August 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In August 2014, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, August 6, 7pm: The My Wild Affair series continues in August with “The Seal Who Came Home.” The true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years, Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to sacrifice his wildness. The human world gave Andre shelter during the harsh New England winter, but staying wild at heart meant Andre had the know-how to make the 200-mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge, including, at the end, Andre’s blindness.

Wednesday, August 13, 7pm: NATURE’s Snow Monkeys. We are bringing this very popular episode back in the heat of summer to give us all a break and remind us that the cold weather brings challenges, too.

Wednesday, August 20, 7pm: My Wild Affair wraps up with an overview of the extraordinary stories and connections between undomesticated animals and human beings.

July 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In July 2014, we will have some amazing family viewing opportunities beginning with A CAPITOL FOURTH celebrating our nation’s independence. The rest of the month is filled with a new four-part series, MY WILD AFFAIR, where each episode focuses on a unique human-animal bond.

A CAPITOL FOURTH
Friday, July 4 at 7:00 pm & repeats at 8:30 pm
A CAPITOL FOURTH is the nation’s premiere birthday party and a gala salute to our country’s freedom and independence. The show has become a national tradition and in 2013, A CAPITOL FOURTH was among PBS’s top rated shows, reaching over 9.6 million viewers with a 3.9 national Nielsen rating. A CAPITOL FOURTH welcomes back “Dancing With the Stars” personality Tom Bergeron to host, joined by the first talent announcement, Kendall Schmidt of the boy bands Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive, plus an all-star lineup of performing artists with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. And in celebration of the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will conduct a special arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Joint Armed Forces Chorus and The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.  Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Elephant Who Found a Mom
Premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, July 20 at 5:30pm)
This is the heartbreaking story of Aisha the baby elephant orphan and Daphne Sheldrick, the woman who became her human foster parent. Their intense bond reaches a crisis point when Daphne has to leave Aisha with a babysitter for a few days to attend her daughter’s wedding. In those days, Aisha believes she has lost Daphne for good and refuses to eat leading to her death. Though heartbroken, Daphne uses the lessons learnt from Aisha’s short life to help her save over 150 orphans over the next forty years. 

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Ape Who Went to College
Premieres Wednesday, July 23 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, July 27 at 5:30pm)
The incredible story of Chantek, the orang-utan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. Taught to speak in sign language, he is now living among his own kind at Zoo Atlanta, although he describes himself as an “orang-utan person.”

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Rhino Who Joined the Family
Premieres Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm
(repeats Sunday, August 3 at 5:30pm)
Rescued from flooding caused by the damming of the Zambezi River, ‘Rupert’ the orphaned black rhinoceros was brought up in the suburban family home of wildlife vet Dr. John Condy. The rhino captured the hearts of the vet’s four young children before his eventual release into the wild. Fifty years on, the children are searching for clues to their childhood friend’s fate.

MY WILD AFFAIR: The Seal Who Came Home
Premieres Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm (repeats Sunday, August 10 at 5:30pm)
Andre, the Seal Who Came Home, is the true story of a 2 day old wild harbour seal who, in 1961, was rescued from certain death by Harry Goodridge, an arborist from Rockport, Maine. Over the next 25 years Andre and Harry established a friendship that brought Andre into the world of humans without Andre’s ever having to give up his wildness.  The human world gave Andre shelter during the harsh New England winter. But staying wild at heart meant Andre had the know-how to be able to make the 200 mile swim home to Rockport. This interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge including at the end, Andre’s blindness.

Space Racers: Now with online videos and games

Each Friday at noon, KLRU kids can hop on a spaceship to Stardust Space Academy on the new NASA-developed kids series Space Racers. With  personified spaceship characters, preschoolers will have fun learning about scientific investigation and observations, technology, the solar system and more! In addition, Space Racers now has a wonderful website spaceracers.org that includes episodes, games, and printables! KLRU is proud to carry this fantastic new show for those who think and dream of the universe!

 

KLRU announces local PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

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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.”

You can read all stories submitted in the KLRU area

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.

Día de los Niños at Community Night 4/30

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KLRU joins the Thinkery to celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

DATE: Wednesday, April 30,
TIME: 5-8 p.m.
LOCATION: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Austin, Texas 78723
COST: Admission is by donation ($1 suggested donation)

KLRU and the Thinkery in partnership with the Texas Book Festival and H-E-B, host an evening of fun and learning. Various activities including book readings, games and a cooking demonstration will all be part of this special evening.

KLRU will present the PBS Kids Virtual World. Explore new and original games that encourage collaboration while interacting with the museum and exploring topics, such as nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Book readings
5:30 pm – Carolyn Dee Flores, Canta, Rana, Canta / Sing, Froggie, Sing
6:15 pm – Gwendolyn Zepeda, Paso de nivel / Level Up and Pateo el Balón / I Kick the Ball
7 pm – Adriana Pacheco, El Pan Perfecto/The Perfect Bread and Un Globo Café Chocolate/A Chocolate Brown Balloon

Healthy Cooking
Join H-E-B Mueller’s Chef Thomas for a Latin themed cooking demonstration to celebrate El Día de Los Niños.

