Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The 14th Annual Bus Trip Across Georgia

Georgia Public Broadcasting joined educators, business, government and community leaders from around the state for the 14th Annual GPEE Bus Trip Across Georgia on Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 24-26. The Bus Trip is designed to both celebrate achievement and share best practices.

This year's trip visited 15 public schools and one technical college. Each school has a proven track-record of academic excellence, educational innovation and sustained performance. These top achieving schools were chosen from a nominated group of 119 schools around Georgia.

A thorough selection process narrowed the list down to a final group of top achieving schools before the routes and stops were selected. A diverse mix of schools were chosen - grades, charter, magnet and special programs - in order for participants to get a clear understanding of what the Georgia Public School System offers.

Schools on the northern route included North Mulberry Elementary School, Jackson (Butts County); International Community School, Decatur (DeKalb County); Lanier Technical College, Oakwood (Hall County); Mimosa Elementary School, Roswell (Fulton County); LaBelle Elementary School, Marietta (Cobb County); Woodstock Middle School (Cherokee County); Bremen High School, Bremen (Bremen City School System); Roopville Elementary School (Carroll County).

Eastern route schools include Maxwell Elementary School, Thomson (McDuffie County); Davidson Magnet School, Augusta (Richmond County); Mattie Lively Elementary School, Statesboro (Bulloch County); Richmond Hill Middle School (Bryan County); Oglethorpe Charter School, Savannah (Chatham County); Saxon Heights Elementary School, Dublin (Dublin City School System); and Dodge County High School, Eastman.

For more information about the Bus Trip, please visit www.gpee.org.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

GCSS and the Premiere of GPB Education's New Animated Short Film

GPB Education attended the Georgia Council for the Social Studies Annual State Conference on October 19-20, 2006 in Athens, Ga. and premiered the new animated short film The Green Tree Frog: How a Bill Becomes a Law.

More than 600 educators from all over the state of Georgia gathered at the Classic Center in Athens, Ga. for the GCSS Annual Conference. Featured at the conference were 90 concurrent educational sessions and over 50 exhibiters, including GPB Education.

Participants who attended GPB Education's presentation and stopped by the GPB Education booth received a free copy of The Green Tree Frog: How a Bill Becomes a Law. Educators who viewed the film were extremely enthusiastic about it. This animated short film is correlated to Georgia Performance Standards for the eighth grade but can also be used in elementary and high school social studies classes.

Inspired by the true story of how a Georgia fourth grade class proposed the green tree frog to become the Georgia state amphibian, The Green Tree Frog: How a Bill Becomes a Law was created and produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting.

To receive your free copy of The Green Tree Frog: How a Bill Becomes a Law, please e-mail education@gpb.org. Please include your full name, school name and school address.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

New Achieving Excellence: Inside Georgia Schools Episode

At the most basic level, social studies is the study of people. As an academic discipline, the primary purpose is to help young people develop into citizens who can make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good. As we have seen in our program on science and math, Georgia's social studies curriculum is also changing. How do educators and students adapt to these changes? That's where digital resources play a significant role in the new learning environments. When education goes digital, everything becomes a classroom. That is the focus this month on Achieving Excellence: Inside Georgia Schools.

During the show, Jane hosts a diverse panel of guests that includes Deborah Grayson, Education Project Manager for Social Studies at Georgia Public Broadcasting; William Cranshaw, Social Studies Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Education; Shaun Owen, 6th grade Social Studies teacher from Greenbriar Middle School in Columbia County; Dr. Jamil S. Zainaldin, the President of the Georgia Humanities Council; and Katherine Aiken, the Discovery Educator Network Manager for Georgia.

The focus of discussion is on digital resources, including the New Georgia Encyclopedia, Georgia Public Broadcasting's Georgia Stories, the Digital Library and the online resources provided to Georgia educators through a partnership with the Discovery Education Network. Changes in Georgia's Social Studies curriculum along with the Georgia Performance Standards and how to effectively engage students in learning in the classroom setting are also discussed.

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Ashley Bryan Children's Literature Conference

The 2nd Annual Ashley Bryan Children's Literature Conference takes place on November 3 and 4 at the Central Library in downtown Atlanta. This conference highlights the work of Ashley Bryan, beloved children's book author, illustrator and storyteller.

As an author and illustrator of children's books for over thirty years, Bryan's works include Beautiful Blackbird, ABC of African American Poetry, Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum and The Story of Lightning & Thunder.

In addition to Bryan, there will be readings and presentations with renowned authors, including Pat Cummings and Colin Boothman. Attendees can also find one of GPB Education's project managers, Laura Miller, presenting on how to utilize Reading Rainbow for family literacy.

For more information, contact Teffany Edmondson at 404-699-6364 or visit Atlanta-Fulton Public Library.

Hear a reading of Ashley Bryan's Beautiful Blackbird.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

New Animated Science Series for Children

The Zula Patrol, the 21st Century's newest space team, has arrived at GPB. Pre-kindergarten through second graders are taught critical facts about science and astronomy by watching this new series that has been called the "Sesame Street of the New Millennium."

Aligned with National Science Education Standards, this 3D/CG animated educational children's series is designed to address the need for quality children's programming in the area of science. During each episode, children learn new and interesting facts about the universe, galaxy and solar system with fearless Captain Bula, top-notch pilot Zeeter, brainiac Professor Multo, loyal space pet Gorga, and twin flying companions Wizzy and Wigg.

While teaching children critical elements about the universe, The Zula Patrol also encourages core values of non-violence and tolerance and promotes family participation and interest in learning about science and astronomy in a fun, comic style.

Teachers, parents and children can visit The Zula Patrol's interactive Web site for additional learning materials, including vocabulary lists, pictures of the characters for coloring, games and creative storytelling.

For more information, visit www.zula.com.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

NAEYC 2006 Annual Conference and Expo

The National Association for Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Annual Conference and Expo will be held Nov. 8-11 in Atlanta, Ga. NAEYC's Annual Conference and Expo is the world's largest early childhood education conference where nearly 25,000 professionals gather each year to learn about important issues in early childhood education and network with others in the field.

