Is a Palmetto Bug Really Just a Cockroach?

By Kaitlyn Park

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If you are from the South or ever visited, chances are you have come into contact with the unofficial state mascot, the "Palmetto Bug".

SCETV and SC Public Radio fan Margaret Bates asked: "Is Palmetto bug just the more polite name for cockroaches, or different? They look like roaches to me."

PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs | Never Stop Learning

By Kaitlyn Cannon

Legacy Charter Student Reporting Labs

Journalism students from Legacy Early College High School in Greenville, South Carolina, are on their way to accomplishing big things. It has been ETV Carolinas pleasure to mentor these students for another year through the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program, which connects middle and high school students to local PBS stations and news professionals in their community to produce original, student-generated video reports.

No Turkey, Just High-Quality PD

By Kathy Finger

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Carve out some time for your career this holiday season with a PBS TeacherLine online course. These high-quality courses from @PBS Teachers have been designed to offer you a best-in-class experience with extra servings of peer collaboration and facilitator guidance! Served up with a lot of flexibility, there’s no reason not to indulge, so go ahead and stuff yourself with knowledge—no belt-adjusting required!

Prescribed Burn

By Sean Flynn

Prescribed Burn

Prescribed burning is an important part of forest management. To learn more, Clemson Extension Agent and host of "Making It Grow" Amanda McNulty visits The Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center where they were conducting prescribed burns.

Plan Your FREE ETV PD on Content and Tools Today

By Bette Jamison

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ETV trainers will come to your school to provide quality professional development workshops to meet your needs. We offer a variety of workshops for Pre-K to 12 educators and for Pre-Service teachers at Colleges and Universities. These workshops are FREE for South Carolina public, charter, private, home schools, and higher education pre-service teachers.

Winter Break: Bake Cookies or Grow Your Teaching Skills?

By K. Finger

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Break-out your baking pans because you don't have to choose! With a 'mini' pd course from PBS Teachers, you'll have plenty of time left over for baking cookies, visiting family, and whatever else keeps you busy over the holidays. 

These self-paced courses can help you grow content knowledge, spark new ideas, and re-charge for the remainder of the school year. Some are even free!

NPR Student Podcast Challenge

By Alfred Turner

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Have something to say? Now is your chance. We're inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR. Be a part of the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge.

Natural History & Between the Waters Courses + More Set to Start!

By Bette Jamison

Images from ETV Teacher recertification courses

SC educators can earn renewal credit with ETV Teacher Recertification online courses – all approved by the SC Department of Education.  50+ courses for 20 renewal credits each, plus Rudy Mancke’s Natural History: In and Out of the Classroom course for 60 renewal credits provided in Winter session 2019.  (Winter session is the only session the Natural History 60 renewal credit course will be offered.)

Extend the Learning - All Through the Holidays!

By Mimi Wortham-Brown

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This month, we’re excited to bring to your attention not one, but two new segments on the history of The Space Race! Episode 4 of History In A Nutshell is ready for viewing! We also have news about the South Carolina African American History Calendar. And we simply couldn’t allow the holidays to arrive without a reminder of all the ways that students can stay engaged in learning—all through the holidays—on Knowitall!


6th Annual Oratorical Contest for Midlands Middle School Students, February 23, 2019

By Bette Jamison

Flyer from 6th Annual Oratorical Contest for Midlands Middle School Students, February 23, 2019

Attention Midlands Teachers:

Contest open to middle school students in Richland, Fairfield, Lexington, and Newberry counties. Mandatory orientation and workshop!

Monetary Prizes Awarded.


Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. presents:


6th Annual Oratorical Contest

“History Has Its Eyes on You: What Will You Stand For?”


Saturday, February 23, 2019

11:00 a.m.

Hand Middle School in Columbia, SC