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.