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Thirteen Ed Online Bulletin -- February 2003

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  • GOLDBERG Sandra
    Thirteen Ed Online is Thirteen/WNET New York s award-winning online service for K-12 educators, parents, and students. This monthly bulletin highlights
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 31, 2003
      Thirteen Ed Online is Thirteen/WNET New York's award-winning online service for K-12 educators, parents, and students. This monthly bulletin highlights Thirteen's newest programming and resources, with links to K-12 resources on Thirteen Ed Online and on the Web.

      Integrate the arts into your curriculum with the help of this month's theme, "Leading Men and Women," inspired by the acclaimed arts series GREAT PERFORMANCES and AMERICAN MASTERS. Take a look at our new, standards-based lesson plans and be sure to tune in to this month's exciting arts programming on Thirteen.

      GREAT news! We won another award! Thirteen Ed Online received a 2002 NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association) award for Best Teacher Resource. Go to www.thirteen.org and select Ed Online to take a closer look at our award-winning resource for K-12 teachers.

      1-Theme-related online educational materials and lesson plans
      2-STUDENTS' TAKE - a student-made Web site
      3-Thirteen's theme-related programming and resources
      4-More Thirteen on-air, online, and print resources
      5-Thirteen's Educational Resource Center news/events
      6-Education technology news
      7-Next month's theme
      8-Bulletin subscription information


      1-Theme-related online educational materials and lesson plans

      To access this month's new and featured lesson plans, go to www.thirteen.org, select Ed Online, then the title of the lesson plan. For additional lesson plans related to our Arts and Culture programs, select Educators on the Ed Online home page and then click on the lesson plan directory.

      Lesson One:
      Appreciating the Men of Ballet
      Grades 5-8

      In this unique performance documentary, DANCE IN AMERICA travels home with Jose Manuel CarreƱo (Cuba), Angel Corella (Spain), Vladimir Malakhov (Ukraine), and Ethan Stiefel (America), exploring the dancers' personal backgrounds and formal training. Using Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences to explore the behind-the-scenes glimpses of the dancers' rehearsal process and the culminating performance of the work in its entirety, this lesson helps middle school aged students appreciate the discipline, craft, and intricacies of elite male dancing in America.

      Lesson Two:
      Designing Another Juilliard
      Grades 8-12

      Juilliard students are known for their talent, dedication, and excellence. The Juilliard School is known for all of these same qualities. After viewing the American Masters episode about the Juilliard School and applying the Guided Reading approach to a related essay, students will understand the school's vision and commitment to excellence. Using what they have learned, students will then create their own fictional top-notch school promoting excellence in a discipline of their choice.


      2-STUDENTS' TAKE - student-made Web sites
      The Art of the Poetry Slam
      Students from Video Link celebrate the arts by writing and performing original poetry. Check out how these "leading young men and women" from the Bronx have integrated technology into the art of the poetry slam. Go to www.thirteen.org, click on Ed Online, and then "The Art of the Poetry Slam."


      3-Thirteen's theme-related programming and resources

      GREAT PERFORMANCES, the longest-running performing arts anthology series on television, presents the best in music, dance and drama. This month, tune in to two new GREAT PERFORMANCES - "Dance in America: Born to Be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theater" on February 3, and the acclaimed, Tony Award-winning revival of "Kiss Me, Kate" on February 26. And in case you missed it in December, on February 22 there will be an encore presentation of NATALIE COLE: ASK A WOMAN WHO KNOWS. Go to www.thirteen.org, select SITES A-Z, then GREAT PERFORMANCES.

      Major corporate support for GREAT PERFORMANCES is provided by Ernst & Young.

      AMERICAN MASTERS examines the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. The essence of the creative process is revealed in JUILLIARD, airing February 2 at 1:30pm on Thirteen. On February 9 at noon, take a closer look at the life of athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author, and political activist PAUL ROBESON. Then on February 10, American Masters spotlights legendary actor, director and humanitarian Sidney Poitier in SIDNEY POITIER: ONE BRIGHT LIGHT. Go to www.thirteen.org, select SITES A-Z, then AMERICAN MASTERS.

      Funding for AMERICAN MASTERS is provided in part by American Century Investments and the Park Foundation.


      4-More Thirteen on-air, online, and print resources

      A Valentine from CYBERCHASE
      This Valentine's Day, fans of CYBERCHASE, Thirteen's award-winning math series for 8-11 year olds, will enjoy "Hugs and Witches," a special episode featuring veteran comedian Jane Curtin as Lady Ada Byron Lovelace, a 19th century mathematician with the heart of a poet. Valentine's Day e-cards featuring CYBERCHASE characters, including Lady Lovelace, are available online on the CYBERCHASE Web site (go to thirteen.org and select CYBERCHASE.) The wildly popular educational Web site also includes adventures, interactive math games and puzzles unique to each episode. Visitors to site will be able to log on after the "Hugs and Witches" episode airs to find special features, including a biography of the real-life Ada Byron Lovelace, considered to be one of the founders of scientific computing.

