Hello there! I’m Mike Ivens and I have been an Education Specialist for approximately one year now. My position offers a few responsibilities, one of which is building online courses for the portal on ArkansasIDEAS. The idea for this course was brought to me, and I was made aware that this is the first of, hopefully, many courses that we will be used in partnership with the National Humanities Center.
It should definitely be known that if you are anxious to read the book, and have not yet, then perhaps you should wait on this course if you don’t want it spoiled for you. Within the first five minutes, the presenters begin a discussion around the end of the book. So there are spoilers; you have been warned!
There were a couple things about this course that drew me to it as I began its construction. One, I’m a fan of the book, so it was really interesting to be able to get to see a more in-depth discussion about the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the friends he had, the situations he dealt with in his life and the poetry in the words of his novel that reflect many of the circumstances he dealt with, had to overcome, or that overcame him.
It’s a course full of fascinating information that I had not previously learned regarding the novel but, due to the course only being in a slideshow type format with voiceovers, it can be a bit mundane. I would not let that inhibit your choice to take the course, or at least check it out, however. If you want to dive into very useful information to help you either teach the novel or just have more information about the topic, then I highly recommend this course.
“Outdoor Hotline” Talks Fall Hunting Regulations Oct. 6
Changes are coming to Arkansas’s hunting regulations this fall, and you can get the most recent updates and tips from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on “Outdoor Hotline.” Tune in and share your questions on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. You can submit your questions by phone at 800-662-2386 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas Special Edition: Hauntings of Arkansas”
There are ghost stories, and then there are GHOST stories! Just in case you didn’t know it, Arkansas happens to allegedly be quite haunted! Yes, ghost stories abound everywhere and on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in a special edition of “Exploring Arkansas,” we’ll bring it all to you in “Hauntings of Arkansas”!
AETN Day at Mid-America Science Museum
Meet some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends at Hot Springs’ Mid-America Science Museum on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.! We can’t wait to see you at AETN Day for character photos, activities and more.
“Hamilton’s America” Preview Screenings
Don’t throw away your shot to go behind the scenes of Broadway megahit “Hamilton”! This October, join us and our partners at Pulaski Technical College, Hendrix College and the Fayetteville Public Library for special preview screenings of “Hamilton’s America,” then see the broadcast premiere as it kicks off the PBS Arts Fall Festival on Oct. 21.
“Agri Arkansas” - Sept. 2016
This month on “Agri Arkansas,” come with us as we take a look at technology in agriculture. We’ll also pay a visit to an old ball field in Heber Springs that’s been repurposed as a community garden and stop by PaPaw’s Market outside of Vilonia. Watch with us Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.