Participants can meet representatives from hundreds of companies and organizations that specialize in learning materials for children from birth through age eight. They can also choose from hundreds of sessions, developed around tracks based on the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and other important issues. Conference tracks include:

* Curriculum
* Teachers
* Leadership, Management and Administration
* Advocacy/Public Policy
* Research
* Assessment of Child Progress

The new topic tracks complement the reinvented NAEYC Accreditation system for programs serving young children, which was introduced at the 2005 Annual Conference and Expo. Conference sessions organized around these topic tracks help early childhood educators learn more about the NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and how high quality programs benefit children and families.

Another feature of the NAEYC Annual conference is an enormous Exhibit Hall where early childhood educators can see the latest educational and professional tools and learning technology.

The 2006 Annual Conference and Expo will also feature an opening plenary session.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

JapanFest 2006

The Irasshai booth at the 2006 JapanFest held at Stone Mountain on Sept. 23 and 24 was a big hit with an estimated 15,000+ attendees at the event. This year marked the 20th anniversary of JapanFest. Irasshai has enjoyed a presence there since the event was moved to the park in 1996.

JapanFest attendees were treated to demonstrations and performances ranging from martial arts to renowned jazz artists to traditional Japanese dance to street performers and taiko drummers. More than 350 Japanese businesses located in Georgia were also there with their product displays.

At the Irasshai booth, participants enjoyed having their name written with brush and ink in traditional calligraphic style. The trivia bowl, where participants challenged three rounds of Japanese language and culture related questions, also drew large crowds, and more than 40 winners took away highly sought after Irasshai T-shirts.

The event was also an opportunity for Irasshai students to meet their A.I. (telephone) teachers, and to practice face to face their self introductions and other phrases in Japanese. Program facilitators from Georgia high schools got the chance to chat with the Irasshai staff.

JapanFest, voted a Top 20 Event in the region by the Southeast Tourism Society in previous years, was once again clearly an excellent opportunity for people to experience first-hand the many wonderful aspects of Japanese culture without traveling further east than Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta, Ga.

Thursday, November 2, 2006

C-47: Georgia Short Film Showcase

The jury has been selected and judging has begun for the C-47: Georgia Short Film Showcase inaugural round. Designed to foster creativity, engagement, and camaraderie within Georgia's film industry, C-47 gives Georgia filmmakers a broadcast platform in their home state.

Films will be judged quarterly and the filmmaker and their film will be featured on the Georgia Public Broadcasting C-47 program, discussed at length on the C-47 website, and recognized as a superior Georgia filmmaker. At the end of each year, one film will be chosen via audience and industry voting as the top short film for that year in Georgia.

C-47 has been increasing its presence in the Georgia film community by creating public awareness at film festivals throughout Georgia, including the Atlanta Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival and the TeenScreen Film Festival at AthFest.

The Showcase has also been garnering interest from several media outlets with recent mentions in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Creative Loafing and Southern Screen Report.

Visit the C-47 website

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Update for Copyright Guidelines

GPB Education would like to update educators and parents on copyright guidelines for GPB Education produced programming and non-GPB produced programming:

GPB Education Produced Programming
Broadcast: Receiving entities shall be permitted to record and duplicate a maximum of three copies of GPB Education produced programming for the purposes of cataloging and placing into circulation for educational use. Programs produced by GPB Education include Georgia Stories I, Georgia Stories II, Irasshai I, Irasshai II, The People's House, Salsa, Count On It and Transitions.

Digital: Receiving entities shall be permitted to record and duplicate an unlimited number of GPB Education produced programming for the purposes of cataloging and placing into circulation for educational use. Rights for these programs are extended to educational entities in perpetuity.

Non-GPB Produced Programming
Broadcast: Receiving entities shall be permitted to record, catalog and put into circulation for educational use one copy of programs distributed via the GPB Education Satellite network during the time frame for which GPB Education holds broadcast rights. Each school or other receiving entity shall be responsible for erasing or destroying tapes of programs delivered by GPB Education for which broadcast rights have expired. A list of these programs shall be maintained and posted on the GPB Education Web site. Receiving entities shall not duplicate the recorded copy for distribution purposes.

Digital: Receiving entities shall be permitted to record, catalog and put into circulation for educational use unlimited copies of programs available via the GPB Education streaming portal. Each school or other receiving entity shall be responsible for erasing or destroying tapes of programs delivered by the GPB Education streaming portal for which broadcast rights have expired. Receiving entities shall not duplicate the recorded copy for distribution purposes. No materials downloaded shall be permitted to be used on Web sites, unless those sites are password protected and only accessed by students.

Georgia Public Broadcasting rights that are granted through media distributors (vendors) are limited to retransmission only over Georgia Public Broadcasting's broadcast system and are not transferable to third parties.

Monday, October 9, 2006

Curious George and PBS KIDS Preschool Block

Curious George headlines the new PBS Kids preschool block on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey, Curious George encourages children to explore science, engineering and math in the world around them.

Along with Curious George, the PBS Preschool block includes Clifford, Dragon Tales and It's a Big, Big World. The block also features a live host, Miss Lori, who engages preschoolers in fun themed activities. All of the themed activities were chosen based on their relevance to kids' lives.

This block was developed to serve the needs of a preschool audience, ages 3 to 5 years, and will appear on GPB weekdays from 7 to 9 a.m.

More on Curious George.

Sunday, October 8, 2006

American History through Southern Eyes

Georgia Public Broadcasting has collaborated with several Augusta, Ga. area organizations to produce a new series entitled American History through Southern Eyes. This six-part series examines our nation's past from a uniquely southern perspective, capturing the events and personalities that affected the South and its development.

The Augusta area is used as a case study to illustrate the history of the South and why it continues to fascinate us today. The individual programs, each approximately thirty minutes in length, are entitled "Living the American Revolution," "King Cotton," "Living the Civil War," "The Road to Civil Rights," "Making a Modern South" and "World War I and the South." Each episode delves into historical topics and includes interviews with historians, period artwork, archival photos and artifacts, and historical reenactments (pictured).

This GPB Original Production airs for the first time this month. Don't miss your chance to watch this series from the beginning!

