Advances in technology are occurring at a phenomenal rate. Use these new technologies to your advantage by taking part in unique educational offerings for your students.
"Planetary Radio" Broadcast
Planetary Radio, a weekly space exploration program, airs across the United States on National Public Radio's (NPR) Public Radio Satellite System. Each week Planetary Radio offers an in-depth conversation with a scientist, engineer, project manager, astronaut, or author on the quest for knowledge about our universe. In addition to special guest interviews, every episode includes such regular segments as "What's Up!", a weekly humorous chat about current night sky information, as well as planetary missions; and "Random Space Facts," informative, timely tidbits about anything space-related. Planetary Radio will be broadcast on NPR stations according to their individual schedules. The program will be downlinked weekly on Tuesdays at 1 PM Pacific Time on Channel A67.7. Anyone who misses a show can listen to it on The Planetary Society's website (see link above), which archives all past programs.
NASA TV Broadcasts
This month, as NASA looks to the future, the agency will be looking at connections to the past. Over the years, many technologies and tools have been developed and missions accomplished to enable NASA to take those next steps in its journey to further explore the Earth, the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Join NASA TV during the week of March 21-27, as NASA showcases some of its award-winning videos that highlight "Connections: A Glimpse of the Past, a Vision for the Future." The NASA Television Education File schedule for March 2005 is available on the website above. Please note the Education File may be preempted by other events. If you plan to use program content in your classroom or any situation in which program interruption would cause a problem, you are advised to capture programming on videotape prior to scheduling your use of it.
"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.
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.
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