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Teacher’s Best Friend

My KLRN Connect password was left unused for many years. Then last year Saint Mary’s Hall installed a SMART Board in all the kindergarten rooms. It was like a door opening to a brand new world and reminded me of a question game I once played with a group of teachers about what machine we use the most in our teaching. Being a visual learner, I used my overhead for most of
my teaching life (which began in 1967) and that was my answer.

The overhead, of course, meant hours of preparing transparencies and since I like well designed visual presentations, it often meant colored transparencies. Storage was always an issue as I had many huge notebooks with curriculum transparencies pushed on the shelves. This was hours of work, many dollars spent on materials, and further it seems I spent my life clicking the notebooks open for materials and then returning them to the proper spot….”click, click!” They were hard to toss away due to the amount of time they took to make; but, in the end it was a delight to push them
into the trash….it was a weight lifted because I had discovered DE streaming.

Even in the kindergarten or as I say, especially in the kindergarten, KLRN Connect has become
my new TBF, my Teacher’s Best Friend. It is efficient, takes very little space, and is always ready with new and fresh ideas to bring depth and breadth to the materials presented. It is a tremendous time saver. Whether it is a study of Pablo Picasso as an extension of our study of shapes like the cube, or James Marshall’s Cinderella when we explore the fairy tale genre, it is always there ready and waiting. We started our exploration of symmetry with excellent and catchy resources from KLRN Connect and referenced them daily as we set to work with actual materials in the classroom.
There is no weekly plan that does not include some materials taught by my new teaching partner and best friend.

My overhead sits quietly on a shelf, rather like a grandparent in a rocking chair, watching the new fangled machine that has replaced it. Once in awhile, it becomes a center for kids to explore materials but mostly, it is covered, warm, and content just to watch. All of this has contributed to make my classroom very green indeed. Not only do we use less teacher-made materials, we use less paper as the lessons can be learned more efficiently and visually on our large touch screen…often not a copy is made, and sometimes a pencil is not required. Then the end of the
day comes right around 2:00 PM in our classroom.

We have had our last “recall y’all,” erased the message of the day, put away the materials and centers, and then the children want to know, “is Chicken Jane coming?”
Between the Lions, a program that always seemed out of the question financially to own, comes free through KLRN, bringing with it the decoding and sight words work on a new level. However,
it mostly brings, Chicken Jane.  What is it that attracts the students to Chicken Jane? It is not for
me to know, but they read the whole thing.  “Here comes Scot, here comes Dot, here comes Chicken Jane.”   Shhhhhh, don’t tell them they just practiced many skills we had in small groups that day, just smile and say with me “Thank you KLRN Connect…” My new TBF!


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NOVA:  BECOMING HUMAN
November 3, 10, & 17 at 8:00 PM on KLRN



Nothing is more fascinating to us than, well, us. Where did we come from? What makes us human?
An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special, "Becoming Human," examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives—putting together the pieces of our human past and transforming our understanding of our earliest ancestors. Featuring interviews with world-renowned scientists, each hour unfolds with a
CSI
-like forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor. The programs were shot "in the trenches" where discoveries were unearthed throughout Africa and Europe. Dry bones
spring back to life with stunning computer-generated animation and prosthetics. Fossils not only give us clues to what early hominids looked like, but, with the aid of ingenious new lab techniques, how they lived and how we became the creative, thinking humans of today.

DINOSAUR TRAIN
M-F 8:30 AM and Sat. 7:30 AM on KLRN



DINOSAUR TRAIN embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The series encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Each of the 40 half-hour episodes features Buddy, an adorable preschool age Tyrannosaurus Rex, and his adoptive Pteranodon family as they board the DINOSAUR TRAIN and embark on whimsical voyages through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans. The episodes include two 11-minute animated stories, along with brief live action segments hosted by renowned paleontologist Dr. Scott Sampson that unearth basic concepts in life science, natural history and paleontology. (Note: KLRN is bringing Buddy to San Antonio in 2010! Be on the look-out for details.)

BETWEEN THE LIONS
M-F 2:00 PM


Between the Lions is designed to help kids ages 3 to 7 learn to read. Unique among the hundreds of programs aimed at children, this puppet, animated, and live-action show is based on a detailed and rigorous literacy curriculum. It was developed in extensive and ongoing consultation with reading professionals. The result is a lively, educational blend of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary,
and other teaching methods for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students. Several independent, scientifically-based reading research studies have shown that Between the Lions has a significant
impact in increasing children's literacy.


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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 klrn.unitedstreaming.com
  2. Click on the Passcode Login tab 
  3. Enter the new school's passcode  (get the passcode from your school’s
    admin or email mmccormick@klrn.org)
  4. Enter in your existing DE streaming username/password 
  5. Click the login box

Here is a PowerPoint link that walks you through the steps above - screenshot by screenshot. 
http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/matt.monjan/files/2008/08/shuffling-schools.ppt



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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KLRN Connect Presents

 A Day of Discovery
Join leading educators from across the south central Texas region for a FREE full-day event on Discovery Education streaming. Save the date of December 5, 2009 to become a Discovery STAR for your school! Register here https://discoveryed.wufoo.com/forms/san-antonio-day-of-discovery/


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 station pricing is available for individual course registrations. Call Malinda McCormick at
210-270-9000, to register for your course at lower rates than nationally advertised!

