Friday, February 26, 2010

What Inspires You?

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward

Show us how you inspire your students and you could win a behind-the-scenes trip to the Premier Annual PBS Event! America’s teachers innovate every day.ARIZONA’s teachers innovate and INSPIRE every day.

From math and science to music and the arts, your inventive thinking continuously fuels, inspires and engages young minds. Whether you teach your students physics with rocket launchers, social studies by re-enacting historical events, or literature by inviting kids to create digital stories, you are innovating and making a difference – and we want to recognize and thank YOU! PBS and local public television stations invite you to enter the PBS Teachers Innovation Awards!

What is in YOUR application for PBS Innovative Teacher of the Year? YOU are doing good things for YOUR STUDENTS right HERE in YOUR CLASSROOM! Share your innovation, Share your inspiration! Be RECOGNIZED for all the great things you do! Don't hesitate! Click here RIGHT... NOW!

Need some MORE inspiration? Look to PBS programming... look to other examples in the community... see who else is getting recognized and THEN wait no more... and THROW YOUR HAT INTO THE RING!

Be MORE Inspired * Empowered... and most importantly... Celebrate!

Are you making plans to attend? Get inspired by what is happening in our own community: Eight, Arizona PBS, Be More Awards Celebration! Locally there are all sorts of organizations and community members who go out of their way to offer service above and beyond.

Find out about the administrators who are so inspiring they have been hand selected by The Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona! Learn more about the Arizona Teacher of the Year, Jill Weiss, and all the Arizona Ambassadors of the Year... click here! Find out more about grants and awards here locally from the Arizona Technology in Education Association. They can inspire and award also!

See... no matter your role in education.. YOU have something to offer. Show us! Be a part of what is happening that is GOOD in Arizona education! Let PBS have a chance to recognize YOU!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement

Watch this event LIVE here at 2 pm Arizona Time, 4 pm EST or watch live at!

On Tuesday, February 9th, the President and First Lady will host “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” - a concert celebrating Black History Month.

The First Lady has invited 120 high school students from across the country to attend a “Music that Inspired the Movement” workshop as part of this special event. Students will come to learn about the continuing relevance of music from the Civil Rights Movement to today’s generation and its original impact in the 1960s. We invite you to submit your questions and watch the workshop live.

The workshop will be facilitated by Robert Santelli, the executive director of The GRAMMY Museum and legendary Motown singer Smokey Robinson with performances by John Legend, John Mellencamp, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon. Dr. Reagon was one of the original Freedom Singers in the 1960s, who traveled around the country carrying stories in song of local Civil Rights Movement campaigns to national audiences.

Find out more at and learn more about resources from PBS honoring Black History Month, February 2010 at Eight Educational Outreach-ASSET.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

SuperWhy & the Big Game

Super Bowl Sunday has affected even the youngest and most cartoon like in our world! Did you know Whyatt and his gang played sports? Yes! These super readers do it all!

(Premieres February 5, 2010)

Whyatt wants to play baseball better, but he keeps missing the ball. The superhero readers jump into The Big Game and join some fairytale heroes gearing up for their big soccer match against their storybook foes. With the help of Super Why and his friends, Cinderella and her team work on their game skills to prevent the Big Bad Wolf's team from huffing, puffing and blowing them right off the field!

Educational Objectives: To learn about how to improve, sing the alphabet and identify the letter B, A, L and L. Young viewers will practice the magic of spelling and use the power to read to change the story.

Believe it or not... you CAN learn your letters and practice spelling, even when being an active kid. There are lots of other reasons to watch SuperWhy! Explore more behind the Parents & Teachers area on!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Frontline Digital Nation Airs Tonight on AZ PBS!

Tonight is the night for the premier broadcast of Digital Nation! February 2, 9:00pm on Eight - Arizona PBS!

Within a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming work, learning and social interaction in ways that we are only beginning to understand. FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin (“Growing Up Online”) teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, Douglas Rushkoff (“The Persuaders,” “Merchants of Cool”), to continue her exploration of life on the virtual frontier by focusing her lens on what it means to be human in an entirely new world — a digital world.

There's already lots of "buzz" about it on Twitter! Many educators have already viewed the full video found online here. If you want to follow the Twitter conversation or add your voice to it, use the hashtag #dig_nat Teachers are already making plans to share the video with their students this week!

Details about the broadcast are here.

We are so excited that AZ is participating in continuing the conversation about this very important message and hope that all of you are planning your videos NOW to submit to our video contest and tell our stories about the impact of technology in our lives! We invite and welcome your conversations about Digital Nation and using video with your students on our Ning network! Let us hear from you!!