Iowa Public Television


The Design Process: From Idea to Solution

posted on December 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM

The Design Process: From Idea to Solution

What does innovation look like, and how can one generate innovative ideas in the classroom? This collection from NOVA Education built around "design thinking" is aimed at helping your students explore the invention of real-world, practical solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

The collection, called The Design Process: From Idea to Solution, consists of four videos, each with an accompanying lesson plan. Your class will be inspired by the college students in the video who are engaging actively with the design thinking process. Use the lesson plans to guide your students through the design process and help them develop unique, innovative ideas and strategies of their very own. 

Posted on December 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM Comments

Cybersecurity 101

posted on December 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Cybersecurity 101

Do your students know the history of the Internet?

The Internet was originally designed to connect large computers at universities, businesses and governments. Growth exploded once personal computers became common in the 1980s. Connecting to the Internet leaves computers vulnerable, however. People can use computers to delete data, spread viruses or even steal someone’s identity. The good news is that there are several ways your students can stay safe online.

In this video from NOVA Cybersecurity Lab, your class learns how to protect information by learning how to code, crack passwords and spot email scams. As pervasive as mobile/electronic devices are today, it’s more important than ever for kids to understand how to protect themselves and their personal information online. 

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM Comments

Teach Your Students about Kwanzaa

posted on December 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Teach Your Students about Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, first celebrated in 1966, is a celebration of African American culture and heritage. Every year it starts on December 26 and lasts until January 1. Each of the seven days is dedicated to a different principle that can help shape a community. The principles of faith, unity and creativity are just a few described in this PBS LearningMedia holiday video.

Traditions include lighting red, black and green candles, as well as and drum and music playing. On the sixth day of Kwanzaa, there is a feast, and on the seventh, people exchange gifts. Presents to children include books and symbols of African heritage.

As a lesson in American and world history, use this video as a launching pad for discussion on the ways people observe the festivity and recognize their roots in ancient African customs. 

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments

Teach Your Students about Christmas

posted on December 2, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Teach Your Students about Christmas

Before you know it, Christmas will be here! As this PBS LearningMedia video describes, Christmas originated as a commemoration of Jesus’s birth, and since then, it has evolved to encapsulate many other cultural holiday traditions and celebrations, like decorating trees, festive parties and meals with family, listening to Christmas music on the radio, visits with Santa and giving gifts.

The gift-giving tradition dates back hundreds of years, when children in Europe would receive small presents around Christmas-time, a custom German and Dutch immigrants brought to America. Today, that role goes to good ole’ Kris Kringle.

Share this fun 60-second video with your class to engage them in a discussion of how Christmas came about, what it means today and its role in American history. 

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 7:48 AM Comments

All Posts »