GPB Education is a division of Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). Georgia Public Television (GPTV), Georgia's statewide public television network, and Peach State Public Radio, a statewide public radio network, are the other major divisions of GPB.
GPB Education began in 1994 when the Governor and legislature decided to use some of Georgia's Education Lottery revenues for instructional technology. Steerable satellite dishes and other receiving equipment were installed at every public school, college and university, adult technical institute, Regional Public Library and Youth Development Center in the state -- more than 2,000 sites in all.
GPB Education is responsible for maintaining the GPB Education Satellite Network which delivers instructional programming to the 2,000+ downlink sites. GPB Education is charged with using the network to provide schools with a full schedule of high quality educational programming to support learning in Georgia classrooms. GPB Education provides programming all day, every day of the school year, for all grade levels, including postsecondary. GPB Education also offers staff development training for teachers and other educators.
Much of the programming aired on the GPB Education Satellite Network is original programming developed and produced by GPB Education, including these award-winning series:
Georgia Stories, for teachers of Georgia History in fourth and eighth grades. Irasshai, a Japanese language and culture course high school students may take for two years of credit. Irasshai Explorer, a middle school course that can be used to supplement a social studies class or as an introduction to the study of the Japanese language. SALSA, a Spanish language and culture series for young learners.
Count on It, a mathematics instruction series for students in primary grades.
All of GPB Education's original programming is supplemented by other instructional materials such as activity books, teacher guides and web sites.
The GPB Education Satellite Network is the primary delivery vehicle for GPB Education productions. However, the videos are also available in boxed sets, and some of the series are broadcast statewide on GPTV, so private schools, home schools and the general viewing public can benefit from the programs.
In addition to producing original programming, GPB Education supplements its satellite schedule with programming purchased from some of the nation's other leading producers. Last year GPB Education provided Georgia schools with 50 science series, 63 history and social studies series, 20 math series, 18 language arts and literature series and eight Foreign Language series, as well as additional programming in art, music, student guidance, ESOL, and health -- plus 38 staff development series for teachers and other educators.
Three years ago GPB upgraded to digital technology, allowing the agency to add two new television channels to its transponder. Today, GPB Education offers full slates of regularly scheduled instructional programming on two channels.
Through GPB Education's Video On Request service, media specialists and classroom teachers can arrange for special re-broadcasts of GPB Education programming. Also, if a teacher is planning a lesson on a particular topic and wants to supplement her lectures with video, she can ask GPB Education to search its library for all titles relating to that topic. The material is put together into a Theme Packet and aired on the special request channel at a time convenient to the teacher.
To further assist media specialists, classroom teachers and other educators, GPB Education:
Publishes GPB Education Pipeline, a monthly newsletter and program schedule that includes timely articles and an exhaustive listing of all programs that will appear on GPB Education each month of the school year. Twenty-five copies of each issue are sent to each of Georgia's 1800+ public schools. Publishes the GPB Education Program Guide which lists all the programs of all the series in the GPB Education library. It also includes contact information on scores of nationally known program providers, technical support information, copyright guidelines and other information useful to educators who want to use video-based instructional materials. One copy is sent to each school, and update pages are mailed periodically. Maintains the Satellite Help Desk, a toll-free phone line educators can call whenever they experience technical difficulty with their dish and receivers. Maintains the GPB Education web site that includes information on programming, GPB Education services, education links, the current issue of Pipeline and more. Publishes Workshop in a Box. Many schools ask GPB Education to visit their school to present workshops on GPB Education services and how best to use video-based instruction. GPB Education's small staff is not able to meet the demand, so a video and other informational materials were developed and are sent to schools on request. The materials provide the information the school media specialist needs to present a GPB Education workshop to his or her faculty. – less–ZoomInfo