Enhancing curriculum with compelling resources engages students and opens them to learning sparked by curiosity and respect for content.  You can enhance classroom conversation, homework assignments, and flipped lessons with these creative science, literature, and history & culture resources (and more) for the season and throughout the year: Continue Reading »

Thomas, blue tank Engine No. 1  on Thomas & Friends, traveled to Springfield on October 9 when WGBY’S Community Engagement and Education Department hosted Buen Provecho at Gerena Community School. With eyes rolling and steam puffing, Thomas charmed fans and was a special delight to one little boy with autism.  As the child waved and talked to Thomas, even waiting patiently while the busy engine took a rest, his mother shared that her son loved Thomas, who had replaced an earlier fascination with Spider Man, a character who proved too aggressive. She said that her son’s therapist even brought Thomas & Friends materials to use as motivation when they worked together.

Beloved characters like Thomas help children stay enthusiastic about learning, and Thomas & Friends educational materials support 2-5 year olds to develop social-emotional skills and build an early foundation for preschool success. Continue Reading »

How’s this video to capture students’ interest and hold it as they consider major issues facing cultures the world over?   Meeting GOTAL, the first ever all-female hip hop crew in Senegal, Africa, students watch singers and producers team up with DJs to write songs about global health issues and women leadership for the non-governmental organization (NGO) Speak Up Africa.  The pulsing video meets National Standards Continue Reading »

There is so much information available to students searching the Internet these days. Some of it is good, some downright dangerous. How to separate the good from the bad without diminishing the value of the Internet as an information tool? The eSchool News article, 3 ways internet filtering inhibits learning, written by , offers four  practical suggestions.  You’ll find resources Continue Reading »

While you may be hearing about 1:1 classrooms, what does effective implementation of technology look like in your real world?  The webinar Tips for Building Successful 1:1 Classrooms on October 28, 2014 | 7:00 – 8:00pm brings together a prestigious panel of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators who will share practical tips and tools for using new platforms and technologies to support student learning and collaboration.  A second webinar, Continue Reading »

On Monday, October 27, and again on Friday, October 31, from 8:00 – 9:00am, WGBY airs Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest and new episodes.  Because active learning begins with curiosity, this No. 1 show among households, kids 2-5, kids 2-11 and moms, provides strong motivation for children to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills with a beloved character.  Throughout the year, PBS KIDS offers resources for the classroom and home Continue Reading »

WGBY airs the Season 7 premiere of Art in the Twenty-First Century, a Peabody-Award winning biennial series, on Friday, October 24, at 10:00pm.  As the trailer shows, ART:21 provides inspiring, thought-provoking images and ideas through unique access to compelling artists of our time from the United States, Europe and Latin America.  You can find literally tens of thousands of preK-12 art resources Continue Reading »


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