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Education Newsletter - August 2015 Back to School »

Welcome back! As the school year starts I want to be sure you know that Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) is ready to be with you in your classroom. Fortunately, this year we were able to negotiate with Discovery to continue the streaming service for this school year only. Because the price of Discovery Streaming has continued to rise and the use by teachers has been declining, it is becoming harder for districts and LPB to justify and pay the price for the service. We want to provide the service that you want and will use. We will be reviewing your use as well as considering other providers, should an alternative be necessary. This fall we will be directing you to view some alternatives and will be asking your opinion.

This year LPB is providing three digital libraries for you to use as well as many other free online resources for pre-K to 12 teachers and students. You don’t have to search far and wide for resources. They are at one location: http//www.lpb.org/education.
The three digital libraries are packed with hundreds of thousands of assets spanning all grade levels and subjects available at no cost to virtually all teachers and students statewide at http://www.lpb.org/education. Engage your students with games, interactives, videos, quizzes, audio, images and more.

Digital assets can be searched by grade, subject, and standards. Tools are provided to help you create classrooms, assignments, quizzes, storyboards, and track student performance. If you already use a learning management system like Edmodo, Schoology, or Moodle, then link to or export the assets to lessons and assignments in those systems.

1. This year Discovery has enhanced the basic Discovery Streaming service, at no additional charge, with Discovery Streaming Plus. The Plus service adds tens of thousands of new assets, many STEM project-based, and stronger coordination with Common Core and state standards. If you have not signed up to use the Discovery services, then get your school passcode (available from librarians or tech coordinators), head to http://www.lpb.org/education, and enter the passcode into the first time user box. Then create your own username and password and complete your profile. A single log-in gives you access to both Discovery Streaming and Discovery Streaming Plus. Discovery’s libraries are being provided through a partnership between Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Louisiana schools and districts.

Again this year you will have the ability to upload your own content to MediaShare available when you log into Discovery Streaming. You can share content within your school or with others statewide.

2. This year PBS LearningMedia, also accessed at http://www.lpb.org/education, offers expansive content and many interactive assets for your use. Not only will you find high-quality PBS programs, but teacher-reviewed and selected assets from other major national providers. This library is open at no charge to everyone: pre-K to 12, higher education, and life-long learners. Register and log-in at LPB.

3. LPB is also in the process of digitizing 40 years of Louisiana news and programs and making them available at no charge to everyone. Looking for assets on Louisiana culture, hurricanes, political highlights and more? Check the Louisiana Digital Media Archives. http://ladigitalmedia.org/. The spotlight in August is the hurricane history of Louisiana with extensive coverage of Hurricane Katrina on the 10th anniversary of this amazing event.

You may also be interested in the statewide broadcast of Katrina 10 Years After: A Second Life, A Second Chance on August 29 at 7:00 p.m. on LPBHD and WYES.

Again this year LPB has partnered with Colonial Williamsburg to give you broadcasts and online access to the American History electronic field trips under a new name: Hero Live. You can register now for all the field trips at http://www.lpb.org/education. The first trip on October 15th is The Balance of Power, which takes a look at the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the US Government.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is ready to go to school with you this year! Need more help accessing and using the libraries? Like LPB LearningMedia on Facebook and Google+ to get just-in-time notice of training webinars, events, and special collections.
I hope these resources will help you throughout the school year. As new resources become available, I’ll be sending you more information.

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