Saturday, October 7, 2006

National Education Computer Conference in Atlanta

Georgia Public Broadcasting has partnered with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Georgia Department of Education to bring the National Education Computer Conference (NECC) to Georgia June 24 - 27, 2007 at the World Congress Center. NECC is the most comprehensive educational technology event in the world.

At this conference, educators are given an opportunity to present to teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, teacher educators, administrators, policy makers, and industry representatives from all over the world about topics relating to education and technology.

Presentation submission opportunities are divided into six major categories and a variety of themes. Special consideration will be given to sessions regarding technology's role in developing 21st-century learners. The deadline for submitting a proposal is October 4, 2006.

There are also opportunities for educators to volunteer at NECC. Don't miss out on your chance to sign-up and represent Georgia at NECC!

For more information about this conference, please visit NECC.

For more information about presenting, please visit NECC presentations.

Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grant

A grant opportunity, supported by the National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM) and the Esther Mendlesohn Fund, is available for current teachers of mathematics in grades k-2. The purpose of this grant is to incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. Maximum amount funded to awarded participants will be $3,000.

Individual teachers and small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels may submit proposals. Grant proposals should include important aspects of combining mathematics and music, the plan for improving students' learning of mathematics, and the anticipated impact on students' achievement.

Deadline to get proposals in is November 3, 2006.

More information about the grant.

New Series Airs on GPB

Road Trip is a new series that GPB will air on satellite and overnight. Each episode features a seriocomic story that follows two career counselors at the fictitious Callaway High School as they attempt to slow their county's alarming dropout rate by taking students on visits to Georgia technical colleges. There were a total of 37 colleges visited throughout the taping of the series. The overall message: "Staying in School is Worth the Ride." Each episode of Road Trip is a self-contained story that opens doors for middle and high school students to the new and exciting opportunities offered by Georgia's technical colleges.

GPB will air a new episode of Road Trip each month. Don't miss the opportunity to watch this new series!

Friday, October 6, 2006

Earn Professional Learning Units and Graduate Credit with PBS TeacherLine!

PBS TeacherLine is kicking off a new course schedule for the fall. All of the courses meet national standards and can be taken anytime, anywhere with internet access. The courses are a part of TeacherLine's online professional development.

Expert teachers lead the multimedia courses and promote meaningful dialogue among the course participants. The courses can be used for re-certification, pay upgrades and Professional Learning Units. Graduate credit can also be earned for an additional fee.

There is a huge selection of courses to choose from. Topics for courses range from "Children's Authors on the Web: Online Sites that Motivate Students to Write" to "Gender Equity in the Mathematics Classroom."

Complete listings of courses are available at PBS TeacherLine.

Visit the PBS Teacherline web site to browse or enroll.

Monday, October 2, 2006

GPB's Broadcast of Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize has been reprised as part of PBS's distinguished American Experience series, and GPB supplemented its October schedule with programming that complements the rebroadcast.

GPB's Original Production Conversations will feature Congressman John Lewis of Georgia's Fifth District in a two-part series. Lewis has often been called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced." As a student at Fisk University, he played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement.

During the Movement, Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tenn., volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, and was named Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Along with airing a special two-part series of Conversations, GPB will continue to build a theme around Eyes on the Prize with programs featuring interviews with Civil Right's leaders, including Joseph Lowery and Andrew Young.

Saturday, September 9, 2006

Teachers can help build the Eyes on the Prize Web site

"Eyes on the Prize," the award-winning and internationally acclaimed documentary on the civil rights movement by Henry Hampton, has returned to PBS, and teachers can help build an educational Web site for the series.

Essential lessons about race, leadership and justice for all are taught in this brilliant documentary. First-person oral accounts and historical footage spotlight tragedies and triumphs African-Americans went through to gain equal rights in the United States.

Teachers are invited to help build an online library of great ideas for using "Eyes on the Prize" as a classroom learning tool. Educational advisors will review the teaching and learning ideas received and the best ones will be highlighted on the Web site, launching in September.

Educators who submit ideas will be eligible to win a $100 certificate good for PBS VIDEO product. There will be ten entries drawn from all submissions on October 6.

Learn more about submitting ideas and the drawing here.

If you have questions or suggestions about the Web site, please contact Donelle Blubaugh at djblubaugh@pbs.org.

Friday, September 8, 2006

The 2007 Georgia Student Media Festival

It is time to start planning for the 2007 Georgia Student Media Festival. All students and schools k-12 are encouraged to participate.

The Georgia Student Media Festival is designed to stimulate student interest and involvement in all types of media production. This is accomplished by providing an opportunity for students to show their work to an interested audience and to have the work critiqued by a panel of expert judges. Students will also be able to gain inspiration by viewing the work of other students represented at the festival.

Project categories include, but are not limited to, 2-D and 3-D animation, electronic picture books, electronic photographic essays, sequential stills and Web sites.

Festival activities progress through three successive levels: building (school), system (county) and state. Entries must be evaluated at each level and receive a superior rating in order to proceed to the next level. Private schools are responsible for contacting the public school system in their geographic area for information on system or state level judging.

Building and system festival locations will be determined by the schools and counties. The state student media festival will be held at Georgia Public Broadcasting on April 27, 2007.

For more information about the 2007 Georgia Student Media Festival, please contact Linda Flynn at lflynn@gpb.org.

Announcing the Education Web site for Georgia Outdoors

A new education site has been created to complement Georgia Outdoors, Georgia Public Broadcasting's (GPB) award-winning environmental program, and will debut on September 8. The site pulls new and pre-existing resources together that relate to components of the program.

Georgia Outdoors covers many topics pertaining to environmental education, such as ecosystems, habitats and food webs. All of these topics correlate with the Georgia Performance Standards for students in third through seventh grade. Environmental educators, students and parents can find helpful lesson plans, activities, places to go, links and writing prompts on the new education site.

The debut of the education site for Georgia Outdoors is just in time for the debut of the show's 15th season, which airs this month. Georgia Outdoors takes viewers across the state to learn about how to enjoy and protect the environment.

Georgia Outdoors
is co-produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Learn more about Georgia Outdoors.

Children's Week 2006

Georgia Public Broadcasting has joined forces with the Augusta-Richmond County Partnership for Children and Families, Inc. (ARCCP, Inc.) for the 18th Annual Children's Week in Augusta, Ga. Children's Week will take place Friday, Sept. 29 to Saturday, Oct. 7.

