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Welcome Friends of NBC Learn!

It’s September, and that means back to school season is in full swing!  So whether you're dusting off a chalkboard eraser or an electronic whiteboard pen, don’t forget what a pioneer in American education, Ben Franklin, said: “Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you can find resources to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Constitution Day and the new football season; featured CueCards to commemorate historic September anniversaries; and a new collection category called "Lives and Careers" that can help inspire your students to find their future paths.

We’ve also been busy this summer creating amazing new content series, such as a new collection of 78 Social Studies videos.  In the coming months, look for improved features on our Implementation Toolkit page, which we are very excited about!

Best Wishes,

The NBC Learn Team

Featured Documentary: Underwater Dreams

For a limited time only, NBC Learn is pleased to offer the opportunity to screen the highly acclaimed, full-length documentary, “Underwater Dreams.”  Watch the epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants in Phoenix, Arizona, learned how to build an underwater robot from regular hardware store parts, and then went on to defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in a robotics competition.  

“Underwater Dreams” is available on NBC Learn only from September 5 – September 12, 2014.

For more information about “Underwater Dreams,” visit www.underwaterdreamsfilm.com.

To watch “Underwater Dreams,” click here.


Kick Off Your School Year with "Science of NFL Football"


Bring the excitement of the NFL to STEM concepts with the NBC Learn Original Collection Science of NFL Football.  Show your students how the distance a defender must go to tackle a receiver can be explained by the Pythagorean Theorem, or how Newton’s Second Law of Motion determines whether a kicker will make that tie-breaking field goal.  This collection was produced in partnership with the National Football League and the National Science Foundation, with middle school and high school lesson plans produced by Lessonopoly and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. K-12 | HigherEd


New Category: Lives and Careers

Blogger Nate Silver Reveals How He Called 2012 Presidential Election
 K-12 | HigherEd

Tom Brokaw: How I Secretly Reported on Tiananmen Square
K-12 | HigherEd

Chemist Uses Venom from Deadly Snails to Kill Pain
K-12 | HigherEd

We’ve listened to our subscribers and added a new category to eight of our collections to spark your students’ interest in careers and inspire them to consider where their own futures could lead. In the new “Lives and Careers” category, they'll find stories about the lives of scientists, engineers, authors, artists, journalists, CEOs and people in many other careers! Look for the new “Lives and Careers” section in these collections: Health and WellnessJournalism and News Media StudiesLanguage ArtsMath and StatisticsPerforming and Visual Arts, and Social Studies.  We have also enhanced the existing "Lives and Careers" category in the Science and Business and Financial Literacy collections.


Featured Collections in September

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in your class with our Hispanic Heritage Collection! This vast collection of more than 400 videos includes stories on the cultural influence that Hispanics have brought to America, famous figures in politics and the arts, and current events on everything from immigration reform to the increasing buying power of the Latino market.  You can also find weekly current events in Spanish from “Minuto 59,” a daily news summary from Telemundo, NBC’s Spanish-language “sister” network. K-12 | HigherEd

Loretta Sanchez, a Different Path to Office
 K-12 | HigherEd

Minuto 59: 23 junio 2014 
K-12 | HigherEd
First Latina Girl Scouts CEO: "Anything Is Possible"


Celebrate Constitution Day with "Living Constitution"


Just over 225 years ago, delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia met to sign the U.S. Constitution.  Bring this historic document to life on Constitution Day, September 17, with our "Living Constitution" section of the U.S. Government & Politics collection.  You’ll find hundreds of current and archival news stories that showcase every Article, Section and Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  The collection includes dozens of stories about landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases, with the decisions that continue to have an impact on our lives.  K-12 | HigherEd

Supreme Court Rules Against Requiring Prayer in Public Schools 
K-12 | HigherEd
Supreme Court Declares Funeral Protests Legal
K-12 | HigherEd
Supreme Court Considers Police Searches of Cellphones
K-12 | HigherEd


13 Years Ago This Month: The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Help your students make sense of the attacks on September 11, 2001 with our collection of coverage of 9/11.  We have reviewed hundreds of videos from NBC News related to the 9/11 attacks and found over 100 that are suitable for the classroom.  You will find breaking news about the first strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as later videos about how the attacks changed America forever. K-12 | HigherEd

September 11, 2001:
Timeline of Events 

K-12 | HigherEd

One World Trade Center Considered an Emotional Place
K-12 | HigherEd

 Inside the 9/11 Museum: A Powerful Remembrance
K-12 | HigherEd

Featured CueCards in September

54 Years Ago: The First Televised Presidential Debate
On September 26, 1960, 70 million Americans tuned in to watch Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy face off in the first televised presidential debate. A poll showed that viewers who saw the debate on TV believed Kennedy had won, while radio listeners called Nixon the winner, foreshadowing the profound impact the new medium of television would have in politics.

K-12 | HigherEd

51 Years Ago: Birmingham Church Bombing
On September 15, 1963, a bomb tore through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four girls. In this 40th anniversary report, learn why this episode in the turbulent summer of 1963 was a crucial turning point in the struggle for civil rights.

