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
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 IPTV and PBS resources, as well as how to submit your own qualifying lesson to IPTV for a stipend, will be offered in June at the Johnston Middle School located at...
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...