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GPB Education encourages lifelong learning through high quality, reliable content and the ability to connect educators, students, and families at all levels. Our goal is to remain at the forefront of the digital learning movement by creating, curating, and distributing quality educational programs and services through our state-of-the-art production facility, cutting edge digital media division, and our partnerships with Discovery Education and PBS LearningMedia. Building on our reputation as a trusted content source, GPB Education is uniquely positioned to support educators by producing resources that are specifically designed to meet individual needs of teachers and students throughout all of Georgia.

Our GPB Education outreach team travels the state to offer free professional development sessions on digital integration strategies, Discovery Education, PBS LearningMedia, the Georgia Studies digital collection, Chemistry Matters, and more!


Scheduling

To schedule a free professional development session or workshop at your location, contact Education Outreach Specialists Michael Kuenlen for south Georgia (mkuenlen@GPB.org) or Tracey Wiley for north Georgia (twiley@GPB.org). North Georgia educators can also click here to reserve a morning and/or afternoon appointment slot (specify your preferred time period) via the education outreach calendar.


Sessions Offered
NOTE: Below are listed a few of our most popular sessions. 
We are happy to adjust any of these ideas to your specifications or to design an entirely new workshop according to your request.


GETTING STARTED - GPB's Free Online Resources


Digital Integration Strategies Studio (approx. 1.5 hours)
Teachers are always looking for creative ways to use digital media. We research the latest and greatest free digital learning tools and strategies and provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating videos, images, audio files, and more into curriculum.  In this hands-on, interactive workshop, teachers will model several of our favorite creative teaching strategies from Discovery Education's Spotlight on Strategies collection and will walk away with engaging integration tools they can begin using immediately!

Georgia Studies Digital Collection (approx. 1.5 hours)
An overview of GPB’s free Georgia Studies digital textbook for 8th grade social studies and a preview of our virtual field trips and interactive game.  Includes navigating through the features as well as innovative strategies for teaching the units of the book. 

Georgia Race Through Time is a history adventure game that leverages primary source documents, rich historical content, and a unique storyline.

Virtual Field Trips with User Guides
Take a tour of Georgia with our 32 standards-based virtual field trips.  Topics include Georgia’s regions and physical features, the Little White House, Creek and Cherokee Nations, prehistoric Indian mounds, the University of Georgia, the Legacy of Jimmy Carter, Entrepreneurship, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Our online textbook is aligned to Georgia standards and embedded with supportive tools such as videos, primary source graphics, and interactive maps. Also look for Selected and Constructed Response Questions and Document-Based Questions (DBQs) within the 30 chapters.


Discovery Education Basics (approx. 2 hours)
Participants will receive an introduction to Discovery Education’s learning management system. We will navigate through the latest upgrades and learn how to find and organize relevant content, manage personal folders, apply meaningful teaching strategies, and create output using one of the productivity tools: Board, Assessment, and Writing Prompt Builder. 

PBS LearningMedia Basics (approx. 1.5 hours)

PBS LearningMedia provides a digital resource library and suite of productivity tools similar to Discovery Education, with lesson plans and self-directed modules that can be used for differentiation.  After setting up a free account, learn how to locate and explore PBS content, organize it into folders, embed it into story boards, and integrate it into your instruction via engaging teaching strategies.


DIFFERENTIATED LEARNING


Exploring Discovery Education’s Multimodal Content for Encouraging Differentiated Learning (approx. 2 hours)

Through Georgia Public Broadcasting’s partnership with Discovery Education, all Georgia educators and students have free access to an expansive digital library of various content types, including images, audiovideo, text, interactives, and more. These multimodal resources provide diverse representations of the information, allowing educators to assign targeted content to whole groups or individual students depending on learning style, degree of readiness, and interest. Accessibility and literacy-promoting features such as closed captioning, text-to-speech, and Google translate provide further options for enhancing learning in every student. Join GPB in an exploration of Discovery Education’s learning management system as a supportive resource for differentiated learning and instruction in your own school setting.


Differentiating Gifted Education (approx. 2 hours)

With a focus on personalized learning, extending the classroom, and twenty-first-century skills Georgia Public Broadcasting, PBS LearningMedia, and Discovery Education are explored to help educators dig deeper into content, allow students to individualize their own learning experiences, and learn more about digital web 2.0 tools.


