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 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM
On March 25, 2014, the State of Iowa celebrated a milestone with the official unveiling of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statue in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Appropriately, the date would have been Dr. Borlaug's 100th birthday and is also National Agriculture Day.
Dr. Borlaug of Cresco, Iowa, is known as the "Father of The Green Revolution" and his development of miracle wheat is credited with saving an estimated billion people around the world from hunger and starvation. He is the only American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of...
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 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 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Did you know that genealogy can help your students build an emotional connection not only to their past, but to our nation’s history? Take your classroom on a revealing journey back in time with this collection of resources from the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow. Resources include an introduction to genealogical research from two prominent genealogists, clips from the show demonstrating how personal stories connect to larger events in history (such as slavery and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln), and brief historical introductions to key people, places, and events in U.S. and world history. Who knew that genealogy could reveal so much? This