This is a collaborative event of ARCCP and its partners to provide opportunities for parents to learn about the various resources available for children and families in the Augusta-Richmond County area. Children's Week also features a variety of fun and enriching events for children of all ages and their families.

All of the activities and events that take place during Children's Week are free of charge, enabling children and families of all economic levels to participate.

GPB has been a supporter of this event for three years. Last year, GPB reached out to over 2,000 pre-k and kindergarten students in the Augusta area with a stage performance by Doc Neil (pictured) of GPB's "What's In a Doctor's Bag" on-air spots during the opening ceremony for Augusta Children's Week. GPB also provided PBS Kid's materials to the children and fun tips for maintaining good health.

"We love partnering with Georgia Public Broadcasting. Their focus on children and families mirrors ours, and because of that we have had three successful Children's Week events. GPB is great," said Robetta McKenzie, Ed. D., Executive Director of Augusta-Richmond County Community Partnership for Children and Families, Inc.

ARCCP, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works with more than 100 organizations and agencies in the community to improve the lives of children and families in Richmond County.

Its mission is to work with local government, agencies, businesses, service organizations, private citizens and consumers to develop partnerships in providing services to improve the lives of children and families.

More information on Children's Week.

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Free Online SAT Prep Class

Georgia students will once again have access to a free online SAT Preparation Course. The course is open to all high school students, including students enrolled in home school programs and accredited private schools located in Georgia.

The SAT Preparation Course offers students 18 interactive lessons; six full-length, official SAT practice tests and diagnostic pretests; over 600 practice questions and answers; automated essay scoring; and personalized score reports for students.

This program, created by the College Board, was offered last year, but was only available to high school students in public schools.

More information

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Broadcast of the 12th Annual Young Writers and Illustrators Celebration

The 12th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Celebration, honoring contest winners and participants, will be aired on Overnight and Channel 410 beginning this month. It will also be available for viewing on the Web.

Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) hosted the celebration on May 26. Twelve winners were chosen along with eight honorable mentions for writing and illustration. All of the winners and honorable mention holders were given the opportunity to share their winning stories and receive exciting prizes.

The purpose of the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest is to encourage early elementary aged students to utilize their creative abilities in both language arts and art by developing and illustrating original stories. This local production is GPB's opportunity to highlight Georgia's local winners.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

The C-47 Short Film Project

Georgia Public Broadcasting, Georgia Council for the Arts, the Digital Arts and Entertainment Lab at Georgia State University, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development are proud to introduce a new opportunity for independent filmmakers in Georgia, C-47: The Georgia Short Film Showcase.

The C-47 project combines broadcast and digital technology to create a Web site centered on the art and technique of filmmaking and a monthly showcase devoted to Georgia filmmakers and their short films.

C-47 is particularly relevant as filmmakers explore new directions in film, video and digital media. It is designed to foster creativity, engagement and camaraderie within Georgia's film industry and give Georgia filmmakers a broadcast goal in their home state.

With the advent of the digital film revolution, the art of the short film has once again emerged into the collective consciousness of today's culture. This program rewards filmmakers focused on quality filmmaking within the boundaries of the short film format.

Each month, two filmmakers and their films will be awarded special recognition and be featured on the C-47 television program and discussed at length on the C-47 Web site. To be featured on C-47 is to be recognized as a superior Georgia filmmaker.

At the conclusion of each year, one film will be chosen via audience and industry voting as the top short film in the state of Georgia.

To find out more about the C-47 project, please visit www.cforty7.com

What is a C-47 and what does it have to do with films?

Two websites to start your search:
Urban Dictionary


The 2006-2007 Irasshai School Year Begins

Irasshai, Georgia Public Broadcasting's Japanese language and culture distance learning program, will start its 11th season in August. Over the past 10 years, more than 5,000 students have traversed the Irasshai hallways with Tim Cook-sensei, the Emmy award-winning, nationally recognized distance educator. Detailed information about the program and how to register can be found on our Irasshai Web site. Click on "how to register" to locate the appropriate forms for your school.

Come visit the Irasshai booth at JapanFest in Stone Mountain September 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual event offers visitors an introduction to Japanese food, culture and arts. For more information, check out http://www.japanfest.org. Free tickets for your students are available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who register before September 1. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Celebrating Georgia's Young Writers and Illustrators

The winners for the 12th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest have been chosen. More than 500 Georgia students, ranging from kindergarten to third grade, entered their original illustrated stories this year. At the end, 12 winners were chosen along with eight honorable mentions for writing and illustration.

A celebration honoring the winners and participants was held at Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) on May 26. Winners received gift cards from Barnes & Noble - $50 for first place, $20 for second place and $10 for third place - along with other prizes. All participants received a certificate of achievement by Lavar Burton.

Judging for the contest was a collaborative effort of art and education majors from Valdosta State University, Clark Atlanta University and the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art. The final round of judging took place at GPB and was conducted by educators, authors and librarians from across the state. We are extremely pleased with the turnout and thank the teachers and parents who encouraged their students and children to take part in the contest.

The Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest is designed to encourage early elementary aged students to utilize their creative abilities in both language arts and art by developing and illustrating original stories. The Georgia regional contest was coordinated by GPB in partnership with READING RAINBOW, Barnes & Noble and Innotrac.

The winners and recipients of honorable mentions for the 12th Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest are as follows:

Kindergarten: Madelyn Smith (First), Illina Logani (Second), Katie Kroft (Third)
First Grade: Bailey Jacks (First), Judah Means (Second), Janelle Price (Third)
Second Grade: Kristyn Jean Evans (First), Natalie Holiday (Second), Serena Mon (Third)
Third Grade: Jacob Landon Alexander Boges (First), Casey Allen (Second), Rhiannon Toney (Third)

Honorable Mentions

Brian Hays (Kindergarten), Slamon Ghani (First Grade), Emma Gwin (Second Grade), Eboni Goar (Third Grade)

Rae Anna Claire Starosciak (Kindergarten), Regan Cook (First Grade), Emily Haynie (Second Grade), Lauren Curtis (Third Grade)


The Education division of Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB-Education) has announced that changes will be made to the satellite maintenance service this school year.

