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 began to change. Technology allowed artists to produce their own music and the internet became a free-for-all for musicians to promote themselves. The result was an influx of artists and audiences were left wondering how to sort through them. Many of the chart-topping artists of today got their start on YouTube as opposed to enlisting an entire marketing team from the start and bursting onto the scene with a ground-breaking music video...
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 of the musicians are self-taught, while some have taken lessons for years, but all are bonded by a love of performance and creativity. And for the grand finale, students will walk away with an exposure to several different genres of music from rap to rock to jazz to lounge, inspiring them to broaden their horizons and to be creative across all aspects of their lives. Keep your eyes peeled for cameo appearances by Grammy and Tony Award winner...
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 lessons from the Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection. For more information visit
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 food. Correspondent...
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 and resources all about physical activity, label reading, Geocaching, sugary drinks and bullying. Children will watch professional athletes...
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 where the Network is connected. Likewise the effort builds on IPTV’s reputation as a producer and distributor of highly trusted and high quality educational content. PBS LearningMedia is a free, on-demand service for educators that provides easy access to classroom-ready learning resources based on multiplatform educational media developed by IPTV and other PBS...
posted on February 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Teach one of Jane Austen’s greatest novels, Sense and Sensibility with the help of PBS LearningMedia’s MASTERPIECE collection. Within 10 minutes of this adaptation, students learn a great deal about the plot, characters and the meaning of the novel. During the clip, family members share an elegant dinner and the dialogue helps to establish not only each character’s distinct personality, but also the mood, tone and trajectory of the story. Start exploring the collection today! Check out this