EARLY LEARNING

Inspiring Early Learning STEM Exploration and Creativity Through PBS Kids Programs and Applications (approx 2 hours)


PBS Kids programming engages preschool and school-aged children with STEM-inspired content that invites them to further explore their environment and grow in the four key areas of childhood development – cognitive, social, emotional, and physical.  Characters like Ruff Ruffman and Sid the Science Kid encourage curiosity about the natural and physical sciences, while Peg + Cat and Cyberchase offer opportunities to use math in application with problem-solving skills.  Join GPB Education in an exploration through the enchanting world of PBS Kids, where participants will learn about many of the free digital resources available for STEM learning and output, engage in a Play and Learn Science activity, and model a ScratchJr coding design project.



ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS


Enhancing Visual Literacy in the ELA Classroom with Digital Teaching Tools (approx. 1.5 hours)

According to Adobe’s Visual Literacy White Paper, “Visual images are becoming the predominant form of communication across a range of learning and teaching resources [and] visual literacy is now crucial for obtaining information, constructing knowledge and building successful educational outcomes.”  Join Georgia Public Broadcasting for an exploration of PBS LearningMedia’s free digital content and professional development resources with a focus on building visual literacy through literature in the ELA classroom.


Introducing DBQs to the ELA Classroom (approx. 1.5 hours)
As inquiry-based approaches to English Language Arts become more prominent, all levels of education are finding the Document-Based Question to be both useful for teaching critical thinking yet challenging as students are expected to learn more difficult skills in earlier grades.  In this session, GPB Education will share clear steps enhanced with creative teaching strategies for introducing DBQs into the elementary, middle, or high school classroom.


Discovery Education for English / Language Arts Instruction 

Participants will receive an introduction to Discovery Education’s learning management system with a focus on the more than 13,000 multimodal ELA resources available to all Georgia students and teachers at no cost via GPB. We will navigate through the latest upgrades and learn how to find and organize relevant content, manage personal folders, apply meaningful teaching strategies, and create output using the productivity tools. Hands-on activities will include digital exploration tips and model teaching strategies, with emphasis on DE’s literacy enhancing tools and activities, comprehensive ELA lesson plans, and searching by standards.


Ready Scholar One: Virtual and Game-Based Learning With GPB

Game-based learning is a tried-and-true educational approach, made more effective by the growing availability of interactive digital content. Participants will become familiar with virtual and game-based learning resources created and distributed by GPB Education. Explore ideas for how virtual and game-based approaches can pair meaningful learning activities with appropriate assessment challenges and enable students to enthusiastically engage in mastering knowledge and skills that are relevant to real-world experiences.

 


INQUIRY LEARNING

Promoting Inquiry with GPB's Resources (approx. 1.5 hours)
As Georgia’s trusted provider of free digital media for the classroom, GPB Education continually enhances and expands its dynamic collection of digital content, while providing supplementary streaming services to teachers and students across all grades and subject areas.  In this session, educators are introduced to digital collections of streaming media, interactives, primary sources, and integration strategies from GPB, PBS LearningMedia, and Discovery Education to foster innovative instruction promoting inquiry and engagement.

Building an Inquiry Mystery in Social Studies with GPB’s Free Digital Resources (approx. 2 hours)
WHY did prehistoric Native Americans build ceremonial mounds? WHAT led to the Trail of Tears and the associated death of 4,000 Cherokees? WHO besides Boll Weevil and the Dirty Thirties were among the cast of characters that brought about the Great Depression? WHERE have Georgia's rivers most impacted the flow of U.S. history? HOW did a peanut farmer become president of the United States? Investigate the thousands of digital learning resources created, curated, and sponsored by Georgia Public Broadcasting, and engage in hands-on exploration for building an inquiry mystery around fascinating historical questions.

Building an Inquiry STEMystery of the Civil Rights Movement (approx. 2 hours - covers SS GSEs for K-5, 8, US History & American Gov / Civics)
Join Georgia Public Broadcasting for a virtual journey into the Civil Rights Movement and engage in hands-on exploration for building an inquiry mystery around primary sources from the period. Step into photos and works of art from this pivotal time, and explore the associated figures and events that shaped history through visually stunning video footage, unique testimonials, primary source analysis, and vibrant songs of freedom. Participants will build an associated STEM engineering design project as a model output for the unit.

