March 2014

Education Matters

What's New

The 8th grade textbook, Our State and Our Nation: Georgia Studies, is available for Kindle and Kindle apps and for iPad.  The iPad version is full of interactive graphics, slideshows, videos, 360-degree tours, and more.  There's a bonus virtual field trip to Andersonville, as well.  Sign-up for the textbook online to get your free copies for your classroom.   


On Air

On the Story: African Americans in the Media

GPB's new news magazine show will examine how the image of African Americans in the media has changed over the years, and perhaps not changed enough. Guest panelists include retired WSB Anchor/Reporter Monica Pearson.  Airs Tuesday, February 25 at 7 pm

Cat in the Hat  

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

The "Dr. Seuss' Birthday Cat-ebration" kicks off on Monday, March 3, with the debut of a one-hour The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! special. New half-hour episodes also premiere on Tuesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 5.  



Georgia High School Basketball Championships
GPB is bringing you the State Basketball Championships all weekend.  Follow along online, too, for news stories and championship updates.  Airs Thursday, March 6
th through Saturday, March 8th.

Story of the Jews with Simon Schama 
Written and hosted by noted historian and scholar Simon Schama, this series offers a comprehensive story of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day, featuring a wide variety of interviewees ranging from academics to writers, politicians, artists and musicians.  Series premiers Tuesday, March 25th at 8pm 

Georgia Tech Inventure Prize  

Georgia Tech students compete in this live broadcast for the Inventure Prize, awarded to the team or individual with the greatest new invention or innovation.  In the past, contestants have presented new medical devices, athletic clothing, even dog toys.  Airs Wednesday, March 26th at 7:30pm.


Andrew Young Presents  

Two new episodes focusing on the History of Atlanta.  Series premiers Monday, March 31st at 9pm and 10pm.  

PBS Learning Media 
PBS Learning Media
Introduce students to engineering design, probability, and the laws of motion and forces in the 6-week catapult design project for grades 5-12.


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Congratulations to Sandi Dennis, Library Media and Instructional Technology Specialist from The 4/5 Academy at 5th Avenue in Decatur. She was recently selected to serve as a judge for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. She'll assist in selecting the 100 digital innovative educators who will take part in the program.  


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.  
Teacher Tip

FREE Training for the Digital Textbook

The Georgia Studies textbook is available for free (just fill out this registration form). GPB Digital is hosting a live, online tutorial for the textbook on March 6 at 4PM.  You can chat live with the product's developers and learn more about the iPad version special features.  There will also be an opportunity to give feedback.  We want to know what you think about the textbook, including what you would like to see more of in the textbook.  We will share some of the future features we're still working on, too.   


If you're unable to attend the training session live, don't worry!  We'll archive it on the site.  You can also check out Rosemary's blog and leave feedback there if you miss the online training.   


Save the Dates!

CalendarFuture@Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition Livestream 

Join education leaders and officials in this forum to discuss the transition from traditional classrooms to digital classrooms. February 26, 2014 9am-5:30pm. 


Teaching with Literary Texts and Informational Texts

This workshop focuses on practical strategies - with concrete examples - about selecting and using literary and informational texts in your own teaching and aligning it to the Common Core. Sponsored by the F3 Explorers Guild. Workshop is located at 75 5th Street NW, Room 1010 Atlanta, GA 30308.  RSVP Therese Boston at  (404) 407-6305 or email 27 4:30-6:30pm


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.

Georgia Studies Digital Textbook Training
GPB Digital is hosting a video tutorial on the new release of the Georgia Studies digital textbook.  There will be ample time for feedback and for questions and answers. Educators will communicate in real time with the digital textbook's production team using a live chat. Both the video and live chat will be archived for future viewing. Tune in LIVE on March 6 at 4PM.


11th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering

This annual event at Booth Western Art Museum is a three-day celebration of the West and the people who called it home. Enjoy three art exhibitions including Today's West! Contemporary Art from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West; have lunch straight off of a chuck wagon just as they did in the 1800s as part of the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-off. March 6-8, 2014

4th Annual Healthy Kids Georgia Day
On behalf of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle's Healthy Kids Georgia and the Arby's Foundation, 3 group scholarships will be awarded at the 4th Annual Be Healthy Georgia Festival & Family Fun Run on at the Georgia State Capitol! Read more about it on our website. The event starts early on March 8th.

Open Doors: Unlock Your Future Challenge

This partnership between the Western Union Foundation, Discovery Education and The Association of Educational Publishers, encourages students, parents and teachers to nominate a high school student by entering them in the Challenge once per day through March 27, 2014

Whales: Giants of the Deep

Fernbank Museum's new exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep is a great fit for students and covers topics in life sciences, social studies and geography. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualifying school groups. Contact Fernbank for more information on scholarships.  This exhibit runs through August 24, 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.  Fill in the registration form online for your username and password to access the free download.

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