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Education Newsletter - October 2014 »

As fall sets in here are some things that you, your students, and your own children may be interested in:

1) Hurry! You only have a few more days left to register your students for the live webinar on Wednesday October 22nd. Ask DEQ experts questions about air quality. Register for the webinar at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/684069310. Type your questions in the spaces provided in the registration form. Please log in at 10 a.m. The webinar questions will begin at 10:10. We will try to get as many questions answered as possible.

If you are asking your questions live, please have a microphone connected to your computer and external speakers so your class can hear. Have your questions written down and read the first one as soon as your name is called. Be sure to turn the audio on your computer down to prevent feedback and then turn it up to hear the answer. If your audio doesn’t work, we will ask the questions for you.

If you cannot make the live webinar but have questions you want in the archived version, register now at the same link as above and submit your questions. We will ask your questions for you. You can use the archived version on-demand at http://www.lpb.org/etrips.

In preparation for the webinar you might want to review the new website, How We Can Protect the Air We Breathe http://beta.lpb.org/index.php/protecttheair/, developed by Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and LPB. The site includes an extremely informative video and four standards-based student activities appropriate for middle to high school students.

2) Starting soon teachers will have the chance, through a no cost trial, to try a custom version of LPB/PBS LearningMedia that contains more content; Common Core, national, and state standards; and many other features. You will have an opportunity to compare the custom version of LearningMedia and Discovery Streaming. When your district makes LPB/PBS LearningMedia available you will be notified how to access the service. Try it out and see what you think. In the early spring we will send a survey for you to offer your input. LPB wants to be sure that if we help provide a service it is one that teachers and districts will support, so your feedback is important.

3) LPB/PBS LearningMedia has a weekly theme that directs you to related resources and content. LPB has created fun little Prezi interactives that can be used to engage your students in the weekly theme. To see the current theme and Prezi go to http://beta.lpb.org/index.php/education/learnmedia_resources/. New themes and Prezis will be available through November. If you are interested in webinars to learn ways to use LearningMedia in the classroom, check http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/getyourtechon/.

4) If you want to participate in the Colonial Williamsburg electronic field trips this year, you only need to register once for all of the trips. You will receive a username and password that you use for all of the trips. You will receive a reminder the day before a trip is available. The field trips will air at 9:00 a.m. on LPB2 and then will be available usually by 2 p.m. the same day for streaming any time you wish. To access the online trip go to http://www.lpb.org/etrips, and click on the title of the trip in the right hand column under archived. Log-in with your username and password. The programs will remain on the LPB web site, until June 30, 2015.

Two upcoming trips are:

The American Revolution on the Frontier on Thursday, November 6th. Discover how the Revolutionary War reached into the West to frontier communities in the Ohio River Valley. American Indians, French traders, British and American colonists, and African Americans faced life-changing decisions about whether to fight—and on which side.

The Amazing Trade Shop Science Race! on Thursday, December 11th. Root for student contestants as they compete to discover the physics, chemistry and simple machines employed by Colonial Williamsburg's tradespeople to reconstruct an 18th-century coffeehouse. Quirky "Professor Eddie" hosts this engaging science game show!

5) Discovery Streaming is offering a free professional development Streamathon on Saturday, October 25th from 8 to 3 p.m. Join thousands of educators across the world for free "idea-sharing" of new ways to integrate Discovery Education into your instruction. For more information and to register go to http://www.discoveryeducation.com/streamathon/. Streamathon's mission: to educate, inform and inspire you with ideas, knowledge, and instructional strategies that you can put right back into action. Tune into a variety show of presentations, from "50 Ways in 50 Minutes" focused on creative ways to use Discovery Education to "Whose Board is it Anyway?" focused on student use of the popular Board Builder tool. Edutainment intermissions and audience participation will be included.

6) If you have pre-school children, I hope you are enjoying the double episodes of the children programming that continue through the fall. The children’s programs run from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. with back-to-back shows of Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Pet + Cat, Dinosaur Train, and Sesame Street.

7) The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering the educator workshop, “GIVE A WHOOP!” in Lafayette on November 15th at the Lafayette Public Library, South Regional Branch at 6101 Johnson St. Learn about the amazing journey that has brought the whooping crane from near extinction to reintroduction back into wild. The workshop is for teachers of middle and high school students and informal educators. See the flyer and registration form for more information.

8) If you are teaching about the culture and history of Louisiana, you don’t want to leave out the National Park Service’s Cane River National Heritage Area. Explore the area with your students at http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/caneriver/history.htm and http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/caneriver/learnmore.htm.

9) Three environmental science items might spark your students’ interest:

• Scientists are trying to mimic the growing conditions expected to arise decades in the future as the air fills with heat-trapping gases and other pollutants from human activity to see the impact on agriculture and food supply http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/science/testing-future-conditions-for-the-food-chain.html?emc=edit_au_20140922&nl=afternoonupdate&nlid=62219771&_r=0.
• Wonder what type of flooding could be expected globally with climate change? A new study gives a graphical look at how severe the flooding could be country by country http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/upshot/flooding-risk-from-climate-change-country-by-country.html?emc=edit_au_20140923&nl=afternoonupdate&nlid=62219771&_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0.
• Though honey bee loss has stabilized somewhat, it is still a problem that scientists are studying to keep the industry, and our nation’s food supply, thriving. See how complicated the issue is http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/us/the-head-scratching-case-of-the-vanishing-bees.html?_r=0.

10) In poignant proximity, on October 22nd at 9 p.m. you can watch Nova: Ben Franklin’s Balloons to see how a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers gave rise to hot-air balloons, those lovely picturesque vehicles in which man left Earth for the first time. Then on October 29th at 9 p.m. learn about the rickety bi-planes that fought the First Air War in WWI. With the help of aviation buffs dedicated to bringing back classic WWI fighters, Nova joins the team as they uncover the secrets of some of aviation’s most colorful and deadly early flying machines and explores how their impact played a key role in the nightmare slaughter of the Western Front.

11) Unfortunately, war is still with us. On October 28th at 9 p.m. Frontline: The Rise of ISIS investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. Correspondent Martin Smith reports from Iraq on how the country began coming undone after the American withdrawal and what it means for the U.S. to be fighting there again.

12) On a lighter note, LPB has three music shows you may want to hear:

• On October 23rd at 9 p.m. Great Performances: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga perform a special concert of their collaborative jazz recording Cheek to Cheek from the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City.
• On October 31st at 9 p.m. Michael Feinstein at the Famed Rainbow Room performs along with Tony winner and Emmy-nominated artist Christine Ebersole; “American Idol” sensation Jessica Sanchez; dynamic tap duo, the Manzari Brothers; Oscar-nominated June Squibb; and many more.
• On October 31st at 10 p.m. on Live from the Artists Den: Tim McGraw, the country superstar rips through a dozen songs including hits “Southern Girl” and “One of Those Nights” as well as his latest single, “Lookin’ For That Girl.”

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