April 2016 Family Choice: Programs to watch with the whole family!

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. For April 2016, we have the following lined up:

Monday & Tuesday, April 11 & April 12 at 8:00 pm: Jackie Robinson
(both episodes repeat back-to-back on Sunday, April 17 starting at 1 pm)
It’s the premiere of Ken Burns’ JACKIE ROBINSON. By changing the racial equation of our national pastime, Jackie Robinson set out to prove that black Americans could compete as equals. He was greeted with ugly abuse, with shouts and bean balls, and hate mail that threatened his life. But in the end, he would do more to help black Americans stake their claim to justice and equal rights “than Congress itself,” according to one writer of the era. This film looks at not just Robinson’s life in baseball, but at its complex whole.

Wednesday, April 20 at 8:00 pm: NOVA “Wild Ways”
Top predators in ecosystems from North America to Africa share a natural trait: the instinct to roam. But at every turn there are human-made barriers: roads, fences, farms and cities. Species such as lions, elk, grizzly bears, antelope, tigers and elephants, are penned up for their own protection in parks and preserves. “Connectivity conservation,” as it’s called, offers a hopeful new approach to preserving keystone species by linking refuges with tunnels, bridges and protected land corridors.

Contest: Complete your FAFSA for a Chance to See Michelle Obama

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The Austin Chamber, in collaboration with the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, will offer Central Texas seniors who complete a FAFSA before 5pm on March 14 a chance to see the First Lady on March 16 at SXSW Music for her keynote address! The contest supports FAFSA filing over spring break and in advance of impending March 15th priority deadlines for Texas Grants and other aid. A total of 80 students will win this opportunity, 2 per high school.

Contest Overview: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative wants every student to take charge of his or her future by pursuing college. The Austin Chamber of Commerce works with 13 Central Texas school districts and public charter schools to prioritize financial aid because we know that students can’t pursue post-secondary education unless they can afford it.

In connection with the First Lady’s visit to SXSW, we are proud to announce a contest for TWO seniors from each participating Central Texas high schools to see the First Lady on March 16.

To be eligible to win, students must:

  • File their FAFSA no later than 5 PM Central Time on Monday, March 14th. If selected, student winners must scan and submit their FAFSA confirmation page to Andrew Feller at afeller@austinchamber.com
  • Register for contest at: https://www.financialaidsaturdays.org/flotus.html
  • Be currently enrolled in a high school from one of the following school districts or charter schools: Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Elgin ISD, Hays CISD, Hutto ISD, Leander ISD, Lockhart ISD, Manor ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Round Rock ISD, KIPP Austin Public Schools, Harmony Public Schools, and NYOS

If at any time you need assistance, regarding rules/conditions of this contest please contact Andy Feller, Director of Education Programs, at afeller@austinchamber.com or 512-322-5644.

Good luck to all participants!

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March 2016 Family Choice: Programs to watch with the whole family!

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. For March 2016, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m.: Year in Space
This documentary will track Scott Kelly’s mission from training to launch, through his 12 months aboard the International Space Station, right up through his descent and landing. Following Scott in space and his identical twin Mark Kelly at home on Earth, the special will tell the story of what it takes, mentally and physically, to spend a year in space.

Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.: NATURE “Soul of the Elephant”
Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas.

Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m.: NATURE “Animal Reunions”
Feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time.

Austin student wins Emperor Science Award

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KLRU is thrilled to announce that Mathilda Nicot-Cartsonis, a LASA High School (Austin ISD) junior, has been named a winner of the national Emperor Science Award, a joint initiative by Stand Up to Cancer and PBS LearningMedia.

In addition to receiving a cash award and a Dell Chromebook, Nicot-Cartsonis will be working this summer with Dr. Jenny Chang, Director of the Methodist Hospital Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Chang’s primary work investigates how to target then eradicate chemotherapy-resistant, tumor-initiating cells.

Nicot-Cartsonis, a self-professed fanatic of viruses since the age of 11, has an additional motivation for this quest. Her longtime ballet instructor and mentor, Alexandra Nadal, a co-founder of the Slavin Nadal School of Ballet and 2009 inductee into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, died in 2015 of a type of cancer being researched by Dr. Chang. Nicot-Cartsonis plans to keep her dual scientist/dancer roles in her university studies.

The Emperor Science Award contest received almost 1,200 applications from 10th and 11th grade students from 40 states. Nicot-Cartsonis is one of 100 inaugural winners.

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Update: Mathilda’s socks

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ELECTION CENTRAL outlines the political process

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As part of the overarching PBS Election 2016 initiative, today PBS LearningMedia announced details about ELECTION CENTRAL, an online destination for educators to teach students about the political process.

The new site, created in collaboration between PBS LearningMedia and PBS NewsHour, will help teachers engage students in the political process, provide virtual field trip ideas and share a collection of election-themed resources to support history, civics and English curricula throughout the election year.

Among the main features of ELECTION CENTRAL will be an interactive map of the United States, providing educators with opportunities to engage students in various aspects of the political process. The map will also display important historical facts about the candidates, laws and process.

