May 2014

Education Matters

What's New
There are new unit versions for your GPB app.  Download the new versions from the home page in the app. You'll need to be connected to the internet and login with your username to download the new units. For more information, see the FAQ page.  If you need help, please email us at  


Congratulations to These PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators! 

Lesley McClendon of Shiloh Middle School (l) and Ann Kohler of South Forsyth High School (r) were selected at PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators. They will be part of a group of 100 educators from across the country who will develop strategies for delivering best practices in digital education that can be immediately applied to classrooms. They will also receive exclusive professional development from PBS LearningMedia, including virtual training and resources that they will be able to bring home to their school.

Lesley McClendon
Ann Kohler 
Ann Kohler

Lesley McClendon has the additional honor of being named one of the top 16 "Lead PBS Digital Innovators" and will attend the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit this summer at PBS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.! Learn more about Ms. McClendon and Ms. Kohler in the Passion for Learning blog


On Air


NOVA "Why Sharks Attack" - NOVA teams up with leading shark experts in Australia and the United States to discover the science behind the great white's hunting instincts. Do sharks ever target humans or is each attack a tragic case of mistaken identity? With shark populations around the world plummeting, scientists race to unlock the secrets of these powerful creatures of the deep in their quest to save people -- and sharks.  Airs Wednesday, May 7th @ 9PM. 

NOVA beaverNATURE "Leave It to Beavers" - A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.  Wednesday, May 14th @ 8PM.


GEORGIA GREATS:  DEAN RUSK - At the Heartbeat of History tells the story of America's second longest serving secretary of state who was destined to play a key role in the 1960s during the Berlin Crisis, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Born into poverty in Cherokee County, Georgia, Rusk rose to the ultimate halls of power but never forgot his roots. Premieres Monday, May 19th @ 7:30PM.


NATURE "The Gathering Swarms" - This program looks at some of the most extraordinary swarms on the planet, including a view from inside a locust swarm, mayflies along the Mississippi, 17-year cicadas, and brine fly hatches over Lake Victoria. Wednesday, May 21st @ 8PM. 


Georgia Outdoors


Sharon Collins tackles invasive species taking over our stateMystery Fish airs Friday, May 23 @ 8:30PM.
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Week of 4/28: Shake It Up! Learning Through Dance

This featured content collection is focused on learning through dance. Resources support and arts-based curriculum and STEAM education.

Week of 5/5: #CommonCore Week

This week, featured resources focus on the integration of the Common Core State Standards. We will use the Twitter #CommonCore to engage our social media audience around this topic.

Week of 5/12: Asian-Pacific American Heritage

This theme celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by highlighting the lives of those who have been influenced by their Asian-Pacific heritage.

Week of 5/19: Visual Literacy

PBS LearningMedia is bursting at the seams with content relating to the arts! This week, we showcase our newest resources from the Bridgman Art Library, and the Barnes Foundation. 


*For full access to the rich resources across grade and subject areas, create your 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 NEW courses starting March 26:   
  • STEM417 NASA Resources for Teaching Global Climate Change in High School (9-12) 4 PLUs/3GC)

  • TECH145 Teaching with WebQuests for Grades (K-12) 3 PLUs/2GC

  • TECH335 Digital Tools for Innovative Learning (K-12) 3 PLUs/2GC

  • TECH522 Online Facilitator Training I: Mastering the Skills of Online Teaching (K-12) 4 PLUs/3GC

  • TECH575 Leveraging Smart and Social Digital Media in the Classroom (K-12) 3 PLUs/2GC

  • MATH270 Developing Algebraic Thinking in Grades 3-5 (3-5) 3 PLUs/2GC

  • MATH430 Seeing Math™: Proportional Reasoning (6-12)3 PLUs/2GC

  • MATH527 Mathematics Illuminated: A Special Collection from Annenberg Learner (9-12) 4 PLUs/3GC

  • RDLA152 An Intro to Underlying Principles & Research for Effective Literacy Instruct. (K-8) 4 PLUs/3GC

  • RDLA172 Teaching Vocabulary: Word Meanings and Word Knowledge (PreK-2) 4 PLUs/3GC

  • RDLA195 Teaching Reading Fluency (2-5) 3 PLUs/2GC

  • INST315 Teaching for Multiple Intelligences (K-12) 3 PLUs/2GC

  • INST342 Teaching with Primary Resources from the Library of Congress (K-12) 4 PLUs/3GC

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

Self-paced courses are available all year.  
Teacher Tip

We'll Train You on the Digital Textbook!  For Free!



We'll visit your school to talk about the Georgia Studies Digital Textbook.  

Would you like us to visit your school and have us answer your questions about the Georgia Studies Digital Textbook for iPad?  If you invite us, we'll come and give a presentation.  Seriously!  Submit this form to request a presentation and we'll contact you to set up the appointment.  


You can also check out Rosemary's blog and leave feedback there.


Save the Dates!


Bremen Jews Jewish

Dr. Adam Mendelsohn, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at College of Charleston, will be presenting the often untold story in Civil War history - how Jews played an important role in outfitting both Union and Confederate forces. Their efforts laid the groundwork for ready made clothes and future generations of Jews to flourish in the garment industry. Friday, May 4 @ 2 p.m. at The Breman. 


2014 Georgia Educator Showcase

Georgia Tech Research Institute's STEM@GTRI and the Georgia Tech Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) are hosting a special event to showcase how our local educators are integrating technology into their classrooms in effective, engaging, and exciting ways to impact student success. During this lively and interactive evening we will see examples from classrooms, media centers, STEM labs, and community events showcasing how students in grades pK-12 are reimagining learning by using technology. Thursday, May 15 from 4:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. RSVP or call 404-407-6305. The event is located at: 75 5th Street Atlanta, Ga 30308 


Get Active with MLS Challenge


This fun challenge asks kids in grades 3 through 8 to create a campaign with a poster, song, video, or radio announcement that tells other kids how important it is to be active. The deadline is May 16.


The Story of the Jews National High School Essay Contest

As part of The Story of the Jews National Education and Outreach Initiative, WNET Education is launching an essay contest to
encourage high school students across America to examine how stories shape our identities. The deadline for the contest is Friday, June 13, 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.


We love hearing from you!  
You've worked hard all year!  We know it's not all over when the kids leave because the busy summer of Professional Development starts in a matter of weeks. Learn new skills and best practices with PBS Teacherline and PBS Learning Media.  Need more?  Let us know!  We want to help.  

Stay fresh with tips and stories from other educators with our blog, Passion for Learning!  Have an idea for a story to share on the blog?  We'd love to hear it!

If you need more content in a particular area, let us know!  We're always happy to hear from our educators at   




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