posted on October 26, 2011 at 8:14 AM
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced that Iowa Public Television has been awarded up to $93,800 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS. The funding was awarded through the community implementation phase of CPB's new Ready To Learn initiative. Beginning this fall, twelve public television stations nationwide, including Iowa Public Television in Johnston, will implement new interactive content and educational games aimed at improving the math and literacy skills of low-income children in their...
posted on October 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM
PBS KIDS has launched a site with tons of new apps for kids age two to eight with the goal of building upon and improving math skills.
The games revolve around well-known PBS KIDS characters, including Sid the Science Kid, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, and the crew from The Electric Company. However, PBS KIDS Lab is not just an aggregate site. It is a cross platform destination where kids can access the games both at home and at school through mobile devices, tablets, interactive whiteboards, or...
posted on October 1, 2011 at 12:00 AM
What do you get when you mix kids, books, literacy activities and PBS characters together?
Family reading fun at the library!
IPTV and 45 libraries across Iowa have partnered together to host PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corners. These library corners give children and parents the opportunity to strengthen literacy skills through fun, engaging multimedia platforms.
Fun-filled activities from PBS KIDS Raising Readers television programs Sesame Street, WordWorld, Super Why!, Between the Lions, Martha Speaks, and the Electric Company are guaranteed to get everyone excited about...
posted on September 20, 2011 at 1:59 PM
Developed to accompany the Martha Speaks television series, the Reading Buddies program is a cross-age, innovative way for kindergarten and upper-level elementary students to increase their vocabulary, develop their self-esteem and social skills, and enhance their love of reading books.
It works by bringing younger and older students together to watch a Martha Speaks episode, read a related book, and complete an activity. Each session helps children learn new vocabulary words and interact with peers of different...
posted on September 7, 2011 at 1:28 PM
We faced a number of challenges as we redesigned IPTV’s educational webpage. The greatest hurdle, however, was managing the sheer number of resources that are available for teachers. With over 15,000 videos in IPTV's library, we wanted the educationally relevant ones to be easy for teachers to find and use.
The educational videos are created as a supplement to your teaching, so it is not necessary to change your teaching practices to effectively use video. Instead, aim to apply your best techniques. For example, if you teach best by using small group discussions, use the pause button. Have your students make predictions, form a connection to a larger idea, define a word, or highlight a point made in the...
posted on August 25, 2011 at 12:00 AM
IPTV is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new multimedia resource for teachers and students. It’s called PBS LearningMedia, and it contains a massive collection of digital content from public broadcast stations from around the country.
In addition to the high quality media content teachers have come to expect from PBS, the new service offers resources from other publicly funded organizations including the National Archives, the Library of Congress, NPR, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and many others. All together there are well over 14,000...
posted on August 25, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Growing and learning as educators is a message that Iowa’s 2011 Teacher of Year, Molly Boyle, wants to get across to teachers. “Our world is continually changing, and education needs to do its best to keep up with these changes,” said Mrs. Boyle. “If teachers aren’t willing to grow and adapt, then they will fall behind.”
These words should not be taken lightly.
Mrs. Boyle has spent eight of her 15 years in education as an instructional coach, helping other teachers further succeed in their endeavors. Then two years ago, she decided to go back into the classroom to teach 3rd grade students at Brookview Elementary School in West Des Moines, part of the Waukee Community School...