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Classroom Resources features interactive media produced by Media Productions (formerly called The Leading Object Group). To order, or for more information, call us toll-free at (888) 750-4156 or 575-646-2748 or via email at mmedia@nmsu.edu.

Video Resources

Soil: Who Needs It? (English & Spanish)

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Who needs soil? We all do! We are losing over 6.4 billion tons of soil each year. Join Gritty, Sticky and Smoothy as they tell us why soil is important, explain what soil erosion is, and help us understand what we can do to save our soil.

Trees in Your Neighborhood (English & Spanish)

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Trees are an essential part of our ecosystem. This fun video explains the benefits of trees in New Mexico, as well as how to plant and care for trees. In addition, various neighborhood tree projects are discussed and a list of contacts is provided so you can start a project of your own!

Technology Unplugged

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Learn about computers, without even turning one on! If you've heard words like RAM, hard drive, database, and networking but you never really understood what these terms mean, you'll love this video walks you through computer basics using plain, everyday English.

The Seamless Society

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Join host Lowell Catlett in this PBS Documentary on how technology is changing the way we work and play.

Crazy About Corn

Crazy About Corn

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This video can be used alone or can accompany the "Crazy About Corn" game produced by Leading Object. Segments include scenes about how people use metáte to grind corn and make tortillas, and also about how corn is corn and used in everyday products.

Teleliteracy Assistance for Businesses and Communities

TABCs

Why T-ABCs for Rural Americans? Typical rural residents drive 50 miles over narrow, country roads just to reach an interstate on-ramp. So it makes sense for those in rural areas to turn onto the Internet-today's electronic highway-to take them where they need to go. It's fast, efficient, convenient. It's today's super highway into rural and minority communities, giving them access to new knowledge, enhanced lifestyles, better business practices, and greater prosperity. Many rural decision makers and citizens are asking, "How do we get there from here?" Teleliteracy Assistance for Businesses and Communities (T-ABCs) will help build this vitally needed electronic on-ramp for rural America.

Visit the T-ABCs website at www.nmtabcs.com

The Story of BAC

The Story of BAC

Tells the engaging story of several children who get tired of foodborne illness and decide to Fight BAC!®

  • Available in English, Spanish, and Navajo.
  • Approximate Running Time: English-10 minutes, Spanish-9 minutes, Navajo-10 minutes.
  • View videos free at The Story of BAC or contact us about purchasing a copy.

Baby Talk

Baby Talk

Even before they can say words clearly, babies communicate with "baby talk". Parents need to listen to their babies to find out when mealtime is over, when a second helping is in order, or when it's time to try new foods. Learn how to understand your baby's talk and help take the anxiety out of feeding time.



Southwest Horizons Nature Series

Southwest Horizon Nature Series

Explore the wonders of White Sands, the majestic Chiricahuas Mountains of the desert and experience the magic of winter bird sanctuary in this dramatic three-video series. These videos feature the people, wildlife, anthropology and geology of the American Southwest.

White Sands: White Wilderness

White Sands: White Wilderness

Visit the wondrous gypsum dune environment of New Mexico's White Sands National Monument, the largest of its type in the world. Through this dramatic video and colorful computer animation, this documentary details the geology, plants, wildlife and ancestral peoples found nowhere else.

  • Approximate Running Time: 57 minutes
  • View videos free at White Sands or contact us about purchasing a copy.

Chiricahuas: Mountain Islands in the Desert

Chiricahuas: Mountain Islands in the Desert

Explore the amazing animals, plants, geology and people of the "wonderland of the rocks", the Chiricahua Mountains on the New Mexico/Arizona border. Plant and animal species meet here in this spectaular biological crossroads of the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts, the Rocky Mountains and Mexico's Sierra Madres.

  • Approximate Running Time: 61 minutes
  • View videos free at Chiricahuas or contact us about purchasing a copy.

Bosque del Apache: Ancient Flyway of the Rio Grande

Bosque del Apache: Ancient Flyway of the Rio Grande

One of America's premier wildlife refuges. Every winter, this wetland in the desert becomes home to thousands of migratory birds that come to feed in the temperate New Mexico climate. this documentary features spectacular footage of the refuge's huge flocks and many other animals that life in this rich and diverse ecosystem.


Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine

Ancient Roots Modern Medicine

Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine is a three-part series that explores this amazing convergence of ancient healing arts with modern medical practices. These documentaries, produced by the award-winning Leading Object Media Group, present fascinating insights into cultures around the globe that still practice ancient ways. The series also tracks intrepid scientists in their exploration for new cures based on ancient medicinal plants.

All 3 episodes - Jordan: The Middle East, Borderlands: USA/Mexico, and Curaçao: The Caribbean

  • For International and Domestic TV,Cable, Satellite, Educational, DVD/Home Video rights Distribution, please contact Tapestry International.
  • View videos free at Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine or contact us about purchasing a copy.