Content in ELECTION CENTRAL will be refreshed on a weekly basis and when timely events occur — for example, after debates or after primary elections. Features include:

  • Tracking the campaign trail of candidates, including current and previous candidates
  • Fun facts – general and state-specific
  • The history behind the vote
  • An explanation of the nominating process
  • Candidate views on key issues
  • Election-specific news stories curated from PBS NewsHour
  • Build your ideal presidential candidate interactive
  • Access to hundreds of related resources through PBS LearningMedia

Additional student-focused projects will be announced throughout the election year, including the Meet Me in DC contest, for which K-12 students design an election poster focusing on issues that are important in their local communities. Two grand prize winners (one K-5 and one K-6) will win a trip for two to Washington, DC, to tour the White House, explore the National Archives, watch Congress in session and visit the set of PBS NewsHour. Another contest, 50 for 50 , encourages students to write open letters to the 2016 presidential candidates with ideas on what needs to change in government. PBS will provide Social Studies teachers in grades 6-12 with a toolkit with resources to host in-class debates and give students the opportunity to discuss important issues with their peers.

For more information and educational resources, visit PBS LearningMedia’s website.

February 2016 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. For February 2016, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Mysterious Monkeys of Shangri-La”
The true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. This is a unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas.

Monday, February 8 at 9:00 pm (repeats on Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 pm): Independent Lens “A Ballerina’s Tale”
Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet; of that already small number only a fraction of them are black women. Misty Copeland pulled herself up the ladder at American Ballet Theater from studio company to principal dancer, becoming arguably the biggest star in dance today.

Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Raising the Dinosaur Giant”
Have scientists discovered the biggest animal to have ever walked the planet? Deep in a South American desert, a giant is being awakened after 101 million years of sleep. Sir David Attenborough guides us through the journey of waking the giant as it happens.

January 2016 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. For January 2016, we have the following lined up:

Friday, January 1 at 6:30 pm: Great Performances “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2016”
Always one of “our favorite things,” the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein features everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.

Sunday, January 17 at 3:00 pm: The March
Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. The film reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O’Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young.

Monday, January 18 at 7:00am and 2:30pm: Nature Cat
The week of January 18-22 kicks off on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day school holiday with a one-hour special featuring four brand new adventures featuring SNL voices for Daisy, Squeeks, Hal, and our eponymous hero, Nature Cat. The backyard gang travels near and far as they try to find the answers to some of life’s nagging nature questions, like “Where do streams begin?” and “What’s at the end of the rainbow?”

November 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In November 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00 pm: EARTH’S NATURAL WONDERS
Part 1: “Extreme Wonders
Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 pm: Part 2: “Wonders of Water
Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 pm: Part 3: Living Wonders

This three-part series travels to some of the most extraordinary places on Earth to tell the stories of the people who live there. Across our planet, there are a handful of places that just take your breath away – Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, the Amazon Rainforest. We call them Natural Wonders. They may be awe-inspiring, but these are also some of the most inhospitable places on the planet and they pose extraordinary challenges for those who call them “home.”

Wednesday, November 25 at 7:20 am & 2:50 pm: NATURE CAT Premiere
NATURE CAT is a new animated series that encourages children to explore nature with voices from Saturday Night Live. The series will inspire viewers to get outdoors and develop connections with the natural world. Designed for kids ages 3-8, the multiplatform media property premiers this Thanksgiving along with integrated digital content and hands-on activities. Inspired by research on the health and educational benefits of spending time outside, NATURE CAT will encourage families to get active and go on their own outdoor adventures.

Green School Carnival $500 Scholarship – Apply Now!

In Spring 2015, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS worked with Campbell Elementary of Austin ISD, the Austin ISD Sustainability Program and Keep Austin Beautiful to create a “Green” school carnival. Funds to support these efforts came from a PBS Kids Explore the Outdoors grant. Using remaining funds from the grant, we would like to help three schools interested in putting on their own “green” carnival this fall with three $500 grant opportunities. Watch the video for a glimpse of what Campbell did, then think about what you can do to “green up” your carnival. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Whether you receive a grant or not, consider contacting Keep Austin Beautiful for free resources and activities.

Go to the application here

Teacher Tools in PBS LearningMedia!

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PBS LearningMedia teacher tools also known as “Productivity Tools” are helping educators integrate digital media into learning by creating personalized learning experiences for students. Included in these teacher tools are the Lesson Builder, Quiz Maker, Storyboard, and Puzzle Builder.  Use these tools to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom.

How Teachers Use Tools to Engage with Students

  1. Lesson Builder- A fast way to create and assign interactive lesson plans for students.
  2. Quiz Maker-  Create quizzes and quick assessments.
  3. Storyboards-  Illustrate a concept or topic through a collection of PBS videos, your own uploaded videos,  text and images. Also create a class storyboard or assign students the task of creating a storyboard.
  4. Puzzle Builder- Create puzzles including both crossword puzzles and word searches.

Share Content You Have Created

With PBS LearningMedia, share content on the site in just a few easy steps. The lessons and storyboards that educators create and make public are now searchable and can be found by performing a keyword search and using the search bar.  Click the “Include Teacher-Built Resources” checkbox at the top of the search results in order to display all shared lessons and storyboards.

Storyboard and Lesson Examples

  1.  Hummingbird Super Powers! A storyboard about hummingbirds, featuring videos and fun facts for students.
  2. Shaking Things Up: A storyboard about earthquakes with videos and room for facts!
  3. Cubes: A storyboard with videos and examples of cubes.
  4. Ocean Life: A storyboard filled with marine life fun facts and videos.
  5. Digital and Mobile Art: A storyboard filled with videos from a KQED curated collection that provides background information about digital artists and highlights art made using apps, computer graphics and other digital tools.

Register for a free PBS LearningMedia account to quickly create your own media rich lessons and storyboards with PBS LearningMedia tools for teachers. 

(with permission from KQED)