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Happy February! There's so much going this month that you don't want miss! Don't forget to follow our LPB LearningMedia Facebook page! This way you won't miss any opportunities that might pop up that weren't in the newsletter.

1. Together with ITVS, PBS Education will continue the More Than A Month Black History Film Series for classrooms through February with two more great documentaries. This Thursday, February 1 at 12pm, classrooms can join to view an excerpt from Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, followed by a discussion with Director Tracy Heather Strain. On Thursday, February 15 at 12pm, classrooms can view the full documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, followed by a discussion with director Stanley Nelson. More information on this series, including a recording of the first conversation about the film, I Am Not Your Negro, can be viewed on this updated PBS Teachers' Lounge blog post.

2. On February 6, PBS Education hosts a virtual PD event for early childhood educators highlighting social and emotional curriculum for kids age 2-4, featuring content from PBS KIDS' "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood." Discover a variety of effective tools and techniques that you can use to support these important skills in the classroom – REGISTER NOW! If you missed the first event in this series, Learning with PBS KIDS: Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators, here's a link to the recording, which is also available in this updated PBS Teachers’ Lounge blog post about the series.

3. Get ready to create and learn with Pinkalicious, Peterrific, and all their friends! The new PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC premieres on Feb 19! Click HERE for resources. Designed for children ages 3-5, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC encourages kids to engage in the creative arts and self-expression, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts. PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC follows the adventures of Pinkalicious and her brother Peter. Pinkalicious imagines creative possibilities everywhere she looks. She is an artist at heart—and, like most creative people, she sees the world differently from others. She knows what she likes, and she’s not afraid to express herself—though she sometimes needs help from her brother, Peter, and her neighborhood friends.

4. Don't miss PBS Education's virtual PD event for early childhood educators! On February 22, we'll discuss creative solutions for balancing meaningful screen time with playful learning in the classroom, while exploring ways to help you better evaluate kids apps and online games. REGISTER NOW!

5. Don't forget The National WWII Museum's Electronic Field Trip: Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II on February 22nd! In this live 50-minute program, student reporters examine artifacts from The National WWII Museum's signature special exhibit, travel to California to learn about injustices in a segregated military at Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, the site of the deadliest munitions disaster during the war, and explore Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park to understand transitions and tensions in American defense factories. In this interactive cross-country journey, students in grades 6-12 learn how the pursuit for both victory and equality shaped the story of World War II and transformed the United States for decades to come. During the webcast, your students will have the opportunity to participate live through polling and Q & A with Museum experts.Two opportunities to watch on Thursday, February 22: 9:00 a.m. or Noon Central. Classroom participation is free but requires advance registration. Sign up today! The electronic field trip will be archived and made available here.

6. Edcamp is happening in in Baton Rouge on February 24th at Glasgow Middle School from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.! If you haven't registered yet, there's still time! Edcamp is the "un-conference" professional development model that is open to those who work in various learning environments, including informal and childcare settings, but all educators are welcome. It's completely FREE, breakfast and lunch are provided and tons of prizes are given away! Participants propose topics they want to discuss or learn more about, build the agenda and then choose sessions to attend based on their interests and experiences. All attendees are encouraged to share ideas and methods that will enhance their practice. Click here to register for EdCamp in Baton Rouge on February 24th.

7. There is still time to submit an original video for Discovery Education and Toyota's TeenDrive365 Video Challenge. Encourage high school students to film a 30-60 second safe driving PSA before February 28, 2018 for a chance at exciting prizes. The grand prize winner will receive $15,000 and the opportunity to work with a professional Discovery film crew to recreate their PSA which will air on Discovery networks nationwide! Enter NOW!

8. Explore a Dairy Farm with 360° Virtual Experiences! Transport kids to a modern dairy farm to see how innovations, technology, and expert cow care from dairy farmers are transforming dairy's journey from the farm to the fridge! See how this over 200-year-old farm is taking dairy into the future with a 360° Video, 360° Interactive Hotspot Image, and accompanying educator guide and student activity. Explore here! Brought to you by Discovery Education and Caring for Cows & Nourishing Communities.

9. NEW e-Learning Modules on Computational Thinking for Educators! Take an in-depth look at each of the seven computational thinking strategies with the NEW self-paced modules from Ignite My Future in School and Discovery Education. This professional development resource is designed to support you in applying computational thinking practices in the classroom while working flexibly with your demanding schedule! Click here to explore the modules.

10. The 2018 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is calling all young scientists in 5th-8th grades! Now open for entries, all students need to do is submit a 1-2 minute video explaining their innovative solution to a real-world problem. Enter today!

11. Check out these PBS LearningMedia resources for Black History Month and Valentine's Day Science. Don't have a PBS LearningMedia account yet? Go to LPB's Education Page and scroll down to the LPB LearningMedia login box. Click on "Not yet a member, Sign Up now!"
Black History Month Collection, Grades Grades 5-10: Recognize Black History Month with this collection highlighting the history of African Americans in Georgia, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.
Martin Luther King Jr., Grades 3-7: Use this "American Icons" lesson plan to help students explore how Martin Luther King, Jr.'s commitment to nonviolence contributed to the expansion of social justice in the U.S.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, Grades 8-12: Have you ever read a book or been exposed to another art form that spoke your truth and inspired you to want to create? Students explore this question and others with this American Masters video featuring the work of poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
My Amazing Body, Grades PreK-K: Your heart performs a very special job for your body. Teach students all about this vital organ, along with the functions of other body parts, with this Valentine's Day science-oriented lesson!
SciGirls: Heart to Heart, Grades 5-7: Valentine's Day science! In this SciGirls activity, students discover how hard your heart works with different types of exercise.
Do Opposites Attract?, Grades 6-12: We are all familiar with the saying "opposites attract." But is that really true? Explore the scientific reasons behind attraction with BrainCraft!

I hope you have a wonderful month and you're able to enjoy some of these exciting resources. Don't forget to follow LPB's LearningMedia Facebook page for more up-to-date information, timely resources, news, contests, etc. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know. I'm always here to help and improve on what we do for you!

Take care, Nancy Tooraen
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