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Iowa's Own Makes it as a Digital Innovator

posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Iowa's Own Makes it as a Digital Innovator

Leslie Pralle Keehn is a currently technology integration consultant for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency out of Blairsburg, Iowa, and previously taught 6-12 grade Social Studies and computer. She became passionate about using technology very early in her social studies classroom after receiving a grant to buy a Nintendo Wii for her classroom. She is passionate about gamification, blended learning, global connections, and student creation and collaboration beyond the classroom walls.

A 2011 C-SPAN Educator Fellow, Leslie was also named the 2012 Iowa Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Leslie's work now focuses on meaningful technology integration in all classrooms, empowering children to share their voice with the world, and using technology to create deep, global learning opportunities through project based learning, the maker movement, and authentic work.She has a BA in Political Science and a MA in Curriculum & Instruction: Technology.

Her favorite part of her job is helping students digitally publish their work and receive comments from a global audience. Leslie’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are the “Building Blocks” video collection for PK-2 about Social Studies, especially the video entitled “The White House.” Anytime she can use multimedia to help support Social Studies in elementary she gets excited!

Building Blocks

The White House


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Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:22 AM Comments

Can Your Class Recite the Gettysburg Address?

posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Can Your Class Recite the Gettysburg Address?

“Four score and seven years ago…”

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, have your class join a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the famous speech. Then, on April 15, tune in for the premiere of The Address on PBS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns that tells the story of the Greenwood School, a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address each year. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

To get your students motivated, use videos from PBS LearningMedia’s Learn the Address collection from WETA, showing a variety of individuals, including President Obama, Taylor Swift, Bill Gates and Elmo reciting those now infamous words. And it doesn’t stop there. The recordings housed in this collection will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to learn the address. This K-12 collection is sure to have your students coming back for more!

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM Comments

Save the Date for the Iowa Public Television Teacher Training Institute

posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Save the Date for the Iowa Public Television Teacher Training Institute

Iowa Public Television invites you to save the date for the Iowa Public Television Teacher Training Institute which will be held June 13, 2014.  IPTVTTI will offer networking and professional development opportunities for educators from around the state.  Master Teachers, highly qualified educators that have been selected by IPTV, will present model lessons that are cross curricular and STEM based.  The opportunity to learn about IPTV and PBS resources, as well as how to submit your own qualifying lesson to IPTV for a stipend, will be offered in June.  

If you have questions, please call 1-515-725-9722 and speak to Angela Hiatt in Educational Services at Iowa Public Television. You may also send an email to

Notable Dates (Dates are subject to change, but will be updated here if change occurs):


March 24: Accepting Master Teacher applications through this date.

April 1: Will begin notifying qualifying Master Teachers.

May 3: Selected Master Teachers will attend training at IPTV.

June 13: Teacher Training Institute.


Posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments

Adult Learning Spotlight: Western Iowa Tech Community College

posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Adult Learning Spotlight: Western Iowa Tech Community College

The HiSET™ program from Educational Testing Service (ETS) replaces the traditional GED program at WITCC, offering an accessible and affordable alternative to those seeking a High School equivalency diploma.

To earn your HiSET™, you must pass the five HiSET™ tests: reading, math, writing, social studies and science.

  • Free pretests are administered through the HiSET™ Preparation sites.
  • The test is priced at $50 which covers registration, scoring and transcripts.
  • Up to two free tests per subject are included for up to a year from original test (three tests per subject per year maximum).
  • There is a $10 diploma fee paid before your first test appointment.
  • Testing is available in Sioux City, Le Mars, Cherokee and Denison.
  • Testing in Spanish is available in Sioux City and Le Mars.

A high school equivalency diploma can increase your lifetime earnings, but don't stop there! In Iowa, residents with college degrees earn almost twice as much as adults with a high school diploma or less.

English Language Learner Program

English classes help people to speak, hear, read, and write English. Topics include health, shopping, employment, daily living, food, and more! Classes are free. Students need to purchase their own workbook. Daytime and evening orientations are scheduled regularly for new students.

Western Iowa Tech Community College offer ESL classes in Sioux City, Goodwill, Denison and now offering classes at the West High School on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments

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