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Wednesday, 21 April 2010
FORA.tv - April 2010
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Amy Goodman reports on the controversial WikiLeaks Iraq Video which showed the killings of Reuters staff members by U.S. forces.



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What Life Looked Like 542 Million Years Ago

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Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Annenber Media - September 2009

Advance excellent teaching with Annenberg Media.



*** In the Spotlight for September ***



  -  Linking to Current Events

  -  Distance Learning

  -  Connect Learning with Special Days

      o Labor Day

      o Constitution Day

      o Banned Books Week

      o National Hispanic Heritage Month

      o National Rice Month

      o National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

      o National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Prevention Month

  -  Join the Journey South

  -  Signature and Fokus Deutsch Series Retiring





New Emphasis on Testing


As a new administration in the White House takes over, continued emphasis is being placed on teacher and student performance and assessment.


 > School Testing--Behind the Numbers

http://www.learner.org/resources/series186.html is an hour-long panel discussion in which administrators, experts, journalists, policymakers, teachers, parents, and students offer competing interpretations of test scores in the imaginary state of "Idyllia."


 > An interesting discussion comparing American students' performance in math and science with that of other countries -- and offering insights into causes and solutions for lagging performance -- can be found in "The International Picture," Workshop 8 of our series, Looking at Learning...Again, Part 1. http://www.learner.org/workshops/lala/  The series Web site includes a list of background readings.





According to a recent estimate by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, up to half of the U.S. population could become infected with the H1N1 influenza virus, or "swine flu," over the coming season. A new vaccine is being developed to help minimize the impact of the virus.


 > To better understand how influenza infects its host, see this animation http://www.learner.org/courses/biology/archive/animations/hires/a_infect8_h.html

from our Rediscovering Biology series. This animation http://www.learner.org/courses/biology/archive/animations/hires/a_hiv1_h.html

from the same series gives a general overview of the human immune response.


 > Primary Sources: Workshops in American History offers an historical view of public health policy and infectious disease in America in Program 7, "Disease and History: Typhoid Mary and the Search for the Perfect Control."




Success of Online Courses


A study conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education has found that online classes yield superior results to face-to-face instruction. A copy of the report can be downloaded in PDF format:



 > For information about our instructional video series that can be used as distance learning courses, see our Distance Learning FAQ:



 > To embark on your own course of online learning, see our teacher professional development workshops and courses:







The fall 2009 semester is here! The new school year brings new

beginnings that should include using Annenberg Media video and related

materials as offerings for distance learners. News and reminders noted



//What's New//


Coming fall 2009. (Available for licensing spring 2010) Art Through

Time: A Global View, a new 13-part series that includes a free online

text, guide, and coordinated Web site. Call 1-800-LEARNER (532-7637) or

email distancelearning@learner.org for a free preview.


Video on Demand. Users no longer need to enter a user name and password

to view video on learner.org. Using our online streaming service has

never been easier! And coming soon, we'll be moving to Flash video which

will improve access for both our PC and Mac users.


//Important Reminders//


- We would like to remind colleges that a licenses fee is required for

the use of Annenberg Media video courses for distance learning.


- The following distance learning courses are each supported by an

in-depth coordinated Web site -- complete with an accompanying guide or

textbook -- to enhance teaching and your students' learning experience:

American Passages, Bridging World History, Democracy in America, Ethics

in America and Ethics in America II, The Habitable Planet, The Learning

Classroom, Mathematics Illuminated, and Rediscovering Biology.


- Our DVDs and online VoD are closed captioned. Audio-described DVDs for

your visually impaired students are available upon request.


- Fall 2009 is the last semester to license our German language course

Fokus Deutsch. As of December 31, 2009 we will no longer be able to

offer this course as an option to you or your students.


//Special Incentives//


- Our Summer 2009 special incentive on math and science courses is

coming to an end as of September 30th, so act now to take advantage of

this special offer. For schools currently licensing Against All Odds:

Inside Statistics or College Algebra/Algebra: In Simplest Terms, we are

offering a 20% discount on your license fee to adopt our new course,

Mathematics Illuminated. For schools currently licensing Earth Revealed

or Planet Earth, we are offering a 20% discount on your license fee to

adopt our new course, The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to

Environmental Science.


