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February 2015What's New

Student DV 116Student DV Episode #116 on Cable 15
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In this new episode: Bowl Two-Handed, Make a Snowflake and then Eat some Sugary Snacks.

Student DV (Digital Video) inspires students to produce educational videos to share their vision and ideas. The show features student work that was entered in SECC's previous year SEVA contest.

Feb. 28 | 10:00 am

> Watch episode #115 now and learn How to Remember Author’s Purpose, get some Hugs and play Australian Basketball.

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Sacramento County Academic Decathlon 2015 Promo | Sacramento County high school students competed in the 35th annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon. Super Quiz air times are listed below.

What's New

Dr. Hazel MahoneSan Juan USD

Dr. Hazel W. Mahone
> Learn about district resources for parents
Dr. Hazel Mahone, a San Juan Unified parent, educator, author and the first Sacramento County African-American female superintendent, spoke at the Will Rogers Middle School on January 22. Her presentation offered valuable tips for parents who want to better advocate for their children and need help navigating the complex educational system.
Feb. 28 | 4:30 pm | C. 16

Spirit of San Juan
The annual Spirit of San Juan awards honor individuals and groups in their school communities who exhibit exceptional character. Help find remarkable people who embody the Spirit of San Juan and nominate someone for this year's awards.
> Watch videos of past winners and nominate

San Juan STARS Hall of Fame
The STARS (Science, Technology, Arts and Reading for Students) Hall of Fame was established in 2009 by the San Juan Education Foundation, with the support of the school district, to honor exceptional San Juan Unified School District graduates who embody an innovative spirit and have made their mark in their chosen profession.

Shown together: Feb. 26 | 5:00 pm | C. 15
Mar. 1 | 3:00 pm | C. 16; Mar. 3 | 5:00 pm | C. 15; Mar. 5 | 9:00 am | C. 15

Super Quiz

Sacramento County Office of Education

2015 Academic Decathlon and Super Quiz
> Learn about the event, view the winners and link to a photo gallery
Hundreds of Sacramento County high school students, along with students from Placer County, competed in the 35th annual Sacramento County Academic Decathlon, held February 7 at Inderkum High School.

To prepare for the Academic Decathlon, students devoted months of study to this year's theme: New Alternatives in Energy: Ingenuity and Innovation. Students competed for awards in 10 categories: economics, art, science, social science, language/literature, mathematics, music, essay, interview and speech. Questions asked at the live Super Quiz were posed by Fox 40 morning host Paul Robins.

Bella Vista High School from San Juan Unified School District won the Decathlon.

Watch the Super Quiz portion on cable:
Feb. 28 | 3:00 pm | C. 15
Mar. 5 | 9:00 am | C. 16
Mar. 14 | 1:00 pm  | C. 15
Mar. 23 | 6:00 pm | C. 15

Jim BentleySEVA Event: Accessable Resources for Video Production

by Edward Jung
It's a common misconception that you can only produce high quality video using expensive equipment, but Thuy Pham is a teacher who has gone beyond that idea to prove that anyone with a dream and some simple tools can make commercials, documentaries, trailers and just about anything else.

At the February 11 SEVA Training Event at Toby Johnson Middle School, students, teachers and parents from various districts gathered to listen to three SEVA teachers: Thuy Pham, Jim Bentley (photo) and Dana La Chapelle on the topic of how a classroom can be metaphorically mixed into a “recipe” of an improvised “Hollywood in Your Classroom.”

From Thuy Pham we learned the benefits of incorporating video production into the classroom because it encourages educators and students to work together to create learning opportunities and growth. We also learned that all you really need to start making your own videos is a simple $20 phone/camera holder or tripod, a $10 light clamp or reflector and a free or inexpensive movie editor.

To continue the video production recipe, planning is also necessary in determine which days are for storyboarding, editing, filming, etc. Attendees also learned some basic filming tips and techniques about DIY lighting and camera angles to make a professional looking video.

Edward is a SECC intern and a freshman at Mira Loma High School in San Juan USD

More from SECC and Member School Districts

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Sacramento City USD and SECC Create a Video Promo

Students at Tahoe Elementary School had a chance to meet their district's superintendent, Mr. José Banda, and talk about their school with him. Before Mr. Banda arrived, the students learned about lighting, the teleprompter and how the video would be used by the district and SECC to explain what the district offers its students.
> Watch the video now in SECC's Video Gallery

JaNay Brown-WoodLos Rios Community Colleges

California Capital Book Festival on Cable 16
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> Los Rios Community Colleges online
SECC partnered with member Los Rios Community College District to record author sessions at the California Capital Book Festival in October at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Photo: author JaNay Brown-Wood leads a story-telling session after reading her book, Imani's Moon

UnbullyableElk Grove Unified School District

Second Graders Extend National Poetry Month
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Second graders at Herman Leimbach Elementary extended National Poetry Month by connecting with author Erin Dealey to learn about her books and writing techniques.

