Smart Screen Time® / La Pantalla Inteligente®

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With the proliferation of screen-based activities available for and embraced by youth, KLRU Educational Services has developed a set of guidelines for digital media use called “Smart Screen Time® / La Pantalla Inteligente® In addition to offering quality educational media, KLRU Educational Services staff believe that explicit guidelines for how to use these media has never been more needed – for parents, caretakers, educators, and the children themselves. The guidelines have been incorporated into all of KLRU Educational Services’ messaging and are now appearing on-air and online in a series of explanatory video clips. The guidelines are as follows, with the video clips to follow.

1. Knowing “smart time” vs. “silly time”

     – Kids instinctively know when they are viewing or playing media that is cognitively stimulating, and media that is pure entertainment. We believe that there is a role for both in kids’ lives. Adults who provide access to digital media ought to have conversations about the appropriate balance of smart and silly with the children in their care, and help children monitor their own media habits.

2. When the brain slows down, turn the screen off!

     – All viewers of digital media have experienced moments when they are neither asleep nor alert, but in some in-between “zombie” zone. For adults, this may be a reasonable break from a long day’s work. For kids, it’s a different matter because this time is neither truly restful, nor is it meaningfully engaging. In short, it’s lost time during a period of rapid brain growth and development. For that reason, it’s important for adults in kids’ lives to turn the screen off and send them to another activity (including sleep!). Kids can become self-monitors of their own zombie states,  and can learn alternatives to drooling in front of a screen.

3. Talk throughout the day, including during screen time

     – Studies have shown that dialogue can enhance the learning outcomes of using educational digital media. Look no further than our own characters to see role models for our kids – our characters use sophisticated vocabulary, ask good questions, and seek solution pathways for desired information. In short, they are all “smart” chatterboxes! Adults can ask kids for narrative summaries of show episodes, or to describe strategies they are using to advance in games.

4. Watch and play on screens together 

      – This is a corollary of guideline #3. Whereas dialogue about kids’ viewing or playing is great, an even stronger learning experience occurs when adults and kids engage together with educational media. KLRU Educational Services selects PBS evening programs each month for “Family Choice” viewing, when we encourage generations to sit, watch, and discuss together. This idea can be extended to our programming throughout the day, and to game-playing online and on mobile media. One caution: current research suggests that

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    screen time stop 90 minutes before a child’s bedtime. It appears that the blue/light white from LCD screens can signal the brain to wake up, making bedtime a more difficult proposition.

5. Read both at home and at school – every day!

     As proud as we are of the educational quality of our media, KLRU Educational Services recognizes that reading remains the most efficient, effective method of acquiring new information, building vocabulary, and experiencing new worlds of learning. In fact, a good number of our programs and games explicitly steer children to reading experiences. Most children still need adults to bridge the gap from screen to text, and to help them locate appropriate reading materials. This cannot solely occur in school – children who practice literacy as a desired activity during out-of-school time have markedly better learning outcomes that endure throughout their lives (International Reading Association, 1998). We know our job is done when kids instinctively and enthusiastically turn from our media to books as a logical next step in their learning lives.

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La Pantalla Inteligente

Con la abundancia de pantallas utilizadas por nuestros jóvenes, KLRU Educational Services ha desarrollado un conjunto de reglas sobre el medio digital llamado “La Pantalla Inteligente.” Además de ofrecer un medio educacional de gran calidad, el personal de KLRU Educational Services cree se necesitan estas reglas para padres, cuidadores, educadores, y los mismos niños sobre el uso de estos medios.

1. Tiempo listo versus Tiempo bobo – Desde una edad muy joven, los niños saben cuando están mirando un programa o jugando un juego que les ayuda a aprender o que es puro entretenimiento. Nosostros creemos que hay un rol para los dos en la vida de los jóvenes. Los adultos que les proveen aceso a media digital a los niños deberían charlar con ellos sobre un balanceo apropriado de “listo” y “bobo,” y ayudar a los niños a reconocer sus propios hábitos y ajustarlos si es necesario.