- Ethics in America. We have combined the licensing for the original

Ethics in America and Ethics in America II. This will allow you to use

any of the hypothetical cases from either series to create an exciting

course highlighting new and historical debates from eminent leaders in

government, business, science, and academia.


- In view of the current economic situation facing everyone this year,

there will be no price increase for licenses. Also, if you have not

already done so, don't forget to order your DVDs in time for the

2009/2010 school year to get our special pricing for students enrolled

in a distance learning course.


//Talk to Us//


- We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your enrollment

numbers for the fall semester. You can send them via email directly to

Nancy Williams at nwilliams.learner@gmail.com .


- Visit us! We will be at The 31st National Media Market, October 4-8,

2009 in Lexington, Kentucky http://www.nmm.net and The 15th Annual

Sloan-C Conference on Online Learning, October 28-30 in Orlando, Florida

http://www.sloan-c.org/conference/index.asp where we will focus our

presentation on the past, present, and future of distance learning with

the inclusion of video as a key component. If you are unable to attend

either event, email us distancelearning@learner.org and we will be happy

to coordinate a session with your school.






Labor Day (September 7)


The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. The

observance, organized by the Central Labor Union in New York as a day of

rest for working persons, was later moved to the first Monday in September.


While most other countries celebrate labor day on May 1 of each year,

U.S. President Grover Cleveland supported a September date to avoid

associations with the Chicago Haymarket riot in May of 1886. He signed a

bill into law making the September Labor Day observance a federal

holiday in 1894.


 > "Industrializing America,"

http://www.learner.org/courses/amerhistory/units/14/ Unit 14 of

America's History in the Making, looks at how industrialization required

new labor markets and spawned the rise of the labor movement.


 > A Biography of America, Unit 17, "Capital and Labor"

http://www.learner.org/biographyofamerica/prog17/ takes a look at

historic labor developments in the U.S.


 > For a look at how industrialization changed society -- drawing women

into the labor force and, later, the labor movement -- see "The Lowell

System: Women in a New Industrial Society,"


Program 3 of Primary Sources.


 > See how larger economic issues drive labor migrations in Europe and

America in Program 5 of Inside the Global Economy.



 > Get a better understanding of the development and role of labor

unions with Economics U$A http://www.learner.org/resources/series79.html

Program 22, "Labor and Management."


 > Consider the impact of employment and labor issues on a more personal

level with Growing Old in a New Age

http://www.learner.org/resources/series84.html Program 9, "Work,

Retirement, and Economic Status."


 > See how labor issues have impacted literature in American Passages: A

Literary Survey, Unit 12, "Migrant Struggle."

http://www.learner.org/amerpass/unit12/  Also see context activities for

Unit 11, "Modernist Portraits,"

http://www.learner.org/amerpass/unit11/context_activ-2.html which

address the impact of industrialization on the lives of workers.



Constitution Day (September 17)


Observe Constitution Day -- both as a means of raising your students'

interest in constitutional issues and to fulfill the requirement of all

educational institutions receiving funding through the U.S. Department

of Education. Find the original announcement of Constitution Day in the

Federal Register http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/retrieve.html (volume 70,

page 29727).


The following resources pertaining to the Constitution can be

incorporated into your school's program:


 >   Our Emmy Award-winning series The Constitution: That Delicate

Balance: http://www.learner.org/resources/series72.html features panel

discussion on constitutional issues by distinguished personalities in

government, media, and law.


 > America's History in the Making:

http://www.learner.org/courses/amerhistory/ looks at the early

development of the U.S. system of government. See Unit 4, "Revolutionary

Perspectives," and click on OAH Talking History to listen to the radio

programs "Revolutionary Mothers" and "Washington's Slaves." Then see

Unit 20, Egalitarian America, for a look at more recent constitutional



 > See how key figures in law, media, government, religion, military,

health care, and business puzzle through controversies introduced using

hypothetical cases and the Socratic method. Watch Ethics in America

http://www.learner.org/resources/series81.html and Ethics in America II.



 > Listen to lectures while watching historical footage in Democracy in

America. http://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/  The series

Web site has downloadable readings that include the writings of

Frederick Douglass, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Niccolo

Machiavelli, Thomas Paine, and Alexis de Tocqueville.


 > Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers:

http://www.learner.org/workshops/civics/ presents effective high school

lessons and access Web-based materials including student and teacher

perspectives, essential readings, and primary source documents.


 > Learn about the beginnings of the U.S. Constitution in "A New System

of Government," Program 5 of A Biography of America.



 > Programs in The Western Tradition

http://www.learner.org/resources/series58.html relevant to the

Constitution include Program 5, "The Rise of Greek Civilization,"

Program 6, "Greek Thought," Program 37, "The American Revolution," and

38, "The American Republic."


 > Search for historical artifacts -- images, documents -- related to

the Constitution in the American Passages archive.

http://www.learner.org/amerpass/slideshow/archive_search.php  Our

special slideshow tool also allows you to create one or more

presentations using items from the archive.


More free video programs and other materials for your Constitution Day

events can be found on the Annenberg Classroom Web site.

http://www.annenbergclassroom.org/  Video programs are closed captioned

in several languages including Arabic, French, Japanese, Korean,

Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.



Banned Books Week (September 26-October 3)


 > In Search of the Novel http://www.learner.org/workshops/isonovel/

enlivens the teaching of ten commonly taught novels, some of which have

been banned for one reason or another. The series also features J.K.

Rowling and several other famous authors.


 > Celebrate freedom of speech, as guaranteed in the First Amendment to

the Constitution, by broadening the range of voices your students read.

Teaching Multicultural Literature: A Workshop for the Middle Grades

http://www.learner.org/workshops/tml/ introduces teachers and their

students to 25 authors of different backgrounds and perspectives.


 > Discover new ways to encourage an early interest in diverse

literature with our "envisionment-building" series based on the research

of Dr. Judith Langer -- the Engaging With Literature workshop

http://www.learner.org/workshops/engagingliterature/ and video library

http://www.learner.org/libraries/engagingliterature/ for grades 3-5, and

the Making Meaning in Literature workshop

http://www.learner.org/workshops/makingmeaning/ and video library

http://www.learner.org/libraries/makingmeaning/ for the middle grades.

The workshops offer teachers' views on the best ways of presenting

literature to their students, while the video libraries are rich in

classroom footage.


 > The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School

http://www.learner.org/workshops/tml/ introduces the writing of diverse

authors according to four approaches to teaching, outlined on the series

Web site.



National Hispanic Heritage Month


September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month,

established to coincide with seven Latin American countries'

anniversaries of independence. As you prepare your lessons for the

month, draw on our resources related to the unique history, experience,

and cultural heritage of Hispanic Americans.


Social studies:


 > Who is considered Hispanic? Read a document from the 2000 census


explaining the Hispanic category and how it interacts with "race."


 > The first two units of America's History in the Making,

http://www.learner.org/courses/amerhistory/ "Pre-Columbian America" and

"Mapping Initial Encounters," provide history of the Native people of

North and Central America.


 > Bridging World History

http://www.learner.org/courses/worldhistory/units.html traces ancient

Mesoamerican trade routes and the civilizations of the Maya and Inka.

Search the archive to find images by region and/or time period.


 > "Latin America"

http://www.learner.org/workshops/geography/wkp2intr.html considers

population issues and factors in migration, and then shows a classroom

lesson on the topic. The series Web site includes lesson plans, program

transcripts, National Geographic standards, and a Guatemala slide show.


 > The sophisticated civilizations of the Aztecs, Incas, and Maya are

explored in Out of the Past,

http://www.learner.org/resources/series45.html narrated by actor Stacy



Literature and art:


 > Learn from first-hand author insights in Teaching Multicultural

Literature: A Workshop for the Middle Grades.

http://www.learner.org/workshops/tml/  The series features Alma Flor

Ada, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and other distinguished writers, as well as

footage of accomplished teachers interacting with students in the classroom.


 > The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School

http://www.learner.org/workshops/hslit/ offers high school lessons

focusing on the works of Rudolfo Anaya, Graciela Limón, Pat Mora, and

Tomás Rivera.


 > American Passages: A Literary Survey http://www.learner.org/amerpass/

discusses the work and influences of several Latino and Chicano authors.

