• GPS unit for your classroom upon completion of the workshop
• Lodging at Palmetto Island State Park cabins
• Field work in black bear habitat
• Up to 12 CLUs
5) In early December (tentatively the 9th) LPB will premiere Alive! In America’s Delta: Black Bear Comeback. Once fewer than 400 Louisiana Black Bears existed; but aggressive broad-based efforts have re-established the bear which may soon be removed from the endangered list. The shy, curious creatures immortalized as the inspiration for the “Teddy Bear” have been saved through improved land management to restore the bear’s habitat, high-tech monitoring and public education.
This episode, part of the Alive in America’s Delta series, explores why this bear has captured America’s imagination and adoration for more than a century and the lengths some will go to save them. In December, check the schedule at http://www.lpb.org for air times.
6) The first Colonial Williamsburg electronic field trip, The Bill of Rights, is Thursday, October 10th at 9 a.m. The Bill of Rights protects individual freedoms, but what if the government had too much power and there was no such thing as the Bill of Rights? Explore an alternate reality in which individual rights are limited and life is very different. Register at http://www.lpb.org/etrips to view all the field trips online at LPB without charge. The trips can also be viewed on television on LPB HD.
7) Mark your calendar for the Colonial Williamsburg electronic field trip, The Balance of Power, which premieres on Thursday, November 7th at 9:00 a.m. Presidents, members of Congress, and Supreme Court justices from the past two centuries compete in a baseball game unlike any you've ever seen. Discover how the rules laid out in the U.S. Constitution preserve the balance of power between the three branches of the U.S. government: the executive, legislative, and judicial.
8) Teaching diversity? Then you may be interested in Latino Americans, a six-hour, three part series that premieres on Tuesday, September 17th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. Actor Benjamin Bratt narrates this first major television documentary series to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become the country’s largest minority group.
9) Trying to make sense of complicated Middle-East issues? Then you may want your students to watch Frontline: Egypt in Crisis premiering on Tuesday, September 17th at 9:00 p.m. on LPB HD. It took 80 years to rise to power, but now, after only 12 months, the Muslim Brotherhood has been ousted by its longtime foe - the Egyptian military. In a special Frontline report, veteran Middle East correspondents Martin Smith and Charles Sennott of GlobalPost examine the rise and rapid fall of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. How did the Brotherhood lose control? Could the U.S. have done anything to alter the course of events in Egypt? With unique access to the Brotherhood’s leadership, Frontline follows the Islamist movement as it plots its next move.
10) The struggle for power is nothing new, as your students will see in Great Performances: The Hallow Crown: Richard II that premieres on Friday, September 20 at 9:00 p.m. on LPB HD. Family infighting, pending duels, banishments, reprimands, seizing inheritances, retaliation, and imprisonment of the king….it’s all there.
11) Spark the interest of your pre-K-K students in science with Dino Dash, a new Dinosaur Train game available at pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain. Explore all the Dinosaur Train games used to feature life science and natural history. As they explore a variety of animals, children develop the inquiry skills and knowledge needed to help them think, talk and act like paleontologists. Follow the teacher link at the top of the screen for more dinosaur resources available through LPB LearningMedia (free registration.)
12) Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 13-19, 2013, but the celebration lasts year-round! Celebrate with NASA to learn more about how the agency contributes to the world of mapping and how you, too, can take part in mapping our planet. Plan ahead with the NASA Earth Science Week poster featuring data from more than a dozen NASA Earth science missions. NASA also has educational samplers on mapping-related resources in English and Spanish, and an educator’s booklet with sources of NASA images and data. Visit the site to find innovative ideas about how to incorporate these into your teaching.
To download these and other resources and learn more about NASA events planned for Earth Science Week and beyond, visit http://climate.nasa.gov/esw2013 and follow @NASAESW on Twitter.
13) If you use Discovery streaming all of your students can be bulk uploaded and given student accounts to access Discovery Education from any computer with internet capability. They can search for and view content, receive and submit assignments; and create and curate their own content with Board Builder. Board Builder enables students to merge their own research, writing, and content creation with existing Discovery Education resources to create boards about unlimited topics. Get more information about student resources.
14) You may want to use project-based learning to help students learn about science and conservation, create effective solutions, and have a chance to win from $300,000 worth of prizes, grants, trips, and more. Information about the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is available for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
I hope you find time to take part in some of these opportunities.