Premiers Mon., Sept. 1
Airs WEEKDAYS at 3:30 p.m. on Channel 9/10
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Preview MARTHA SPEAKS here
Based on the children's book series by Susan Meddaugh and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, MARTHA SPEAKS is an animated series designed to help kids ages four to seven understand what words mean when they hear them. The series stars Martha, a beloved family dog. She is accidentally fed alphabet soup, which gives her the power of speech and the chance to speak her mind to anyone that will listen.
With two stories in each episode, kids will get to know Martha as an outspoken, honest, smart, confident dog who loves to eat—and talk! They will also meet the rest of Martha's family and friends. Ten-year-old Helen is Martha's best friend. Martha encourages the shy, artistic Helen to be more outgoing and brave. Helen acts as the voice of reason for Martha. It's a relationship any dog, or
pet-lover, can appreciate.
Sid the Science Kid
Premiers Mon., Sept. 1
Airs WEEKDAYS at 7:30 a.m. on Channel 9/10
Read the Educational Philosophy here
SID THE SCIENCE KID is a new educational animated television series using comedy to promote exploration, discovery and science readiness among preschoolers. The program features a practical in-school science curriculum that uses music and humor to celebrate children’s natural curiosity about science in everyday life. The energetic and inquisitive Sid starts each episode with a new question, such as “Why are my shoes shrinking?” or “Why do bananas get mushy?” and embarks
on a fun-filled day of finding answers with the help of family and friends.
Where We Stand: America’s Schools in the 21st Century
Airs Mon., Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. on Channel 9/10
Website available Sept. 15 at http://www.pbs.org/wherewestand
Where We Stand: America’s Schools in the 21st Century examines the major challenges for U.S. schools in the face of a changing world. Divided into five segments, topics include globalization; measuring student progress; ensuring that all students achieve; the current school funding system, and teacher quality. Hosted by Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the documentary visits a range of socioeconomic and geographic school districts.
The program features schools in Ohio, an important swing state, but thisprogram is about all of our schools and where they stand.
Join KLRN School Services in a special follow-up roundtable discussion on Where We Stand in the virtual world, Second Life, on Thurs., Sept. 18 at 8:00 p.m. Hosted by KLRN School Services, PBS TeacherLine of Texas and the International Society for Technology in Education.
Location in Second Life: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ISTE%20Island/181/144/23
Want to start an account in Second Life and need more information?
Visit www.klrn.org/learning/schoolservices and click on Contests and Special Events.
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INST120 Creating Units to Support Differing Learning Styles
Subjects: Instructional Technology, Instructional Strategies
Unlock the secrets to developing a curriculum that meets the learning needs of different types of students. Create a cross-curricular unit that integrates technology to support learning, and plan lessons that address the different ways that your students learn. Activities will help you build flexibility into your lesson plans, enabling you to integrate your new knowledge into your instruction.
INST320 Connecting Family, Community and Schools
Subjects: Instructional Strategies
Learn the Action Team for Partnership (ATP) model and discover how to engage families and communities in children's education. Examine the "connection" issues, acquire tools to integrate partnership programming into your curriculum, and develop a plan that involves parents, family members, and community resources in your own classroom.
INST325 Using Assessment and Evaluation
Subjects: Instructional Technology
Delve into the full array of assessment and evaluation tools, including rubrics, journals, formal and informal assessments, and portfolios. Then, create an effective rubric based on an existing student assignment.
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 need high quality 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.
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
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