Jordan: The Middle East

Jordan: The Middle East

Travel to the unforgiving Badia Desert of Jordan where Bedouin nomads still battle diseases with age-old treatments. This is a world of black-robed healers, wise herbalists called attars and mysterious plants that survive in harsh, Middle East sands. Enter Dr. Sawsan Oran whose research with the black iris, her country's national flower, is netting astonishing results. This showy bloom, used medicinally for centuries by the Bedouin, has delivered strong, anti-leukemic effects in early laboratory trials.

Jordan: The Middle East episode available on VHS only

Borderlands: USA/Mexico

Borderlands: USA/Mexico

Venture to the US/Mexico border, where people have been using medicinal plants for thousands of years and continue today. It is a land of cacti, intense sun, and curanderos - those who heal with desert roots and herbs. Now, American scientists are tapping into that precious knowledge - from an innovative program at New Mexico State University to clinical tests at a cutting-edge Seattle research lab - student researchers are discovering the power nature's wonders, and perhaps the next breakthrough medicine.

Borderlands: USA/Mexico episode available on VHS only

Curacao: The Caribbean

Curacao: The Caribbean

Journey to the exotic Caribbean island of Curaçao where healer Dinah Veeris is on a one-woman crusade to preserve her homeland's threatened, medicinal plants. She is also saving the wisdom a vanishing generation of healers whose practices are steeped in African and Native American lore. And see how scientists are unlocking the power of the island's botanical wealth - from the divi divi tree's amazing ability to fight staph infections to Mermaid's Hair, a coastal blue-green algae with the promise of cancer cures.

Curaçao: The Caribbean episode available on VHS only


Green Gold: From the Maya to the Moon

Green Gold: From the Maya to the Moon

From locations across the globe, this award-winning video traces three treasures of the New World corn, potatoes and chile peppers and their phenomenal influence on human history. A story of exploration, discovery, life and death, it poses the perplexing question: can we survive if we lose forever the genetically diverse, wild and weedy ancestors of our valuable food crops?

Birds of the Bosque

Birds of the Bosque

This video showcases the beautiful birds, mammals and scenery of New Mexico's Bosque del Apache refuge. Tens of thousands of birds migrate here every year. This tape focuses on the beauty of the Bosque and slow motion flight.

Back to Bosque

Back to Bosque

Experience a day in the life of a migrating bird with Sandy, the sandhill crane, one of the many birds who flock to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge when the weather turns cold.

For a listing of other videos produced by Media Productions, visit The Instructional Materials Adoption Page.



Internet Resources

Science Pirates: The Curse of Brownbeard

Science Pirates

Learning science processes and food safety has never been so much fun! Pirate Science builds awareness of food safety issues through better understanding of science processes. Games, songs and scientific experiments give youth a better understanding of the "whys" behind good food safety practices based on the national science standards. The entire adventure culminates in the hero (the player's character) helping the desperate crew solve and 'break' the "The Curse of Brownbeard."

To download the games at www.sciencepirates.com

Food Detectives

Food Detective

Food Detectives Fight BAC! This entertaining site for kids ages 8-12 includes songs, activities and arcade-style games. Through playing to learn youth understand the importance of the 4 key messages in the Fight BAC food safety program: wash hands and utensils, chill leftovers properly, cook food to the proper temperature and separate cooked food from raw meat and juices.

Visit the Food Detectives website www.fooddetectives.com

Nutrition Decision

Nutrition Decision

This series of games helps middle school students make better choices when selecting food by better understanding nutritional labels, serving sizes and the importance of activity. Designed for middle school age children, this website helps foster better understanding of nutrition labels found on most packaged food, and also the importance of exercise.

Play the games online at www.nutritiondecision.org

Digital Desert Library

Digital Desert Library

A collaboration between the Smithsonian Institute, NMSU's College of Education and teachers across the nation, the Digital Desert Library is an on-line resource guide for everything dealing with deserts. Whether you're looking for activities to teach students, or trying to find information using the comprehensive search database, its a great resource to utilize.

Visit the Digital Desrt Libary website at ddl.nmsu.edu

Teleliteracy Assistance for Businesses and Communities

TABCs

Why T-ABCs for Rural Americans? Typical rural residents drive 50 miles over narrow, country roads just to reach an interstate on-ramp. So it makes sense for those in rural areas to turn onto the Internet-today's electronic highway-to take them where they need to go. It's fast, efficient, convenient. It's today's super highway into rural and minority communities, giving them access to new knowledge, enhanced lifestyles, better business practices, and greater prosperity. Many rural decision makers and citizens are asking, "How do we get there from here?" Teleliteracy Assistance for Businesses and Communities (T-ABCs) will help build this vitally needed electronic on-ramp for rural America.