2. ¡Cuando se apaga el cerebro, se apaga la pantalla! – Para los adultos al mirar la tele puede ser un momento razonable para un descanso después de un largo día de trabajo. Pero para los niños puede ser una pérdida de tiempo. Es por eso que es importante que los adultos sugieran y animen a los niños a realizar otras actividades, incluyendo dormir, en lugar de babear frente a una pantalla por largos periodos.

3. Hablemos durante el día, incluyendo los tiempos de pantalla – Estudios han demostrado que el diálogo mejora los resultados de los medios digitales educacionales. Los personajes que estrellan en nuestros programas son modelos de compartimiento para nuestros niños. Estos personajes usan vocabulario sofisticado, hacen buenas preguntas, y buscan diferentes soluciones. ¡En resumen, todas son <<cotorros inteligentes>>! Los adultos pueden preguntar a los niños por breves resúmenes de los episodios que han visto, o que describan las estrategias que están utilizando para avanzar en un juego.

4. Miremos y juguemos juntos la pantalla – Aunque el diálogo sobre lo que los niños miran y juegan es bueno, la experiencia educacional puede ser aún más fuerte si los adultos y niños se vieran involucrados en medios educacionales. KLRU Educational Services selecciona programas nocturnos de PBS cada mes para momentos familiares donde los animamos a sentarse, mirar, y discutir juntos. Esta idea se extiende para toda nuestra programación durante el día, incluyendo juegos en línea y medios móvil.

5. Lee en casa y la escuela – ¡Todos los días! Aunque estamos orgullosos de la calidad educacional de nuestros medios, KLRU Educational Services reconoce que leer sigue siendo el método más efectivo de adquirir nueva información y vocabulario. De hecho un buen número de programas y juegos dirigen los niños explícitamente a leer. La mayoría de los niños aún necesitan que los adultos les ayuden a localizar materiales apropiados para leer. Esto no puede suceder solo en la escuela ya que los niños que practican el alfabetismo como una actividad deseada fuera de la escuela tienen mejores resultados de aprendizaje (International Reading Association, 1998). Cuando los niños pueden cambiar de los medios digitales a un libro como un paso lógico en sus vidas de aprendizaje, nuestro trabajo esta completo.

 

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.

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.

 

Shalom Sesame: It’s Passover Grover!

It is spring on Rechov Sumsum and Grover is excited to celebrate Passover at his first Seder, or Passover meal. As Shoshana, Avigail, Anneliese and Grover get ready for the Seder, Shoshana realizes she has no maror (bitter herbs) for the Seder plate, and stores have already closed! The gang visits their friends to try and findmaror to begin the Seder.

It’s Passover, Grover! showcases the Passover story, holiday preparations, and Hebrew words and phrases related to Passover. In the episode, viewers meet families whose holiday traditions originate in Ethiopia and Morocco, providing a glimpse into the diversity of the Jewish people.

Friday, March 22nd at 12 noon

KLRU and Alamo Drafthouse “Sid the Science Kid Movie”

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When: March 30, 2013, 9 – 11 a.m.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek and Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter

  • Come dressed in your best Hollywood glamour or mad scientist outfit.
  • Walk the red carpet and take photos in our photo booth.
  • Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Enjoy hands-on science activities in the lobby with the KLRU-TV, Austin PBS education team.
  • If you are not already, now’s your chance to become a KLRU Explorers family!

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Click here to go the Alamo Drafthouse reservation site.

ALL AGES ARE WELCOME, BUT CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT. PLEASE RESERVE ONLY THE SEATS YOU EXPECT TO USE, AND RESERVE ENOUGH SEATS FOR ALL ATTENDEES, REGARDLESS OF AGE. ALL UNCLAIMED SEATS WILL BE RELEASED TO THE WAITING LIST AT 9:30 AM.

AGENDA:
9:00 Doors open, guest check in, red carpet photos and lobby activities
9:30 Movie starts. Fidgety guests are welcome in the lobby for activities during the show.
11:00 Event ends

 

WORDGIRL TAKES ON VILLAINS!

WordGirl  will premiere five new episodes on KLRU, starting March 11 at 3:30 PM, as part of “(M)Arch Enemy Week,” during which WordGirl will fight against a variety of the series’ most popular – and fan favorite – villains. WordGirl’s adventures that week will include battles for word domination against such formidable villains as Big Left Hand Guy, InvisiBill, Granny May, Dr. Two Brains, and many others.

