posted on December 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM
The PBS KIDS Video App is now available on iPhone and iPod touch, bringing more free educational video content to students than any other children’s media app. The app gives students free, streaming access to more than 2,000 videos – including clips and full episodes – from their favorite PBS KIDS series. The PBS KIDS Video App launched on the iPad in May with great success. It has served more than 430 million video...
posted on November 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM
The arts are cross-curricular. An English teacher can show a performance of Patrick Stewart playing Macbeth. A history teacher can tie a rock and roll clip to women’s rights. Likewise, a math teacher can show the deep level of mathematical computer programming skills, in addition to creativity and artistic skills, that are required by independent developers to create video games.
Kids sometimes will have an interest in a particular...
posted on November 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Mission US: For Crown or Colony is an interactive game that allows students to step into the shoes of a 14-year-old apprentice who closely experiences the events that led up to the Boston Massacre. The game was extremely successful, and developers plan to launch a second "mission" in January, where students can follow the experiences of Lucy, an escaped slave preceding the Civil War.
While technology and digital media are not the silver...
posted on November 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM
PBS KIDS has announced the release of some new apps for iOS devices: Fetch! Lunch Rush and SUPER WHY Alpha Boost!
Fetch! Lunch Rush is PBS KID's first step into using augmented reality technology. In case you’re not familiar, augmented reality uses the camera on an iOS device to overlay computer-generated graphics on top of the physical, real world environment.
"Augmented reality is becoming a popular marketing tool and a compelling...
posted on November 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Helping students see science and engineering as a career possibility can be tricky. Sadly, many students may grow up hearing adults complain about science: "It's too hard. It's for 'geeks.' Why would you want to waste your time with that?" Yet scientists and engineers are more than just scientists and engineers. They are people who have lives outside of the groundbreaking, innovative work they do. Some are musicians or poets, some play...
posted on November 1, 2011 at 12:00 AM
IPTV Raising Readers Learning Centers are located in the waiting area of a health facility. They consist of a cart of age-appropriate children's materials such as books, activity books, toys, puzzles and more. Sometimes they can include a television and DVD player which allows children and parents the opportunity to experience high quality children's programming aired by Iowa Public Television. IPTV Raising Readers Learning Centers provide...
posted on October 31, 2011 at 3:05 PM
Teaching American history can be a daunting task. Each year it seems you’re required to cover more events, but as a skilled educator, you know your students need to get more out of your class than just historical facts. How do you express to your students that history is more than just memorizing dates? How do you communicate the lives, ideas, choices, and consequences of historical figures? How do you help cultivate well-informed,...
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...
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...
posted on October 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM
As an English teacher, it's easy to repeat yourself year after year. You may teach The Great Gatsby, because the novel is an integral piece of American literature that helps your students explore the ideas of the "American Dream" in ways that other pieces of literature cannot. When is it time to reinvigorate your curriculum with new resources, however? When should you exchange that same mimeographed handout from 30 years ago with other...
posted on October 4, 2011 at 2:41 PM
Over the summer, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds held an education summit that sought ideas and strategies for what might be done to improve Iowa’s education system. According to the Department of Education’s report, Rising to Greatness: An Imperative for Improving Iowa’s Schools, that was released concurrently with the start of the education summit, Iowa has slipped in its standing as an educational...
posted on September 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Explore the best practices for teaching global climate change to middle and high school students with these free, self-paced professional development modules for teachers. Each module includes STEM resources that will increase your knowledge of climate change concepts and can be used directly with students. Dive into the modules that interest you.
This professional development experience was funded by NASA's Global Climate Change Education...
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...
posted on September 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM
You are invited to participate in an exciting opportunity to help evaluate the effectiveness of a new online graduate course, “Global Climate Change Education for High School” (GCC Course), by serving as a Control Teacher.As an incentive, you will receive a $50 stipend for completing the evaluation instruments, and for completing a PBS TeacherLine online course in science, math, or technology for high school educators during the...
posted on September 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM
How is education reform currently happening in Iowa?Over the summer, Governor Branstad invited teachers, administrators, and state leaders, to the Iowa Education Summit, a two day conference held with the purpose of opening up a dialogue about education reform in the state. Keynote speakers included U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan; New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie; and Standford University Professor, Linda Darling-Hammond; among...