You 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

RDLA120: Integrating the Internet into the K-2 Language Arts Curriculum
Subjects
: Reading/Language Arts, Instructional Technology, Instructional Strategies
Grades: Kindergarten-2nd
Hours: 30
Hone your skills at finding the right Internet resources, and selecting the resources that will work best for your students and learning plans using the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) as a guide. As a final project, develop a plan for meaningfully integrating your choices into your language arts curriculum.

RDLA125: Children's Authors on the Web: Online Sites that Motivate Students to Write Teacher Favorite
Subjects: Reading/Language Arts, Instructional Technology, Instructional Strategies
Grades: Kindergarten-6th
Hours: 30
Discover the power of author studies to motivate students to read and write. This course uses a
problem-based approach to teach the techniques of conducting an author study integrating technology and the Internet. Explore author and other Web sites to collect resources that will introduce your students to many genres.

RDLA383: Supporting ELLs: Writing Development in Grades PreK-3
Subjects: Reading/Language Arts
Grades: Preschool-3rd
Hours: 10
“What classroom practices best promote ELLs' writing development?” Develop an understanding and identify the specific needs of ELLs in writing, by integrating research on how writing and language develops in ELLs with an understanding of the considerations that need to be made for ELLs. These considerations include state, national, and local standards and the use of assessment as a tool for informing instruction. Discuss strategies to support ELLs' writing development, including group lessons in which writing and spelling are modeled for students, programs found to be effective for ELLs, and the use of technology. The course project enables learners to synthesize the information they have learned in the course in the form of an e-article that they will post to an educational blog or a multimedia presentation as part of an online presentation tool.


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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
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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 Website Receives Top Honors

bl-landmark.pngPBS Teachers, PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources, was recently named a "Landmark Website for Teaching and Learning" by the American Association of School Libraries for exemplary dynamic content and curricular relevance. At PBS Teachers, you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels, thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games, and simulations. These resources are correlated to state and national educational standards and are tied to PBS' award-winning on-air and online programming like NOVA, Nature, Cyberchase, Between the Lions and more.
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PBS Teachers Webinars for November
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Visit PBS Teachers to search for lesson plans and other resources for your classroom.

Tuesday, November 10
PBS TeacherLine: Online Professional Development for Educators
PBS TeacherLine staff
Curriculum Connection: All Subjects

Tuesday, November 17
Helping Kids Understand Viruses and Vaccinations with Sid the Science Kid
PBS producers and curriculum experts
Curriculum Connection: Health

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Media Infusion
A PBS Teachers blog offering strategies and resources to help you create rich, engaging learning experiences with multimedia.
buddyYoung Scientists on the Dinosaur Train
By Janet English
What’s more endearing than a child asking, “Why?” We love watching our kids go on self-directed adventures, learning about everything they see, feel, touch or hear. They’re natural-born scientists. They spend their days testing and experimenting with toys and playthings; always searching for a new discovery. It’s a joy to watch and an important part of their intellectual growth. This month’s Media Infusion challenge is designed to capture this natural curiosity, help our children develop the skills of scientific thinkers, and encourage their parents to help us along the way.
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The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
The wealth of themes explored in The National Parks: America’s Best Idea offers an extraordinary educational opportunity for your classroom. The lessons and activities developed around the film look
at the rich history of the national parks, the art and photography of the breath-taking geography
that inspired so many people, and the human story of politics and policy that shaped and continue to shape the parks today. Click here to learn more.

The Untold Stories Project—Features the San Antonio Missions
The Untold Stories project features a series of five dynamic and engaging stories about the role of
African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans in the creation and protection of individual parks. The goal is to bring to light the contributions of individuals from these diverse groups and to engage new and traditionally underserved audiences in the educational richness
of the national parks. The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is one of the featured stories!
Click here to view the film and find classroom resources.

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Happenings

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.





Click here to Support KLRN and Receive Tickets to this Spectacular Theatrical Arena Show
After years of planning, the award-winning BBC TV series, Walking with Dinosaurs, comes to life in
a stunning theatrical event. Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create
15 life-size dinosaurs, including the terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus-rex! Be amazed and
thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes.

Financial Fitness Fair

November 14, 2009 - Mark your calendars for a "Reach for the Stars" Financial Fitness Fair
at Business Careers High School, in San Antonio.
The Texas Jump$tart Coalition is presenting this day of practical, relevant topics for teens and
their parents. Issues such as creating a workable budget, using credit cards wisely, auto purchases,
saving in tough times, college applications, and more will be discussed by financial experts.
KLRN will be there so look for our booth!

Click here for more information.



The Electric Company Circuit Tour
Saturday, November 21
Guadalupe Theater; 1301 Guadalupe Street
10 AM – 1 PM
Teachers: Please let your students know that The Electric Company Circuit Tour, featuring cast member Shock, is coming to San Antonio. The event brings the magic of the television series to life through a multi-media experience with singing, rapping, dancing, photo opportunities, hands-on activities, and giveaways!  The event is free BUT reservations are required. Call 210.270.9000, ext. 2265 to reserve seats. Click here for more information.


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