In particular, see Units 1, 2, 12, and 16.


 > Read an essay about race, culture, identity, and American academia by

Professor Victor Villanueva


and Judith Ortiz Cofer's poem "Hispanic Barbie With Accessories"


on the Developing Writers Web site.


 > The provocative, political works of painter/activist Judy Baca and

performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña (program intended for older

students and adults) are showcased in A World of Art: Works in Progress.



Language and culture:


 > Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish

http://www.learner.org/resources/series75.html introduces the lands and

cultural practices of Spanish-speaking countries while immersing viewers

in the language.


 > Teaching Foreign Languages K-12: A Library of Classroom Practices

http://www.learner.org/libraries/tfl/ offers eight programs on teaching

Spanish language and Latin American culture.



National Rice Month


 > In The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century,

http://www.learner.org/powerofplace/ the first half of Program 12 shows

how Japanese rice farmers battle harsh weather to save their crops. The

second half of Program 13 shows how Vietnam has enhanced its rice

growing system to become one of the world's largest rice exporters.


 > Agricultural entomologist Peter Kenmore discusses the importance of

rice production, the use of pesticides and integrated pest management,

farmer field schools, and the role of science in rice farming in this




 > This brief clip


shows that a dramatic decrease of pesticide use by Indonesian rice

farmers did not decrease yield. For an extended discussion of natural

pest control in rice production in the U.S. and abroad, watch the full




 > See three different rice varieties here,


along with an explanation of how their structure can affect yield. Also

see this picture of conventional and golden rice side by side.


 From the Habitable Planet Web site.


 > Can nature's rice be improved through genetic manipulation? Read

about the idea behind genetically modified "golden rice" in this



with Dr. Gary H. Toenniessen of the Rockefeller Foundation Rice

Biotechnology Research Program. For a different view of golden rice,

read this interview


with New York University professor Marion Nestle.


 > This historical image


shows two African American women hulling rice with a mortar and pestle.


 > Read how the adoption of Champa rice in the 11th century transformed

Chinese agronomy in this article in PDF format.


 From Bridging World History.


 > This work of art


depicts transplanting and irrigating of rice in China.



National Sickle Cell Awareness Month


 > Learn about the genetics of sickle cell anemia in the online text for

Rediscovering Biology: Molecular to Global Perspectives, Unit 9.

http://www.learner.org/courses/biology/textbook/humev/humev_8.html  Find

a description of what happens at the cellular level in Unit 2.



 > The statistics of sickle cell are discussed through the cases of two

families in "Binomial Distributions," Program 17 of Against All Odds:

Inside Statistics. http://www.learner.org/resources/series65.html

Advance to 16:45 into the program to watch the segment.



National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Prevention Month


 > The biology of drugs, neurotransmitters, and addiction are discussed

in the online textbook for Rediscovering Biology, Unit 10:


Watch the associated program

http://www.learner.org/courses/biology/units/neuro/index.html# for

additional information.


 > Learn about different approaches in clinical psychology with this



on alcoholism. From the Discovering Psychology Web site.


 > The Mind: Teaching Modules

http://www.learner.org/resources/series150.html includes several video

clips about brain mechanisms involved in addiction and treatment.


 > For a look at addiction from a psychopathology perspective, watch

"Substance Abuse Disorders," Program 6 of The World of Abnormal

Psychology. http://www.learner.org/resources/series60.html



Learn about our free Video on Demand:







Give your students hands-on experience with nature by participating in

Journey South, the fall portion of our Journey North program

http://www.learner.org/resources/series127.html for K-12 students and

teachers -- just in time to track southward migrations. The Journey

North portion of the program begins in the spring, as flowers bloom and

birds and other animals move north for the summer.


This unique international program puts students in touch with students

in other countries as together they track wildlife migrations and

seasonal growth and change. The series Web site

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/ explains this season's projects and how

your class can participate.






Please note that the rights to the series Signature: Contemporary

Writers have expired and could not be renewed. The series will therefore

no longer be available at Learner.org, effective immediately.


