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, prejudice and violence in the lives of young people. It achieves this mission through after-school, weekend, and summer programs in dance, theater, martial arts, self-defense, conflict resolution, performance and youth leadership. Destiny’s core curriculum,...
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 impact on the environment are at the forefront of a national debate. Use this PBS LearningMedia
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 and collaboration beyond the classroom...
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, Vermont, where the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address each year. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful...
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 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...