February 2014

Education Matters

What's New

Check out the digital resources we've curated to educate students on the contributions of African Americans.



Faces of America

Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 11 renowned Americans, including comedian Stephen Colbert, writer Malcolm Gladwell and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Airs Sunday, February 2 and February 9 at 3PM and 4PM.  


Super Skyscrapers   

This series follows the building of four extraordinary skyscrapers showing how they will revolutionize where we live, work, how we protect ourselves from earthquakes and terrorist attacks -- and even control the amount of energy we use. Series premieres Wednesday, February 5 at 10PM and continues each Wednesday.


FRONTLINE: "The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela"

FRONTLINE profiles the most widely known and revered political leader in the world -- Nelson Mandela. The film tells the story of his life through interviews with intimates, from his most trusted associates to his jailers on Robben Island, the prison where he was held for 27 years.  Watch it online on this Passion for Learning blog post and get teacher resources on Mandela too. Airs Sunday, February 16 at 3PM.

PBS Learning Media 

Last Chance! How are You Using PBS Learning Media?  Share your stories with us by February 7 at education@gpb.org and your story could be featured in a series of blogs on Passion for Learning on how teachers are using PBS Learning Media*. Need some inspiration? Check out this story from one Illinois teacher.


Want to learn more, Be Inspired, Be an Innovator? Check out this free PBS Learning Media webinar on February 4 from 6-7PM.  Just sign up online to join. 


*For full access to the rich resources across grade and subject areas, create your own login.


Need a refresher on how PBS Teacherline works? Read this blog post on how to get your PLUs through this convenient online service. 
Check out these courses starting March 26:   

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

Self-paced courses are available all year.  
View the PBS Teacherline Southeast online course catalog.
Teacher Tip


You may have read about Georgia Tech offering a master's degree in computer science for a little less than $7,000 on our Passion for Learning blog. They are accepting applicants for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014.  Read more about how and when to apply. 

Save the Dates!
Carson McCullers Literary Awards
Submit your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays to the 2014 Carson McCullers Literary Awards. Entries are being accepted electronically now until February 1 at english.columbusstate.edu. There is no entry fee. Must be registered for classes at Columbus State University or attend a Georgia High School or Chattahoochee Valley high school. For more information contact Dr. Carmen Skaggs at 706-569-2583.


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 Day, a day to promote using technology to learn, is February 5Check out these lesson plans to to use in the classroom.
Last Chance to Apply!
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.


Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes

Want for a chance to win $45,000 in classroom technology for your school!  Enter by March 1, 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

Georgia History in the Palm of Your Hand

We've reformatted the 8th Grade Georgia History textbook for a digital platform.  It's available for Kindle and NEW on iPad.  Watch your inbox for detailed instructions on your free download!

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Spring Break will be here before we know it.  We want to know how you keep your students engaged over the break.  Do you assign essays, have tests the following Monday?  Let us know your Spring Break Strategies and we'll share them with your peers on Passion for Learning!

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.   




GPB Digital and Education Team
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