Television and radio can often provide distractions from schoolwork. But these tools can also be used to your advantage through the quality educational programming offered by several different sources.
Annenberg/CPB Channel's Professional Development Broadcasts for Teachers
The Annenberg/CPB Channel is a free satellite channel for schools, colleges, libraries, public broadcasting stations, public access channels, and other noncommercial community agencies. It runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and airs the video programs funded by Annenberg/CPB, including educational video programs with coordinated web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. It is available free to any agency with a Ku-band satellite dish and a DigiCipher II satellite receiver. Access http://www.learner.org/ for more information.
"TLC Elementary School" Episodes
Designed by teachers for teachers, this award-winning series keeps the learning styles of elementary-age children in mind. "TLC Elementary School" airs on TLC every Friday at 6:00 a.m. ET/PT, 5:00 a.m. CT, and 4:00 a.m. MT. Each half-hour program consists of several short segments so you can easily incorporate one or more into your existing lesson plans. As a service of Cable in the Classroom, each program is commercial-free and can be taped and used in the classroom for up to two years. The fall lineup will feature Our Natural World (12/31/05), The Moon and Beyond (1/7/05), What Is a Living Thing? (1/14/05), and Life Cycles (1/21/05). Consult http://school.discovery.com/ontv/tlc.html for more details.
NASA TV Educational Programming
What does it take to get a NASA mission off the ground? People, planning, and perseverance! Preparing mission objectives, designing spacecraft, and fitting all the mission components together successfully require dedication and excellence from scientists, engineers, and many other people who help NASA prepare for the journey. Tune in to NASA TV from Jan. 10 - 16, 2005, as NASA showcases some of its award-winning shows related to the theme "Preparing for the Journey." Multimedia products and web resources connected with this theme are available at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5- 8/features/F_Preparing_for_the_Journey_Extra.html .
"NOVA" Episode to Feature Exploration of Mars
On Jan. 3, 2004, a tiny rover named Spirit crash-landed on the dusty surface of Mars and sent its first message home. The elation of the assembled scientists, as well as the behind-the-scenes engineering story leading up to the landing, was captured by "NOVA" in this program. On Jan. 4, 2005, watch this inside story of triumph and technical ingenuity, full of scientific and human drama, with stunning fresh images from an alien world. Go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/mars/ to download a lesson plan in which students try to design a parachute that will descend as slowly as possible.
National Public Radio's "Science Friday" Features Kidsí Connection
Every week during the school year, the Kidsí Connection translates information from NPRís "Science Friday" into curriculum for middle school teachers. "Science Friday" host Ira Flatow discusses the latest research with scientists and policymakers, authors, and advocates. Each topic contains a full summary of the discussion, along with resources and references. Also included are suggested questions for students, activities, and related resources available on the web. Students can search archived material on nearly any subject related to science and technology. For more information, point your browser to http://www.kidsnet.org and http://www.sciencefriday.com/kids/ .
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