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09 October 2008


Time for Kids to Vote!

It's time for Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President!

The program's host, Linda Ellerbee, joined Kids.Cable.Learning for this podcast (15.6MB, MP3) to tell us about how kids can get involved - and pick the president.

Kids Pick the President airs Sunday, October 12th at 9pm EST on Nick. Then, kids get to vote for president online - polls open immediately following the show.

Kids can vote online from October 12th - Oct 20th.

The winner of the kids' presidential race will be announced on Monday, Oct. 20th at 8pm EST on Nick.

Web resources:
Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President
Nick Initiatives

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03 September 2008


Developing 21st Century Skills in School and District Leaders

During the 13th Annual K-12 School Networking Conference of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) held in Washington, DC in March 2008, Cable in the Classroom helped moderate a panel discussion on Developing 21st Century Skills in School and District Leaders. CoSN is the country’s premier voice for K-12 education leaders who use technology strategically to improve teaching and learning.

Members of the panel discussed the 2007 revised framework of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which offers a vision for educational technology leaders. The panel, comprised of experts from cutting-edge districts and thought leaders from higher education and the nonprofit sector, examined common assumptions and goals for technology integration in the context of the 21st century skills movement. More importantly, panelists and attendees discussed what skills, knowledge and expertise school leaders must have for our nation’s evolving learning expectations.

For this podcast (MP3, 23.5MB), we spoke with one of the panelists, Terry Clark, a 2005 Cable's Leaders in Learning Award winner and the assistant superintendent for Instruction and Technology at Bethpage Union Free School District in New York. Mr. Clark discussed how teachers in his school district are currently implementing the revised framework of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which offers a vision for educational technology leaders.

Web site resources:
Consortium for School Networking
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Bethpage Union Free School District
Bethpage Radio
Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards

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25 August 2008


Documenting Youth in Action

Moises Velez is a Peabody-award winning producer and currently the head of development for mun2, the NBCU cable network that celebrates the lifestyle of U.S. Latino youth. He spoke with Cable in the Classroom about the network’s documentary news series revolving around some of the most important issues relevant to Latino youth - including immigration, the environment and military recruitment in schools. This series includes “Toxic City,” the topic of our recent podcast with student Ryan Perez from Los Angeles, and the “Latinos in the Military” news special.

In this podcast (mp3, 10.6MB), Moises shared how mun2 picked the topics for the documentary series and explained the process that goes into putting together the films. He also shared his thoughts on how teachers and students can – and should – use the series in classrooms.

Web site resources:
News Special
Inspiring Youth in Their Communities Podcast


04 August 2008


Got STEM? Building Interest in STEM among Girls and Minorities

This podcast (MP3, 33.1 MB) is a recording of a panel discussion held during the 2008 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC). Based on the content of the Summer 2008 edition of Cable in the Classroom’s Threshold, Helen Soulé of Soulé Consulting Services moderated this discussion on innovative approaches to build interest and demand in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields among young women and minorities. Panelists included Erin Reilly from the Project New Media Literacies, MIT Comparative Media Studies and Karen Peterson, from the National Girls Collaborative Project and the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Douglas Levin, from Cable in the Classroom, and Marina Leight, from the Center for Digital Education, also offered insights as part of the panel.

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01 August 2008


More eLECTIONS resources

Donna Krache, executive producer for CNN Student News, talked with us (MP3, 8.0MB) about this free resource from CNN, their contribution to CIC’s eLECTIONS game and what teachers and students have to look forward to from the organization in the fall.

Website Resources:

CNN Student News
Elections 101
CNN Student News: Talking Democracy

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