6:30 am Wild Kratts
6:30 am Wild Kratts
Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 235 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:
1ST PLACE WINNERS:
2ND PLACE WINNERS:
3RD PLACE WINNERS:
“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”
The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.
KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.
The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Winners will receive a prize package that will include LeapFrog’s award-winning LeapReader Reading and Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.
To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.
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!
Congratulations to Pflugerville High School junior Kennedy Huff! Kennedy was chosen for the inaugural class of KLRU and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs All-Stars and was honored by the staff of Congressman Michael T. McCaul (TX-10) for her accomplishment on May 1st.
Kennedy, along with 10 other students chosen from participating Reporting Labs schools across the country, will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to help teachers from around the country develop curricula and instruction strategies to engage young people in news and current affairs and ensure that the youth voice is a part of the conversation around critical issues facing the nation.
PBS NewsHour Executive Producer Linda Winslow says it’s important for public media to help build the next generation of reporters. “I want them to deliver the kind of quality that we encourage today journalism that makes people better informed citizens of the world,” she said.
Students participating in the Reporting Labs program work with public media mentors from their local stations to produce original news reports. Their work is featured on the national Student Reporting Labs website, the NewsHour’s Rundown and broadcast as well as americangraduate.org. The Reporting Labs after-school club at Pflugerville High School has worked with KLRU.
“PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is just one of the many innovative ways that KLRU leverages content to provide students with real-life learning experiences and help them connect their education to future aspirations for long-term success,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO, KLRU. “We are delighted and proud that a student from our Reporting Lab is an All-Star.”
Student mentor and KLRU producer Lynn Boswell said, “It’s been exciting to see the number of schools and students participating in the program grow so quickly. These students are gaining strong skills that will be very valuable if they choose to pursue careers in journalism. But they’re also gaining tools to help them become informed citizens and thoughtful voters, no matter what careers they eventually choose.”
In addition to participating in the Reporting Labs club at Pflugerville High School, Kennedy is an editor for the school newspaper and a member of the student broadcast staff. She models herself after Lisa Ling and Oprah Winfrey and aspires to one day host her own network show.
“Kennedy Huff is a shining example of what the Student Reporting Labs program represents: curiosity, civic engagement and hard work,” said Reporting Labs Producer/Program Coordinator Thaisi Da Silva.
Student Reporting Labs is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as part of the public media initiative, “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” which is helping communities improve education opportunities for all students and build the next generation of skilled graduates. Student Reporting Labs is also funded by National Science Foundation.
The Reporting Labs club at PHS is co-sponsored by Tamika Fagan, David Robb and James Ruiz.
Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Joel Klein
DATE: March 4
TIME: 10:30am (Doors open at 10 am)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
Joel Klein is CEO of Amplify, an education subsidiary of NewsCorp. He is the former chancellor of New York City Public Schools. Klein was appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and held the position from 2002-2010. As chancellor he oversaw the country’s largest public school system of 1.1 million students and 136,000 employees. Amplify’s mission is to “reimagine the way teachers teach and students learn” by using technology and tablets to help “teachers to manage whole classrooms and, at the same time, empower them to offer more personalized instruction, so that students become more active, engaged learners.” Klein is in Austin for SXSWEdu.
We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview. Get past episodes and online exclusives at klru.org/overheard
To celebrate this year’s 100th Day of School, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, hosted a Peg + Cat-themed special event at Uphaus EC Center, Perez Elementary and Widen Elementary on February 5 and February 10, 2014. Through this initiative, KLRU awarded each campus a media lab that included an assortment of educational materials, games, activities, a Kindle Fire to access PBS digital content on, and a PEG + CAT hop-scotch rug. The multimedia content includes video clips, digital and hands-on games and activities, and tools to connect home and school. These resources are available at pbskids.org/learn. In all, over 355 children and 32 adults participated.
These three Dove Springs public school campuses were selected in part because the Onion Creek floods of this winter had affected them and their families. Each campus dedicated time in the library and in the classroom for their 1st grade or Kindergarten classes to rotate through a series of centers themed around the number 100 — jumping 100 times using hula hoops, making bracelets by counting beads by groups of 10, playing a Peg + Cat pizza game, playing the Peg + Cat app, watch Peg + Cat video clips. Each child was also able to share with their family more fun activities by taking home the Peg + Cat activity sheet. All campuses were delighted with the 100th Day Celebration and plan on scheduling it again next school year!
Este año para el Centésimo Día Escolar, KLRU-TV celebro con el Centro de Uphaus, Perez Elementary, y Widen Elementary este pasado 5 y 10 de febrero. A través de este iniciativo, las escuelas participantes recibieron materiales educativos incluyendo juegos, actividades, un Kindle Fire con acceso a recursos digitales de PBS, y una alfombra de la rayuela. Los recursos digitales incluyeron videos, juegos digitales, y otras actividades para conectar el enseñamiento de matemáticas entre el salón y en casa. Estos recursos están disponibles en pbskids.org/learn. Al final se contaron mas de 355 estudiantes y 32 adultos que participaron.
Estas escuelas en el vecindario de Dove Springs fueron seleccionadas en parte por las inundaciones de Onion Creek, que afectaron a los estudiantes y a sus familias. Cada escuela dedico tiempo en la biblioteca y en el salón para los estudiantes del kínder y primer año. Los estudiantes participaron en actividades sobre el numero 100 – brincando 100 veces, construyendo una pulsera de abalorios y contando por 10, participando en un juego de Peg + Cat, usando la aplicación de Peg + Cat para iPad, viendo unos episodios de Peg + Cat, y leyendo juntos. Cada estudiante también se llevo información para seguir aprendiendo sobre el numero 100 con su familia en casa. Las escuelas disfrutaron del Centésimo Día Escolar y planean a celebrar de nuevo al próximo año!
Join KLRU for a fun-filled event celebrating student authors!
DATE: Friday, November 22
TIME: 4:15-6 p.m.
LOCATION: M Station Learning Center, 2906 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
The event is free and open to the public.
For the last few weeks, KLRU’s Educational Services Department has been working with the students of M Station’s after-school program to create their own autobiographies or original stories. A surprise PBS Kids characters will be on hand to congratulate the young authors for their hard work.
This event is part of an on-going project funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Get more details
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!
It was the summer of “imagineering,” and students at M Station were keeping busy learning about famous scientists, engineers, and other topics of human ingenuity during their 8-week summer learning program. With the guidance of KLRU and as part of the Ready to Learn Transmedia Demonstration Station project, M Station’s teen program was also able to take part in some extra special activities with the help of the Design Squad challenge series.
Design Squad is WGBH’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning reality competition series that lets kids design and build their own creations. The Design Squad teams are challenged to transform raw materials into workable solutions for real-world clients. From creating flying remote-controlled football targets for Hasbro or dryland sleds for the Jamaican dogsled team, this group of kids really put their smarts to test!
Much like the kids of Design Squad, the kids at M Station were presented with a series of challenges once a week during the summer months. They built newspaper tables sturdy enough to carry heavy books, paddle boats powered by rubber bands, and even zip lines! These activities were just a few of many challenges found in the Design Squad challenge guides, which are currently available online for teachers, parents, you, your neighbors, your grandparents – everyone! For details about these challenges, and to try out some new projects for yourself, visit the Design Squad Guide page here!