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  Science resources from KLRN Connect can turn science into a “wow” moment.


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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 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? 

No worries, it’s on our Favorites! 

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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.

Airs Tuesdays through Fridays at 5:30 p.m.   [KLRN Channel 9 / KLRN-DT 9.1 HD]

The award-winning series, CYBERCHASE, is the only mathematics series for children on American television. Designed for kids ages 8 to 12 and packed with mystery, humor, and action, each episode delivers positive messages about math by teaching concepts in a fun way that kids can understand.

In the world of CYBERCHASE, the dastardly villain Hacker is on a mad mission to take over cyberspace with the help of his blundering henchbots, Buzz and Delete. But our heroes, Inez, Jackie, and Matt, are three curious kids determined to stop him with the help of their cyberpal, Digit.
Their weapon: brainpower.

Each episode takes our heroes on a thrilling adventure driven by a different math concept. From tackling time in ancient Egyptian tombs to cracking codes in creepy caves, kids learn that math is everywhere and fun to use! And even more important for grown-ups, each episode is centered on a core math standard developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).


Airs Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.  [KLRN Channel 9 / KLRN-DT 9.1 HD]

NOVA is the highest rated science series on television and the most watched documentary series on public television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Teachers can access a wealth of resources on the NOVA website( including online clips and podcasts, weekly e-mail bulletins, and program guides.


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PBS TeacherLine of Texas

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:

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  • 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.

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!
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Special station pricing is available for individual course registrations. Call Malinda McCormick at
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PBS TeacherLine Courses

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
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Teaching Reading in Science
Subjects: Science, Reading/Language Arts
Grades: 3-12
Hours: 30
Help students unravel the mysteries and complexities of scientific concepts by training them to approach science texts in new ways. Learn effective strategies to help your students arrange ideas, understand text organization, set goals for reading, make meaningful connections, and persevere through challenging materials.

Teaching Writing in Science Classroom Link
: Science, Reading/Language Arts
Hours: 30
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 Classroom LinkSubjects: Science, Instructional Technology, Instructional Strategies
Grades: 1-4
Hours: 30
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

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.

KLRN Connect

KLRN Connect

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Log-in to KLRN Connect and start using these great classroom resources today! (In order to view you must be logged in to KLRN Connect)
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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: 

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Passcode Login tab 
  3. Enter the new school's passcode  (get the passcode from your school’s
    admin or email
  4. Enter in your existing DE streaming username/password 
  5. 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.


Full Video

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       2       © 2004       100% Educational Videos      
This video contains 10 segments
Curriculum Standards


Full Video

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       3       classic       © 1970       Aims Multimedia      
This video contains 6 segments
Curriculum Standards

Full Video

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       4       classic       © 1991       Channel 4      
This video contains 7 segments
Curriculum Standards

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.

PBS Teachers

Lesson Plans and other resources for the classroom

PBS Teachers Connect
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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:

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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.

Access, Analyze, Act: A Blueprint for 21st Century Civic Engagement Curriculum Guide and Web Resources

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

Media Infusion

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 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. also wants to hear from you, and welcomes your participation on the site and your feedback.

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More Resources

The Afterschool Resource Center Website
KLRN’s Afterschool Resource Center Website contains a collection of afterschool resources for children in kindergarten through grade eight. Teachers and afterschool providers can explore these resources to enrich their programs in Health and Fitness, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Literacy, and the Arts. The site also contains ideas for stretching children’s imaginations, dance lesson plans, collections of children’s literature, interactive adventure games, painting projects, sports news, music making tools, virtual field trips, and a myriad of resources for making the afterschool learning experience a rich journey for children. The site is funded through a grant from the City of
San Antonio’s Department of Community Initiatives. Check it out at

Conversations, KLRN’s public affairs program, raises awareness about the talent, energy and commitment of people who make a positive difference— in the quality of life, in the social and economic well being of the city, and in the prospects of the city as a place where our children will want to have careers and raise their families. It is about stories and sharing ideas with our audience. Click the link to watch a recent edition of Conversations, featuring Don Knezek, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education and Dr. Robert Durón, Superintendent of the
San Antonio Independent School District, as they discuss 21st century skills for educators and how SAISD is utilizing PBS TeacherLine Capstone courses for integrating technology in the classroom.

Wings Over the Alamo

The Wings Over the Alamo Educator’s Guide— Teachers interested in San Antonio History
in their lessons on Texas history will find the Wings Over the Alamo documentary
produced by KLRN to be packed with a lot of great information surrounding San Antonio’s
long history in military aviation.

Visit the Wings Over the Alamo website!

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Breakfast with Martha!

Families are invited to come out and meet Martha, from PBS KIDS’ Martha Speaks, on Sat., Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m at the Humane Society/SPCA of Bexar County, 4804 Fredericksburg Road. Guests will enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, take park in fun games and activities, watch a clip from the program, and, of course, get a photo with Martha. Seating is limited for this FREE event. Call 210.270.9000 ext. 2247 to make a reservation.

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Article written by: Debra Girgus &
Donna Mayberry

Debra Girgus
Instructional Technology Coordinator University of Texas at San Antonio B.A.Texas A&M at Kingsville M.Ed

Donna Mayberry
Lower School
Science Teacher
Southwest Texas State Univ. B.S.

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