January 2014

Education Matters

What's New
It's a new year
... sort of.  In education, the year starts in July and ends around May/ June.  January is more like mid-year in our world.  But, it's a season of new resolutions, which may have reached to your classroom.  If that's the case, we'd love to help you reach your goals.  Want to include more Georgia content?  We've got that.  Need real-life examples to make content relevant?  We can fill that space, too. 

With great programming like Georgia Traveler, Georgia Outdoors, and legacy programs like Georgia Stories, we're showing students opportunities for growth, beginning in their own backyards.  New programs like Fast Forward demonstrate the career potential for students who stay the course and finish high school.  There's a wide variety of jobs right here that are more than just a paycheck!

If you're looking for engaging content, check out our online resources by grade level.  Need more?  Let us know how to help make 2013-2014 a great year for education in Georgia! 

On the Story 
On the Story is a new broadcast news show whose mission is to tell the whole story on issues in our state and tell the stories of Georgia's talented, achieving, and engaging citizens.  It's a great place for content on current events to share with students.  The show begins this month and will air Monday - Thursday @7pm

Your GPB

Your GPB
is a digital magazine written and created by GPB Staff.  It's full of insider information, incredible local music, recipes, and personalities.  Check it out for free by downloading it from the iTunes app store and learn something new about our great state.  Downton Abbey fans won't want to miss our Downton special!
PBS Learning Media


This week's feature: All The World's Your Stage 

PBS Learning Media* highlights the arts, literature, career education and more with features about performance art.  Explore "What Does a Producer Do?"
See what it takes from behind the scenes to show time while tackling real life issues in Broadway or Bust segments.  Delve deep into Shakespeare with an expansive section on his works and their history.

Explore integrated subjects and let us know how you use this week's feature "All the World's Your Stage" with students by emailing us at education@gpb.org.

It's back!  RDLA152: An Intro. to Underlying Principles & Research for Effective Literacy Instruction (Gr K-8)  This Common Core aligned course is one of TeacherLine's most popular and highly-regarded courses! 

Also check out these courses beginning January 22:

  • INST120 Digital Lesson Planning for Differing Learning Styles (K-12)

  • INST320 Connecting Family, Community and Schools (K-12)

  • RDLA157 Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (PreK-3)

  • RDLA340 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (3-12)

  • MATH165 Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math Class (4-8)

  • MATH430 Seeing Math: Proportional Reasoning (6-12)

  • STEM412 NASA Resources for Teaching Global Climate Change in Middle School (5-8)

  • SCIE520  Teaching High School Biology (9-12)

  • SCIE572  The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science (9-12)

  • TECH340 Evaluating and Organizing Internet Resources and Content  (K-12)

  • TECH575 Leveraging Smart and Social Digital Media in the Classroom (K-12)

  • and so much MORE! 
*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. 

Teacher Tip

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Stop the Drop Contest Winner!

After a record number of entries into the Stop the Drop Contest this year, we have a winner!

Sean Tackett

Congratulations to Sean and his supportive team!  You can check out Sean's winning video, "Deja Vu," below:

D??j?? Vu - 1st Place in GPB's Stop The Drop Contest Winner 2013 
Deja  Vu - 1st Place in GPB's Stop The Drop Contest Winner 2013
You can view the top 10 finalists online to inspire your students with their peers' works and facilitate discussions on the value of staying in school. 

Save the Dates!
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State of the State Address
Tune in online to watch the governor's State of the State address
live on January 15, 2014 at 11AM.




Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 20 

Commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with an electronic "field trip" to the King Center courtesy Georgia Traveler. Check out their visit.


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.

Digital Learning Daya day to promote using technology to learn, is February5.  Check out these lesson plans to to use in the classroom.

PBS Learning Media is Looking for America's Best 100 Innovators.
Apply to the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Program! Selected educators will receive one year of PD including virtual training, exclusive resources and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.  The deadline to apply is February 14, 2014. 

Win the Ultimate Cool School Sweepstakes!

Enter daily to win. Two schools will win an interactive Discovery Education assembly for your entire school - yours could be one of them! The deadline is February 27, 2014.


Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge 

The nation's premier K-12 sustainability competition where students create solutions to environmental problems and compete for over $300,000 in prizes. Register today to get started. The deadline is March 4, 2014.
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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We hope 2014 is a successful year for you and your students!  If you need more content in a particular area, let us know!  We're always happy to hear from our educators at education@gpb.org.   




New Media and Education Team
Georgia Public Broadcasting