September 2013

Education Matters

In This Issue
PBS LearningMedia
Save the Dates!
Our NEW Site
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Take your students on a virtual field trip with GPB's Georgia Traveler!

We've reformatted the 8th Grade Georgia History textbook for a digital platform.  The first version available is in the Kindle Store for download on your Kindle device or in the Kindle App.

Georgia Stories

What teachers are saying:

Thank you!  I can't wait to use this in my classroom and will share it with others. -Molly M.

Thank you so much! This will be great for my fellow teachers and students to use! -Christie B. 

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Football Fridays Returns - The first game airs Friday, August 30 beginning at 7:30pm. 

Have you downloaded the
GPB Sports app? Track and watch high school games right on your mobile device with this FREE app!

What's New
We updated our site!  
We reorganized our site to help give you what you need quickly


When you visit, you'll see that it's easier to find your favorite resources and services.  The left-hand navigation panel is organized by topic and grade level.  Using the letter guide, you can quickly determine which program is best for your age group.  If you see a program that you're unfamiliar with, simply click on the link to learn more about it.

Missing one of your favorite resources?  Let us know so that we can add it to the list.  Just email us at
Fast Forward
The latest episodes for Season 2 are being added to the website.  New places, careers, and experiences are just waiting to be discovered by your students.  There's even a new career portal for young students; Launchpad is specially designed with 3rd-6th graders in mind!  

Check out the newest episode here: 
Six Flags Over GA 
Six Flags Over GA

Constitution Day Resource
September 17 is Constitution Day.  Its My Constitution is a lively, educational video that provides an entertaining overview of this founding document, and its importance to us today.

On-Air on GPB
The March chronicles the events leading up to the historic March on Washington for jobs and freedom in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the event. Airs Tuesday, August 27 at 9 p.m.  Get preview clips from PBS Learning Media.  
EarthFlight, a Nature Special Presentation This series is a breathtaking voyage with the world's birds, soaring across six continents, witnessing spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders. Airs Wednesday, September 4 at 8 p.m. and continues throughout the month.

Hispanic Heritage Month Special  
Latino Americans  The first Spanish explorers in North America and the U.S. expansion in the Southwest are examined. Series premieres Tuesday, September 17th at 9 p.m. and continues the following Tuesday at 9 p.m.
PBS Learning Media


Learning Media The Detective's Notebook  

Login* to PBS Learning Media for the online activity Blue Ribbon Readers: The Detective's Notebook Game for grades K-5.  The game works on the concept "Drawing Inferences" using a teacher-selected mystery book.  This game integrates scientific process, reading comprehension, technology, even social studies if you choose a non-fiction story.   


PBS Learning Media has a lesson plan for grades 6-12 for Choosing a STEM Career that combines video clips and prepared websites for students to explore career trends in the STEM fields.

Combine this with
GPB's Fast Forward STEM over Georgia!  The second season is currently being added online with all new teachable moments, locations,and fields.

New Self-Paced Courses - These "bite-sized" 3-instruction hour professional learning opportunities are available on your time. You can explore course content, watch videos, complete interactive labs and take self-assessments at your own pace for up to one year after the purchase date.  Learn more about these classes!

Regular Teacherline Courses - Classes begin September 11th and 18th.
Use the promo code "GATLSE" when you register to get Georgia credit.

Sample course offerings:
Save the Dates!
The Ignite Show Live needs you in the audience on September 6! The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) in partnership with The Hunt Institute is sponsoring four special episodes of The Ignite Show focusing on the Common Core State Standards(CCSS). View the taping schedule. The taping will be held at Georgia Public Broadcasting Studios at 260 14th Street NW Atlanta, Ga 30319.  RSVP to

Marco Polo
Follow Marco Polo's adventures along the Silk Road in the new special exhibition Marco Polo: Man & Myth, opening September 28 at Fernbank Museum.

Britannica Online is offering webinars for teachers for CCGPS Tools for Georgia K-12 Schools on September 10-12Britannica School is provided free of charge to all Georgia schools thanks to the Georgia Department of Education and GALILEO.  Register by grade level: Elementary, Middle school, High school.

The Georgia Council for the Social Studies annual conference is scheduled for October 17 and 18 at the Classic Center in Athens.  In addition to keynote speakers and the awards luncheon, there will be 90 concurrent sessions for elementary, middle, high school and college students to attend.  Register online.
stop the drop
GPB's Stop the Drop Video Contest is back and open to all high school students.  We're looking for 30-second, student-made videos that demonstrate the importance of staying in school.  You can see the full list of rules online.
Tech Tip

Our New Site is All About You!

We really mean that here.  We wanted to make a website for educators that is easy to use and that has the tools you need.  Take a moment to view the changes we've made and let us know what you think. 

If you need more content in a particular area, let us know!  We're always happy to hear from our educators at
I'm a GPB Teacher
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We're working through some exciting projects to keep your students engaged in learning.  If you have your own ideas about how we can help, we'd love to hear them. 




New Media and Education Team
Georgia Public Broadcasting