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KLRN invites you to enter the PBS Teachers Innovation Awards. America’s teachers innovate every day.  Whether you teach your students physics with rocket launchers or invite students to create a digital story for literature, you are innovating and making a difference--and we want to recognize and thank YOU! For complete contest rules, go to pbs.org/teachers. For questions
please contact Malinda McCormick at 210.270.9000 ext. 2251 or by e-mail mmccormick@klrn.org.

How do you enter?
Entry is easy--simply . . .
1. Tell us why you are an innovative educator in 200 words or less.
2. Submit a video clip or photo showing how you are innovative in your classroom*
*Innovations using PBS content are a plus, but not required. 

What is the deadline?
Entries will be accepted January 25 - March 12; winners will be announced in April.

What can you win?
10 of the most innovative teachers will be selected for a behind-the-scenes, all-expenses-paid trip to the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas on May 18 to 20 to see sneak previews of upcoming PBS programs, meet producers, attend premiere events and take part in professional development workshops.

50 PBS Teacher Innovation Awards educators will be featured on the PBS Teachers website, receive a FREE registration to any PBS TeacherLine® course** and win a bag chock-full of PBS gifts.
**Nationally-offered courses only, available as shown in the PBS TL course catalog.
  
ALL teachers who enter will be registered as members of the PBS Teachers online community
and will receive a 25% discount to our online PBS Store.

 


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FRONTLINE -Digital Nation



Over a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming the way we work, learn, and connect in ways that we’re only beginning to understand.  
In Digital Nation, airing Tuesday, February 2 at 9 PM on PBS (check local listings), FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin (Growing Up Online) teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital
age, Douglas Rushkoff (The Persuaders, Merchants of Cool), to continue to explore life on the virtual frontier.  The film is the product of a unique collaboration with visitors to the Digital Nation Web site, who for the past year have been able to react to the work in progress and post their own stories online.  Dretzin and her team report from the front lines of digital culture—from love affairs blossoming in virtual worlds, to the thoroughly wired classrooms of the future, to military bases where the Air Force is fighting a new form of digital warfare.  Along the way, they begin to map the critical ways that technology is transforming us, and what we may be learning about ourselves in the process.


Did you miss your favorite program on KLRN? From NOVA to Nature, now you can find many of the popular PBS programs online at PBS Video.


American Experience
The Bombing of Germany
February 8 at 8PM on KLRN
On September 1, 1939 — the first day of World War II in Europe — President Franklin D. Roosevelt appealed to the warring nations to “under no circumstances undertake the bombardment from the air of civilian populations.” Just six years later, British and American Allied forces would carry out a bombing campaign of unprecedented might over Germany’s cities, claiming the lives of nearly half a million civilians. The Bombing of Germany examines the defining moments of the offensive that led the U.S. across a moral divide.

Faces of America
Wednesdays, February 10 - March 3 at 7PM on KLRN
What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the new PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Building on the success of his series African American Lives (called by the New York Times "the most exciting and stirring documentary on any subject to appear on television in a long time,") and African American Lives 2, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. again turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans.

College Call-In 2010

February 25 at 8:00 PM
It’s time for KLRN’s 5th Annual College Call-In, connecting parents and students with college admissions and financial aid counselors. Taped at a local coffee house, the Call-In features segments from the PBS series, Roadtrip Nation, tips from college experts, and some fun surprises. This year, students and parents can call-in or log-in to learn more about going to college. During the airing, the Call-In’s website will feature a live twitter stream for audience members to “tweet” their questions to the experts. Special thanks go to the San Antonio Education Partnership, and our program sponsors--Alamo Colleges, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio Federal Credit Union, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, University of Incarnate Word, and University of Texas at San Antonio.




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KLRN Connect
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Not a subscriber of KLRN Connect? Click here
Get more involved with your use of KLRN Connect in the classroom with these fantastic teaching tips from Discovery Education streaming.


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Try this online Getting Started Guide.


Discovery Educator Network Webinar Series

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a global community of educators passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating, and networking. With over 25,000 members providing professional development to over 250,000 educators worldwide, the DEN connects teachers both on-line and in-person. Discovery Educators have exclusive access to a wide range of resources, professional development activities, networking opportunities, exclusive Discovery Educator
events and more!

