Exploring Oceans with Skype

Skype in the classroom has teamed up with Fabien Cousteau’s record-breaking Mission 31 expedition to present a month-long celebration of our oceans.

We’ll be offering free educational talks and live experiences, delivered via Skype, with the world’s leading marine experts.

Register for this event by going to https://education.skype.com/campaigns/exploringoceans/interested

Themes to be covered will be:


Conservation & sustainability                                                    Impact of human activities


Exploration & adventure                                                              Pushing scientific frontiers


The future of the oceans                                                               Habitats & ecosystems

Discovery Science Center Field Trips

NEW! Bob the Builder Field Trips for Pre-School and Kindergarten

Bob the Builder and his friends have occupied Discovery Science Center with the special exhibit: Bob the Builder™ – Project: Build It! Now you can bring your class to experience this hands-on exhibit in a special field trip designed just for pre-school and kindergarten classes.

Bob the Builder Field Trips Include:
Hands-on learning in Bob the Builder – Project: Build It!
Meet and greet session with Bob the Builder
Fun, interactive story-time in our Discovery Theater
Field trips start at 8:15am or 9:00am and last 90 minutes. Pricing for this program is $6 per child (ages 1 and up) and $8 for adults.

Space is limited! These field trips are available Monday-Friday only until March 22!

Call 714-913-5030 Today to Reserve Your Field Trip!

LA Student Media Film Fest

Submission Deadline For LA Student Media Film Fest Only Two Weeks Away!

With the deadline quickly approaching – Wednesday, January 16th – we wanted to remind you that this year’s submission process for the LA Student Media Film Fest (LASMF) is highly streamlined and entirely online.  NewFilmmakers LA is proud to be a sponsor of this years festival. You can find detailed information by visiting lasmf.lacity.org

As with previous years, LASMF 2013 has a number of great prizes lined up.  Winning films will each be awarded a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation. The film that is chosen for the “Best of Show” award will receive an additional $500 scholarship. Winning filmmakers will also be treated to a special lunch hosted in their honor at CBS Studio Center with Studio President Michael L. Klausman and will receive an official commemoration from the City of Los Angeles.

Awards will be announced the night of the show, March 30, 2013, at the El Portal Theatre in the NoHo Arts District. LASMF is looking for original pieces created by high school students that do not exceed seven minutes in length. Student work in the animation, comedy, commercial, drama or documentary/PSA category may be submitted.

Please do not hesitate to contact the LASMF with any questions.

Smarter Balanced Common Core Tech Requirements

Smarter Balanced has updated their tech requirements for the 2014-2015 Common Core assessment implementation.  Some of the recommendations include:

  • Upgrading to Windows 7
  • 1 GB of internal memory
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • A minimum screen size of at least 9.5 inches
  • A secure browser
  • At least 5-10 Kbps of bandwidth per student

For complete details, view the Smarter Balanced report. Smarter Balanced – System Requirements