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Here are a few things that may interest you, your students, or your own children:
1) The election process is the big news now, and Election Central at http://pbseduelectioncentral.com/ can help your students learn about the political process. In addition to an interactive map that follows the campaign trail, virtual field trips, student debate tools, election-themed resources and more are available.
PBS News Hour has a site, designed for teachers of grades 7-12, that contains videos and lesson plans on politics as well as across all subjects. Use the subject search in the top horizontal navigation bar at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/tag/election-2016/?post_type=daily_videos. On February 9th the New Hampshire Primary: A PBS NewsHour Special Report airs at 10:00 p.m. on LPB HD and on February 11th the PBS Democratic Presidential Debate 2016, A PBS NewsHour Special airs at 8:00 p.m.
2) It’s entertaining to learn about the Civil War through the new PBS drama, Mercy Street, which airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on LPB HD. It can also be watched online at http://www.pbs.org/show/mercy-street/. Three episodes are currently posted. The videos usually expire after two weeks, so you should view them soon. Set in Alexandria, Virginia, in the spring of 1862, MERCY STREET follows the lives of two volunteer nurses, an abolitionist and a Confederate belle, at a luxury hotel transformed into a Union Army Hospital. Under martial law, Alexandria is a melting pot filled with civilians, female volunteers, doctors, soldiers, wounded soldiers from both sides, free blacks, enslaved and contraband slaves (escaped slaves living behind Union lines), prostitutes, speculators and spies.
You can also find clips and education resources on the Civil War in PBS LearningMedia at http://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/teaching-the-civil-war/.
Weekly short webisodes (for seven weeks), for middle and high school students, corresponding to Mercy Street’s themes will emphasize the relevance of history to contemporary issues. Three are available already at http://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/search/?q=mercy+street+and+the+good+stuff&selected_facets=&selected_facets=. The webisodes will look at: News Media in Wartime, Confederate Iconography, Spying and Government Surveillance, Innovations in Medical Technologies, Women’s Roles in Wartime, Social Movements and the Evolution of Government/CivilianRelationships.
3) Should Black History Month Be Ended? That’s what African-American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman asks in a journey across America. The accompanying lesson plans are designed to help students explore how different cultural groups are acknowledged in American history, media, and culture. http://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/6af00e12-ed2a-4908-a6c5-1c0800185d95/should-black-history-be-more-than-a-month/. An Educator Guide is available at http://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/64a56ca1-75af-44a1-bc57-21d32625377c/more-than-a-month-educator-guide/.
4) Three digital media collections at http://lpb.org/education can help you teach about slavery, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and Black History Month. Here are just a few examples of what’s available:
In PBS Learning Media
Civil Rights: Then and Now, featuring content from PBS programs including Eyes on the Prize and Freedom Riders, helps to lend context to events and leaders of the Civil Rights movement's first three decades (1954-1985). http://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/civilrightsthenandnow/.
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the evolution of the African-American people and their efforts to form their own history, culture, and society against unimaginable odds. http://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/the-african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/.
In Discovery Streaming
Black History Month Content Collection illuminates the lives and contributions of African Americans throughout American history. https://app.discoveryeducation.com/learn/collections/080261DA-6EE9-413B-808E-F783A92F69E3?utm_campaign=Curated_Collections&utm_medium=Search_Banner&utm_source=DiscoveryEducation .
Black History: Analyze Historical Figures and Civil Rights provides an historical overview of the slave trade, underground railroad, abolitionist movement, the Emancipation Proclamation, and a look at key historical figures in The Civil Rights Movement. https://app.discoveryeducation.com/learn/videos/24FBBF6A-6820-4F51-BD5C-ED0F8DA5DA15?hasLocalHost=false
America in the 20th Century: The Civil Rights Movement looks at events from Emancipation through the assassination of Martin Luther King. https://app.discoveryeducation.com/learn/videos/0321C3CC-71E0-4E55-95B2-F802C7047F12?hasLocalHost=false
In the Louisiana Digital Media Archive http://ladigitalmedia.org/home/black-history-month
The Black History Month Collection provides a Louisiana perspective on important historical events and tracks the Civil Rights struggle through videos on Louisian’s reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation, the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, the 1960 Baton Rouge Sit-in, Ruby Bridges’s experience integrating William Frantz School, the 1963 Plaquemine Civil Rights demonstration, and A.Z. Young on the march from Bogalusa to Baton Rouge.
5) You only have until February 8th to submit your application to be named a PBS Digital Innovator. Information and application are at http://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators/. From those selected as Digital Innovators, one from each state will be designated as a Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator and will receive a three day, all-expense paid trip to Denver, Colorado, to participate in the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit and the ISTE Conference from June 25th to 27th. Plus, each Lead PBS Digital Innovator will receive a Samsung Galaxy® tablet.
