November 2013

Education Matters

What's New

The latest episode for Season 2 of Fast Forward is here!  Upper grade students will love this behind-the-scenes look at jobs on the set of Raleigh Studios as they film The Walking Dead.  Your students may be surprised to learn about the STEM subjects needed to work in the film industry! 
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African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., this series continues to explore the origins of the people from Africa whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives that African Americans have developed against unimaginable odds.  Continues Tuesdays at 8 p.m. through mid-November.


NOVA "Cold Case JFK"

For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies and mishandled evidence. Now, 50 years later, NOVA asks: Could modern investigators do better? We'll see how state-of-the art forensic tools would apply if the investigation occurred today.  Wednesday, November 13 at 9 p.m.


SECRETS OF THE DEAD "JFK: One PM Central Standard Time"

Fifty years after the tragic shooting of President John F. Kennedy, this episode chronicles minute-by-minute the assassination as it was revealed in the CBS newsroom from the moment the President was shot until Walter Cronkite's emotional pronouncement of his death, one hour and eight minutes later.  Premieres Wednesday, November 13 at 10 p.m.


Georgia Outdoors New Episode! Dolphins

Everyone loves dolphins, but some dolphin lovers are causing bad behavior.  You'll see dolphins begging, go up close for a dolphin anatomy lesson, and learn about the threats now facing one of our most cherished marine mammals.  Premieres Sunday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.


Georgia High School Cheerleading Championships - Georgia's top squads compete against each other in the finals.  Saturday, November 23 at 5 p.m. and replays Sunday, November 24 at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. 

PBS Learning Media


New Web Series: PBS Math Club   

In this new web show on math, students take charge in teaching the concepts. Five talented cast members, use everyday examples and teen-culture references to illustrate math concepts such as integers and negative numbers. Each episode includes a wealth of related material for use by parents and classroom teachers - including innovative interactive-video quizzes; lesson plans; illustrations suitable for use on classroom interactive whiteboards; even 15-second snippets designed for sharing on Instagram and other social media sites.

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!

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

Self-paced courses are available all year.  To see a list of upcoming, scheduled classes that begin in January, check out this list online now. 

Tech Tip

... and More on Passion for Learning

GPB's education bloggers are bringing you educational news, training and professional development, classroom content, and engaging ideas to keep kids learning.  
For example, check out Rosemary's interview with Keith Hughes, YouTube Next Edu Guru Award winner, to find out more on how to make educational videos for the classroom that students actually want to watch.   

Save the Dates!

Siemen's Summer of Learning Application  

Looking for FREE STEM professional development opportunities this summer? Apply today for the 2014 Siemens Summer of Learning programs, including the Siemens STEM Institute and Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs). Many Georgia teachers have gained acceptance to the program and have collaborated with top scientists and peers. Applications are due February 4, 2014.


Chevron Fuel Your School Program 

Need a microscope or tarantula for your biology project? Enter the program, fueled by Chevron and the crowd funding site to fund your science, technology, engineering or math project.

stop the drop
GPB's Stop the Drop Video Contest
The November 17 deadline for entries is rapidly approaching!  High school students are encouraged to enter this video competition online. 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
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Have you downloaded the GPB Sports app? Football finals are approaching, and that means it's more important than ever to stay in the know with your school and your rivals!  Track high school games on your mobile device with this FREE app!   

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