GPB-Education will now be providing a streamlined maintenance service for the satellite downlinks at educational facilities.

Changes being implemented by the streamlined maintenance service are:
- Average time to repair a "down" site has increased to five days
- Repair of the steering function of an antenna will be discontinued unless the site chooses to pay for the repair (Steerable antennae will be "fixed" on the GPB-Education signal)
- One functioning Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD - DSR 9400) will be maintained at each location instead of two

The streamlined service has allowed GPB-Education to meet its fiscal commitments while still ensuring that our signal is delivered reliably. The helpdesk service will remain unchanged.

If you have any questions about these service changes, please e-mail Patrice Weaver at pweaver@gpb.org

Monday, August 7, 2006

Attention all K-16 Georgia mathematics teachers and coaches!!!!

As you probably already know, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual conference is going to be in Georgia this spring. It will be held in Atlanta on March 21-24, 2007. As if that wasn't exciting enough, there's more - we want to use this opportunity to SHOWCASE EXEMPLARY WORK OF GEORGIA'S STUDENTS. Your help is needed in collecting student work from all grade levels (Pre K - 16), as well as superb work by teacher candidates. Your assistance will help to highlight the excellent work Georgia students are producing for the rest of the math world to see. Projects that are in line with the new Georgia Performance Standards may be placed on the Georgia Department of Education website. And projects that show exemplary use of technology may be placed on the Georgia Public Broadcasting website. So, as you begin your school year, please allow us to borrow student work for this exciting project.

Please share this information with teachers, mathematics coaches, mathematics coordinators, and principals. A downloadable application AND consent form can be found below. Once the application and consent form are complete, please submit it to the co-chair of the Student Exhibit Committee:

Desha L. Williams
1072 Shumard Lane
McDonough, GA 30252.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Desha L. Williams at dwilliams@gsu.edu, Peggy Pool at ppool@gctm.org, or Linda Flynn at lflynn@gpb.org. Student work samples may be retrieved on Saturday, May 19, 2007 from a central location which will be announced prior to the conference. Teachers will be contacted via e-mail with the location's address.

Thank you, and HAVE FUN creating AWESOME mathematics projects to share at the conference!!

Saturday, August 5, 2006

Arts Education Grant Available

Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) will be opening a second round of applications for its Parent Teacher Artists Grant in August. This grant has been designed to assist classroom K-5 teachers provide not only arts education programs for their students, but also to fund expensive diesel-fueled buses for field trips.

The PTA Grant enables a classroom teacher to work with local artists and non-profit arts organizations to present arts education programming to students and parents in an after-school or weekend setting. Included in the eligible activities are field trips to see plays, visit arts museums, attend dance performances, as well as participate in hands-on activities.

The PTA Grant offers up to $3,000 with only a one-third match requirement. The matching funds may come from the school's discretionary funds, from contributions, from the school's PTA or PTO or booster club, or even from cash donations made from local businesses.

Awards will be announced in early December, enabling the programming to occur before June 30. The deadline is October 13. Visit the GCA website for detailed information on the PTA Grant, as well as the other arts education grants offered.

Questions should be directed to Debora Ott at 404-685-2795 or dott@gaarts.org.

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Back to School with Achieving Excellence: Inside Georgia Schools

Parents, students, educators - everyone interested in education will not want to miss Achieving Excellence: Inside Georgia Schools. This is an engaging program that brings educational issues such as literacy, technology, arts education, higher education and student achievement in the state of Georgia to the forefront. Host Jane Robelot, former CBS news anchor and Georgia parent, talks with guests on some of the most important issues in education.

As educators and families return to classes, the topics of Achieving Excellence will be Parent - School Connection, airing in August, and Student Wellness, airing in September.

The 2006 Youth Environmental Symposium

Finalists of the Youth Environmental Symposium (YES) gathered at the Teaching Museum South in Hapeville, Ga. to present their environmental projects to judges and their peers on April 28. The finalists consisted of twelve schools or clubs around the state of Georgia.

Students received ten minutes to present their environmental projects to judges and audience members, which included creative skits, videos and PowerPoints. The student-run projects ranged from clean-up initiatives to environmental awareness and education around the state.

Winners of the 2006 YES were awarded cash prizes for their efforts in getting involved and making a difference in the quality of the environment.

The goal of YES is to develop knowledgeable, dedicated and interested students who are more aware of environmental issues.

More information

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Special Resource for First-Year Reading Teachers

WETA's Reading Rockets project offers a special resource online for first-year teachers of reading. It is an online course developed especially for new teachers of reading.

On the site, teachers can work at there own pace and access a number of useful resources, including 10 online professional development modules, a teacher toolbox and diaries from two first-year teachers. All of these resources help teachers shape students into skilled readers.

The site is an outgrowth of a pilot mentoring program undertaken between 2003 and 2005 in the Washington, D.C. area. The program taught valuable strategies to teachers of reading.

For more information about the Reading Rockets project, please visit www.readingrockets.org/firstyear

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Project Look Sharp: Media Literacy Summer Institute

The mission of Project Look Sharp is to provide materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all educational levels. As part of this mission, the following Media Literacy Summer Institute is being offered:

Media Literacy Summer Institute
This is an intensive, weeklong media literacy course for teachers, support staff, college faculty, and other professionals working with students in an educational setting. Participants receive training in the theory and practice of media literacy, learn applications for digital technology, and work individually with a Project Look Sharp "coach" to develop and implement a media literacy integration project. Hands-on production is Mac-based.

2006 Summer Institute Overview

Dates: July 10-14, 2006
Location: Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Continuing Education Units: 2.8
Fee: $572.00 (Registration is NY State aidable through TST-BOCES)
Registration: Register online at www.tstboces.org (directions on second page of flyer). Registration begins after 04/01/06.
Registration Deadline: 06/30/06

A four-and-a-half-day immersion course in integrating media analysis and production into any curriculum for K-12 teachers, technology/media specialists, librarians, community educators, and others interested in the field of media literacy

Learn to use media analysis and production to support, deepen, and enliven core curricula through the teaching of critical thinking skills, understanding bias in visual representation, evaluating credibility, using instructional media effectively, having students produce media, and more.

