KLRU, Extend-A-Care, and Dell Powering the Possible

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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!

KLRU-TV is thankful for the support and collaborative spirit from Dell and Extend-A-Care. Together, we are enriching kids’ out-of-school time.

2013 National Geographic Bee

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Austin fifth grader student Chinmay Murthy, from Paragon Preparatory Middle School, will represent Texas in the 2013 National Geographic Bee airing Friday, May 24 at 1 pm, Saturday, May 25 at 5 pm and Sunday, May 26 at 5 pm. By using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society, students from around the country compete in the annual National Geographic Bee. The National Geographic Bee is constructed to encourage teachers to include geography in their class rooms in order to increase student and public interest in the subject.

Prepare for the 2013 National Geographic Bee and take Take a GeoBee Quiz!

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KLRU Hosts Open House for RTL Demo Stations

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As you may have read before, KLRU has been selected as one of five stations to partner with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS Kids to bring educational content throughnew mediato low-income communities. KLRU has also locally partnered with SafePlace, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and Foundation Communities M Station, which provide affordable housing and other services to low-income families.

Over the last few weeks, KLRU has been preparing to add new technology to both SafePlace and M Station’s already existing, modest computer labs. These new additions included 16 iPads, complete with protective cases, a Mac computer to power the iPads, a projector for large group activities/screening movies, a projection screen, speakers, iPad compatible printers, Bluetooth keyboards, and child-friendly headphones for the iPads.

The new equipment was unveiled to the children and staff at an open house event for both sites, where everyone was invited to explore the iPads and accompanying equipment. Though the children were a little disappointed to learn they wouldn’t be taking the iPads home, they were ecstatic to know that they are available to them and will be used for their upcoming PBS Kids summer learning programs on site.

All of the iPads are jam-packed with PBS Kids content, including videos, e-books, and 50+ apps designed to improve reading, math, science, and even art skills. They can also be set up much like a regular workstation with Bluetooth keyboards so that the students can easily type away school papers, or their own creative work.

Thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, both of these new Transmedia Demonstration Stations will provide great new learning tools to SafePlace and M Station, as well as provide valuable lessons for public media at large. Both sites are currently gearing up for official inauguration/summer program kick-off events in June, to share the completed Demo Stations with the children, their families, educators, key stakeholders of the organizations, and the community.

The Cat in the Hat “Fabulous Animals Week”

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From April 15-19, The Cat in the Hat shows kids some amazing animals, including three premiere episodes April 15-17.

Babies / Fast – Monday, April 15 at 8:30 am & 2 pm
Babies – Sally is looking after some baby hamsters, but how can she and Nick hold them right? Well, different animals hold their babies different ways.
Fast – It’s a race to the treehouse, but Nick and Sally wish they could go as fast as an airplane! How about a peregrine? asks The Cat. What’s that? The fastest creature in the world!

Little Lemmings / Keep The Beat — Tuesday, April 16 at 8:30 am & 2 pm
Little Lemmings – It’s cold outside, but Nick and Sally want to keep playing. Is there a way to stay warm out in the cold? Cat’s friend Lars the Lemming will know! He lives in the Wundra-Bundra-Tundra. It’s cold out, but with Lars’ fur coat, he doesn’t even notice!
Keep the Beat – Nick and Sally have been running around the backyard and now their chests are thumpity thumping! The Cat explains that that is their hearts boom boom booming! But why? wonders Sally.

Gorillas In The Nest / Tale Of A Dragon — Wednesday, April 17 at 8:30 am & 2 pm
Gorillas in the Nest – Sally and Nick have made a sleepover tent on the floor. But it’s not very comfortable. The Cat’s friend Gordon the Gorilla knows how to make a comfortable bed.
Tale of a Dragon – Dragons don’t really exist, but Cat knows some lizard friends who are oh-so like dragons! They can show Nick and Sally how to pretend to be dragons.

KLRU Selected to Support Early Learning with New Digital Content

KLRU and four other public television stations will train teachers and families to use educational content developed through the Ready To Learn Initiative

KLRU is one of five stations partnering with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS KIDS to provide educational multimedia content to low-income communities.  The station will receive $109,318 from CPB to test the effectiveness of digital content developed through Ready To Learn (RTL), a cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, to test the effectiveness of digital content developed through the program in supporting the development of early math and literacy skills for children ages 2-8 in low-income families.