Monday, March 11, 3:30 pm
PLAIN OLD MISCHIEF MAKERS
When best friends Big Left Hand Guy and InvisiBill risk losing their super villain status, they decide to pull off their biggest heist to date. Can WordGirl stop this determined duo who always manage to escape her at the last minute?
Vocabulary Words: Diminish, Declare
HOUSE ARREST
While Chuck’s jail cell is being painted, he’s put under house arrest at the Botsfords’. Becky is stuck spending more time waiting on Chuck than fighting the other villains.
Vocabulary Words: Release, Rowdy

Tuesday, March 12, 3:30 pm
MONKEY BUSINESS
After a battle, WordGirl accidentally leaves Captain Huggy Face behind (again), so he spends the day doing all of his favorite things. When an overzealous Chuck strikes, it’s up to Captain Huggy Face to single-handedly save the day.
Vocabulary Words: Recall, Zeal
SAY IT AGAIN, EILEEN
Eileen won’t stop copying Becky ? and it’s driving Becky nuts! Can WordGirl stop Eileen from transforming into the Birthday Girl before the bake sale (and Becky’s treasured crumpets) is ruined?
Vocabulary Words: Stymie, Guidance

Wednesday, March 13, 3:30 pm
DAY AT THE MUSEUM
Scoops takes Becky, Bob and Violet to the museum to find inspiration for his news story for The Big City Times. The team goes on a search when they hear a rumor about a haunted treasure – with The Butcher close behind! Can Scoops, Becky, Bob and Violet find the treasure and evade The Butcher in time for Scoops to meet his deadline?
Vocabulary Words: Rumor, Deadline
BEST FAN CLUB MEETING EVER
TJ plans a meeting to divulge a secret about WordGirl to International WordGirl Fan Club members. However, when Tobey finds out that a secret about his love/nemesis will be revealed, he crashes the meeting with an eavesdropping robot and threatens to destroy the clubhouse. WordGirl has to spring into action to save the clubhouse and her fans!
Vocabulary Words: Divulge, Eavesdrop

Thursday, March 14, 3:30 pm
WHO’S YOUR GRANNY?
Granny May decides to become more notorious by committing bigger crimes involving crazy contraptions. Meanwhile, Becky is frustrated that she does not appear in any yearbook photos since she always has to escape to fight crime as WordGirl. Will Becky/WordGirl ever be able to get her photo in the yearbook and find time to interact with the new, high tech Granny May?
Vocabulary Words: Interact, Contraption
WIN A DAY WITH WORDGIRL
The Big City Times announces a writing contest prize: win a day with WordGirl! A chance at a full-day encounter with everyone’s favorite superhero causes Tobey, Scoops and TJ to go to extremes to win ? ending in a robot-filled squabble at the library.
Vocabulary Words: Encounter, Squabble

Friday, March 15, 3:30 pm
DINNER OR CONSEQUENCES, PART 1
Dr. Two Brains is stealing the entire city’s milk and using it?with help from the unusually talkative Energy Monster?to superpower his new ray and turn the whole city into cheese! It’s up to WordGirl to find the disappearing dairy and stop Dr. Two Brains, even if it means missing her family feast and having to face the consequences.
Vocabulary Words: Feast, Consequences
DINNER OR CONSEQUENCES, PART 2
Becky has to rely on an old Botsford tradition ? the family trial ? to convince her family that she vanished from the feast for a good reason. But when the Energy Monster breaks Dr. Two Brains out of jail and the two head over to the Botsfords’ to take back a powerful invention, will Becky be able to prove her innocence and transform into WordGirl in time to stop two super villains?
Vocabulary Words: Vanish, Rely

PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest 2013

Writers Contest

KLRU announces the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest! Designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on and active learning, the contest encourages children in grades K-3 to submit their own original illustrated stories.

How the Contest Works
Children in Central Texas can submit their entries to the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest either by mailing their entries to KLRU or uploading their stories to our website: klru.org/writerscontest. The upload window begins March 1, 2013. All entries must be postmarked or uploaded by April 6th. A panel of local judges will select local winners for each grade level by April 20th and award prizes including books, toys and gift cards with an announcement and celebration on Saturday, April 27.

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