Friday, September 2, 2005

Join the DEN!!

You may be wondering about the DEN and what it represents. The DEN is the Discovery Educator Network, which is a global community of educators in the forefront of digital media in the classroom.

IF you

* use unitedstreaming regularly in your classroom, and you are interested in
exploring new ways to infuse the variety of digital resources into lesson plans
and classroom projects
* have seen how video clips can accelerate learning and help make abstract
concepts real
* are always seeking ways to make your classroom more exciting and your lessons
more effective
* want to communicate your enthusiasm to your fellow teachers
* are adept with digital technology and would like to share your skills with
* would enjoy being part of a select community of educators who share ideas and
best practices about the use of technology in the classroom
* would enjoy having the opportunity to attend educational conferences, serve on
advisory boards and give presentations about unitedstreaming and the use of
digital video in the classroom

THEN you are a perfect candidate for the Discovery Educator Network!!

Discovery Educator Network members will

* share ideas, insights, and inspiration with Discovery Educators around the
* have the opportunity to attend Discovery Education special events
* conduct at least four unitedstreaming presentations or demonstrations for
teachers in their own school districts each year
* participate in educational conferences and other professional development
* be active users on the Discovery Educator Network discussion boards and online

Discovery Educator Application

To apply to become a Discovery Educator, please fill out an application and email it to . See details below:

Microsoft Word Document

Directions to ftp site

In the application, you will need to include the following:

- A one-page statement that addresses the following questions:
* What do you hope to achieve as a member of the Discovery Educator Network?
* What unique skills and experiences will you bring to the Discovery Educator
Network? How will this help other teachers?
* What methods or techniques do you feel are the most effective ways to integrate
technology resources into your curriculum. (Please be as specific as possible and
cite examples of technology integration and its impact on student achievement.)
* At least one example of a technology enhanced instructional resource you have
developed for the classroom.

Visit the Discovery Educator Network website. After reviewing your application, Katherine Aiken - Discovery Educator Network Field Manager for Georgia - will contact you, and she will provide further details about the program.

Think Math: Everyday Math Made Simple for Adult Learners

ALMA (Adult Literacy Media Alliance), the same organization who brought us TV411, is continuing to provide support to adult educators. With a grant from the National Science Foundation, ALMA has developed and produced TV411 Think Math DVD, a multimedia kit for teachers to make math relevant and fun for adult learners across the country.

ALMA's mission is to assist adults to achieve the basic reading, writing, and math skills they need to reach their goals. They create educational and entertaining television-based teaching materials that bring learning to the adults wherever they may be - in class, at work, or at home. They support teachers and social service providers through training and staff development workshops.

The TV411 Think Math DVD includes eight video segments from the TV411 broadcast series that show useful math lessons in everyday situations, lesson plans for educators of adult learners, worksheets that can be used in the class as well as for homework, and links to lessons and online games from the TV411 website. The math topics covered in this DVD are fractions, percentages, basic geometry, perimeter, ratios, rates, number patterns, and data analysis.

If you are an adult educator and would like a free copy of this multimedia kit, please call Linda Johnson at (404)685-2555 or e-mal her at

Thursday, September 1, 2005


After ten years, the Irasshai logo is getting a facelift! The two characters in the original logo made their debut in the first episode of the videos series, Irasshai: Welcome to Japanese! in August, 1996. Since its inception, over 5,000 high school students and community learners have traversed the distance learning hallways of Irasshai, a three-year course in Japanese language and culture, and its logo was ready for a make-over. GPB's Jennifer Barclay, creator of the new design, is herself an admitted Japanese anime fan. "We were searching for a new look for our two-character logo," says Irasshai Program Manager, Kathy Negrelli. "Something that was appealing to a large audience and had a more modern feel. We are thrilled with the personal touch Jennifer added to our logo." The only thing missing from the new logo is a name for each character. Irasshai students will have the opportunity to help solve this problem by participating in a naming contest that will take place during the current school year.

View a larger version of the logo!

Look for T-shirts, buttons and other goods sporting the new two-character Irasshai logo soon!