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The Creativity of Indie Video Games

posted on August 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM

The Creativity of Indie Video Games

The video game industry is now bigger than Hollywood, with hundreds of millions of dollars spent developing these interactive experiences. But there are also small-scale developers working in the indie game realm, creating unique and experimental video games.

Working “indie” is all about small teams working on artistic visions and the freedom to explore creative ideas. Many are drawn to indie video game-making because there isn’t a lot of money at stake, which gives them the flexibility to try new things.

In this clip from “Off BooK” and PBS Digital Studios, your class will learn more about how the indie gaming movement provides a creative outlet for game designers outside the mainstream, and how they can be inspired by it to stay small and be more creative in their own artistic pursuits! 

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments

The Design Process

posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:47 AM

The Design Process

What does innovation look like, and how can one generate innovative ideas and strategies – right in the classroom? The collection, called “The Design Process: From Idea to Solution” is produced by NOVA Education. It helps educators and learners explore the process by which innovators seek to make the world a better place through the invention of practical solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

This collection, is made up of four videos, each with an accompanying lesson plan. Young learners can watch college students from around the country engage actively with the design thinking process, and then draw inspiration from them. Teachers can use the lesson plans to guide their students through the design process, helping students to develop unique, innovative ideas and strategies of their very own.

Nothing is more gratifying for students than to have an impact on their world and see their ideas in action! 

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:47 AM Comments

New Year, New Look!

posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

New Year, New Look!

Have you heard? PBS LearningMedia is getting an update! Educators will continue to have access to the same fantastic FREE digital media content, but on August 15, the website will debut an all-new look and feel -- just in time for the new school year!

When you go to in three days, what you’ll find is a bright, colorful and even easier-to-navigate website. Access to more than 87,000 digital learning resources as before, but expect a more inviting, more functional interface. In addition to the new design, the entire site has been optimized for mobile devices and tablets so you can search for digital learning tools on the go with ease. Even more enhancements are coming this fall! Teachers will have the ability to create quizzes based off of PBS LearningMedia content AND a new student experience will arrive in late September.

IPTV offers customized trainings that will teach the following:

  • How to create teacher accounts, make folders, filter, and share resources with other teachers and students
  • How to create student accounts that promote project based learning, research, and 1:1 approaches
  • How families can learn how to use this resource at home
Contact Angela Hiatt or Abby Brown today to start creating a training session.

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM Comments

Iowa Agriculture Educators and Students Invited to Free Event at the Iowa State Fair

posted on August 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Iowa Agriculture Educators and Students Invited to Free Event at the Iowa State Fair

Iowa agriculture educators and students are invited to help celebrate the 40th season of Iowa Public Television's Market to Market program with a free event at the Iowa State Fair. Attendees are invited to participate in a live production of an episode hosted by Mike Pearson from the Iowa State Fair on Friday, August 15.



  • Friday, August 15 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Doors open at 3:15 p.m. Those wishing to view the production should arrive no later than 3:45 p.m. to be seated.
  • Penningroth Media Center
  • Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • Open to the public (requires paid admission to the Fair)

The event will be streamed live online and then on air at 8:00 p.m. on IPTV.

Market to Market will celebrate its 40th anniversary in August. The series began in 1974, when Chet Randolph hosted the first episode of Farm Digest — a Midwest-focused agriculture business program that later became Market to Market. Since its first episode, Market to Market has expanded into a nationally syndicated series, and covers topics ranging from commodity markets to energy policy.

Market to Market Classroom, a new initiative launching this fall, connects students with stories about the business, technology, science and issues of agriculture. Explore a preview release of this free resource now at

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

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