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Education Newsletter - May 2016 »

With summer coming up soon, here a few things that you, your students or your own family may enjoy.

1) Five French programs (14 hours) on LPB will help children ages 2-8 years learn French. The programs air Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m., Saturday 8-9 a.m. and 2-3 p.m on LPB 2. These programs are through a partnership involving LPB, CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana) and Groupe Média TFO (Télévision Française de l'Ontario), the leader in French educational content in North America. Check your cable guide to locate LPB 2. You can also receive the programs over the air, free-of-charge, using a digital antenna.

2) If you are looking for a way to teach or learn Spanish, PBS has just released a free iBook “Beginning Spanish” as well as one on “All About the Holidays.” Both are available for download on iTunes. Additional books for k-8 educators in subjects such as math, ELA, and Social Studies will be available by the end of the month.

3) Sesame Street features their popular TV characters in new, free digital storybooks, Reading Adventures, in English and Spanish to teach vocabulary to young children

4) Brush up on a foreign language if you heading abroad or learn a new one free at Duolingo

5) Find a good book to read on or check your local library’s free digital e-books online catalog featuring all genres. You don’t have to leave home, check the e-books out and return them online. Read them on your mobile device. Looking for your library? Check

6) Watch wonderful how-to programs featuring cooking, travel, gardening, crafts and more around-the-clock on the Create Channel, LPB 3.

7) Catch up on Art News Check your local Arts Council for events and workshops in your area. Try your hand at something new.

8) Looking for enriching travel around-the-globe? Check Road Scholar at Read how it works. You may want to make plans for your next trip.

9) Wonder how to deal with jet-lag? Learn ways at

10) Looking for a vacation destination closer to home? Check the National Park System

11) If you prefer to sit at home but want to be outdoors too, then watch webcams of bald eagles, falcons and other birds of prey at

12) Interested in free outdoor activity classes like Boating or Hunter Education? Go to, scroll to the bottom of the screen, and use the Education drop-down menu to find further information on the course you want.

13) Want to explore the outdoors? First watch programs like Wild Kratts and Nature Cat airing on LPB or online at then check the games and activities you can use to engage the entire family in outdoor exploration.

14) Learn about nature on the web: Butterflies, Fireflies, All about Birds, Cornell Ornithology Lab, Animals in US, BugGuide, Louisiana Plant Identification

15) Travel through Louisiana and see how diverse our state is . Check our state parks and historic sites and State Museums Visit your local museum. Be sure to check their hours in advance to confirm that they are open.

16) Come to the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum and see a large screen show in the Planetarium: Flight of the Butterflies or Journey to the Stars space show or follow Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (through May 31st). Check for show times While there tour the Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons exhibit in the main gallery and see how animation was made before computers (through July 24th).

17) Check out Crafts for Kids

18) Learn just about anything free on Kahn Academy

19) Take a free course in music appreciation (Rice University).

20) Learn about the universe from Stardate, the University of Texas MacDonald Observatory website, Check the options in the horizontal menu. Watch for the Perseids Meteor Shower the night of August 11th.

21) Catch up on the episodes of Grantchester, a mystery drama featuring an Anglican priest and a policeman and a whole array of English village characters. Despite being a period drama it deals with major societal issues.

22) Combining the power of media and the impact of role models, a new series of role model videos are now streaming at These 12 short films feature young women from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds sharing both the challenges and triumphs of “a day in the life” in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. Role models broaden girls’ views of women in STEM jobs, and expand girls’ visions of what’s possible in their own lives. These videos show women in nontraditional technical fields at work and at home, describing their challenges and successes in a variety of STEM and trades careers.

23) Finally, we can’t let the school year end without sending congratulations to:
2016 PBS Lead Digital Innovator, Cassie Krause of New Orleans, who will be invited to the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit in June in Denver, CO. We also are proud of the 15 Local Digital Innovators recognized for their educational technology expertise. They will receive a year of free professional. They are Jalissa Bates (Baton Rouge), Nikole Blanchard (Baton Rouge), Valerie Burton (New Orleans), Alex Darden (Baton Rouge), Shelly Dupre (Arnaudville), Elizabeth Kahn (Avondale), Alison Kaple (Baton Rouge), Alton McGee (Bastrop), Pierre Pigache (New Orleans), Michael Simoneaux (Prairieville), Annie Tete (New Orleans), Derik Thompson (Bogalusa), Cindy Wallace (Shreveport), Nikki Washington (Baton Rouge).
LPB’s 2016 Young Heroes Dylan Alvarez, Alexis Bauer, Peyton Cudd, Madison Frugé, Collin King, Katie LeBlanc, Marisa Mercer, George Mognhode. Read their remarkable stories and see the award ceremonies at
Louisiana’s 2016 Students of the Year: Samuel Joseph Korn, 5th grade, Harold Keller Elementary School in Jefferson Parish; Hiba Azeem Hasan, 8th grade, Dutchtown Middle School in Ascension Parish; Cole Joseph Grieshop, 12th grade, Destrehan High School in St. Charles Parish. These three were selected from 18 regional finalists by the Louisiana Department of Education based on academic achievement, leadership skills, character, and service to their schools and community. See all the finalists here.
Louisiana’s 2016 Geographic Bee finalist, Luke Alexander Andel from Isidore Newman School, New Orleans. He will be competing in the 2016 National Geographic Bee for the Bee crown and the top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The Bee will be televised June 2 on LPB-2 at 8:00 p.m. It will encore Sunday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m. on LPB-2.

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some of these resources.

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