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Education Newsletter - August 2018

I'm not believing this is already the Back to School edition of LPB's educator newsletter! Where did the summer go? Since I know many of you missed the summer editions, don't forget the newsletters are achived online, so you can go back and make sure you didn't miss something spectacular. LPB has lots of great resources to share with you this month to start the new school year. I hope it's a great beginning! 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 and you'll get daily curriculum resources in your feed daily.

1. Great news! Looking for lower cost PD? The cost for every PBS TeacherLine facilitated course has been permanently reduced, some by as much as 36 percent. Browse now:

2. Kick off the new school year with Discovery Education (subscription service through LPB)!

#1 - Online Courses
Free online, self-paced, interactive professional learning courses help you make the most of Discovery Education digital resources in your classroom. Earn badges and certificates for completed courses. Suggested courses include:
• Top Five Things To Know: Streaming
• Digital Integration
• Developing Literacy
• Getting Started with the Student Experience

#2 - Hot Topics
Learn how Discovery Education’s features and resources support teaching and learning within trending topics in education, such as differentiating instruction and literacy.

#3 - Spotlight on Strategies
SOS are creative, research-based instructional strategies for integrating digital media in effective, meaningful, and practical ways. Make the most of your SOS with professional learning resources, toolkits for sharing with colleagues, and an at-a-glance grid view that includes SOS alignment to MCREL’s 6-Phase Model of Learning.

#4 - Webinars
Looking for ways to integrate Discovery Education services deeper into your instruction? Our webinar series ranges from a Getting Started overview to deeper dives into each service. Webinars also explore the many ways you can use our services as part of daily instruction.

3. Check out these Back to School resources in PBS LearningMedia this month. 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!"

Lesson Builder: Creating an interactive, online lesson isn't intimidating with tools with PBS LearningMedia from @PBSTeachers. Try the lesson builder and get a jump start on planning for this school year!
Puzzle Builder: Whether it's word searches or crosswords, create puzzles and seamlessly share with your students (online or on paper) using PBS LearningMedia's Puzzle Builder.
Google Classroom Integration: Do you use Google Classroom? PBS LearningMedia from @PBSTeachers now has Google Classroom integration so you can import your class lists and easily share resources with your students.
Storyboard: Presentations have moved past the slideshows of years past. This year, try a dynamic, media-rich storyboard to engage your students from @PBSTeachers.

4. The Louisiana Digital Media Archive (LDMA) is highlighting collections of oral history interviews this month! Through these in-depth interviews, you will be able to hear people who have shaped Louisiana’s political and military history recounting their experiences in their own words. You can view the Louisiana State Archives’ collection of oral history interviews documenting the state’s political history, as well as LPB’s interviews with World War II and Vietnam veterans from around Louisiana. Amazing stories! Check them out here.

5. Mission US: Up From the Dust - Teachers and students now have a new way to play Mission US, the online games that immerse middle schoolers in U.S. history! Up from the Dust,the latest game in which players try to save their family farm during the Great Depression, is now available as a free Windows 10 app. Visit the Microsoft Store to download, or check out to play the game online, or download the iPad app. Check out the website for free classroom materials to help you incorporate the game into your curriculum!

6. August Programming Highlights:

BRANDI CARLILE IN CONCERT - A BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND SPECIAL - Friday, August 3 at 10:30PM: Deep inside The Caverns, Bluegrass Underground presents a concert special by roots-rocker Brandi Carlile. With amazing vocals, string arrangements and searing guitar, here are personal songs of love, joy and loss from a growing Americana legend.

SHERLOCK SEASON 4 ON MASTERPIECE - Sundays, August 5 and 12 at 8PM: Thrill to episodes that promise laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary adventures. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes, Martin Freeman as Doctor Watson and Amanda Abbington as his wife, Mary.

FLEETWOOD MAC: The Dance - Thursday, August 16 at 8PM: Celebrate the greatest hits from the best-selling album Rumours in this intimate concert recorded in 1997. Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks perform "Don't Stop," "Go Your Own Way," "The Chain," and more.

LOUISIANA PUBLIC SQUARE: The Power of Reading - Wednesday, August 22 at 7PM (encore Friday, August 24 at 8PM): The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In Louisiana, 15% of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood? Look for answers to these questions and the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read.

JOHN KENNEDY TOOLE: THE OMEGA POINT - Thursday, August 23 at 8PM: Explore the life of John Kennedy Toole, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces. The documentary traces the roots of Mr. Toole's old-line, New Orleans family through interviews with associates of the author and scholars. Photography, rare historical films, newsreels, and traditional New Orleans music peel back the layers of the riddle that is New Orleans, the mystery that lies at the center of the author's life.

I hope you have a chance to enjoy some of these resources as you get ready for a new school year. Please let me know how we can support you and help you make your new year successful! Cheers to a wonderful school year!

Take care,
Nancy Tooraen
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