posted on April 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM
Consider the environmental impacts of America's current food system. In the 21st century global food economy, why are most foods traveling an average of 1,500 miles from farm to plate? Why does it take twenty calories of fossil fuel energy to produce two calories of food energy today, whereas 100 years ago, it took only one calorie of fossil fuel energy to produce the same amount of food energy?
The complexities of our food system and its...
posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM
On March 25, 2014, the State of Iowa celebrated a milestone with the official unveiling of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statue in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Appropriately, the date would have been Dr. Borlaug's 100th birthday and is also National Agriculture Day.
Dr. Borlaug of Cresco, Iowa, is known as the "Father of The Green Revolution" and his development of miracle wheat is credited with saving...
posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:22 AM
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...
posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM
“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,...
posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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...
posted on March 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Remember the good old days when you would rush home in time to find out what the top music video of the week was on MTV’s TRL? Remember when Jennifer Lopez was a fly girl on In Living Color and Downtown Julie Brown was the queen of the VJs? And raise your hand if you know what VH1’s Pop Up Video is?
The music industry certainly has evolved and it’s not easy to keep up with! As the 90s came to a close, the business of music...
posted on March 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM
As Music in Our Schools Month comes to a close, end it on a high note by taking your class behind the scenes of The Electric Company to learn about the pivotal role music plays in the hit series. Music Director Bill Sherman describes his role and the people that he works with, while the rest of the cast describes their experiences with music on the show and their relationship to music. Your students will be fascinated to learn about how some...
posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Have you tapped the power of digital media in your classroom? Join Iowa Public Television for a deep dive into PBS LearningMedia, a free service of thousands of media-rich resources, including the Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection. This free webinar, hosted by Iowa Public Television and PBS LearningMedia will zero in on middle school literacy strategies and showcase two of the Common Core-aligned cross-curricular...
posted on March 12, 2014 at 8:32 AM
Iowa Valley Community College District’s Adult Education and Literacy program is dedicated to enriching the lives of people who are living in our communities. We believe, as leaders and educators, it is our job to prepare adult students to analyze situations and communicate effectively so they are able to successfully live in our global society.
Iowa Valley Community College District has Adult Education and Literacy programs...
posted on March 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM
Have you ever seen a rat inside of a snake’s body and wondered how in the world it is ultimately digested? We can guarantee that your students have probably seen this image and thought it was so cool! Are there certain things that we as humans put into our bodies that take as much effort to transform into energy? This fascinating video excerpt from NOVA scienceNOW addresses these questions and more about the potential energy contained in...
posted on March 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Join us in taking a pledge this month (and every month!) to help motivate students to lead healthier lifestyles with Move It!, an original, award-winning children's program and part of WSKG Public Media’s “Working on Wellness” initiative. This health and wellness series focuses on keeping families active, nutritional education and self-awareness by offering tips...
posted on March 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM
Iowa Public Television (IPTV) and the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) are looking forward to working together via PBS LearningMedia to support enhanced educational opportunities for educators and students in Iowa. PBS LearningMedia has over 35,000 digital resources available for educational use. This effort builds on the ICN’s dedication to education that the ICN has demonstrated by providing high-speed Internet and data to schools...
posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Did you know that genealogy can help your students build an emotional connection not only to their past, but to our nation’s history? Take your classroom on a revealing journey back in time with this collection of resources from the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow. Resources include an introduction to genealogical research from two prominent genealogists, clips from the show demonstrating how personal stories connect to larger...
posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Family trees can be more than just a grid displaying who your relatives are. In this activity created by WETA and drawing on material from the PBS documentary series Latino Americans, students are challenged to reflect on their own family’s arrival to America and learn new facts about their cultural history. Inspired by clips from the documentary, students research and fill in as much information as possible on the names and...
posted on February 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Seeing women who have succeeded in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these mentors as people with lives outside of their job. Twin Cities Public Television brings us the SciGirls, whose bold goal is to change how millions of girls think about STEM. Research shows that, for a variety of reasons, some girls begin to lose interest (and confidence in their...