Building Your Classroom STEMpire with GPB's Free Digital Resources (approx. 2 hours)

Join Georgia Public Broadcasting in an exploration of thousands of digital learning resources, including an introduction to Discovery Education's free STEAM collection and the construction of your own STEM Alive engineering project. Learn ways to engage your students with an inquiry learning approach to STEAM education and encourage hands-on exploration with the array of online content and professional development tools available to you at no cost through GPB Education, PBS LearningMedia, and Discovery Education.


Investigating the Local to the Global: Geo-Inquiry with GPB (approx. 1.5 hours)

Utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) across content areas, examine lessons, activities, and strategies for classroom integration of mapping technologies and primary sources, including Georgia-centric content created by Georgia Public Broadcasting. Educators can support inquiry-based learning and geo-literacy using online tools for instruction through the innovative programs GeoInquiries and StoryMapJS.

MEDIA SPECIALISTS


To support the crucial role of media specialists and the transition of libraries into an "information commons," we offer workshops focusing on the curation of topical content, and the building of content for professional development presentations. The specific purpose of this session is to train the trainers so that media specialists can become experts on our platforms and lead sessions for the needs of their staffs. Additionally, we introduce some of our favorite external resources -- the Digital Public Library of America and Google Arts and Culture, which act as enormous hosts of amounts of searchable content.  


MATHEMATICS


Discovery Education Basics for Mathematical Instruction 

Participants will receive an introduction to Discovery Education’s learning management system with a focus on the nearly 21,000 multimodal mathematics resources available to all Georgia students and teachers at no cost via GPB. We will navigate through the latest upgrades and learn how to find and organize relevant content, manage personal folders, apply meaningful teaching strategies, and create output using the productivity tools. Hands-on activities will include digital exploration tips and model teaching strategies around performance tasks, with emphasis on DE’s comprehensive math lesson plans, math explanation and overview videos, and searching by standards.


SOCIAL STUDIES


Discovery Education for Social Studies Instruction 

Participants will receive an introduction to Discovery Education’s learning management system with a focus on the nearly 54,000 multimodal SS resources available to all Georgia students and teachers at no cost via GPB. We will navigate through the latest upgrades and learn how to find and organize relevant content, manage personal folders, apply meaningful teaching strategies, and create output using the productivity tools. Hands-on activities will include digital exploration tips and model teaching strategies, with emphasis on DE’s primary sources, interdisciplinary virtual field trips and collaborative projects, and searching by standards.


Keeping Georgia Studies on Our Minds With GPB’s Digital Collection (approx. 1.5 hours)
GPB’s Georgia Studies Collection is a comprehensive ecosystem of standards-based digital resources, including an interactive textbook, 32 field trips through Georgia’s geography and history, and a game-based experience. Join GPB for an update on the latest primary sources, assessments, printables, videos, and skill-building activities now available in this free virtual exploration of our state.

Bringing Virtual and Game-Based Learning to the Secondary Social Studies Classroom (approx. 1 hour)
Game-based learning is a tried-and-true educational approach, made more effective by the growing availability of interactive digital content. In this workshop, participants will become familiar with virtual and game-based learning resources created by GPB Education and distributed through our streaming partnerships with PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education. Explore ideas for how virtual and game-based approaches can pair meaningful learning activities with appropriate assessment challenges, and enable students to enthusiastically engage in mastering knowledge and skills that are relevant to real-world experiences.

Join GPB for a Civil Rights Movement Virtual Learning Experience (approx. 1.5 hours)
Join Georgia Public Broadcasting for a virtual journey into the Civil Rights Movement. Step into photos and works of art from this pivotal period, and explore the associated figures and events that shaped history through visually stunning video footage, unique testimonials, primary source analysis, and vibrant songs of freedom.

Enhancing Visual Literacy in the Social Studies Classroom with Digital Teaching Tools (approx. 1.5 hours)

According to Adobe’s Visual Literacy White Paper, “Visual images are becoming the predominant form of communication across a range of learning and teaching resources [and] visual literacy is now crucial for obtaining information, constructing knowledge and building successful educational outcomes.”  Join Georgia Public Broadcasting for an exploration of PBS LearningMedia’s free digital content and professional development resources with a focus on building visual literacy through engaging strategies for the social studies classroom.


