National Hispanic Heritage Month — September 15 to October 15 — recognizes the contributions to and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. On Friday, September 26, WGBY celebrates this rich heritage and culture with Presencia at the Basketball Hall of Fame with an evening of music, culture, food, and dance to benefit the Latino Youth Media Institute and North End Center for Literacy and Learning.  For the classroom, PBS LearningMedia offers a collection of lesson plans, videos and classroom resources for grades 4-12 that invites teacher and students to explore the history, people and issues chronicled in the PBS series, Latino Americans. Continue Reading »

This video introduces PBS Digital Studios’ “It’s Okay To Be Smart,” a blog and a You Tube show about science.  The creator/host/writer is Joe Hanson, a Ph.D. biologist and science writer based in Austin, TX.  A fascinating short video from the show found at PBS LearningMedia explores Claude Monet’s ultraviolet eye and what makes artists like Claude Monet so special.  Continue Reading »

photo (3)This past Saturday Curious George was a special guest at LittleFest, an end-of-summer literacy celebration that takes place at the Springfield Museums and Springfield City Library.  Over 1600 families attended the event, and many of them came to see Curious George, one of their favorite PBS KIDS characters!  In addition to children’s love of Curious George, which airs on WGBY, the Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help them understand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, such as Continue Reading »

imagesThere is a lot of emphasis these days on encouraging students to get involved with math and science.  Staff writers at eSchool News have prepared an article about TeachEngineering.org, which is a collaborative project between faculty, students and teachers associated with five founding partner universities, with National Science Foundation funding. Continue Reading »

Learn and practice Spanish, including vocabulary for clothes and landscape features, with the Oh Noah! “Out on a Limb” webisode, related interactive games, and lesson plan. Continue Reading »

imagesMost kids love listening to stories. Team this with digital technology and you have an effective information delivery system.  Editorial Intern Lisa Driscoll tells how in the August 27, 2014 edition of eSchool news, which includes a link to Continue Reading »

I’ve already heard acclaim for Ken Burns’ newest — and what one reviewer called, best — documentary, THE ROOSEVELTS: An Intimate History, which premieres this Sunday, 9/14, on WGBY at 8pm and 10pm.  Content from the series will be available in both the Basic (free) and Custom versions of PBS LearningMedia.  The Basic service will feature six lesson plans complete with supplementary video clips from the series and the Custom service will also include all seven full-length, chaptered episodes. Continue Reading »


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