6) Very young viewers should get ready to READY JET GO! on February 15th at 6:30 a.m. Follow Jet, the new kid (and alien!) in town, as he and his Earth friends Sean and Sydney pursue astronomical adventures and learn about earth and space science along the way.
7) Just a reminder that Jim Crow, the Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip, happens February 11th. It airs at 9 a.m. on LPB 2 and will be available online later that day. To register to take part in the free field trip, go to http://www.lpb.org/etrips. You will be provided access information at that time. This trip travels from the post-Civil War promise of citizenship and equality for African Americans to the harsh realities of the system of legal segregation known as "Jim Crow." Between dramatic scenes and short documentaries, students discover what primary sources reveal about life under Jim Crow and its effects.
8) Follow us on our Facebook pages for immediate information at LPB LearningMedia for K-12 and LPB Raising Readers for early childhood information.
9) Career decisions are tough but finding funding to pay for that education can be tougher. Your students can apply for federal funding at https://fafsa.gov/. The application is free. The student and the parents will need to obtain FAFSA IDs https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid. A parent guide will help parents understand the application process http://blog.ed.gov/2015/12/parents-guide-completing-fafsa/ . Seven types of information need to be collected prior to filling in the application http://blog.ed.gov/2015/12/7-things-before-fafsa/.
10) Louisiana Public Broadcasting is participating in the American Graduate: Let’s make It Happen dropout prevention initiative. Learn more about the American Graduate initiative and ways you can volunteer in your community to help keep students in school by visiting our Partner links at http://amgrad.lpb.org/about/our-partners/. You may want to watch about Allie Segura, an LPB American Graduate Champion AND a 2015 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator: http://video.lpb.org/video/2365623340/. Allie uses technology for student empowerment as a tech coordinator at St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans.
11) Congratulations to Karl Schreiner and Ethan Beaty the winners from Louisiana of the Stand Up To Cancer’s Emperor Science Award! They will have an opportunity to work alongside an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project. Great going!
12) You can still register for The Environmental Education State Symposium to be held February 19-20, 2016 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Formal and non-formal educators alike are invited to come learn new information and techniques, meet with peers, and gain continuing education hours. Regular registration for the event is just $50. Register at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/2016-louisiana-environmental-education-state-symposium. For more information, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.
13) If you love Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic books then you will be interested in how to use clips from the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic to teach young people about credit cards, debt, credit reports, credit scores, opportunity costs, financial responsibility and more. The lessons in the workshop are appropriate for high school students. Confessions of a Shopaholic: Teaching Credit and Debt is a free train-the-trainer workshop being held on February 24th from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, 3113 Valley Creek Drive, Baton Rouge. Sponsored by the Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and The New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Space is limited Register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ec7p0vua70a164c5&oseq=&c=&ch=.
14) Art Rocks! is LPB’s weekly series, hosted by James Fox-Smith, publisher of Country Roads Magazine, that explores the broad spectrum of art. The series, which airs Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m., spotlights artists, performance, culture, literature, history and the impact of art in our world. Art Rocks! features Louisiana stories as well as segments from Louisiana and across the country. For example, Louisiana native Kimberly Holt Willis talks about the real people and places behind her books, My Louisiana Sky, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, Dear Hank Williams and other works. Check out other artists and the Louisiana Arts Calendar at http://www.lpb.org/index.php?/site/programs/art_rocks/art_rocks. Each week, the Louisiana Arts Calendar highlights current events throughout our state. The series aims to capture your imagination, introduce you to new artists, and offer close-up views from communities around the country and our own backyard, places where art truly rocks!
15) Your students will be fascinated with the story and photos of the Titanosaur, one of the largest dinosaurs ever found. It is so large that its pelvis barely fit through the museum’s garage doors! The 70 ton, 122 foot long fossil with 19 foot tall hind legs is so newly discovered it has not been named by paleontologists. http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/the-titanosaur?nl=nytoday&emc=edit_ur_20160114.
16) Design Squad is expanding its horizons to tackle global engineering problems and encourage cross-cultural understanding. Now Design Squad Global http://pbskids.org/designsquad/ connects students in the US with peers in other countries just in time for Engineers Week 2016. Check the D.S. blog http://pbskids.org/designsquad/blog/ for curated content from around the globe.
17) Some shows about famous musicians are coming:
February 12, B.B. King: American Masters premieres at 9:00 p.m.
February 12, David Bowie: Five Years premieres at 10:00 p.m.
February 19, Carole King: American Masters premieres at 9:00 p.m.
February 26, In Performance at the White House: Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles premieres at 8:00 p.m.
18) If you can remember to watch, Nova: Memory Hackers on February 10th at 8 p.m. investigates the mysterious nature of memory and cutting edge research in mind-control that implants, changes and even erases memories. Gee, my memory does that all by itself!
Hope you get to enjoy something here.