We would also like to remind you that after December 31, 2009, Annenberg

Media will no longer distribute Fokus Deutsch: An Introduction to German

Language and Culture, http://www.learner.org/resources/series104.html

either on DVD or as a video stream. Those who wish to purchase a copy of

the series can now do so at a 30% discount. Series can be ordered

through 1-800-LEARNER or through this page on our site:

http://www.learner.org/catalog/series104.html .




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Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Annenberg Media - July 2009
Topic: Annenberg Media
Advance excellent teaching with Annenberg Media.

*** In the Spotlight for July ***

  -  Linking to Current Events
  -  Distance Learning
  -  Connect Learning with Special Days
      o Independence Day
      o Earth at Aphelion
      o Chocolate Day
      o Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day
      o Parents' Day
  -  List for New Teachers
  -  VoD Now Log-in Free


Space Travel

The year 2009 has been designated as Year of Science and Year of
Astronomy -- and also marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's dramatic moon
landing by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on the Sea
of Tranquility, viewed on television by an estimated 500 million people
worldwide on July 20, 1969.

Observe this major anniversary with Annenberg Media resources related to
the moon and space exploration.

 > See a picture of the Apollo 11 moon landing
in the American Passages archive. The page mentions connections to the
literature of Thomas Pynchon and the shifting lines of demarcation
between science and science fiction.

 > Mathematics Illuminated Unit 13, "The Concept of Chaos,"
explains how mathematics made space flight and moon missions possible in
the past -- and how an understanding of chaos can propel the next
generation of space travel technologies.

 > Learn about the psychosocial dynamics of space missions with
Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition
http://www.learner.org/discoveringpsychology/24/e24expand.html Program
24, "Applying Psychology in Life."

 > Increase your understanding of the moon and our solar system -- and
learn strategies for addressing children's own conceptions of the
heavenly bodies -- with Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space
Science http://www.learner.org/courses/essential/earthspace/ Sessions 7
and 8.

 > To demonstrate the role and necessity of exponents, Algebra: In
Simplest Terms http://www.learner.org/resources/series66.html Program 3
discusses the space shuttle Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986 and
how the problem -- O-ring failure -- might have been predicted.

 > The physical laws that lay the foundation for space travel are
explained in The Mechanical Universe...and Beyond
http://www.learner.org/resources/series42.html Programs 8, "The Apple
and the Moon"; 24, "Navigating in Space"; and 26, "The Harmony of the

 > In Program 1 of The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century
http://www.learner.org/powerofplace/page1.html watch the first segment,
"Lost in Space? Geography Training for Astronauts," for
behind-the-scenes footage of the space shuttle mission STS-63 with
Eileen Collins, the first female space shuttle pilot, and satellite
images of Earth.

 > Test your basic knowledge of astronomy with the Private Universe
Project Teachers' Lab. http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/pup/

 > Watch a dramatization of the formation of our solar system, as well
as footage from space missions and actual interplanetary photography, in
"Tales From Other Worlds," from the series Planet Earth.
http://www.learner.org/resources/series49.html  Learn about the features
and histories of the moon, Earth, and other heavenly bodies.

 > The second half of the program Calculating Change
http://www.learner.org/resources/series36.html spotlights a statewide
educational program in New Mexico in which students are asked to build
model space shuttles. The segment also features an interview with Dr.
Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic female astronaut.

Ununbium: It's Elementary!

The periodic table of the elements will now have its 112 cell filled
with the superheavy element Ununbium. Originally created from zinc and
lead in an accelerator in Germany on February 9, 1996, the new element
was officially recognized in May 2009 and has a mass number of 277.
Ununbium, abbreviated to Uub, literally means 112; a permanent name is
expected to be chosen sometime this July.

Teach about Ununbium with the help of our resources on atoms, chemistry,
and the Periodic Table.

 > Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science
http://www.learner.org/courses/essential/physicalsci/ reviews the basics
of the particle/atomic model of matter as well as common children's
ideas about matter and how to address them in your teaching.

 > For a basic understanding of atomic structure, watch The Mechanical
Universe...and Beyond http://www.learner.org/resources/series42.html
Program 49, "The Atom."

 > The World of Chemistry http://www.learner.org/resources/series61.html
Programs 6 and 7 cover various aspects of atomic structure and the
periodical table.