Visit the T-ABCs website at www.nmtabcs.com

Seeds of Change

Seeds of Change Garden

Seeds of Change is an initiative by the Smithsonian Institute which teaches diversity and history by examining the evolution of agriculture and food throughout the world. By providing for both educational activities as well as home projects, students learn about history, different cultures and applications they can incorperate into everyday life.

Visit the Seeds of Change website www.mnh.si.edu/garden/

Food Guide Pyramid Games

Food Guide Pyramid

This download offers games to help you learn about the Food Guide Pyramid, an illustrator of healthy eating, in a fun and interactive way. The Food Guide Pyramid shows us what foods to eat and how much to eat to be healthy. You'll learn about the Food Guide Pyramid and nutrition, while having fun.

Visit the Food Guide Pyramid website at www.foodpyramidgames.org

Math Snacks

Math Snacks

Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games designed to help learners "get it". Each snack presents a mathematical concept, particularly those addressed in grades 6, 7 and 8. Ideal for use in a classroom or on your own, they can even be placed on mobile devices for "homework". The accompanying print materials can assist learners in applying their conceptual understanding to math problems.

Learn more at http://mathsnacks.com/

The Desert Classroom

The Desert Classroom

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This package includes a laser disc and a series of lessons developed by New Mexico teachers for use with exemplary science materials. The curriculum guide has five lesson units about weather, land and water, plants, animals, and humans. Each lesson corresponds to frames from the video disc to be used when teaching. Lesson plans are English with Spanish vocabulary.

Eat Move Learn

Eat Move Learn

Eat, Move, Learn enables you to take up this important current issue while also addressing national academic standards for sixth grade science... all in a way that comes alive in the classroom. Eat, Move, Learn is organized around the idea that we must "balance" the energy we take in through our food and the energy we spend in physical activity. Eat, Move, Learn helps you and your class to analyze the problems of food and fitness, find promising solutions to energy imbalance, and design a study to test your ideas.

www.eatmovelearn.com

Ancient Roots Modern Medicine

Ancient Roots Modern Medicine

Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine is part of the three-part documenetary series that explores how traditional plants are revolutioning the future of science.

  • Part 1 Jordan, the Middle East
  • Part 2 The Borderlands, USA/Mexico
  • Part 3 Curaçao, the Caribbean

www.rootsandmedicine.com

Just for Kids

Just for Kids

Online 4-H web sites and activities created just for kids.

www.cyfernet.org/justforkids.html


Software Resources

Teleliteracy Assistance for Businesses and Communities

TABCs

Why T-ABCs for Rural Americans? Typical rural residents drive 50 miles over narrow, country roads just to reach an interstate on-ramp. So it makes sense for those in rural areas to turn onto the Internet-today's electronic highway-to take them where they need to go. It's fast, efficient, convenient. It's today's super highway into rural and minority communities, giving them access to new knowledge, enhanced lifestyles, better business practices, and greater prosperity. Many rural decision makers and citizens are asking, "How do we get there from here?" Teleliteracy Assistance for Businesses and Communities (T-ABCs) will help build this vitally needed electronic on-ramp for rural America.

Visit the T-ABCs website at www.nmtabcs.com

Crazy About Corn (CD-ROM, and Related Materials)

Crazy About Corn

With games, songs and numerous activities, the Crazy About Corn CD is a great way to teach children the importance of corn. They'll learn different aspects of history, Native-American culture, scientific techniques and memorization skills, all while enjoying themselves. Along with the CD, there are educational resource books to supplement classroom learning, a video which supplies additional activites and the "Hot Buttered Hits and Songbook" which allows children (and adults) to sing along to their favorite Corn songs.

Though the CD-ROM game is no longer available, we've had so many requests for the supplemental educational materials that we've made them available free of charge on this website.

Choices In A Pack: Tobacco Education for Teenagers

Choices in a Pack

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Choices In A Pack offers middle school students decision-making situations regarding cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Topics are presented with teen issues in mind: popularity, looks and peer group interests. Designed with the multi-cultural audience in mind, the five curriculum components include two computer animation games and four core classroom exercises.

The Desert Classroom

The Desert Classroom

Sold Out

This package includes a laser disc and a series of lessons developed by New Mexico teachers for use with exemplary science materials. The curriculum guide has five lesson units about weather, land and water, plants, animals, and humans. Each lesson corresponds to frames from the video disc to be used when teaching. Lesson plans are English with Spanish vocabulary.


Presentations

Making the Most of the Web

Making the Most of the Web Screenshot

Presented 3/24/2009 at County College, this presentation is designed to help public managers make more effective use of the web. Topics include search tips, publishing options, and collaboration inspirations.

  • Handouts
    A PDF of the presentation handouts.

To order, or for more information, call us toll-free at (888) 750-4156 or 575-646-2748 or via email at mmedia@nmsu.edu.