posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:51 PM
Education specialists work to strengthen math and literacy skills of young Iowa children
Iowa Public Television’s (IPTV) commitment to early childhood education continues with the expansion of its Ready for School initiative. Educational specialists will work with educators, parents, care providers and community partners in 26 Iowa communities to implement literacy-based activities for children ages 2–8.
posted on September 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM
Math Adventures: A Math Engagement Program is based on the Iowa Core Standards for Kindergarten. The goal of the program is to help Kindergarteners improve their math skills. Studies have shown that early math skills are consistently associated with higher academic performance in later grades. To do this, participants will use content from PBS KIDS LAB, pbskids.org/lab and PBS Learning...
posted on September 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Diplomacy is a key concept that students need to grasp as citizens of a global society. Various roles of U.S. diplomats exist in embassies and consulates around the world and at the U.S. Department of State. Yet, their mission is clear — to carry out the foreign policy of the President and to represent the country’s political and economic interests.
Conducting foreign policy is a complex business requiring the hard work of a team...
posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Iowa Public Television is excited to offer the Mandatory Reporter Training for Child & Dependent Adult Abuse online for school administrators, teachers, school support staff, and others who interact with students in Iowa. This training is customized specifically for those who work in schools. IPTV is offering this service free of charge. Iowa Law requires individuals applying for a license, renewing a license, or obtaining...
posted on September 8, 2014 at 8:42 AM
Is access to digital technology as essential as oxygen in this day and age? Is it the teachers, or the technology, that make school improvement possible? Can technology transform be failing schools? Today through November 30, PBS LearningMedia is helping you Get Your Tech On by maximizing technology in your classroom.
More and more educators are tapping into the power of digital media and technology for teaching and learning. The variety of...
posted on August 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM
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...
posted on August 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Raise your hand if you remember Dungeons & Dragons! Developed in 1974, D&D is the fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) that is considered the originator of the modern role-playing game industry.
This episode of “Off Book” from PBS Digital Studios explores the resurgence of tabletop RPGs in the digital age. Since their growth in popularity more than 40 years ago, RPGs have had a huge influence not just on players, but on...
posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:47 AM
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.
posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM
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 PBSLearningMedia.org 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...
posted on August 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM
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...
posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM
We are well into summer; and you know what that means – outdoor festival season. Time to get outside and soak up all of the arts, music and culture there is to offer, whether that’s at home or out of town on summer vacation.
As seen in this ZOOM video segment from PBS Kids, Paracho, Mexico is one such city where music, culture and heritage are a major part of city life. Paracho is known for some of the best-sounding guitars...
posted on July 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM
For nearly everyone, traveling to Egypt and seeing the Great Pyramid – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – is a ‘bucket list’ must-do-and-see. This summer, PBS LearningMedia has your front row ticket!
Egypt was one of the first civilizations; a society with a large population that used writing, lived in cities, had a system of religious beliefs and was ruled by a government. In 2700 BCE, the Egyptians built...
posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM
The sea covers seventy percent of the earth’s surface. The deep sea below the ocean’s surface, specifically, is the largest and least explored place on earth.
The fish and other sea animals of the deep sea employ many strategies to surprise their prey including ambush and camouflage by blending into the sea environment. The deeper you go in the ocean, the more unusual and unique the fish appear to be. At the start of this...
posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:14 AM
Even though at first appearance corals may look like plants or rocks, they are in fact animals, related to sea anemones and jellyfish. Coral reefs the world over are threatened by pollution, rising ocean temperatures and overfishing. In Cuba however, reefs are flourishing.
Coral reefs are extremely sensitive to environmental changes and depend on clean, clear saltwater for survival. Pollution and agricultural runoff can have a huge impact...
posted on July 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM
You can turn anytime into learning time for a child, even those few minutes when you are on the go or waiting for an appointment. That’s the idea behind IPTV’s Ready for School Learning Centers, which are often located in the waiting area of a health facility. Learning Centers consist of a book cart or shelf of age-appropriate children's materials such as books, activity books, toys, puzzles and more. They can include a...