Saturday, March 24, 2007

Celebrate Literacy and the Love of Reading with the Milner Award

Laura Numeroff, author of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and many other beloved children's books, was awarded the Milner Award in Atlanta on February 26 at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Central Library. The Milner Award encourages children's literacy and the love of reading by empowering children to vote for their favorite author. The chosen author is brought to Atlanta and presented the Milner Award at the "Children's Favorite Author Series," a free program for school children.

The Milner Award is awarded each year to a new children's author. Throughout the school year, the Milner Ambassador visits elementary schools throughout Georgia to further the purpose of the award - "to foster a lifelong love of reading in children."

For more information, please visit the Milner Award website.

Friday, March 9, 2007

GPB Education's New Resource for Children's Literature

Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta Public Library System teamed up to bring the work of Ashley Bryan, beloved children's author and illustrator, to the people of Georgia. Organized by the Atlanta Public Library system, the Ashley Bryan Children's Literature Conference highlighted the tremendous contributions Bryan made to the art world and children's literature.

GPB Education has created a six-part program from the Ashley Bryan Children's Literature Conference that captures the renowned artist/illustrator and storyteller. It provides a unique opportunity for viewers to gain insight regarding the importance of literacy and the role it played in Bryan's life. Viewers can also watch highlights from the conference in this engaging program.

To view this production, visit the GPB Digital Library and in the "Basic Search" section, type-in: "Childrens Literature - The Ashley Bryan Conference"

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

GPB Education Launches the TIE Network Website

The GPB Education Technology in Education (TIE) Network website (www.tienetwork.org) officially launched on February 1, 2007.

To apply for membership,

* Visit the website at www.tienetwork.org.
* Click on the Register link on the right-hand side of the page.
* Enter the following information into the template provided: First Name, Last Name, unitedstreaming Username, E-mail, Password (which you can change at any time), and Verified Password. You will need to provide your unitedstreaming username so that we can verify your unitedstreaming account information in the unitedstreaming administration site.
* Click on the Zoomerang link at the bottom of the template to access the actual online TIE Network membership application.
* After you submit your Zoomerang survey, you will receive a Zoomerang code that you will enter into the website template in the Zoomerang Code field.
* Submit your information by clicking on the Send Registration button.

After your registration and application information has been reviewed, you will receive an e-mail notifying you of your TIE Network membership status. You will also be notified via e-mail when your TIE Network website account has been activated.

Please register for the site and begin exploring the forums, blogs and resource centers!

If you have any questions about the TIE Network, please email us at tienetwork@gpb.org.

Friday, March 2, 2007

The 2007 Georgia Student Media Festival

It is time for the 2007 Georgia Student Media Festival! All students and schools K-12 are encouraged to participate in this annual event.

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 audience and 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 websites.

K-12 festival activities progress through three successive levels: building, system 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.

The Georgia Student Media Festival is sponsored by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Georgia Association for Instructional Technology and the Georgia Library Association.

To access entry forms and more information, please visit the Georgia Student Media Festival website.
For information about the Media Festival or if you have questions about conducting a local Media Festival, contact:

Gordon Baker (678) 466-4334
Deborah Gray (678) 301-6428
Michelle Lenderman (478) 751-6770

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Participants Needed for GPB's World War II Veterans Oral History Project

Georgia Public Broadcasting's Education division is looking for participants for GPB's World War II Veterans Oral History Project that documents the life experiences and memories of Georgia's World War II generation.

This project is not only an effort to preserve the firsthand oral history accounts of Georgia's World War II generation, but it is also an opportunity to share their often untold stories with younger generations and generations to come so that their legacy may thrive.

In order for the lessons of this generation to be told, GPB Education will conduct interviews with a diverse group from the World War II generation. All interviews will take place in a convenient location for the interviewee and last an average of 60 minutes.

GPB Education would like to interview Georgia citizens who are WWII veterans and Georgia citizens who supported efforts on the home front, or Georgia citizens who otherwise have firsthand knowledge of Georgia during this time period. This includes, but is not limited to, generals, privates, "Rosie the Riveters," bomber crews, doctors and infantry troops.

Participants will have their life experiences before, during and after World War II documented and archived on the project's website. Mementos significant to each participant's oral history account of World War II will also be archived on GPB's World War II Veterans Oral History Project's website.

Upon the conclusion of the project, GPB Education will provide an unedited version of the participant's interview to the participant.

If you are interested in being interviewed or would like further information, please call 1-888-685-0304 or e-mail WarVets@gpb.org.