Learn to use video camcorders, microphones, and digital editing to produce short video projects. Please note that hands-on training is Mac-based. Participants will also learn to integrate video, still images, and presentation programs like PowerPoint into your curriculum. Trainings will relate to the morning classes, encouraging curricular integration and student production. Extra lab hours will be available Wednesday & Thursday, 3:30 - 6:00 pm

Throughout the week participants will meet individually with a "coach" to develop and design a media literacy integration project for their classroom to implement during the coming year. Participants will make presentations on their media literacy integration projects on the final morning.

For details about costs and more information, visit the website.
email Cyndy Scheibe, schiebe@ithaca.edu (Project LookSharp)

Sunday, May 7, 2006

FREE Resources for Educators

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) is a Web site which offers federally supported teaching and learning resources at no cost. Subjects covered in the Web site include science, social studies, foreign languages, health and safety, language arts, mathematics, physical education, educational technology, vocational education, and art.

Each subject on the Web site is searchable, and learning tools for Educators and students such as videos, primary documents and images can be found on FREE. New resources that cover multiple subjects are added to the Web site daily.

Users of FREE may receive headlines and new resources several times a week by signing up for Really Simple Syndication (RSS), which is offered to help keep educators updated on what's happening on the site weekly.

FREE was created by more than 30 Federal agencies in 1997 to make federally supported resources easily accessible to educators and students, and is now one of the federal government's most popular Web site's.

For more information about FREE, please visit the Web site at: http://www.ed.gov/free

To sign-up for RSS feed, please visit: http://www.ed.gov/free/rss.html

Irasshai's Golden Week

Golden Week is one of Japan's busiest holiday seasons of the year. It is a collection of four national holidays that fall within well-placed weekends. Greenery Day, April 29th, Constitution Day, May 3rd, Between Day, May 4th, and Children's Day, May 5th, make up the holiday week.

Irasshai holds its own celebration of Golden Week by hosting an annual Quiz Bowl where Irrasshai students, via audio bridge, are tested on their knowledge of Japanese language and culture. Teams compete at three different levels (JPN I, II, and III) and advance to additional rounds through elimination-style competition.

Participants all receive authentic Japanese prizes such as folding fans, tea cups, wind chimes, calligraphy brushes and paper lanterns. Last year's Quiz Bowl was enjoyed by 10 schools from seven states, with Cabot High School, in Cabot, Ariz., coming out the winner in both JPN I and JPN II categories.

This year's 8th Annual Quiz Bowl will begin April 24 and conclude with the championship round on April 27.

Saturday, May 6, 2006

PRISM Public Awareness Campaign

Georgia's Partnership for Reform in Science & Mathematics (PRISM) has kicked-off an awareness campaign this year among parents, teachers, business leaders, the community-at-large and students.

Increasing awareness in Georgia about the importance of math and science is the goal of this campaign and is apart of the PRISM initiative to increase the state's student achievement in these subjects.

This campaign is a "call to action" for parents and the community-at-large with the primary focus being on parents.

Stressed in the campaign is the importance and need for all P-12 students to be prepared for, have access to, and succeed in challenging math and science courses.

"Math + Science = Success" is the campaign's theme and will be featured along with taglines in advertisements that promote the importance of math and science. Billboards, television, newspaper and magazine ads will be spread throughout Georgia.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and administered by the University System of Georgia, PRISM is a five-year collaborative effort whose primary focus is to improve student achievement in science and mathematics at all levels of education throughout Georgia.

Awarded to the University System of Georgia in 2003, the initiative is scheduled to be funded through the school year of 2008.

The initiative will impact 170,000 students and 10,000 teachers in approximately 275 schools within the four pilot regions. Eventually, it will impact the 1.4 million P-12 students in Georgia.

For more information about this campaign and PRISM, visit www.gaprism.org

Monday, May 1, 2006

Digital Production Course for Educators

A course on Digital Production in the Classroom will be offered for three graduate credit hours at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina this summer. This course is available for degree and non-degree seeking students.

Aimed at teachers, the course will provide participants with the skills that are needed to create digital media for use in K-12 classrooms. Emphasis will be on using technology as a means of expression and on developing activities that further the aims of student-centered classroom environments.

Course content includes digital photography and scanning, image manipulation in Photoshop, creative approaches to Power Point, video production/digital video editing, and web page design and publication.

Jeff Goodman is the instructor for this course and has worked with teachers for the last 15 years to develop creative applications of computers and other technologies for the classroom. His own classroom experience at the elementary, middle grades and high school levels includes teaching math, science, English and technology.

Dates: July 17th to July 21st
Housing will be available for interested participants.

Friday, April 7, 2006

Achieving Excellence on Open Air

Achieving Excellence: Inside Georgia Schools, Georgia Public Broadcasting's monthly education program currently airing on satellite and the web, has been added to the open air schedule. Viewers can now watch the program on GPB-TV, channel 8.

Achieving Excellence: Inside Georgia Schools brings educational issues in the state of Georgia to the forefront. Host Jane Robelot, former CBS news anchor and Georgia parent, talks with guests on some of the most important issues in education. The rotation of special guests includes knowledgeable authorities on educational issues such as Kathy Cox, Georgia Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Mike Hall, Deputy Superintendent for Information Technology, Georgia Department of Education.

Next airing: Sunday, April 9th @ 5:30 p.m.

April Program Highlights:

Information Technology

Jane Robelot discusses technology and how it is transforming schools, teachers and students with guests Howard Woodard, Chief Information Officer, and Mike Hall, Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Technology. Woodard explains data gathering and storage, while Hall elaborates on "real time" information and 21st century schools.

In the Schools of Distinction segment, Mike Hall hosts Terry Smithson, Education Strategist, from the Intel Corporation. Key points to their discussion include the Scholastic Magazine / Intel Corporation partnership and the Schools of Distinction program.

During the Continuing with the theme segment, Jane mentions the meeting of technology industry leaders to discuss the rebuilding effort of the Gulf Coast region's school systems. Also, a sampling of Mabry Middle School's 2005 film festival is shown.

More information about this program.

