posted on May 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM
The latest initiative in the growing NOVA Labs citizen science platform––an online RNA Lab––utilizes puzzles from Eterna, a game that allows players to design RNAs, tiny molecules at the heart of every cell in our bodies. A series of animated videos explains the science behind the game and teaches novices how to play it. The Lab aims to expand the community of participants while giving students and science enthusiasts an...
posted on May 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Memorial Day is so much more than just a day to honor those who have served our country. We are grateful every day for the bravery and loyalty they have shown in the face of danger. Use this week as an opportunity to share with your students personal stories of service that will inspire them for years to come and truly engrave in their minds what it means to serve.
Start by breaking down D-Day with new PBS LearningMedia content from D-Day...
posted on May 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM
From the youngest learners all the way to high school scholars, every student could use a little more exposure to great art in their lives.
Empower students of all ages to engage in contemporary art and discover new, creative ideas for creativity from a variety of professional artists with PBS LearningMedia’s Art School collection. This fun and appealing web video series is produced by California PBS station KQED and introduces...
posted on May 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Iowa Public Television invites you to register for the Iowa Public Television Teacher Training Institute which will be held June 13, 2014. IPTVTTI will offer networking and professional development opportunities for educators from around the state. Master Teachers, highly qualified educators who have been selected by IPTV, will present model lessons that are cross curricular and STEM based. The opportunity to learn about...
posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM
This week, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and extend a huge “thank you” to all of the teachers out there who work every day to educate and enrich the lives of future generations. Go ahead – treat yourself to that mocha latte, get that spa treatment you’ve been thinking about and curl up with your favorite book tonight. While you’re at it, why not do a little learning of your own by brushing up on some of...
posted on May 1, 2014 at 12:00 AM
The Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program at Iowa Central Community College began in 1967 with the mission of assisting adults 16 years or older to become literate, to obtain knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency, and to complete secondary school education. The program is funded by the federal government under the Workforce Investment Act, state government, and Iowa Central Community College. Classes are...
posted on April 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM
What do beatboxing and breakdancing have to do with education? As it turns out, a lot more than you might think!
Take a creative turn in your class this week and introduce your students to Rashidi Omari, the co-director of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company at the Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA. This violence prevention and arts education organization has been serving youth ages 3-18 for 22 years in a mission to end isolation,...
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...