Introducing DBQs to the Social Studies Classroom (approx. 1.5 hours)
As inquiry-based approaches to social studies become more prominent, all levels of education are finding the Document-Based Question to be both useful for teaching critical thinking yet challenging as students are expected to learn more difficult skills in earlier grades.  In this session, GPB Education will share clear steps enhanced with creative teaching strategies for introducing DBQs into the elementary, middle, or high school classroom.

STEM / STEAM


Building Your Classroom STEMpire with GPB's Free Digital Resources (approx. 2 hours)

Join Georgia Public Broadcasting in an exploration of thousands of digital learning resources, including an introduction to Discovery Education's free STEM collection and the construction of your own STEM engineering project. Learn ways to engage your students with an inquiry learning approach to STEM education and encourage hands-on exploration with the array of online content and professional development tools available to you at no cost through GPB Education, PBS LearningMedia, and Discovery Education.


The STEMpire Strikes Back: Exploring PBS LearningMedia with GPB (approx. 1.5 hours)

Join Georgia Public Broadcasting Education on a journey through a digital learning galaxy close, close to you - the PBS LearningMedia STEM collection. ZOOM through the solar sySTEM with Physics Girl and The Design Squad, join NASA for STEM in 30, work with NOVA to build your star into a black hole, and construct your own STEM Alive engineering project. The sky is never the limit with an array of free digital resources and professional development tools available to you through GPB.


Planning and Carrying Out Investigations with GPB's Chemistry Matters Digital Series (approx. 1.5 hours)

Chemistry Matters is a new interactive video series for high school chemistry from Georgia Public Broadcasting. The series provides a thorough summary of the concepts of chemistry, grounded in the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for science, and supports STEM objectives by encouraging inquiry-based learning, problem-solving, critical thinking, exploration, and discovery. Participants will get to know Chemistry Matters and learn strategies for planning and carrying out investigations with their students.


Hands On Resources for Maker Education (approx. 1.5 hours)

Utilizing PBS LearningMedia's engaging activities and Discovery Education's advanced content, participants will become familiar with collections from PBS's hit shows which allow students to build their design and iteration skills, while using Discovery's resources to better understand how to investigate and solve problems. All of these resources are bookended with digitally integrated instructional strategies from Discovery's Spotlight on Strategies.


Building an Inquiry STEMystery of the Civil Rights Movement (approx. 2 hours - covers SS GSEs for K-5, 8, US History & American Gov / Civics)
Join Georgia Public Broadcasting for a virtual journey into the Civil Rights Movement and engage in hands-on exploration for building an inquiry mystery around primary sources from the period. Step into photos and works of art from this pivotal time, and explore the associated figures and events that shaped history through visually stunning video footage, unique testimonials, primary source analysis, and vibrant songs of freedom. Participants will build an associated STEM engineering design project as a model output for the unit.

Building an Interdisciplinary STEAMystery with GPB’s Free Digital Resources (approx 1.5 hours)

Join Georgia Public Broadcasting for a hands-on inquiry workshop that begins with an intriguing STEAMystery and ends with exciting STEAM career ideas! Participants will use the scientific method and an active imagination to analyze a puzzling story, explore connections in math, science, literature, and social studies via GPB’s quality online content, create an engineering design process output, and consider associated STEAM career options. Walk away with engaging teaching strategies and easily accessible resources that can be applied immediately in your own school setting.


Inspiring Early Learning STEM Exploration and Creativity Through PBS Kids Programs and Applications (approx 2 hours)

PBS Kids programming engages preschool and school-aged children with STEM-inspired content that invites them to further explore their environment and grow in the four key areas of childhood development – cognitive, social, emotional, and physical.  Characters like Ruff Ruffman and Sid the Science Kid encourage curiosity about the natural and physical sciences, while Peg + Cat and Cyberchase offer opportunities to use math in application with problem-solving skills.  Join GPB Education in an exploration through the enchanting world of PBS Kids, where participants will learn about many of the free digital resources available for STEM learning and output, engage in a Play and Learn Science activity, and model a ScratchJr coding design project.


Get to Work! Exploring CTAE with GPB

Take a virtual field trip to a high tech dairy farm, explore one of Toyota's largest manufacturing facilities, and see what its like to work on one of the greatest aircraft carriers ever built! Looking for resources that promote career and technical skills for the real world? Combining the GPB's Fast Forward STEM series with Discovery Education's vast network of educational partnerships, let us take you inside some of the most exciting companies around while learning how to apply job-related skills to the classroom through virtual experiences and a host engaging lessons.

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