Daily Archives: January 21, 2020

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IQ Smart Parent

IQ Smart Parent (6/30 minute programs)  – – IQ: SMARTPARENT equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully guide their children in the use of digital media and technology. The three-part series addresses children’s media consumption – from helping them discern between fiction and reality to safeguarding their online identities. Host Angela Santomero created and executive produced the acclaimed children’s television series Blue’s Clue on Nick Jr., and Super Why! and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS. Santomero also hosts PBS’ The Parent Show at PBSparents.org and writes a personal blog about parenting at AngelasClues.com.

  • #601 – We’re making edible models to help kids explore everything from the life cycle to how plate tectonics work. We’ll also explore the science of a farm-to-table diet. Guests include a Master Gardener and educators, and engaging field packages will feature Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, which received a Let’s Move Pittsburgh mini-grant. The program promotes a healthy lifestyle and students in their diverse student body (including an ESL and refugee population) engage in a range of tasks to teach them how to grow food, harvest it, and prepare it.
  • #602 – In this episode we engage families in Earth & Space science! Meet up with the curator of the Smithsonian’s national touring exhibit Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Missionfor a look at the past, present, and future of space exploration. We’ll also show families how to track what’s up in the sky using a range of scientific tools, from sophisticated telescopes to celestial bodies that can be seen with the naked eye! The episode concludes with a salute to the Maker Movement as we present hands-on projects to make a star clock, and a pin-hole camera for safely viewing a solar eclipse.
  • #603 – If you think science, technology, engineering, and math education are only for the classroom, think again! Parents and educators will be inspired by unique examples of STEM education in action in some very unexpected places. . . including an elementary school physical education class; and along the banks of our region’s creeks and rivers where Girl Scouts take part in a unique new program called STREAM Girls. STREAM Girls gives scouts the opportunity to earn badges as they serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, in order to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment.
  • #604 – This episode addresses the serious issue of engaging talented young people of both genders and all backgrounds in STEM and STEAM education, in order to create equity in the technology workforce. National and regional experts will discuss initiatives for underrepresented minority populations in order to meet the nation’s accelerating demands for STEM talent. This episode also features the founder of All Star Code, Christina Lewis, who was inspired to start the organization by her renowned businessman Reginald L. Lewis. Ms. Lewis explains her organization’s mission to attract and prepare young people of color for jobs in the tech sector.
  • #605 – This episode of iQ smartparent lands at the unique intersection of animal appreciation, digital media, and education! This episode includes feathered friends from the National Aviary, which sponsors a Maker challenge to promote STEAM as local designers create items inspired by birds. Meet the science illustrator inspired by the Aviary’s collection and hear about projects inspired by wings and wildlife. The program also features a science writer from National Geographic. He’s joined by animals from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Live Collection and present tips for young people about gaining inspiration from animals for school and personal projects. Finally, meet a young teen who started the social media sensation I’ve Pet That Dog! With nearly 200,000 follows, he explains his process for making and sharing positive and inspiring media.
  • #606 – “No more screen time!” Many frustrated parents have issued that edict to kids who all-too-frequently have their noses buried in the screen of a digital device! This episode introduces education experts to set the record straight: In terms of learning impacts, when does a screen work best, and when should kids be engaged in alternative forms of interactions, such as textbooks, human, and hands-on projects? Experts explore how to set realistic and responsible screen-time rules for kids living in a 21st century media-saturated world.

airs Tuesday 2 a.m. beginning 1/14




Reveal (4/60 minute programs)  – The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) brings its signature investigative journalism back to public television this spring with another installment of Reveal, a four-part series presented by KQED. Reveal is a first-of-its-kind television show that brings viewers deep into investigations and captures the drama and high stakes of the reporting process. The magazine-format program leads with a documentary story followed by shorter pieces and a “true cartoon” animation, and each hour-long episode explores crucial, and often underreported issues: from Terrorist Hunting to finding the families of Jane and John Doe’s. Hidden stories, uncovered; that’s what this series is all about.