 > Reactions in Chemistry
http://www.learner.org/workshops/chemistry/workshop1/ Workshop 1, "Atoms
and Molecules," features a panel of teachers discussing their own
strategies for teaching about atoms. Observe the actual lessons of high
school teachers Tom Pratuch; Pernell Williams; Leslie Pierce, Ph.D.; and
Sharon Walton.

 > Learn the history and specifics of the periodic table, plus the
characteristics of its elements, with our Periodic Table interactive.


Welcome to summer! As you plan for upcoming semesters, take note of the
following information regarding your use of Annenberg Media distance
learning resources.

//What's New//

Coming fall 2009. (Available for licensing spring 2010) Art Through
Time, a new 13-part series that includes a free online textbook, guide,
and coordinated Web site. Call 1-800-LEARNER (532-7637) for a free preview.

//Important Reminders//

- We would like to remind colleges that a license fee has been required
as of fall 2006 for the use of our video content in your distance
learning program.

- The following distance learning courses are each supported by an
in-depth coordinated Web site -- complete with an accompanying guide or
textbook -- to enhance teaching and your students' learning experience:
American Passages, Bridging World History, Democracy in America, Ethics
in America II, The Habitable Planet, The Learning Classroom, Mathematics
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- Ethics in America. We have combined the licensing for the original
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Independence Day (July 4)

 > "Revolutionary Perspectives,"
http://www.learner.org/channel/courses/amerhistory/units/4/ the fourth
unit of America's History in the Making, examines several facets of the
political context in which the Declaration of Independence was signed.

 > Watch A Biography of America
http://www.learner.org/biographyofamerica/ Programs 4 and 5 to review
the history of American political and national independence. Within each
unit explore Web-based resources such as maps, timelines, and
interactive activities.

 > Fireworks aren't just an exciting show -- they're also chemistry!
Learn about the science behind fireworks displays with Reactions in
Chemistry http://www.learner.org/channel/workshops/chemistry/workshop3/
Workshop 3, "Energetics and Dynamics."

 > See the events surrounding American independence not in isolation,
but as developments of Western civilization. Watch The Western Tradition
http://www.learner.org/resources/series58.html Program 37, "The American
Revolution," and Program 38, "The American Republic."

 > Explore the literature of independence with American Passages: A
Literary Survey Unit 4, "Spirit of Nationalism: Declaring Independence,
1710-1850."  http://www.learner.org/amerpass/unit04/  Authors include
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Phillis Wheatley.

 > Read the lyrics to all four verses of the U.S National Anthem, The
Star Spangled Banner and hear (or sing along) to a rendition of the song
in the American Passages archive
and read the lyrics to all four verses.

Earth at Aphelion (July 4)

Aphelion marks the moment at which the earth is farthest from the sun
and thus receives less radiant energy than at any other time of the
year. In 2009, the earth is farthest from the sun on July 4 at 0200 UTC
(Coordinated Universal Time).

 > A chart on this page
shows the distance of each planet from the Sun. From Session 2 of
Learning Math: Measurement.

 > How could it be that even graduates of MIT and Harvard believe --
incorrectly -- that the seasons originate in the changing distance
between Earth and Sun? Watch the program A Private Universe
http://www.learner.org/resources/series28.html to understand how our
private theories about the world can interfere with teaching and learning.

 > Find explanations of the laws governing planetary orbits and related
phenomena in The Mechanical Universe...and Beyond.
http://www.learner.org/resources/series42.html  In particular, see
Programs 4, 9, 19, 21, 23, and 25.

Chocolate Day (July 7)

 > Read about Europeans' first impressions of chocolate in the article
"Conquests of Chocolate"
(Word format). Then visit this page
which links to a radio program on the history of chocolate.

 > See page six of this reading in PDF format
from the "Food, Demographics, and Culture" unit of Bridging World
History. http://www.learner.org/courses/worldhistory/

 > Today, chocolate is so popular that candies made from cocoa are used
to raise money for school events and charities. The book The Chocolate
War by Robert Cormier is one the texts featured in "Asking Questions,"
http://www.learner.org/libraries/makingmeaning/makingmeaning/asking/ the
third unit of the Making Meaning in Literature video library. The unit
includes a Venn diagram for comparing The Chocolate War with the book
Tears of a Tiger.

Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day (July 22)

 > Observe hypnosis taking place -- performed by Dr. Zimbardo himself --
in "The Mind Hidden and Divided,"
http://www.learner.org/discoveringpsychology/14/e14expand.html Program
14 of Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition.

 > "Hypnotic Dissociation and Pain Relief," a brief video clip from the
series The Mind: Teaching Modules,
http://www.learner.org/resources/series150.html demonstrates the
potential benefits of hypnosis.

Parents' Day (July 26)

Every fourth Sunday in July has been Parents' Day since 1994, when a
Congressional Resolution was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
The day was set aside to celebrate good parenting and honor parents who
make sacrifices for the wellbeing of their children.

The following resources can help parents better understand their
children's psychological development and meet their educational needs
and challenges:

 > The Whole Child: A Caregiver's Guide to the First Five Years

 > Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition

 > Seasons of Life http://www.learner.org/resources/series54.html

 > Looking at Learning...Again, Part 1

 > Looking at Learning...Again, Part 2

 > School Testing--Behind the Numbers

 > Calculating Change http://www.learner.org/resources/series36.html


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Introducing PBworks Summer Camp
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Introducing PBworks Summer Camp

Want to build the ultimate classroom wiki and have it ready for the start of the fall semester? Join us for our annual PBwiki Summer Camp (it's free!)

We know that a lot of educators have heard about wikis but just aren’t sure how to use them in the classroom. In PBworks Summer Camp you will learn the best way to structure your classroom site, engage your students with audio and video and connect with experienced mentors.

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Monday, 8 June 2009
Frontline Teacher Planner
Topic: Frontline
June 2009

In this issue:

From the 2008 presidential election to the ongoing economic crisis, here's a look back at new lesson plans from FRONTLINE's 2008-09 season.

Original Airdate: Oct. 14, 2008
[120 minutes]

Watch Online: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/choice2008/

"The Choice" examines the rich personal and political biographies of the 2008 presidential candidates and goes behind the headlines to discover how they arrived at this moment and what their very different candidacies say about America.

The teaching activities for "The Choice 2008" are designed to help students become more familiar with the candidates and to explore how the campaigns turned the candidates' biographies into narratives.

Now Available: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/choice2008/

Original Airdate: Oct. 21, 2009
[120 minutes]

Watch Online: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/heat/

Facing rising pressure from governments, green groups and investors alike, big business is reshaping its approach to the environment. FRONTLINE producer Martin Smith investigates what some businesses are doing to fend off new regulations and how others are repositioning themselves to prosper in a radically changed world.

Using the teacher's guide for "HEAT," students will examine the costs and benefits of the continued use of fossil fuels and the development of fuel-efficient vehicles and renewable resources. They also can analyze the political, economic and social costs and benefits of addressing issues surrounding global climate change.

Now Available: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/heat/

Original Airdate: Feb. 17, 2009
Watch Online: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/meltdown/

FRONTLINE investigates the causes of the worst economic crisis in 70 years and how the government responded.

Using the teacher's guide for "Inside the Meltdown," students will explore basic economic principles, with lessons on how credit scores impact consumer loans and the process consumers use to borrow in order to buy a home.

Now Available: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/meltdown

Original Airdate: March 24, 2009
Watch Online: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tentrillion/

Through interviews with leading experts and insiders in government finance, FRONTLINE examines the causes and potential outcomes of -- and possible solutions to -- America's soaring $10 trillion debt.

Using the teacher's guide for "Ten Trillion and Counting," students will learn about the surging national debt through activities designed to help them understand government spending and borrowing, and what can happen if the percentage of debt to GDP is too high.

Now Available: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/tentrillion/

Original Airdate: April 21, 2009
[120 minutes]
Watch Online: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/

More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways -- the great coastal estuaries of Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay -- are in perilous condition. FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem, and why it's so hard to keep our waters clean.

Using the teacher's guide for "Poisoned Waters," students will create a presentation on the sources of water and environmental pollution in their area and investigate possible remedies for the problems.

Now Available: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/poisonedwaters/

Original Airdate: April 28, 2009
Watch Online: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/released/

In this follow up to the groundbreaking film "The New Asylums," FRONTLINE examines what happens to the mentally ill when they leave prison and why they return at such alarming rates.

