You can find five new winter-themed episodes of Martha Speaks on-air, on klrukids.org, and on the PBS Kids app for Android, iOS, and Kindle (all free)!
Inspired by the PBS Independent Lens documentary The Revolutionary Optimists, Map Your World is an online and on-the-ground platform that empowers youth to make positive changes in their own communities. Young people everywhere can collect data, map the issues, share powerful stories, and become change agents, for free.
To help support young change agents and their projects, Map Your World is offering grants for Nexus 7 tablets, provided by Google, for teachers and facilitators. Applications for tablet grants must be submitted by December 1, 2014.
It’s inspiring! In Kolkata, India, youth tracked water points in their slum and convinced the local government to build the first clean drinking water line in over 30 years. In Oakland, California, middle school students are tracking cigarette litter and are lobbying the city to protect their urban wildlife refuge’s ecosystem. In Seattle, youth are mapping incidents of violence and bullying. The application deadline is December 1, 2014. http://mapyourworld.org/#/
As the next in our series of Get Your Tech On educator events, PBS LearningMedia is thrilled to be joined by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard scholar and host of PBS’ Finding Your Roots, this Wednesday, 11/5 for a FREE webinar about how science and storytelling come together to reveal the rich histories of his guests. Invite educators to join and take local credit for providing direct access to this renowned scholar. A special thank you to Thirteen/WNET for making this event possible.
- Finding Your Roots in the Digital Age | 11/5 at 6:30 pm ET | FREE Educator Event | Register Here!
Here’s the clip we are airing featuring Patton Elementary School 4th grade teacher Julie Hildebrand. We are so proud of you, Julie! You can get access to the free PBS LearningMedia resources at klru.pbslearningmedia.org
- WordGirl appears M-F at 6:30 a.m. for a great dose of vocabulary and fun before school!
- Back-to-back episodes weekdays of Curious George (8-9am), Pet+Cat (11am-noon), Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (9-10am), Arthur (3-4pm), and Wild Kratts (4-5pm)
- The return of Clifford for a full hour on Sunday morning (8-9am), and Maya & Miguel on Saturday and Sunday (7:30am)
- Sesame Street‘s 45th season with a full hour M-F (7-8am) and half-hour episodes at 7am on Saturday and Sunday, and 1-1:30 pm M-F
- The following shows have the SAP in Spanish option for viewing in Spanish: Sid the Science Kid, WordGirl, Dinosaur Train, Maya & Miguel, Clifford, Cat in the Hat
And as always, go to klrukids.org for hundreds of episodes, games, activities, and links to other powerful learning resources!
On the evening of April 30, KLRU unveiled several new playground games, one of our design and two from the fertile minds of the Connally HS (Pflugerville ISD) Advanced Game Design Class. “Order Up!/A La Orden” asked kids to work with each other and adults to build menu choices that met requirements for price, food groups, caloric content, protein, and distance from farm to table. “Story Safari” had kids scaling The Thinkery’s Backyard to find and recreate story elements nabbed by a pesky monkey. And “Last Animal Standing” had kids play the role of animals who had to both cooperate and compete to obtain a limited food supply. The game designers were hoping to spark complex thinking and real-world connections; these games will be sent to PBS Kids national for use in promoting the new PBS Kids Virtual World this fall, where similar themes will be explored.
Thanks to The Thinkery and the Texas Book Festival for their collaborative efforts! ¡Que vivan los niños!
KLRU Educational Services will be on hand for two events connected to the Texas Book Festival. The first, a joint presentation by the Texas Book Festival, KLRU, and the AISD Department of Communications and Community Engagement is a book reading and signing by the bilingual children’s author Yuyi Morales, who was profiled by PBS and regularly has a spot airing during the PBS Kids block (which you can see here). The book signing will take place at Mathews Elementary, 906 West Lynn, on Friday, October 25, from 4-5 pm.
The second event will be our three-hour appearance at the Texas Book Festival itself, on Sunday, October 27, from 12 noon – 3 pm. We will be at the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th) with our iPads loaded with learning apps and with none other than Clifford the Big Red Dog.
KLRU wishes to announce the following changes to the 6:30 am – 5:30 pm (M-F) program lineup:
1. The new series Peg+Cat, an adorable show on early mathematical thinking, will run M-F from 9-9:30 am.
2. In response to popular demand, Sesame Street will now air twice daily, once from 7-8 am, and once from 2-3 pm.
3. Thomas & Friends will now air daily M-F from 11:30 am – noon with lots of new episodes.
4. Signing Time moves to noon – 12:30 pm.
5. From 12:30 – 1 pm, we have different programs each day: Monday is WordWorld, Tuesday is Bob the Builder, Wednesday is Angelina Ballerina, Thursday is Peep and the Big Wide World, and Friday is a new show, Bali.
Now, what gets lost in these changes? Because we have no new episodes for Maya & Miguel or for Barney, and because of a slowdown of production for Electric Company, we have currently dropped them from the daily lineup. We especially feel the loss of Electric Company because it’s popular for older kids, so we are hoping that we can build up a bank of new episodes for airing later in the school year. In the meantime, all of these shows can be accessed online.
If you have questions or comments on the new lineup, please contact Benjamin Kramer, Director of Educational Services. We hope you enjoy these changes!
During the 2012-2013 school year, KLRU Educational Services has benefitted from a Dell Powering the Possible grant, which provided us the opportunity to purchase 20 beautiful, sleek new Dell XPS 13 laptops for use at the Extend-A-Care sites at Graham and Walnut Creek Elementary.
This video spot highlights a visit by Dell volunteers who got to hear from the kids as they talked about the various ways the computers have been used to further their learning during out-of-school time. Moreover, they had a chance to play games and talk about new options together.
The event was so successful that on June 28, we’ll hold a Create-A-Thon, in which 30 Dell volunteers will come together with kids at the Brentwood Summer Extend-A-Care program for a half-day burst of creativity. Teams of kids and adults will use the laptops to shoot and edit movies, create written projects, slideshows, e-books, and video games!