Relax and feed your mind! In this issue we have several
suggestions on how you can do that while on summer vacation. In Explore What’s New – we’ve included a link to our
Webinars and Web Events page. Here you can catch up on Discovery Education
Streaming 101 webinars while on the beach. Or review our Summer Reading Guide
that directs you to where to find good books to read over the break.
While many public and private schools take summer months
off, many homeschool families teach year round. In Professor Ridley Celebrates,
we take our hat off to homeschool parent/teacher Melissa Bragg Sack. Active in social media (we met her on our
Facebook Fan page!), she shares how she uses GPB Digital Education.
As always, stop by www.gpb.org/education
when you need more resources to feed your brain. Enjoy the rest of your time off!
-The GPB Education Team
P.S. Here’s how several Gwinnett County Social Studies
teachers spent part of their vacation – with GPB Education’s Patrice Weaver!
They got a staff development session on how to integrate technology into their
teaching. Take a look at their photos and comments.
On-air and Online
American Rebel Watch Party and Live Chat- Join us on Thursday 6/30 for an online watch party and live chat with
director Pam Roberts for the broadcast premiere of the documentary on Margaret
Mitchell. Go to www.gpb.org/premiere to chat with us while watching the film at
8pm. Then at 9 p.m., live chat with director Pam Roberts. It airs again
7/1 at 10 p.m., 7/6 at 7 p.m. and 7/25 at 7 p.m.
National Geographic Bee – Watch Westminster seventh grader Nilai
Sarda from Atlanta, Ga go all the way to finish 2nd
place in this contest over geography. It airs 7/3 at 12:30 p.m.
Abraham & Mary Lincoln – The documentary weaves together the lives of
the two Lincolns, drawing us into their long-vanished world.
It airs 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 and 8/1 at 10 p.m. and 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 and 8/3
at 7 p.m.
We celebrate homeschool teacher Melissa Bragg Sack of
Statesboro, Ga, one of our most active Facebook Fans who always shares the
activities of her class with us. We
asked her to share how she uses GPB Digital Education and social media to
enhance her teaching.
What homeschool grade levels do you teach and
what subjects? Melissa Bragg Sack: I have three kids - ages 6, 8 and 16. I teach kindergarten, 2nd
grade and 10th grade, all subjects!!
How long have you been homeschooling and why
did you decide to go that route? Melissa Bragg Sack: 10 years. We started homeschooling for many reasons, (one of
the main reasons) was time. We wanted time as a family to learn and grow.
We wanted our kids to be able to learn at their own pace.
How many students do you teach? Melissa Bragg Sack: I teach my three kids daily. I have
also taught a group of first-third grade girls at our home school group's
co-op. Our co-op was
started for our homeschool group about four years ago by some moms in our
group. We wanted to get our kids together to meet new friends and
learn along the way. We have different teachers and classes each year.
Our homeschool support group has about 60 families in it. About 25
of those families are active in our weekly co-op classes.
How are you using GPB Digital Education
(Discovery Education) in your classes and which resources would you recommend
to others? Melissa Bragg Sack: Discovery Education
is a great resource! We use it almost daily in our studies.
It seems that there is always a video to go along with topics! Some
of our favorites are Magic School Bus,
Art Tango, Scholastic, Elementary Spanish, and Weston Woods.
How are you using social media to enhance
your teaching and professional development? Melissa Bragg Sack: I enjoy reading other homeschooling blogs to
gain ideas and resources. I also attend webinars.
What are your plans for the summer and for
the upcoming school year? Melissa Bragg Sack: Our kids are enjoying summer reading
programs at our local library. Our son is a volunteer with art camps
at our local art center. The girls will be going to a few of those
camps. We plan to swim and go to the beach as well. Most of my free
time this summer will be spent planning for the upcoming school year! You
can bet my lesson plans will include LOTS
of Discovery Education material!
Explore What's New
Summer Reading List - The summer months are a perfect time to
kick back and relax with several good books. Check out our thorough list that
includes online tools to help you find books for every member of the household.
Web Events –
We’ve added the archived videos of Discovery Streaming, 101, DE Science Middle
School 101, DE Science Elementary 101 and DE Health 101 webinars.
Discovery Educator Network (DEN) Summer
School (Free webinars): Get
ready for your school year with an amazing series of free professional
development sessions from the Discovery Educator Network! DEN Summer School is
August 1-4. Starting at 11 a.m. ET each day, join us for 3 hours of action
packed learning. Register
Free STEM Course Offer for High-School Teachers: High school teachers of math, science,
engineering and technology can apply to take our new STEM course, "Global
Climate Change Education for High School" for FREE as part of a
study. They can even earn $100 for their participation! Learn more at http://www.teacherlinesoutheast.org/GCCHS-2011.htm.
Free Global Climate Change Lessons from PBS and
NASA: Explore best practices for teaching global climate
change (GCC) to middle- and high-school students with these free, self-paced
lessons for teachers.
Professional Development Opportunities from Spivey Hall: Georgia ACDA Conference July 7-9, 2011 Sacred Harp Singing July 15-16, 2011 Spivey Hall is proud to provide opportunities for Geogia music educators to grow and develop their skills. Find out more by visiting their education page.
time to login to GPB Digital Education to access Discovery Education to see the
new Back to School 2011 features. It includes updated administrator tools and
an all new Student Center.
As summer break is settling in, we know many of you continue to
develop lesson plans and find creative, engaging ways to educate your
students. We'd love to hear from you about your special summer
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