Walking with Dinosaurs: The Making of the Live Experience
Tues., Sept. 15
8:00 PM on KLRN (Repeats Thurs., Sept. 17 at 7:00 pm on KLRN 9.2)
Anyone interested in dinosaurs, history, engineering, or robotics will be amazed by Walking with Dinosaurs: The Making of the Live Experience airing on KLRN in September. The program is based on the famous Walking with Dinosaurs series produced by BBC and seeks to once again bring dinosaurs to life. For a live experience, the entire floor of the AT&T Center will be cleared to make room for these massive creatures on November 4-8. However, KLRN viewers will have a chance to watch the “behind the scenes” documentary about this amazing production—and the amount of work that goes into designing and creating these life-size creatures. Anyone familiar with engineering won’t be surprised to know that there are some tense moments, especially when the largest dinosaur is 72 feet from nose to tail. No design is ever implemented without a few hitches. Check out a preview here and then be sure to tune in on Sept. 15 and 17 to watch the whole story.
On the heels of its tremendously successful PBS KIDS® preschool series,Sid the Science Kid.
Airs weekdays on KLRN at 8:30 AM
Premieres September 7
The Jim Henson Company premieres Dinosaur Train on September 7, continuing its legacy of quality children’s entertainment. Dinosaur Train, created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), is set in a whimsically realistic, prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes, and oceans. Each day, Dinosaur Train will help kids ages 3 to 6 to apply scientific thinking as they discover new types of dinosaur species, compare and contrast dinosaurs to today's creatures, and embrace the living sciences of paleontology and natural science. The half-hour shows feature two animated episodes; each followed by short live action segments with a real paleontologist interacting with kids who love to explore the world around them. Based on input from paleontologists, science
educators and early childhood education experts, Dinosaur Train promotes critical thinking skills for preschoolers based on an engaging and creative curriculum. Children can also explore the world of Dinosaur Train online at pbskids.org. Parents and educators can extend the series' learning with activities and resources on PBS Parents (pbsparents.org) and PBS Teachers (pbsteachers.org).
The Principal Story: A Town Hall Forum
Thurs., Sept. 10, 2009
8:00 PM on KLRN
KLRN’s The Principal Story: A Town Hall Forum features four San Antonio principals and Tod Lending, the producer of the documentary, The Principal Story. Hosted by Tanji Patton, this locally-produced program focuses on the role of principal as a leader with the school community. You can also follow the stories of the four San Antonio principals as they journal online about the challenges and opportunities they encounter in their day-to-day jobs. Join in on the conversation at: http://klrnprincipalstory/blogspot.com
The Principal Story on P.O.V.
Tues., Sept. 15, 2009
9:00 PM on KLRN
The Principal Story, broadcast as part of PBS’ acclaimed P.O.V series, tells two stories, painting a dramatic portrait of the challenges facing America's public schools — and of the great difference a dedicated principal can make. Tresa Dunbar is a second-year principal at Chicago's Nash Elementary, where 98% of students come from low-income families; in Springfield, Illinois, Kerry Purcell has led Harvard Park Elementary, with similar demographics, for six years. Tod Lending (Omar & Pete, POV 2005) and David Mrazek followed both women over the course of a school year, discovering each one's unique styles yet similar passions. The Principal Story takes the viewer along for an emotional ride that reveals what effective educational leadership looks like in the 21st century. The Principal Story is a production of Nomadic Pictures with funding from The Wallace Foundation. To learn more about the principals, the schools and the national outreach campaign, visit The Wallace Foundation site.
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Sun., Sept. 27 through Fri., Oct. 2, 2009
8:00 PM, Repeats at 10:00 PM
Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales—from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska—The National Parks: America's Best Idea is nonetheless a story of people: people from every conceivable background—rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration - set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable.
The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written
and co-produced by Dayton Duncan.
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.
Get more involved with your use of KLRN Connect in the classroom with these fantastic teaching tips from Discovery Education streaming.
Click here to go to the page in KLRN Connect or click on the links below. Login required.
Back to School Enhancements Webinar – Discover the Undiscovered
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Discovery Education streaming Back to School Enhancements 2009
New to KLRN Connect or do you need a refresher? Try this online Getting Started Guide at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/gettingstarted/
Would you like to use Mary McBeth’s ideas to put content on iPods? Check out these lesson plans for digital editing content from KLRN Connect.
Edit still images or video clips to create a variety of classroom projects.
Lesson Plan using Adobe Premiere
Lesson Plan using Apple iMovie
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
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Peer Connection, a service of PBS TeacherLine, supports instructional coaches and mentors as they work to improve the effectiveness of teachers. Interactive group and network functionality provides web 2.0 technologies. 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 Website Receives Top Honors
PBS 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.
Sign up for free membership in PBS Teachers at www.pbsteachers.org.
Transforming Schools: P.O.V.'s The Principal Story
Tues., Sept. 1, 2009
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Special guests include Kerry Purcell, one of the principals featured in the film, David Mrazek, one of the filmmakers, and Eliza Licht, director of community engagement and education for P.O.V./American Documentary.
Curriculum Connection: All Subjects
Dig into Early Science Instruction with Dinosaur Train
Mon., Sept. 21, 2009
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join PBS KIDS producers, scientists, and educators for an in-depth look into the newest program on PBS—Dinosaur Train.
Curriculum Connection: Science
How Do I Participate?
Simply sign up to become a PBS Teacher and you will receive a webinar invite the week of the event.
PBS Teachers enjoy access to all of our FREE services, including PBS Teachers Connect, an online learning community where preK-12 educators can collaborate with their peers, discuss digital media use, and "save" online instructional resources. Members of PBS Teachers can also receive discounts up to 10% at the PBS Educational Media website.