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Valley High School students are working hard to take #UnfollowBullying to the next level by extending the program to their middle and elementary feeder schools.

Math Generation
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This series captures best practices, builds knowledge and provides content for school sites and teachers as they embrace the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS math implementation is challenging, and teachers need to understand the content and pedagogical skills and strategies necessary for their 21st century students to be competitive and college and career ready.

Introduction, Part 8; Part 9; Part 10: Feb. 27 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | C. 16

PORTS: Carroll Elementary School and Columbia State Historic Park
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Carroll Elementary students in the Elk Grove Unified School District connected with California State Park Ranger Phil McDonald at the Columbia Historic State Park to learn about the gold rush.

NASA DownlinkNASA Connect with Elliot Ranch Elementary School
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Elliott Ranch Elementary School was one of two elementary schools in the nation selected for a downlink, a 20-minute opportunity for students to connect and chat live with U.S. astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steven Swanson. Fifteen students, grades1-6, lined up to ask the astronauts a series of questions creating a lively conversation that clearly engaged the audience.
Feb. 26 | 8:00 pm | C. 16

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Minecraft EDU with Diane Main; Digital Storytelling | Feb. 27 | 5:00 pm | C. 16
Teaching Flipped Elementary with Lisa Highfill; Minecraft EDU with Diane Main | Feb. 28 | 5:00 pm | C. 16

CSUS Music Department Performances
> Learn more about the Music Department

Watch performances from the Sacramento State University Music Department.

Piano Series 20th Anniversary Season | Feb. 28 | 5:00 pm | C. 15

Also This Month on Cable 15 & 16

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Kentucky Educational Television

Dropping Back In
> Visit the website
This new series of documentary-style programs outlines the huge personal and societal costs of dropping out. The programs feature expanded profiles of two individuals or programs with comments from experts, educators and other former dropouts providing context and insight.

Second Chances; More Than a Statistic; Complicated Lives; Working for the Future
Feb. 28 | 1:00 pm | C. 15

National Parks Foundation
> Learn more

Climate Change Live: A Distance Learning Adventure
This webcast series introduces the basic science of climate change and demonstrates how students are making a difference in addressing climate change issues.
North Cascades National Park
Strung out like pearls on the backs of the mountains, the 700-plus glaciers in the North Cascades add greatly to the quality of lives by providing challenge and inspiration as well as consistent runoff for salmon, irrigation and hydroelectricity. Join glaciologists as they take the pulse of Pacific Northwest glaciers and learn about the science and motivation behind their work.

Shown together Feb. 27 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | C. 16

Webcasts and Videoconferences

KennedyThe Presidential Primary Sources Project

2015 Interactive Videoconferencing Series: Human and Civil Rights
The Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP) offers a series of free, 50-minute, interactive videoconferencing programs to students all over the world. PPSP is a collaboration between the National Park Service, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, other cultural and historic organizations and the Internet2 community.

The goal of the annual project is to engage classrooms throughout the national and international education community with an overarching theme utilizing primary source documents for student research and presentation.  Students will question how United States Presidents have influenced civil and human rights throughout our history.

National Mall and Memorial Parks |  March 4 | 8:00 am and 12:00 pm

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site |  March 5 | 8:00 am and 12:00 pm

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site |  March 11 | 8:00 am and 12:00 pm

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and The White House Historical Association | 8:00 am and 12:00 pm

President Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, DC |  March 17 | 7:00 am and 11:00 am

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site | March 25 | 8:00 am and 12:00 pm

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park | March 26 | 8:00 am and 12:00 pm

> View the online flyer for viewing information, archives and teacher resources

Photo: Dallas Times Herald/ The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

JFK Library Foundation Forums on Cable 16

JFK Library Forum Series

This series of public affairs conversations is offered by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to foster public discussion on a diverse range of historical, political and cultural topics. The programs reflect the Kennedys' legacy and are dedicated to those who seek a new and better world through the art of politics.

Transformed by Art
Feb. 26 | 2:00 pm | C. 16; Feb. 21 | 3:00 pm | C. 16

Spying: From Eisenhower to Obama; A Conversation with Madeleine Albright
Feb. 27 | 2:00 pm | C. 16

JFK, RFK and Japan; 50th Anniversary of the White House Tour with Jacqueline Kennedy
Feb. 28 | 2:00 pm | C. 16

Creating Equal Striving Toward Justice for All
Mar. 1, 15 | 5:00 pm | C. 16

The Churchills and the Kennedys; Alan Brinkley on JFK
Mar. 3, 10, 17 | 2:00 pm | C. 16

Spying: From Eisenhower to Obama; Listening In: JFK's Secret Tapes
Mar. 5, 12, 19 | 2:00 pm | C. 16

> Visit the JFK Library