||Science resources from KLRN Connect can turn science into a “wow” moment.|
I’m a PBS Teacher!
As teachers we have attended numerous workshops and training sessions, and thus we found ourselves sitting at a KLRN Connect session after school last week. Walking in, we agreed, of course we use videos in the classroom and we use online resources, but how often do we think about the process? We began the training session intending to listen, but also expecting to enjoy the cookies and sodas and visit as teachers do. When the visiting began, the sharing and discovering also commenced.
Teachers of the 21st century have unlimited resources at their finger tips, but limited time to research, navigate and simply “cruise” the web and gather that information. So we steer toward what is successful and then in the most natural way, we gladly share with others.To keep up with the increasing demands and expectations of our students, we as educators must seek out prolific resources which will provide us with current, innovative, and global information that will satisfy the increasing curiosity of our students—curiosity which we want to cultivate and grow. This curiosity excites us as educators and motivates our planning; keeping the cycle moving forward—for every action there is a reaction.
One resource that has moved up our planning list is KLRN.org. It has become the “one-stop shop” for ideas, lessons, local projects and more. As teachers, we are always searching for new ideas to engage our students, and for the most part, engage us, too. The information provided is organized for family, communities and teachers and we look in all areas, leaving no stone unturned. Depending on what lessons we are planning, the site has become the jumping off location over
and over again.
This summer we had the wonderful opportunity to offer a class on engineering, called Engineering Odyssey. What were we thinking? We did not want the “Odyssey” to become a long, wandering quest but an inquisitive quest. What could hold young students’ interest for five days, five hours each day? Merely Legos and building blocks were not going to cut it, and there is just so much you can do with toilet paper rolls. So, where do we turn? KLRN! Through Teachers’ Domain we stumbled upon Building Big. For a week we were “Building Big!” We incorporated the series as a foundation, and then pulled in resources from the Teacher’s Toolkit and KLRN Connect. Did you know that 10-year-olds still enjoy Curious George Exploring Engineering? You would be amazed; we were. The ideas for the summer camp continued to build until we ran out of time, and space,
in some instances. What a wonderful week of discovery for the students—and also the teachers. Instead of a heavy sigh and we are done, it was “Wow, what’s next?”
We found KLRN Connect to be easy to use when wanting to supplement and enhance a science lesson, or any lesson, for that matter. Showing a video clip on the construction of a bridge or the destructive path of a tornado becomes very real to the student. Seeing is believing, and in many cases, understanding.
There are new additions to KLRN Connect, and Discovery Science is one that allows the student to manipulate the information and work with interactive videos and labs. Where else can you find streaming videos that can be used to introduce, support and extend any lesson--especially if you are teaching science or social studies? You can use an entire video or just a segment depending on what you need or how much time you have. Curriculum standards, a teacher’s guide, and many times reinforcement worksheets and activities are provided. Because students are so visually stimulated, these videos really keep their attention, and they can actually see what concept they have been studying. For example, teaching physical and chemical changes to third graders just isn’t easy. So we thought, let’s see what Discovery Science has to offer. WOW! What a wealth of information and science experiences we found. Students could sort and classify matter, watch matter change states, and compare mass using a balance with gram weights. Concepts that are difficult for students to grasp come to life with the click of a mouse. As educators, we must provide various opportunities for students and their many learning styles.
One of the best things about KLRN’s website is that anything you need to create or enhance a lesson can be found in one place. There are so many fantastic pieces to this website that it is hard to pick a few favorites. We find ourselves consistently using the Teacher’s Toolkit, where a variety
of links are available that provide lessons searchable by grade level and/or subject matter.
The materials here are endless!
As we finished up our training session and grabbed the last of the cookies, we paused for a moment…
Can you remember everything we just shared and re-discovered?
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Sid the Science Kid
Airs Monday-Friday at 7:30 a.m. [KLRN Channel 9 / KLRN-DT 9.1 HD]
SID THE SCIENCE KID is a new educational animated television series using comedy to promote exploration, discovery and science readiness among preschoolers. This landmark production of 40 half-hour episodes, co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and KCET/Los Angeles for PBS KIDS®, debuted in September as part of the popular PBS KIDS preschool destination, the hosted two-hour morning block and online destination.
The energetic and inquisitive Sid starts each episode with a new question ("Why are my shoes shrinking?" "Why do bananas get mushy?") and embarks on a fun-filled day of finding answers with the help of family and friends.
PBS TeacherLine of Texas
Have you thought about taking an online course, but wondered if online learning is right for you? PBS TeacherLine of Texas offers a FREE Orientation Course, "Practice Learning Online with TeacherLine" to prepare for online learning.
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
- 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 course, you must first join PBS TeacherLine. Click to Join for free.
PBS interviews Directors of Instructional Technology, Bruce Ellis (Dallas Independent School District) and Miguel Guhlin (San Antonio Independent School District) about the PBS TeacherLine programs they've implemented in their districts.
If you’ve never taken an online course, now is the time! PBS TeacherLine's high quality, standards-based graduate-level courses offer teachers the professional development opportunities in an accessible online format that makes learning fun, flexible and collaborative. Earn training or graduate credit while gaining strategies and resources to bring directly to your classroom.