  • #202 – Reveal features two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s short documentary “Freedom Fighters,” which profiles three remarkable women battling for equal rights in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for women. In addition, the episode delves into the potential dangers women face when they donate eggs to fertility clinics and the story of two women who gave up everything to help those at risk of deportation.
  • #203 – Director Penny Lane’s “Nellie Bly Makes the News” headlines an episode of Reveal showcasing animated documentaries and innovative, groundbreaking storytelling. Using diverse stylistic approaches, the hour covers a wide range of topics, from the story of a muckraking journalist who changed the game for women in reporting before women even had the right to vote to the surprising origin story of the humble strawberry.
  • #204 – Reveal examines what the Justice Department has called “the nation’s silent mass disaster.” For decades, there was no way to link the lists of missing persons around the country with the unidentified John and Jane Does in morgues and cemeteries, leaving many families in the dark about their loved ones’ fate. Director Michael I Schiller’s “The Dead Unknown” follows investigators in real time over the course of a year as they attempt to find the identity of one 50-year-old cold case. The hour also looks at efforts to prevent deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border and the Standing Rock Sioux’s historic faceoff with the U.S. government decades before the oil pipeline.
  • #201 – Reveal takes a look at the ways the U.S. has reacted to terrorism. In “The Terrorist Hunter,” director Ann Shin profiles a controversial spy, lauded by some for fighting terrorism and derided by others who claim she finds terror plots where none exist. The episode also explores the challenges that survivors of mass shootings face and uncovers the secret history of American surveillance.

airs Wednesday at 1 a.m. beginning 1/8



Film Maker

Film Maker (12/30 minute programs) – South Florida PBS is pleased to launch film·maker, a film series for emerging filmmakers from which we acquired, broadcasted, and distributed their work, in addition to providing mentorship. With the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the film maker initiative served 40 artists and reached an audience of over 2. 4 million in the South Florida region. Participants ranged in ages from 22 to 78 and represented cultures from around the globe. The 40 projects featured in film-maker include documentaries, narrative works, music videos, and more. These films will make you cry and laugh; they will entertain and inspire you.

  • #201 – In this episode we feature two films: “One Last Ride: A PBA Lacrosse Story”, a high energy, inspirational production about the last journey of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Men’s Lacrosse team, as they transition to the NCAA Division II by David Mark Merrill; and “Summer’s End”, a film about a turning point in every person’s life: leaving home for the first time by returning film-maker Felipe Ferrufino.
  • #202 – In this episode we feature three films: “Roam”-inspired by old western films, two buffalo hunters set-up camp near enemy territory and try to survive the night after suffering injuries at the hands of Native American forces by Hector Martinez. “Salvador” shares the desperate act to save a young boy’s life when a doctor helps facilitate an illegal organ donation by Debora Von Habsburg. “Sugar, Spice and Sacrifice” is a visual poem that highlights the importance of diversity in the U.S. and the role immigrants play in its success by returning film-maker Lauren McGarrett.
  • #203 – In this episode we feature two films: “Lustrum”, A sci-fi thriller that begins after four men have mysteriously disappeared in a forest and an anxious girlfriend who can’t shake the feeling of being closely watched by Michael Lozano & Paola Flores and “Ayita’s Dream”, the story of a young girl who won’t give up on pursuing her dream of becoming a professional dancer by Isis Masoud.
  • #204 – In this episode we feature two documentaries that focus on legacies, one through music and one through letters. “Carry That Weight – A Rockumentary” is the emotional story of one teacher; his perseverance in the face of adversity and the lives of many students he changed through music by Brian Leitten. “Legacy Letters” showcases a class that teaches seniors how to reflect deeply on their past in order to chronicle their lives in creative ways by Tyler Council.
  • #205 – In this episode we feature four short films including two music videos. “Apple Pie” is a thriller about two young women, struggling to get by, who find it difficult to play by the rules by Jaydev Hemrajani. “Beauty Queen” was shot in the beautiful city of Miami, where the lead singer portrays a bartender who is infatuated and mesmerized by a lady he sees at a local bar by Joey Lamar Ashley. “I Feel So Alive” features Miguel Fasa singing and dancing his way through this original pop song by Barbie Castro. And finally, “Tears”, an experimental short where the director and dancer, Carla Forte, shares the story through tears.
  • #206 – In this episode we travel to the Treasure Coast and feature the documentary, “Jane Davis Doggett: Wayfinder in the Jet Age” by Pat Williams. Join us as we meet the woman who created graphic systems using letters, colors and symbols to guide people though large, public spaces such as airports, arenas and transit systems. If you’ve found your way from an airport entrance to your gate with ease in the last sixty years, you can thank Jane Davis Doggett.
  • #207 – In this episode we feature two films, in “#TheConnectedMan” we meet a successful salesman who reconnects with a free-spirited choreographer from his past. In one day, their carefully constructed personas crumble in the face of reality and illusion, by returning film-maker Fabian Cardenas. “Portraits of Inspiration” is a short documentary capturing the essence of the Women’s Movement, one of the most transformative periods of time, by Scherley Busch.
  • #208 – In this episode we feature the film, “Maya”, about a Syrian immigrant newly settled in the U.S. who must take on a job that goes against her moral code to save the life of her grandfather by Mohammad Jastaniah.
  • #209 – We feature two films in this episode including, “Rene De Dios and the South Beach Shark Club”, a nostalgic recollection of Miami Beach from the late 60’s to modern times told through the stories of local shark fishermen by Robert Ramos. “Breathe” is a student film inspired by real life situations involving two young men dealing with stereotypical baggage by Dexavior Smith.
  • #210 – We feature two films in this episode including, “Rene De Dios and the South Beach Shark Club”, a nostalgic recollection of Miami Beach from the late 60’s to modern times told through the stories of local shark fishermen by Robert Ramos. “Breathe” is a student film inspired by real life situations involving two young men dealing with stereotypical baggage by Dexavior Smith.
  • #211 – In this episode we feature three films. In “The Cardboard King”, we meet Gustavo, a Cuban immigrant living in the U.S. striving to make a better life for his family still in Cuba. When old wounds begin to resurface, his vision of The American Dream begins to collapse by David Liz. Climb into the cockpit for breathtaking views in “Flying Solo”, a short documentary about the first Asian woman to fly solo around the world by Ed Moy. In “Six Toes” we head to Key West for a dark humor short film about Hemingway cats, accidental suicides, and happy childhood memories by Quincy Perkins.
  • #213 – In this episode we feature the documentary, “Against The Grain” and meet staff from the Coral Gables Art Cinema who contemplate the past and future of film projection – while preparing to screen an exclusive 70 millimeter print of “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Anthony Martinez.