Please email comments and suggestions to education@gpb.org

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

New PBS Series

It's a Big, Big World is a new PBS science series for young children featuring a diverse group of animals living in the tallest tree, the World Tree, deep in the center of the rainforest. This show creates a fresh and inviting world for children where they can experience science, geography and music.

Snook, a giant tree sloth, is the viewer's guide through this fascinating world. His friends are Smooch and Winslow, marmoset siblings; Wartz, an agreeable tree frog; Madge, an ancient turtle who happens to have a map of the world on her shell; Burdette the bird, who is full of herself; Bob the Anteater, who tends to worry about everything; Ick, a boastful fish; and Oko, a mischievous old monkey.

You can find It's a Big, Big World on GPB-TV and satellite channel 400.

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Bright From the Start 2006 Conference

Bright From the Start: Georgia Department for Early Care and Learning will host its Bright Beginnings*Promising Futures 2006 Georgia Early Learning Conference on April 27-29. "Embracing Higher Standards" is the theme of this year's conference; it will address the impact of standards, such as the Georgia Early Learning Standards, that enable child care providers and professionals to deliver high-quality care and educational experiences for children from birth through school age.

Bright Beginnings*Promising Futures is designed specifically for professionals, administrators, teachers, caregivers and staff who work with children ages 0-5 years old and at after-school programs.

For more information, visit http://www.decal.state.ga.us

Friday, March 3, 2006

Youth Art Month

On February 8th art educators, students, families, and Georgia legislators met to celebrate Youth Art Month (YAM). YAM is a national event held every March that is designed to emphasize the importance of quality art education for all children. YAM was created in 1961 as a service to Art educators and the public.

YAM Objectives:

* Recognize Art as a NECCESSITY for the COMPLETE development of a high quality of life for all people.
* Direct attention to Art Education as an effective vehicle to teach critical thinking, communication skills, self-expression and multicultural awareness.
* Increase community, business and government support for Art Education.



Thursday, March 2, 2006


What are some of the key education issues facing Georgia in 2006 and what makes them headline grabbers? The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education in its "Top Ten Issues to Watch" takes a close look at the subjects it feels need addressing if the state is to see improvements in its educational system. The Partnership is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to improve student achievement in public schools.

The Partnership's policy and research director, Deirdre Johnson, comprehensively researched and wrote the 16-page document. "These are not the only issues Georgia will face in the coming months," she explained, "but they are the key areas we must address if we are to continue to improve student achievement."

Many of the subjects are headline grabbers around the country as well as in Georgia. For example, preparing students for a global economy and its ensuing competition has put a renewed emphasis on reforming and improving our educational system. More instructional time, the role of middle and high schools and teacher quality are all issues covered in the report.

What role does Georgia's changing demographics play in its education system? The state's emphasis on early learning has made it a leader nationally but where do we go from here? Adequate funding for all Georgia school systems is another issue that will be a hot topic throughout the year. The new Georgia State Student Information System is scheduled to finally become operational in 2006. Will it bring improvements?

Another major discussion heard in state after state, including Georgia, is how do you define and measure educational excellence? The No Child Left Behind law was established in an attempt to answer that question. It set defined performance standards as it sought to help states ensure workforce readiness and global competitiveness. Where is Georgia when it comes to accountability as it strives for excellence?

Partnership President Dr. Stephen Dolinger feels the report provides a unique and detailed look at areas of focus that Georgia's education, business, community leaders as well as citizens will or should be addressing in the coming months. "The bottom line is this, education is economic development. Everyone has a vested interest in seeing Georgia succeed."

The publication comes in two parts. A two-page executive summary provides a brief overview of each issue while the main 16-page report takes a three tiered approach looking at the political context, policy perspective and what's next for Georgia. Both the summary and report are available on the Partnership Web site. Hard copies are available by E-mail request at billmaddox@mindspring.org or by calling 404-223-2280.

Founded in 1990 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the now independent Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education consists of business, education, community and government leaders who share a vision of improved education. Working to be Georgia's foremost change agent in education, the Partnership takes lead roles in efforts to inform education stakeholders, shape policy, and reform education.

GPEE Top 10 2006 Brochure

GPEE Executive Summary 2006

Contact: Bill Maddox
Phone: 404-223-2464
Email: billmaddox@mindspring.org

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Nengajoo Project 2006

The Irasshai office sends a big DOOMO ARIGATOO to all students and facilitators who participated in the Nengajoo Project 2006. We received nearly 200 submissions of beautifully designed, artistically created New Year's cards, many of which featured Year of the Dog images. We received some traditional, some modern, some unusual, some resourceful works, all of which were very inspiring. We hope all who participated in the project enjoyed their oshoogatsu (New Year's) experience of nengajoo design.

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Georgia Historical Society's Black History Month Essay Contest

The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) announced its 2006 Black History Month Essay and Public Speaking Contest, in cooperation with the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools' Teaching American History grant. Students in grades nine through twelve in local public or private schools are encouraged to submit an essay on the topic, "The Price of Activism: Self-Sacrifice in African-American History." The deadline for entry submission is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2006, at the Georgia Historical Society. First Prize is a cash award of $500, second prize is a cash award of $250, and third prize is a cash award of $100.

Essays will be judged by a panel of qualified judges from the Georgia Historical Society, Savannah State University and Armstrong Atlantic State University, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. The top five essay writers will be invited to present their essays at a public reception at the Georgia Historical Society (501 Whitaker Street) on Friday, February 17, where the three winners will be selected by a second panel of judges.

Students are encouraged to use the scholarly resources at their disposal in Savannah as they research their essays. The Georgia Historical Society has an extensive collection of materials related to African-American history, including manuscripts and books, visual materials and other artifacts, and clippings files. Reference librarians are prepared to assist students with their research. Other materials can be found at Savannah's public libraries and in the libraries of Savannah State and Armstrong Atlantic State Universities.

Complete details and registration materials are available by following the education link at the Georgia Historical Society website.

Interested students and teachers may also call GHS at 651-2125, ext. 17 for more information or to request additional entry forms

Tuesday, February 7, 2006


Annenberg Media video courses are available free of charge as telecourses for non-profit educational institutions from fall 2005 through summer 2006. However, beginning with the fall 2006 term, there will be a license fee for their use as telecourses. A telecourse is defined as a video series and associated materials used as a complete credit or non-credit college course. A list of instructional series used as telecourses can be found at http://learner.org/redirect/december/telecourse1.html.