Voted the best professional development website in 2007 by the Association of Educational Publishers, this website is a place to connect to other educators across the globe. Here, all users
can read the blogs and discussion boards. Discovery Educators (any educator that has a
Discovery account) have the ability to comment on the blogs, post to the discussion boards,
and register for Discovery Educator Network events. http://community.discoveryeducation.com/


PBS TeacherLine of Texas


PBS TeacherLine of Texas
PBS TeacherLine courses are approved by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and count towards required CPE hours.

District course licensing and ELL/ESL courses are now available! Contact us for more information: hcustard@klru.org, 512.232.9406.

PBS TeacherLine courses are approved by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification
(SBEC) and count towards required CPE hours.

Special discount pricing is available for individual course registrations for all KLRN Connect Subscribers. Call Malinda McCormick at 210-270-9000, to register for your course at lower rates than nationally advertised!

Take our free, two-hour orientation course, Practice Learning Online with TeacherLine*,
to prepare for online learning. Enter the course through your My Courses page.
At the end of this course, you will be familiar with:

  • The importance of time management and the self-discipline required to be a successful online learner.
  • Skills for navigating course content quickly and efficiently.
  • Strategies to improve the quality of your participation in an online learning community.
  • Where to go for help.
  • Resources available through PBS TeacherLine.

In order to take the free orientation course, you must first join PBS TeacherLine. Join for free.


PBS TeacherLine Courses to Consider

PBS TeacherLine Courses to Consider

TECH522 Online Facilitator Training I: Mastering the Skills of Online Teaching

Grades: Kinder-12          
Hours: 45
Online facilitators take on many important roles and, thus, wear different managerial, technical, social, and pedagogical hats. Effective facilitators must know how to provide formative feedback, offer technical guidance, foster community, and communicate 'from the side' in a way that encourages learners to construct knowledge together. This course will formally introduce you to those roles and provide you with the opportunity to try on and practice wearing several of these hats. Through research-based articles and readings, discussions, collaborative projects, and other interactive experiences, you will have multiple opportunities to build and master online facilitation skills. A simulation environment (Facilitator Training Lab) will give you an opportunity to practice specific facilitator skills. To synthesize all your learning, you will create a case study based on the experiences of a hypothetical online facilitator as your final project. Note: We strongly recommend that learners have experience with online learning prior to enrollment in this course."

RDLA044 Read With Me: Developing Early Literacy with Children

Grades: Preschool
Hours: 8
"Read with Me: Developing Early Literacy with Children" is designed for preschool teachers and caregivers who want to have fun reading, singing, and sharing stories with children. In this course, learners will explore all the different ways they can use stories with children to develop pre-reading and pre-writing skills such as oral language and vocabulary development, phonemic awareness and reading comprehension. Learners will be engaged in a collaborative experience as they learn some different ways that multimedia can facilitate the sharing of stories with children. The course provides research-based articles, video examples from the KERA (public radio and television stations for North Texas) best practices video, Read with Me, online interactives and online and on-screen resources from PBS. Note: Learners will need access to preschool-aged children to complete this course. Learners have two weeks to complete each session of the course.


PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection

Get Connected!
In the drive to improve teaching practice and student achievement, many schools and districts are
turning to instructional coaches to support school-wide improvement and enhance classroom
practice. Coaches require high level resources and professional development so they can lead the way
in reform initiatives and deliver on specific district instructional and student performance goals.
At PBS TeacherLine, we support professional development from the classroom forward. Our new
PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection service will help you build a customized, practical professional development program for your teachers by providing sustained and targeted support for coaches.

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Start a 30-day Free Trial

Peer Connection is a service of PBS TeacherLine, the premier resource for online professional development for preK-12 educators.


Instructional Coaches and Mentors
Peer Connection is designed to improve the effectiveness of teachers you support.
Professional Learning Communities
Interactive group and network functionality provides web 2.0 technology to support your PLC activities. Are you ready to bring PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection to your school or district? PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection is the right set of tools for the coaches n your school or district. To learn more about pricing, available discounts for multi-site subscriptions, and other program benefits, please call us today at 1.800.572.6386 or you can get started by downloading this purchase order form.


PBS Teachers

PBS Teachers Offers New Collection of Resources for Teaching Critical Economic and
Financial Literacy Skills

Based on the recent global financial crisis, to help students understand complex economic concepts, PBS Teachers has developed Access, Analyze, Act: From Economic Theory to Financial Reality, a special collection of educational digital media resources about the economy for use in school and home learning environments. Click here to learn more about this free resource.

