StationBreak February 2013

Digital Learning Day with AETN

Are you getting tired of the snow and ice? Has your school been closed for more than a week? February 5 marked Digital Learning Day, a nationwide celebration of innovative teachers and common sense, effective applications of digital learning that support teachers, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential in America's schools.

AETN had planned to stream a live event in our studios on Digital Learning Day in part with the Arkansas Department of Education, but due to snow and ice, the event has been rescheduled for May 21. Mark your calendars now!

Digital Learning Day materials and resources support educators at all levels as they navigate the shift to more robust digital learning environments to achieve higher standards for students.

For more information, visit the Arkansas Department of Education's website:

ArkansasIDEAS News

ArkansasIDEAS provides Arkansas educators unlimited access to more than 2,000 courses and 110,000 tutorials, with new courses being added weekly. Whatever training you may need, whether it's a section of the Adobe Suite, or simply learning how to network on Facebook, will have what you need. Talk to your local co-op for free access.

Coming in February, ArkansasIDEAS is hosting webinars that will help expand on any questions you may have regarding services we offer.

Feb. 11
3:30 p.m. - PBS Learning Media

Feb. 18
1 p.m. - STEM

Coming soon from ArkansasIDEAS and the Renzulli Institute: Instructional Stategies for Gifted and Talented educators. Dr. Joseph Renzulli is a distinguished professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut and director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.

Highlights of the series include identification of gifted students, differentiated instruction, the School Wide Enrichment Model, creativity, and critical thinking skills.

AETN calls for 2014 student film showcase entries

AETN is accepting entries for "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase," which highlights the video production creativity and talent of the state's kindergarten through 12th grade students. Student entries are eligible for scholarships and selected entries will be broadcast on AETN and posted to

Entries must be submitted electronically or postmarked by Friday, March 28, and winners will be announced in May. Anyone interested in submitting films should visit for complete rules, to submit entries electronically and to download entry forms for mailed entries. Past entries may also be viewed online. . For additional information, contact Casey Sanders at 501-682-4190 or

AETN Programming

Sunday, Feb. 9
2 p.m. - "For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots"

Thursday, Feb. 13
9 a.m. - "Colonial Williamsburg 'Harsh World, This World'"

Sunday, Feb. 16
10:30 p.m. - "Murder on the Home Front"

New from AETN PBS Learning Media

Do you have a 6th grader who is struggling in math? Perhaps he cannot seem to remember the correct vocabulary, or simply how all of it works? Luckily, AETN PBS Learning Media has a new series of videos called I <3 Math that can help solve that problem! With topics covering "What is a ratio?" to "Division with Fractions by Fractions," your students will find the help they need.

This video series introduces key Common Core concepts in 6th grade mathematics. Each video focuses on building conceptual understanding of a topic so that students understand the "how" and "why" behind mathematical problem solving.

Use these videos with your students as topical introductions to topics including integers, the concept of ratios, unit rates, percent, and division with fractions.

There are only a few days left! If you are creatively integrating digital media and technology in your classroom, we encourage you to apply to the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. One hundred selected applicants will join the prestigious PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program and receive one year of FREE professional development. Fifteen top applicants will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit at PBS headquarters. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will provide hands-on training and the chance to network and engage with like-minded peers and industry thought leaders. Apply through Feb. 14 at

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