      Major funding for CYBERCHASE is provided by The National Science Foundation, PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

      MYTHQUEST
      PBS' new series MYTHQUEST is doing well with young viewers, and it's so rich it's bound to appeal to older family members as well. The series started airing on Thirteen/WNET New York on Januray 19th, letting viewers enter the world of myths and legends in a special one-hour format. The series touches on many mythological themes still relevant today: love, hate, wisdom, forgiveness, self-sacrifice and much more. Contact your local PBS station to find out when MythQuest is broadcast in your area. For more information go to www.mythquestv.com. Educational materials will be available on the Random House Web site this spring.

      Umoja!
      Thirteen's Black Heritage Celebration continues throughout February. There will be two gala performance specials: THE MARSALIS FAMILY: A JAZZ CELEBRATION with performances by Ellis Marsalis and his sons, and an encore presentation of GREAT PERFORMANCES' NATALIE COLE: ASK A WOMAN WHO KNOWS. Ken Burns' masterpiece JAZZ will begin a weekly run on 2/22, and an encore presentation of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JIM CROW will air on Saturdays starting 2/1. Also airing on 2/10 will be PARTNERS OF THE HEART, a relationship story from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and on 2/16 RALPH BUNCHE: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY. Finally, on 2/22, Thirteen will present AFRICA IN THE PICTURE, a presentation of recent dramatic films by important African directors, hosted by Danny Glover.

      SECRETS OF THE DEAD: BOMBING NAZI DAMS airs on 2/19
      Destroying German dams, critical to steel production, was one of the most daring missions of World War II. Tune in for a 21st century exploration of an ingenious World War II weapon.


      5-Thirteen's Educational Resource Center news/events

      FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US Online Chat - February 26
      Teachers will have a great opportunity to "chat" with Joy Hakim, author of FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US, and Philip Kunhardt, producer of the PBS series of the same name, at 7:30 pm ET (4:30 pm PT) on Wednesday, February 26 at TAPPED IN <http://www.tappedin.org>. Joining Joy and Philip will be Annalisa Loeffler, Deputy Director of Outreach at Thirteen/WNET New York. Those participating in the session can either log in as a guest, or join TAPPED IN as a member (membership is easy and FREE). Participants are strongly encouraged to log on at least 10 minutes prior to the session in order to be guided to the area in which the session will occur. TAPPED IN staff will go over the proper procedure for asking Philip and Joy questions, or making comments about the book or series. Questions? E-mail Michael Hutchison at mhutch@....

      Watch FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US Sunday evenings at 7 on Thirteen. Check your local PBS listings for air times in your area. Major funding for FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US is provided by GE and by the Charles H. Revson Foundation and The Kohlberg Foundation, Inc. Additional funding is provided by the Rice Family Foundation, the Silverweed Foundation, and the Sulzberger Foundation.

      READING RAINBOW Contest
      Sharpen your pencils and get your crayons ready! It's time for Thirteen's Ninth Annual Reading Rainbow Writers and Illustrator's Awards Contest! The contest is open to all children from kindergarten through third grade. For an entry form and complete contest rules, visit www.thirteen.org and click on Reading Rainbow, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

      Thirteen/WNET New York
      Reading Rainbow Contest
      450 West 33rd Street
      New York, NY 10001

      Video-On-Demand
      Thirteen Online's Video-On-Demand service is a smash success! And it's free to NY teachers, parents, and residents. Come to thirteen.org, click on Ed Online, then on ITV, and sign up for this fabulous free service that includes video, lesson plans, hand-outs - all correlated to state standards.


      6-Education technology news

      Attention Library Media Specialists!
      PBS TeacherSource is now making free MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) records available for at least two programs a week. When you tape one of these PBS programs, you can download the associated MARC record and add it to your online catalog. Now you can easily build a great video library of PBS resources that will be part of your library catalog. Plus, these MARC records also reference companion Web sites. For more information, go to www.pbs.org/teachersource/library/marc_archive.shtm.


      7-Next month's theme

      March's theme will be "Becoming American," inspired by the upcoming Bill Moyers special BECOMING AMERICAN: THE CHINESE EXPERIENCE. The documentary will premiere at 9pm on March 25, 2003, on PBS.


      8-Bulletin subscription information

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