K-12 | HigherEd

36 Years Ago: Camp David Accord Signed

After a 13 day retreat at Camp David with President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Al Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed "A Framework for Peace in the Middle East" on September 17, 1978.

K-12 |HigherEd

33 Years Ago: Sandra Day O'Connor Sworn In
September 25, 1981 marked a milestone for women in America, as Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. In this report, an NBC News crew follows O'Connor on the first Monday in October, as she takes to the bench for the first time. 

K-12 | HigherEd

21 Years Ago: Oslo Peace Agreement Signed
The signing of the first Oslo Accord on September 13, 1993 was the first face-to-face agreement between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, and led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority. The Oslo Accords were an attempt to set up a framework for the still-unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

K-12 | HigherEd 


NBC News' Award-Winning Parent Toolkit Website Launches New Customizable App

Now parents and caregivers can use the Parent Toolkit on the go, with the new Parent Toolkit App, a resource to help them support their child’s development in academics and health and wellness.  Based on the Webby Award-winning www.parenttoolkit.com website, the Parent Toolkit App offers a seamless user-led experience to help parents find and organize information that aligns with their child’s academic progress from Pre-K through 12th grade. Parents can create a profile for their child, customize content and share tips with other parents via social networks. Produced by NBC News’ Education Nation and sponsored by Pearson, The Parent Toolkit App is available in both English and Spanish on iOS and Android devices. For more information or to download the app, please visit www.ParentToolkit.com/app.  


NBC Learn K-12 Subscriber Spotlight: "NBC Learn is the number one multimedia resource I use." 

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Meet Suzanne Johns, an economics and sociology teacher at DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas. 

Johns shows her economics class NBC Learn’s Personal Finance videos to help them understand financial decision-making and to prepare them for a simulation project where they have to make financial decisions.

“We watched a video on Janet Yellen when she was appointed the Chair of the Federal Reserve System.  The passion in her speech helped them feel connected to her, and that connection helped them remember her name and answer a test question about her a month later.”

In her sociology class, Johns uses NBC Learn to demonstrate the different aspects of equality.  

“I utilize a lot of clips about the Paralympics to demonstrate equality in society and equal access.  The clips really got the kids interested in the kinds of laws that offer access.”

Johns also relies on NBC Learn to have updated and accurate information on subjects that are continuously evolving, such as technology.  Her unit examines how technology is shaping and changing our society.  Johns taps into her students' critical-thinking skills and has them consider what their lives would be like without technological conveniences, showing videos like “Tech Diet” Helps Families Curb Digital Hunger and Digital Detox.

“NBC Learn is the number one multimedia resource I use.  I am also currently going to graduate school to get my master’s degree, and I even use the videos in my presentations there all the time.”

Suzanne’s Playlists:

Economics & Finance Playlist

Sociology and Technology Playlist

Civil Rights Playlist


NBC Learn Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight: Using NBC Learn to Enhance Online Courses

Meet Emily Magruder, a humanities professor at California State University at Dominquez Hills.  Magruder started using NBC Learn this summer in her online course, “Success and Values in the United States.”  When reading Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, her students watched Walden Pond and Author Henry David Thoreau and New Educational Institute to Study Henry David Thoreau and Preserving Walden Woods to make connections to historic events and leaders inspired by Thoreau’s idea of passive resistance. 

“My students found it challenging to read a 19th-century voice, but it is our job to show them how the past is relevant to the future.  I use the NBC Learn videos to show how interpretations of a historic figure or event have changed over time.  In the video Walden Pond Today, we see that by the 20th century, swimmers and tourism had taken over the pond. So I asked my students what Thoreau would think about the solitude of the woods being invaded.”

Although Magruder is new to teaching online, NBC Learn has given her a new perspective. 

“I’ll admit at first I was resistant to teaching online because I love being in the classroom, and I was skeptical that I could recreate the experience of a real classroom online.  Once you teach online, though, you start to incorporate as much variety to cover your material as possible. When students interact with the material on multiple mediums, they learn better.  Then you realize you have to do that in the face-to-face classroom as well. The boundaries between face-to-face teaching and online teaching are getting blurred – in a positive way.” 


Webinars: Live and Pre-Recorded

Whether you are a teacher in need of a brush-up on how to save videos to a playlist, or a supervisor who needs help communicating how to use NBC Learn to your teachers: remember, we are here to support you. We have an array of options to train you and your teachers on our new collections, our State Standards searching and how to save, download and share videos. You can sign up for a one-hour webinar by clicking on the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page of NBC Learn. We look forward to speaking with you!

Coming Soon: New K-12 Partnership

We are excited to announce a new K-12 partnership that will enable teacher and student access to more engaging content, flexible class management tools, and embedded assessments.  Be on the lookout for a special newsletter this fall.

How are you using NBC Learn as a teaching and learning resource? E-mail us at newsletter@nbclearn.com with examples of NBC Learn videos that especially engaged your students or summaries of your lessons.  We may feature you in a future K-12 or Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight!

Want to read more Subscriber Spotlights? On the Home page of NBC Learn K-12 or NBC Learn Higher Ed, look under the heading NBC Learn in the Classroom.

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