We are pleased to let you know that a local educator was recently the featured K-12 subscriber in the NBC Learn February newsletter! Read more below about how Brian Lowry uses NBC Learn in the classroom (subscription available through Heartland AEA). Read the February NBC Learn newsletter for more ideas on how to incorporate the online resource in your curriculum.
Meet Brian Lowry, an agricultural science teacher at the Lynnville-Sully High School in Iowa. Lowry starts class with a current event video related to agriculture and has his students write responses to the video and discuss them in class. He uses videos about animal extinctions and the environment to get students thinking about humans’ impact on the earth.
As an Ag Science teacher in a farming community, Lowery is particularly grateful to find relevant videos in the NBC Learn Agriscience collection. We consulted with experienced Agscience teachers to create this collection and made sure it was mapped to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Cluster Content Standards. The collection contains videos on everything from biotechnology to modern issues in food production.
When his class was discussing biosecurity, Lowry posed a hypothetical situation: if there was a disease infesting livestock, how would they counteract it? He drew a parallel between the bird flu and Ebola using the video, Fear Spreads as Ebola Outbreak Claims First American Victim.
“The goal when I started using videos from NBC Learn was to increase my students’ awareness of global issues and agriculture. I need them to understand the global demand for food and how they have to be a part of a solution. It’s easy to know what is going on in our state, but the big picture is harder to put together and visualize for the students.”