Using the teacher's guide, students will analyze the potential problems of releasing mentally ill offenders into communities with limited services, and consider how homelessness provides additional challenges for the mentally ill.

Now Available: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/released/

Original Airdate: May 12, 2009
Watch Online: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/madoff/

FRONTLINE producers Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria unravel the story behind the world's first truly global Ponzi scheme -- a deception that lasted longer, reached wider and cut deeper than any other business scandal in history.

This lesson on individual investing focuses on personal budgeting and how to save as a first step toward investing. The lesson plan includes an introductory budgeting activity that helps students understand the difficult choices people face in allocating their money and the need to create savings in order to invest.

Now Available: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/madoff/

FRONTLINE continues its yearlong exploration of life on the digital frontier with its multiplatform Web and documentary project "Digital Nation." The next installment -- coming in mid-June -- will explore "Education in the Digital Age" with a Web-exclusive chapter on educational Technology and a new video feature "How Google Saved a School."

Coming Soon: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/

Contribute to "Digital Nation": Educators can create and share their stories and experiences with technology in the classroom through "Your Digital Nation," our user-generated video site. Are you skeptical about the use of technology in the classroom? Do your students thrive with computers and laptops? Has technology contributed to an embarrassing or enlightening moment in your school?

Learn how to submit your stories: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/participate

FRONTLINE's Teacher Center home page features a selection of Web-exclusive resources from our digital archive to enhance classroom activities. This month, discover how to make a difference in the quality of drinking water in your area, download an audio podcast that goes behind-the scenes of "The Madoff Affair," and view special reports from the front lines of the world's most volatile conflicts.

Now Available: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/

Airdate Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 9:30 P.M. (check local listings)

Watch Online: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tankman/

On June 5, 1989, one day after Chinese troops expelled thousands of demonstrators from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a solitary, unarmed protester stood his ground before a column of tanks advancing down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured by Western photographers watching nearby, this extraordinary confrontation became an iconic image of the fight for freedom around the world. Veteran filmmaker Antony Thomas investigates the mystery of the tank man -- his identity, his fate and his significance for the Chinese leadership. The search for the tank man reveals China's startling social compact -- its embrace of capitalism while it continues to squash dissent -- designed to stifle the nationwide unrest of 1989. Under this policy, educated elites and entrepreneurs profit handsomely, while the majority of Chinese still face brutal working conditions and low wages, and all Chinese must endure strict political and social controls.

Airdate Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9 P.M. (check local listings)

Watch a Preview: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/breakingthebank/

The bets were huge and risky: billions of dollars on the housing market. The upside was undeniable: Superbanks reaped billions of dollars, dominated the landscape and gobbled up competitors. Then the bottom dropped out -- the massive losses on Wall Street nearly broke the banks. In the worst crisis in decades, brand-name banks are on the brink of failure. Now, as the federal government contemplates what could become a massive nationalization of the industry, FRONTLINE goes behind closed doors to tell the inside story of how things went so wrong so fast, and to document efforts to stabilize the industry. Veteran FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk ("Inside the Meltdown") untangles the complicated financial and political web threatening one superbank in particular, Bank of America.

Airdate Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 9 P.M. (check local listings)

Coming Soon: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/

As this month's digital television conversion makes tens of millions of analog TVs obsolete, and Americans continue to trash old computers and cell phones at alarming rates, FRONTLINE/World presents a global investigation into the dirty secret of the digital age -- the dumping of hundreds of millions of pounds of electronic waste around the world each year. Tracking "e-waste" to the slums of Ghana and the far-off provinces in China, producer/correspondent Peter Klein and his team of graduate journalism students fan out around the world to document the growing impact of this toxic trash on those who desperately scavenge it for precious metals. They also explore the potential threats to privacy, as criminal gangs attempt to harvest data from America's old computers and cell phones and exploit it. Also in this hour, a popular competition to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs in the Middle East, and a pioneering effort to make an affordable wheelchair for the developing w!

FRONTLINE films can be taped and used as a classroom resource for up to one year after the original broadcast. Teacher Center materials featured on the FRONTLINE Web site ( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/ ) can be photocopied for educational purposes. All other rights reserved.

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