October 2013

Education Matters

What's New

Season 2 of Fast Forward is rolling out new episodes! Demonstrate the relevance of classwork with these Career Education short videos designed for middle and high school students.  Students may be surprised to learn about the STEM subjects needed to work at this white water rafting company! 

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Peg + Cat This series is designed to engage preschool children and teach them how to solve math-based problems with Peg, a chatty and tenacious five year-old, her feline pal, Cat, and her smart, cool friend Ramone. Series premieres Monday, October 7 at 8 am with a one hour special. Airs weekdays at 8:30 am and 1 pm.

Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle "Truth, Justice, and the American Way (1938-1958)"
Join host and narrator Liev Schreiber to explore the dawn of the comic book genre and trace the evolution of the characters and their ongoing cultural impact worldwide. October 15 at 8 pm.

New Georgia Outdoors Episode 
"Wild Cumberland" explores the habitat and history of Georgia's largest barrier island. From nesting loggerheads to digging clams on the beach, it is a program full of beauty, fun, and a fascinating look at the past. October 20 at 7:30 pm.   

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day -- when America has a black President, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race. Premieres October 22 at 8 pm and continues each Tuesday through mid-November.

Chattahoochee Unplugged Documentary focusing on the planning, development, creation, and opening of the "longest urban whitewater course in the world" in Columbus, Georgia. Premieres Tuesday, October 22 at 9 pm.

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From driving tanks and crushing some old cars at Tank Town USA in Morganton to a culinary tour in Augusta and on to history and beauty of the University of Georgia in Athens and a lot more in between, Georgia Traveler's 7th season is packed with fun and learning.  October 27th @ 7:00 pm.

War of the Worlds: American Experience 
With the CBS radio broadcast of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" serving as its narrative spine, the film examines the elements that together created one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history.  Premieres Tuesday, October 29 at 9 pm.
PBS Learning Media


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Win a tablet for every teacher in your school as you build your digital classroom with this special collection from PBS Learning Media that focuses on tech in the classroom.

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 October 16.
Use the promo code "GATLSE"
when you register to get Georgia credit.

New classes begin October 23 and include these sample course offerings:
View the PBS Teacherline Southeast online course catalog.

Note that this is the final round of scheduled courses before the new year.  However, you may continue with self-paced courses.
Tech Tip

You're pressed for time, and we understand that.  So, we've made an easy-to-use calendar for sourcing classroom content around historical events, dates, and people. 

Look for "Weekly Planner" at the top of our home page or click the link at the top of this email to take a tour.  Each week will show monthly themes, Today in Georgia History episodes, and related blogs on their given date.

Save the Dates!

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.

Flipped Classrooms For Real Learning: Definitions, Resources and Tools is a webinar featuring special guests Jon Bergmann, a pioneer in the Flipped Class Movement and Mike Gorman, a 21st century educational technology and learning expert.  Sponsored by PBS Learning Media and scheduled for October 8 at 7pm. 

Plug In: How to Integrate Tablets, Smart Phones, Devices & More
Learn how mobile technology can be successfully integrated into classrooms from Leslie Fisher, the Director of Fisher Technologies Inc. and K-12 technology expert. Topics: top applications, success stories, pragmatic tips for getting started and solutions for tackling technology/infrastructure challenges. Hosted by Leslie Fisher and Mike Gorman on October 21 at 6pm.  

October is Farm-to-School Month
Georgia Organics is introducing Lettuce Try It!, encouraging students to - you guessed it - try lettuce! Schools can sign up to receive resources including "How to Host a Lettuce Taste Test" and lesson plans for students from preschool through high school.

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.
Products and Features

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.

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New Media and Education Team
Georgia Public Broadcasting