airs Friday 2 a.m. beginning 1/3


Science is Fun

Science is Fun (2/30 minute programs)

  • #1801 – University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri and his friends present experiments with an assortment of gases. Carbon dioxide shows its many sides when it changes the colors of solutions, generates a plume of fog, inflates a rubber bulb, and puts out fires. Bubbles filled with methane gas rise and ignite in balls of flame. Oxygen gas turns into a liquid that sticks to a magnet.
  • #1802 – Join renowned science communicator and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Bassam Shakhashiri as he shows the colorful side of metals. Solutions of metals change colors when mixed with other solutions. Colorful flames blaze when solutions of metals are sprayed into them. Metal wires sing and a metal pipe howls. He is joined by special guests in this fun-filled show, packed with the sights and sounds of science.

airs 1/31 at 1 a.m.



Medicine Women

Medicine Women  – Medicine Woman, interweaves the lives of Native American women healers of today with the story of America’s first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915). The one-hour PBS documentary produced by and about women, features historic and contemporary profiles of female healers, starting with Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915) of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska.

airs 1/29 at 2 a.m.

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EMTA Media Literacy Project Grant

The 2020 Media Literacy Project Grant Application is open!

The New York State Educational Media/Technology Association provides up to two annual Media Literacy Grants in the amount of $1,250 for certified educators in New York State who are working with Pre-K-12 students on the subject of media literacy. Eligible educators must work in a district that participates in the media service at a BOCES or Big 5 that is an EMTA member.

Media Literacy is defined as the ability to comprehend, design, and produce media. It includes critical thinking skills used to evaluate and analyze information in a variety of formats. Media Literacy is essential to be able to distinguish between fact and fiction.

The purposes of the grant are to:

Support educators who provide resources and services that correlate to state and national learning standards for instructional excellence promoting media literacy.

To provide funds for research projects or demonstration projects that can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation.

Examples include:

  • A film literacy course held after school
  • Learning about the effective creation and use of media in student work
  • Using video effectively in your lesson plans

Please see the EMTA website for the application and more information.