Over the next year, KLRU will provide RTL content and resources at two sites in the community: SafePlace, which provides residential services to victims of family violence, and Foundation Communities, which offers housing and family-centered educational services to low-income families. The station will train highly qualified educators/education service providers to use RTL content so they can support the children and families who use the facilities at SafePlace and Foundation Communities. Through family-focused community events, KLRU will also demonstrate RTL to other community educators/education service providers, children, and parents/caregivers in the Austin area.

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has set the standard for investment in the future of our young learners,” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager. “Through initiatives such as this CPB is continuing its leadership into the digital world, and KLRU is proud to be at the forefront of this technology. We’re excited to get to partner with SafePlace and Foundation Communities but also to provide these tools for learning to our entire community.”

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Dinosaur Train “Dancing with Dinosaurs Week”

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Monday-Friday, April 8-12 at 9:30 am

In a week of encore episodes, kids can enjoy the most musical moments of DINOSAUR TRAIN for a week of dance-tastic adventures. Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don explore ponds, gardens, oceans and more in “That’s Not a Dinosaur/Tiny’s Garden,” “Remember the Alamosaurus/Sunrise, Sunset,” “Elmer Elasmosaurus/Dinosaur Block Party,” “Junior Conductor Jamboree/Troodon Train Day” and “Buddy Explores the Tyrannosaurs/Rainy Day Fight.” They sing and dance as they encourage kids to get outside, get into nature and make their own discoveries.

Sid Movie Was a Hit!

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Thanks to all the families that joined us for the Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek and Slaughter locations on Saturday.

Before the movie, we had fun playing catapult games in the lobby, posing for photos with Sid, and meeting Clifford the Big Red Dog!

See photos from both locations: Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere | March 30, 2013

Be a part of future KLRU kids events by signing up as a KLRU Explorer.

WILD KRATTS “Rainforest Week”

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In a week of episodes set in the rainforest, three new WILD KRATTS episodes featuring rainforest creatures premiere on April 1-3.

Monday, April 1, 4pm
Bugs Or Monkeys? – A miniaturized Martin wants to check out insects in the rainforest, but Chris wants to investigate the world of the Spider monkey. Chris wins when he puts “mini” Martin in his pack back and heads off through the treetops.

Tuesday, April 2, 4pm
Shadow: The Black Jaguar – Martin and Chris are trying to decide on their next wild cat adventure when they learn that Zach Varmitech has decided to “catnap” a Black Jaguar to use as a symbol for his new spybots.

Wednesday, April 3, 4pm
Rainforest Stew – When Chris and Martin go in search of an obscure rainforest creature to add to their Life Lists, the Wild Kratts becomes embroiled in the complex relationships of a tropical rainforest.

Thursday, April 4, 4pm
Walk On The Wetside – When Chris and Martin locate an amazing water-walking Basilisk lizard in Costa Rica, they try to replicate its actions in order to learn how this rare lizard is able to walk on water. They discover that by using its wide feet, churning its legs to create water pockets and keeping up a certain speed, the Basilisk is able to run on water in order to escape from predators. And when Donita Donata begins capturing basilisks, Martin and Chris us their new water walking powers to rescue these rare lizards.

Friday, April 5, 4pm
Kerhonk – When Martin’s and Chris’ Creature Power Suits unexpectedly get jammed in Proboscis monkey mode and the top monkey of the troop is injured protecting a youngster from a crocodile, the Kratt brothers find themselves stepping into the injured monkey’s role. While Aviva nurses the monkey back to health, Chris and Martin must keep the troop together and soon discover the important communication function of the proboscis monkeys strangest feature – his huge, droopy, bulbous nose! They uncover some of the different methods animals utilize to communicate important information to each other.

 

180 DAYS: A YEAR INSIDE AN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL

180 Days takes viewers on a uniquely intimate journey through a year in the lives of students, teachers and school leaders in one Washington, DC public high school. The series is framed by volatile national and local politics aimed at reforming this most fundamental of public institutions, but the lives at the center of “180 Days,” most especially those of the five students whose stories take the viewer from the day 1 to day 180, seem at once deeply impacted by and yet profoundly separate from the “Race to the Top.”

Monday, March 25 at 8 pm, Episode 1
Tuesday, March 26 at 8 pm, Episode 2