Fall Term courses are open for enrollment, so browse our catalog to choose the one that's right
for you! Below are two favorites:
= Teacher Favorite
= Classroom Link
Teaching Writing in Science
Subjects: Science, Reading/Language Arts
Learn to assess your students' understanding of science concepts by integrating writing instruction into your curriculum. Help your students engage in persuasive writing tasks, and develop an instructional plan over the length of the course for using writing effectively in your classroom.
Put your plan into action and gain insight from the experience.
Fostering Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Elementary Science Subjects: Science, Instructional Technology, Instructional Strategies
Learn to meet national science standards by helping students develop the skills necessary to analyze ideas, think critically, and communicate clearly. Create lessons and activities that support collaboration, inquiry, and critical thinking.
PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection
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.
Ensure Your Teachers are Associated with the Correct School
Do you have teachers that moved to a new school within your district over the summer months?
How do you ensure their KLRN Connect usernames and passwords are assigned to the correct schools? One way is to shuffle them from one school to another. In the past, this required someone with administrative access, but that is not the case anymore! Teachers can
shuffle themselves from one school to another - in five easy steps. They are as follows:
- Go to klrn.unitedstreaming.com
- Click on the Passcode Login tab
- Enter the new school's passcode (get the passcode from your school’s
admin or email email@example.com)
- Enter in your existing DE streaming username/password
- Click the login box
PowerPoint link that walks you through the steps above - screenshot by screenshot.
Want to Get More Involved with Your Use of KLRN Connect in the Classroom?
Click here to go to the KLRN Connect page or click on the links below. Login required.
Getting Started: Step-by-Step is a new site that provides easy to follow instructions for new users to help them log-in, learn the functionality of DE streaming and/or DE Science, and encourage them to use it frequently. With videos, training resources, integration ideas and professional development opportunities, Getting Started was built and packaged for you to pass right along to your teachers. http://www.discoveryeducation.com/gettingstarted/
A Closer Look at the Moon: Space Science Series (20:00)
This inspiring look at the moon helps students understand what makes Earth's nearest neighbor so unique. Take a close look at the moon and learn why there are so many more craters on it than on Earth. Learn how the moon affects our oceans' tides. Understand the phases of the moon and learn what a waxing or waning moon is. Learn about lunar and solar eclipses and the moon's orbit around Earth.
Grade(s) : K-2, 3-5 © 2004 100% Educational Videos
This video contains 10 segments
A Drop Of Water (11:57)
A drop of water, seen through a microscope, takes on the dimensions of a whole new world -- populated by tiny, colorful, single-celled organisms. Protozoa can clearly be seen moving and changing shape in the water. Students' perceptions of single-celled life forms is reinforced, and by studying this small aquatic ecosystem, they will gain a better understanding of the one they inhabit. This program enhances the study of Life Science units on single-celled organisms.
Grade(s) : 6-8 classic © 1970 Aims Multimedia
This video contains 6 segments
Amazonia: The Forest: A Global Challenge (19:31)
Brazil has a rapidly growing population and a large overseas debt; the development of the resources of the rainforest is one way of addressing these problems. Development has to continue but what will the consequences be if clearing continues at present rates? Can existing forms of development be made sustainable?
Grade(s) : 9-12 classic © 1991 Channel 4
This video contains 7 segments
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 Teachers Connect
Are You a PBS Teacher?
You are if you use digital media to teach! Join today and connect with thousands of classroom teachers, home educators, media specialists and professional development providers who use PBS and public media resources to engage students. When you register, you will receive:
- Access to select PBS resources
- A personalized page with resources aligned to your subject & grade
- A customized local station program schedule
- A 10% discount coupon for PBS Shop for Teachers
American Experience: Website and Educator Resources
Search or browse over 1,500 features from more than 110 American Experience Web
sites —including timelines, primary sources, teacher's guides, maps, galleries, interactives,
video, and more to find history, civics, and other social studies resources for your classroom.
From the NOW Classroom
Because the American public is so inundated with news, commentary, and spin regarding the 2008 presidential race, it's vitally important to help students understand the truth and core values behind American political campaigns and elections. Use the lessons and activities from the NOW Classroom to inspire understanding, critical thinking, and opinionated expression in your classroom and beyond. http://www.pbs.org/now/classroom/elections.html
Vote 2008: Access, Analyze, Act
KLRN and PBS Teachers are proud to offer a new, elections-related curriculum, Access, Analyze, Act: A Blueprint for 21st Century Civic Engagement, which includes a rich collection of standards-based readings, discussion questions, and lesson plans for students in grades 7-12. These are complemented by three video modules for teachers and an interactive political personality quiz for students. All materials are designed to promote students' media and information literacy skills and civic engagement. The curriculum is available online at pbsteachers.org/vote2008/blueprint/.
Each month guest experts discuss and invite you to share your ideas about using multimedia resources to address common instructional challenges. These practitioners live and work in your standards-based, resource-challenged world. They share your commitment to creating rich, engaging learning experiences for students and are pioneering methods for infusing their instruction with media to improve learning across grade levels and curriculum topics. Pull up a screen and join us!
This month’s topic: Using Social Media to Promote Civic Engagement, with Kristin Hokanson, (Multidisciplinary, 6-12). Continue reading
Learning.now is a weblog that explores how new technology and Internet culture affect how educators teach and children learn. It will offer a continuing look at how new technology such as wikis, blogs, vlogs, RSS, podcasts, social networking sites, and the always-on culture of the Internet are impacting teacher and students' lives both inside and out of the classroom. Learning.now also wants to hear from you, and welcomes your participation on the site and your feedback.
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