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Education Worth Sharing
October 2011


October is a busy month. Fall is in full swing and there are a slew of activities and events that seem to all take place almost at the same time. We’d like to call out a few of them that deserve special attention:

  • Virtual Conference GPB Tech or Treat: October 22 from 9 a.m. -2 p.m (online and live at GPB).
  • National Cyber Safety Awareness Month – Explain what constitutes good, bad and secure behavior online with your students. Use our webinar Cyber Safety in the Age of Cyber Bullying presented by the GBI. Learn more from Sue Dowling with GBI in Professor Ridley Recognizes.
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month–Visit our resource page to get ideas on celebrating the contributions of Hispanic Americans.

There is something else we want to share with you: the launch of our new blog for educators Passion for Learning!  We look forward to sharing our insights and expertise in that new forum. And if you have a blog post idea for us, please share it at

The GPB Education Team


Explore What's New

Introducing Our New Blog, Passion for Learning: Get weekly insights on education from our passionate team members. If you have a blog post idea, feel free to email us at

Wanted - Volunteers for Urban Restoration Project: The Atlanta Botanical Garden is looking for your help in reviving urban parks and school grounds as part of their major urban habitat restoration initiative. This involves removing invasive plants and planting native wild flowers. This is a great service learning project for students and teachers. For more info contact Matt Richards at or call 404-876-5859.

Financial Football: Give your financial knowledge a workout with the new Financial Football, a fast-paced, NFL-themed video game recommended by Lietenant Governor Casey Cagle.


Ridley CelebratesProfessor Ridley Recognizes

Sue Dowling from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) works in the Georgia Cybersafety Initiative, a collaborative effort among several State agencies -- GPB, GBI, Georgia Department of Education, and Georgia Emergency Management Agency.  Together, these agencies are working to provide a statewide program to encourage smart and ethical digital citizenship of our children.

The plan is modeled after the NetSafe Program from New Zealand and built on a three-legged stool approach:
Policies and procedures: an infrastructure of policy, procedures and signed student and staff use agreements with active enforcement.
Technologies: an effective digital security system.
Awareness modules: a comprehensive cybersafety education program for teachers, parents, students, counselors, etc.
The resources provided by the Department of Education for cybersafety, Georgia’s NetSafe Kit, can be found here.

A central goal from the effort is to have educated communities, resulting in confident, safer, ethical users of current devices who understand technology and how it works, use critical thinking, have ethical online behavior, and make safer choices.

You can learn more about this effort by visiting the Cybersafety in the age of cyberbullying and by meeting Sue Dowling in person at the Tech-or-Treat professional development event on October 22 (see Partners and Promotions section for details).  Download the Georgia Cybersafety Initiative brochure.


Tech Tip

Did you know that you can search for content by theme in the GPB Digital Education portal (Discovery Education)?  This makes finding specific topics easier because they are grouped together.

Here is how it is done: After logging in, type in your search topic. When the drop down menu appears, under the Media drop-down, click on the arrow and then select Theme Page. The theme page  for that topic will then appear.


On-air and Online

Hope Against Hunger
Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger Primetime Special: 
Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams Paisley, Elmo and a cast of stars raise awareness about the widespread issue of hunger in the United States.  Watch it on GPB Monday, October 10th at 7pm.

GPB Sports
Southern Conference Football is Here!
– Tune in to GPB Saturdays at 3 PM beginning October 1.

Common Core Georgia Performance Standards Livestream Archive – You can review the standards presentation by Superintendent John Barge and the Georgia Department of Education any time you need to by going to Future professional development webinars will also stream and be archived at this web address. Got questions? Please address them to: Jan Wyche, Common Core Coordinator:

All new episodes of Georgia Traveler Sundays at 7pm beginning October 16.



GPB Tech-or-Treat: RSVP to Discovery Education for this one day event on October 22, 9am-3pm and receive freebies from our partners and fun professional development from GPB, Discovery Education, and The Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Curiosity in the Classroom: Sign up for the next installment in this webinar series devoted to exploring life's most interesting and enduring questions in science. One lucky participant will win a free flip-cam for the classroom!

PBS TeacherLine Courses: GPB's TeacherLine program is kicking off its fall term of courses this October 5th, offering a research-backed course on reading fluency and another course on effective literary instruction.  50 more courses will begin October 26th. Enroll soon!  Visit or call 1-800-277-0829.
The two courses running are
RDLA195:  Teaching Reading Fluency  (Grades 2-5) -  30hrs/3 PLUs
RDLA152:  An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction  (Grades K-8) -  45hrs/4 PLUs



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Partners and Promotions

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 October 22, 2011 9:00am – 3:00pm

Experience a day of free, fun professional development workshops presented by GPB, Discovery Education and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  GPB will share our new online curriculum programs including GEORGIA OUTDOORS, GEORGIA TRAVELER, and the new multiplatform TODAY IN GEORGIA HISTORY series, developed in partnership with the Georgia Historical Society. Discovery Education will share updates on the GPB Education streaming portal and other tech tools for teachers.  GBI will share information on Cybersafety for Educators.

 Between live presentations we will join the Discovery Education Virtual Conference for their dynamic presentations on Web 2.0 tools for Educators.

Come join your colleagues from around Georgia as we learn and network.  You'll also have the opportunity for some fabulous door prizes and supportive educational resources from many of our non-profit partners:

Booth Museum of Western Art Georgia Historical Society
The Georgia Aquarium Museum of Holocaust Education
The Tellus Science Museum Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center          Department of Natural Resources/ Georgia State Parks
The Atlanta History Center  

Lunch will be provided by Discovery Education. 
Space is limited.  Please RSVP to Discovery Education by logging in to reserve your place today!


Booth Museum Passport West

Held during the Booth Museum’s 9th Annual Festival & Symposium, Passport to the West brings history to life for students in grades 2-12. Teachers may choose from four performance times to see living history performers Jim Sawgrass and Little Big Mountain present a program on Native American culture. Demonstrations of pottery making, blacksmithing, chair caning, spinning, beading, chuck wagon cooking, flint knapping, and life at a trading post provide students with a unique perspective of early life in the West. Admission is $5 for students; $3 for adults; and free for teachers. Call 770-387-3849 to schedule your school group.


Tornado, Tellus

The Tellus Science Museum planetarium presents Forces of Nature. Learn about earthquakes, volcanoes and tornadoes. More information at



September is college savings month and one lucky kid will win $1,529 toward his college savings.

To enter the coloring sweepstakes, children in Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade should color Hootie the Wise Old Owl and answer the question, “When I graduate, I’m going to be a ____.”  Coloring sheets and official rules can be found at  Entries must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian, post-marked by September 30, 2011, and must be received by October 11, 2011.  One winner will be drawn at random in October to receive the prize of $1,529. The winner’s school will also receive $1,000.



The 2011-2012 Challenge is now open!

NOW LIVE: The nation's premier environmental sustainability competition for students in grades K-12 is now open.  Students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Empower your students to change the world. Register today.

Win Amazing Prizes
Not only will students learn to become environmental stewards, but they can win over $300k in prizes like scholarships, Discovery adventure trips, a school-wide assembly and more.

Questions? Contact wecanchange@discovery.comfor more information.



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