posted on December 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM
2011 has been an exciting year regarding media. Many students entering high school today were likely born into homes with some sort of access to the Internet. People are consuming more media today than any other time in history. Increasingly, more teachers are seeking professional development through online media than through traditional sources. And cell phones, tablet computers, and other mobile devices offer new ways to access media that are radically changing what students need to know in a 21st century...
posted on December 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM
The PBS KIDS Video App is now available on iPhone and iPod touch, bringing more free educational video content to students than any other children’s media app. The app gives students free, streaming access to more than 2,000 videos – including clips and full episodes – from their favorite PBS KIDS series. The PBS KIDS Video App launched on the iPad in May with great success. It has served more than 430 million video streams – an average of two million per day – and has had over 450,000 downloads to...
posted on November 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Mission US: For Crown or Colony is an interactive game that allows students to step into the shoes of a 14-year-old apprentice who closely experiences the events that led up to the Boston Massacre. The game was extremely successful, and developers plan to launch a second "mission" in January, where students can follow the experiences of Lucy, an escaped slave preceding the Civil...
posted on October 31, 2011 at 3:05 PM
Teaching American history can be a daunting task. Each year it seems you’re required to cover more events, but as a skilled educator, you know your students need to get more out of your class than just historical facts. How do you express to your students that history is more than just memorizing dates? How do you communicate the lives, ideas, choices, and consequences of historical figures? How do you help cultivate well-informed, thinking citizens who can apply the lessons of the past to their lives of today? On top of preparing for standardized tests, helping students write well, and covering 300+ years of events, American history teachers can have a packed school year with little time to...
posted on September 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM
How is education reform currently happening in Iowa?
Over the summer, Governor Branstad invited teachers, administrators, and state leaders, to the Iowa Education Summit, a two day conference held with the purpose of opening up a dialogue about education reform in the state. Keynote speakers included U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan; New Jersey Governor,
posted on September 7, 2011 at 1:28 PM
We faced a number of challenges as we redesigned IPTV’s educational webpage. The greatest hurdle, however, was managing the sheer number of resources that are available for teachers. With over 15,000 videos in IPTV's library, we wanted the educationally relevant ones to be easy for teachers to find and use.
The educational videos are created as a supplement to your teaching, so it is not necessary to change your teaching practices to effectively use video. Instead, aim to apply your best techniques. For example, if you teach best by using small group discussions, use the pause button. Have your students make predictions, form a connection to a larger idea, define a word, or highlight a point made in the...
posted on August 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM
Why should you use multimedia in the classroom?
Multimedia has permeated every part of our society. As the 21st century progresses further, it will be even more important that students understand multimedia and transition from passive consumers to active, thinking users. As a teacher, you have the opportunity to engage your students like never before. Through interactive games, video clips, and podcasts, you can help meet the needs of your students....