Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Professional Development Webinars Offered by MLTI

MLTI (Maine Learning Technology Initiative), the organization that oversees Maine's 1:1 laptop initiative, is offering a series of professional development webinars throughout the 2009/2010 school year. The webinars are being conducted by members of the MLTI staff. These webinars are being recorded and the first three are now available on Some of the webinars are specific to Maine schools that are using state-issued MacBooks while other webinars such as "Directed Use of Research Tools," have universal appeal.

PBS Design Squad - Teachers' Guide and Webinar

The PBS series Design Squad recently launched its third season of episodes. The show, which features young people developing creative solutions to challenging problems, has an comprehensive companion website. On the website students can watch full-length episodes, play educational games, and find instructions for creating and participating in their own design challenges.

Teachers who would like to use the content and concepts of Design Squad can get their own free copy of a teacher's guide to Design Squad by completing the form found here. Tomorrow, November 4, Design Squad in partnership with NSTA will be hosting a webinar about using the concepts and materials of Design Squad in your classroom. You can register for the webinar here.

Applications for Education
I watched my first episode of Design Squad today and found it rather engaging. The Design Squad challenges could be a good way to get elementary and middle school students interested in practical applications of mathematics and science knowledge.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
PBS Teachers Webinar Archives
Forum Network - The Best of NPR and PBS
Teachers' Domain - 100's of PBS-Based Lessons

An Inside Look at H1N1 Vaccine Production

On Sunday, 60 Minutes ran a fairly in-depth story about H1N1 vaccine production, distribution, and safety. You can watch the entire story (embedded below) or segments of the story here. CBS News has a few companion resources linked to the story and video on their website. One of the companion resources is a parents' guide to prevention of H1N1 contraction and what to do if you suspect that your child has H1N1.

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Applications for Education
This video or portions of it could be used in a high school health class and or a current events course. The video may clear up some confusion that your students have about H1N1 vaccinations.

Touring the Remains of the Berlin Wall

Today's episode of CNN Student News features a look at the remains of the Berlin Wall. Next Monday marks the twenty year anniversary of the wall's dismantling. The segment provides a concise history of the wall. The video is embedded below.

Two years prior to the wall coming down, President Reagan told Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." The video of Reagan's speech from that day is embedded below.