Wilson and Ditch: Digging America – A New PBS Social Studies Series

“Wilson and Ditch: Digging America” is a new PBS web-only social studies series on American Culture, History and Geography by The Jim Henson Company. To learn more about the series, meet the characters and preview the site, click here.  
Sign up for free membership in PBS Teachers at www.pbsteachers.org.
Visit PBS Teachers to search for lesson plans and other resources for your classroom.

PBS Teachers Webinar for February

February 23, 2010
Exploring the "Faces of America"
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Curriculum Connection: History and Social Studies


PBS Teacher Connect

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Training through Television Early childhood teachers!
Are you interested in earning FREE training hours from the comfort of your own home? Now you can do just that! Each month, KLRN airs specially-selected programs geared just for those who work with young children. It’s fast and easy to start, and you can register and enroll for courses online. Simply tune in to KLRN, submit a pre- and post-test by the required dates, and download your certificate of training hours. Visit www.earlyon-sa.org and click on “Providers” to learn more.

KLRN’s Looking for Trainers – Daytime Parent and Caregiver Workshop Sessions
Do you know a retired educator who would enjoy working with parents and caregivers of young children? We are looking for several enthusiastic, outgoing session trainers to start this fall at sites throughout
San Antonio. Contact Maricella Borroel, KLRN’s Director of Early Childhood Services, at mborroel@klrn.org or 210.270.9000, ext. 2265, for more information.

College Call-In 2010
February 25 at 8:00 PM
It’s time for KLRN’s 5th Annual College Call-In, connecting parents and students with college admissions and financial aid counselors. Taped at a local coffee house, the Call-In features segments from the PBS series, Roadtrip Nation, tips from college experts, and some fun surprises. This year, students and parents can call-in or log-in to learn more about going to college. During the airing, the Call-In’s website will feature a live twitter stream for audience members to “tweet” their questions to the experts. Special thanks go to the San Antonio Education Partnership, and our program sponsors--Alamo Colleges, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio Federal Credit Union, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, University of Incarnate Word, and University of Texas at San Antonio.


Fresh Cut 2010

This year’s KLRN Fresh Cut video competition for high school students now features categories such as Documentaries and Public Service Announcements as well as Animation (including Machinima!) and online voting for the “Viewer’s Choice” Award. Students from public, private and home schools are welcome to submit entries. The top entries will be featured in a special one-hour program airing in May on KLRN. Click here for complete contest information and entry forms.

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The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest
January 27-April 12, 2010

The PBS Kids Go!
Writers Contest invites children in grades K-3 to create stories using their own words
and pictures, and recognizes their efforts with certificates and prizes. Parents, teachers, and librarians are encouraged to help children participate in the contest. Please log on to klrn.org/writerscontest


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Early ON Family Fun Day at South Park Mall
Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for Early ON’s Family Fun Day on Sat., Feb. 13 from 10 am to 2 pm at South Park Mall. There will be entertainment, hands-on literacy activities throughout the mall, and special appearances by Super WHY! Early ON is a school readiness project funded by the City of San Antonio. For more information,
visit www.earlyon-sa.org.

Student Art Contest: Protect Our River/Protect Our Park
Middle and High School students are invited to create an original poster to be used by The Brackenridge Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization, in its efforts to preserve and improve Brackenridge Park.
The contest is being sponsored by the Conservancy, in partnership with San Antonio Parks and Recreation, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Water System, Witte Museum, City Year,
First Tee, and KLRN. Deadline to enter is Feb. 25, 2010. Click here to download an entry form with complete rules and other important contest information.

Teachers! Volunteer for KLRN’s Upcoming San Antonio Fine Wine & Cuisine Tasting
Volunteers are needed for the San Antonio Fine Wine & Cuisine Tasting on Mon., Feb. 15, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM at the Alamodome. We are specifically seeking “corkers” to pour wine at various wine stations. Training will be provided. (All corkers will need to arrive by 4:30 PM.) Volunteers will receive free parking at the Alamodome, official KLRN corkscrew and official KLRN wineglass, and be able to enjoy half of the event for a special volunteer price of $25! Please click here for additional event details and to register online. The deadline to register is Feb. 4, 2010. All volunteers must be 21 years or older to participate. For more information, contact Debi Silva, KLRN’s volunteer coordinator, at 210.270.9000, ext. 2268 or email dsilva@klrn.org.


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