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...
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
posted on January 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM
February is Black History Month and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by enjoying the groundbreaking artistic and cultural contributions that came out of the Harlem Renaissance. Writers such as Counted Cullen and Langston Hughes, painters including Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, and musicians and composers such as Duke Ellington and Bessie Smith, became widely known during this time as leaders of artistic innovation within the African American community. Put on your dancing shoes and check out this collection of primary resources from the Library of Congress, which provide a window into the Harlem Renaissance with portraits of the artists and treasured gems such as the original sheet music to the Charleston Rag! Visit this