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Austin’s Julie Hildebrand Selected As A Lead 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Shannon Hildebrand

The wait is over! KLRU-TV is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Julie Hildebrand of Austin has been selected as one of the top 16 “Lead PBS Digital Innovators” as part of the Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.

As a Lead PBS Digital Innovator, Julie Hildebrand will work with a group of like-minded peers to develop strategies for delivering best practices in digital education that can be immediately applied to classrooms. They will serve as thought leaders within the larger group of 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators in paving the way in innovation and creative thinking over the course of the 2014-2015 school year by empowering their peers and sharing strategies around digital media integration; serving as PBS LearningMedia ambassadors that embraces life-long learning, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation; and making up a robust professional learning community that will foster new ways of thinking, while leading the way in digital media in the classroom. They will also receive exclusive professional development from PBS LearningMedia, including virtual training and resources that they will be able to bring home to their school and incorporate into curriculum, and attend the PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit this summer at PBS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.!

We could not be more proud to represent Julie Hildebrand and launch a year-long partnership to drive innovation in our local classrooms, as well as classrooms across the country. We look forward to sharing more information about how we will be celebrating this exciting achievement and for updates on Julie Hildebrand’s impact as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. In the meantime, learn more about our rock star educator and the entire Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators here: http://ow.ly/uXbhe!

 

April 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In April 2014, we will have some thought provoking family viewing opportunities beginning with NATURE “My Bionic Pet,” exploring innovative animal interventions. In the middle of the month is The Address: A Film by Ken Burns seeing history through the eyes of students, and at the end of the month, observe family dynamics in NATURE “Snow Monkeys”.

PBS has announced the launch of its new “Think Wednesday” primetime line-up: television’s best nature, science and technology programming, including new episodes of acclaimed series NATURE and NOVA in the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours respectively, and new specials debuting at 10 p.m. The “Think Wednesday” lineup premieres Wednesday, April 9, with new episodes of NOVA and NATURE and the premiere of YOUR INNER FISH at 10 p.m.

NATURE “My Bionic Pet”
Wednesday, April 9 at 7pm
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need. And scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefitting both animals and humans.

THE ADDRESS: A Film by Ken Burns
Tuesday, April 15 at 8pm
Ken Burns’s THE ADDRESS tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of Greenwood, whose students, boys ages 11-17, all face a range of complex learning differences, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

NATURE “Snow Monkeys”
Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place. Their leader is still new to the job and something of a solitary grouch. But one little monkey, innocently unaware of his own lowly social rank, reaches out to this lonely leader, forming a bond with him that manages over time to warm his less than sunny disposition. It is a rare and remarkable gesture that alters both their lives. Changing seasons bring new babies to care for, a profusion of insects and blossoms to eat, family disagreements to squabble over and tragedies to overcome. Mating season brings competition for females as the days grow shorter and colder in a rush toward winter. But with their now confident leader to guide them and their families to shelter and care for them, this troop of snow monkeys is ready to face the world.

100th Day of School Celebration

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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!

January 2014 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy together. In January 2014, we will have incredible family viewing opportunities  beginning with a special night on New Year’s Eve with LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma.”  Next up on our list is NOVA “Zeppelins” which is the untold story of the biggest flying machines ever made: Germany’s war zeppelins and ends with the premiere of NATURE “Meet the Coywolf” about a beautiful mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma”
Tuesday, December 31st at 7 pm.
Special guest cello soloist Yo-Yo Ma joins maestro Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for a festive celebration of dance-inspired orchestral music. Highlights include a performance of a work expressly written for Ma by Osvaldo Golijov, one of the world’s most celebrated living composers, and a stunning interpretation of Ravel’s beloved Bolero.

NOVA “Zeppelins”
Wednesday, January 15 at 8 pm.
This is the untold story of the biggest flying machines ever made: Germany’s war zeppelins, which rained down death on British towns for two and a half terrifying years during World War I. In hands-on experiments, NOVA uncovers how the zeppelins were built and flown, and goes inside the desperate scramble to take down the zeppelins and make the streets of Britain safe again.

NATURE “Meet the Coywolf”
Wednesday, January 22 at 7 pm.
The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a hauntingly beautiful carnivore found increasingly on the streets of North American cities. Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. The story of how it came to be begins in Canada but by no means ends there. It is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere. New York wildlife biologist Roland Kay is fascinated by this new hybrid, the product of a shifting gene pool that is now stabilizing. Kays tracks and photographs coywolves with remote motion sensor cameras, collects road kill and scat and obtains tissue and bone samples from fur trappers, hunters and others to unravel the mysteries that define this new species.

Connecting Our Kids to Food and Nature

Why is it important to get our kids outside? Find out this week on Central Texas Gardener when Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, examines nature-deficit disorder and how it impacts our children.

See why this family made a resolution to dump the grass for organic vegetables when their daughter was born.

Visit CTG’s blog for stories of family garden traditions and to add your own!