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Education Newsletter - April 2016 »

As spring begins, here are a few things that you, your students, and your own children may find interesting.

1) If your students submit their healthy MyPlate inspired recipe (with their parents' supervision) at http://pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge they will have a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House. That would be so cool. Hurry because the deadline is April 4th.

2) LPB Summer Camps continue this year in Baton Rouge. June 6-10 is a literacy camp for 4 year olds. June 13-17 is a Math, Science, and Technology camp for 4 year olds. June 20-24 is a Math, Science, and Technology camp for 5 year olds. All camps are 9 a.m. to noon. For information and registration go to http://lpb.org/camp/.

3) It is fun to try to spot the international space station when it passes overhead. To get Spot the Station alerts when it passes over your location, go to https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/home.cfm. Then it is fascinating to watch NASA TV to see what is going on onboard. You can find NASA TV, and other interesting sites, on LPB’s website at http://www.lpb.org/index.php/education/learnmedia_elibrary.

4) Speaking of space, READY JET GO!, a new series for children ages 3-8, airs at 3 p.m. on LPB HD. The animated series helps children learn astronomy and Earth science concepts. The series follows two neighborhood children: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together they explore the solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way.

5) If you are looking for best practices in early childhood teaching, check out LPB LearningMedia at http://www.lpb.org/education. Registration and access are free. Select Pre-K as the filter and search for best practices. Use the link at http://www.lpb.org/index.php/education/learnmedia_elibrary to search for additional best practices through the TeachingChannel.

6) You can hear your colleague Allie Segura, a technology instructor at St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans and Louisiana’s 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, talk about the power of technology in education. http://video.lpb.org/video/2365623340/.

7) One of the most recent episodes of LPB’s Art Rocks http://video.lpb.org/video/2365700806/ features French painter Marie Adrian Persac who arrived in Louisiana in the early 1840s and artistically captured much of the Old South before the onset of the Civil War. The inside of a lavish pre-war Mississippi River boat and the New Orleans Opera House are among his most valued creations. Cincinnati stone sculptor Karen Heyl was in her thirties when she picked up her first chisel. Her work graces buildings, parks and cityscapes throughout the United States. Tamarie Cooper, well known in Houston for decades of work in the theatre, is staging a semi-autobiographical musical focusing on the challenges of aging.

8) Episode 1 of Season 2 of the popular mystery series, Grantchester, set in a small village near Cambridge, is now available online at http://video.lpb.org/video/2365692583/ for a limited time. The series once again involves complex issues as Anglican priest Sidney Chambers is arrested for sexual assault of a teenage girl. His friendship with Detective Inspector Gordie Keating is challenged, but Sidney’s lost-love, Amanda, stands by him. Sidney’s pursuit of love is part of his story as is his search for justice, spiritual fulfillment, and a really hip jazz club. Grantchester airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on LPBHD

9) If you too love Jazz, then you will be interested in the series, Jazz, airing on LPBHD. Two episodes of Jazz air on April 3rd from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Episode 1: Gumbo tells of the beginning of Jazz in New Orleans in the 1890s when African-American musicians create a new music by mixing ragtime syncopations and the soulful feeling of the blues. Episode 2: The Gift introduces the brilliant bandleader and composer Duke Ellington and the virtuoso New Orleans-born cornetist Louis Armstrong, who single-handedly transforms jazz from ensemble music to a soloist's art.

10) If your students are studying current events and terrorism, it may be helpful to read the Frontline overview, The Evolution of Islamic Terrorism, which describes the inception and development of international terrorism http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/target/etc/modern.html. It is complicated but clearly shows that terrorism has long historical roots and is not something that has just come to be.

11) Many people rue the information they have posted on the Internet and would like to remove it. To illustrate how students need to carefully consider what they post, show them the Wayback Machine which has archived 469 billion webpages since 1996. You can pull up archived web pages even those that now have broken links. Of course that can be helpful if you are teaching history or current events and want to revisit news at that time in history. Might not be so good if your students are trying to gain entry to schools or jobs.

12) Next Avenue is a public media website for America’s booming 50+ population. It has great information about health, money, work, living and learning, and caregiving. They also have a list of sites they love http://www.nextavenue.org/showcase/sites-we-love/ such as BoomerCafe, Fashion After 50, Yoga for Healthy Aging, and GypsyNesters.

13) Tumbles are particularly dangerous as we grow older. Eldergym offers exercises to help adults maintain balance. http://eldergym.com/falls-in-elderly.html You can download a free e-book with 80 exercises.

14) Two Louisiana shows, available online for about 2 weeks, highlight Louisiana’s cultural heritage. The Boucherie: Preserving Traditions with Chef John Folse shows the hard work of using and preserving all parts of a pig and then the fais do-do festivities afterwards.
http://www.lpb.org/index.php/pledge/pledge_item/the_boucherie_preserving_traditions_with_chef_john_folse . Join LPB’s journalist Charlie Whinham as he travels to some of Louisiana’s most beautiful and historic parks. Louisiana Parks: Our Natural Treasures http://www.lpb.org/parks
includes Kisatchie National Forest, the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and Chemin-A-Haut State Park north of Bastrop, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville, North Toledo Bend State Park near Zwolle, Lake Bistineau State Park east of Shreveport, Poverty Point State Historic Site near Delhi, and the Louisiana State Arboretum in Ville Platte. That will get you thinking about your next Louisiana sojourn.

15) Earth Day is in April 22nd. To see more about April’s upcoming themes and events, go to LPB LearningMedia’s Facebook page.

I hope you are able to enjoy some of these opportunities and resources.

 
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