For details on this policy change, including fee information, please visit the website at http://learner.org/redirect/december/telecourse3.html or call 1-800-LEARNER.

Thursday, February 2, 2006


Happy New Year from GPB and Teacherline. Get your year off to a great start by updating your teaching credentials with convenient and affordable Teacherline courses. Teacherline allows educators to save time and money by providing online graduate and re-certification classes.

GPB /PBS Teacherline courses are:

Convenient: The 6-week courses can be taken anytime, anywhere with Internet access -- no need to drive anywhere, arrange for childcare, buy books or tapes; all of your videos, interactives, and readings are online.

Certified: The courses can be used for re-certification or pay upgrades; graduate credit is available for an additional fee.

Affordable: 30 hour courses: 30 seat hours/2 credits/40 points ($199 seat fee)

15 hour courses: 15 seat hours/1 credit/20 points ($169 seat fee)

Courses offered:


TECH145 Teaching with WebQuests for Grades K-12

TECH160 Putting Technology to Use in the Classroom: Where to Start

TECH195 Teaching and Learning with Graphic Organizers: Featuring Inspiration

TECH300 The Computer for Personal Productivity

TECH320 Introduction to a One-Computer Classroom

TECH340 Evaluating and Organizing Internet Resources and Content

TECH400 Capstone Introduction

TECH410 PBS TeacherLine / ISTE Capstone Certificate Program / Capstone I

TECH415 PBS TeacherLine / ISTE Capstone Certificate Program / Capstone II

Instructional Strategies:

INST120 Creating Units to Support Differing Learning Styles

INST125 Building Critical Thinking Skills for Online Research

INST180 Differentiated Instruction (Grades 6-8)

INST300 Curriculum Mapping I by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

INST305 Curriculum Mapping II by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

INST315 Teaching for Multiple Intelligences

INST320 Connecting Family, Community and Schools

INST325 Using Assessment and Evaluation


MATH120 Fostering Cooperative Learning, Discussion, and Critical Thinking in Elementary Math (Grades 1-5)

MATH126 Ahead of the Curve: Exponential and Other Functions for Grades 6-8

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

MATH181 Math in Everyday Life for Grades K-5

MATH186 Math in Everyday Life for Grades 6-8

MATH196 Shaping Up: Teaching Geometry Using Technology in Grades 3-5

MATH246 Rational Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, and Percents in Grades 5-8

MATH250 Understanding Numbers and Operations: Addition and Subtraction in Grades PreK-3 MATH415 Seeing Math(tm): Transformations of Linear Functions

MATH420 Seeing Math(tm): Linear Equations

MATH435 Seeing Math(tm): Quadratic Functions

MATH455 Seeing Math(tm): Data Analysis

Reading & Language Arts:

RDLA125 Children's Authors on the Web: Online Sites that Motivate Students to Write (Grades K-6)

RDLA130 Teaching Reading in Science

RDLA135 Teaching Reading in Mathematics

RDLA145 Early Literacy Learning (K-2)

RDLA150 An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction (Grades K-8)

RDLA155 Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (Grades PreK-3)

RDLA160 Teaching Phonics and Spelling for Emergent Readers (Grades PreK-K)

RDLA165 Teaching Phonics and Spelling for Beginning and Transitional Readers (Grades 1-3)

RDLA170 Teaching Vocabulary: Word Meanings and Word Knowledge (Grades PreK-2)

RDLA190 Teaching Narrative and Expository Comprehension (Grades 4-6)

RDLA215 Effective Writing Instruction (Grades 4 - 6)

RDLA220 Teaching Writing in the Content Areas (Grades 6-12)

RDLA340 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas - all grades


SCIE125 Fostering Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Elementary Science (Grades 1-4)

SCIE130 Fostering Collaboration, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Middle School Science (Grades 5-8)

For course descriptions, syllabi, registration dates and payments, including course refunds, please visit

For more information, call 1-800-277-0829 or send an email to Teacherline@scetv.org.

Wednesday, February 1, 2006


This month-long exploration of math-science connections links 20 encore episodes of the award-winning math mystery cartoon to new and integrated online resources. Kids will discover how our world is shaped by math and science through the following four weeks of themed programming: How Things Work, Measuring Up, Making Predictions and Puzzling Patterns.

Check it out on the CYBERCHASE website

Visit "Pick a Project" on the website for cool science project ideas and the new CYBERCHASE The Quest online game. While you are there, help protect the animals of EcoHaven from Hacker's dastardly schemes and see the all new CYBERCHASE Math in Science & Engineering Activity Guide.

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

2006 Georgia Student Media Festival

It's time to get ready for the 30th annual Georgia Student Media Festival. The Georgia Student Media Festival is designed to stimulate student interest and involvement in all types of media production by providing an opportunity for students to have their work shown and critiqued by a panel of expert judges. Students will also be able to gain inspiration by viewing the work of other students represented at the festival. Some examples of media production include, but are not limited to, electronic picture books, videos, and websites.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

The Arts - A Lifetime of Learning

Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is the current Chairman of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). His initiative as Chairman is called "The Arts - A Lifetime of Learning". As part of this initiative, an interactive database that reports on policies for arts education for all 50 states and the District of Columbia has been developed. This is a great resource that will allow parents and educators to generate profiles of state policies for arts education on a state by state basis, compare states, and view policies across several states.


Sunday, January 1, 2006

Irasshai's annual Nengajoo Project

Irasshai continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary by kicking off its annual Nengajoo (Japanese New Year's cards) Project. Every year students submit their digital or hard copy nengajoo to be posted on the Irasshai website. By the Chinese zodiac 2006 is inu-doshi, or Year of the Dog. Card designs can support this theme or other common New Year's symbols such as cranes, bamboo stalks, pine branches or Mt. Fuji. In addition to the illustration or design, the cards often include the words, "Akemashite omedetoo gozaimasu," or the Japanese equivalent of "Happy New Year!" Irasshai students will be submitting their nengajoo throughout January, so please stay tuned to our website to see their work.