Meet Louis von Ahn, computer scientist and professor at Carnegie Mellon who is already at the top of his field at age 30! In this video for grades 6-12 from NOVA scienceNOW, students can learn about one of his most successful ideas—CAPTCHA—a test that humans can pass but computers cannot, which has been used to improve the security of Internet sites. They’ll also discover how he comes up with his innovative ideas, and how CAPTCHAs have been reinvented to help digitize old books. Resources include background essay, discussion questions and National Standards/Benchmarks for Science Literacy.
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Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged civil rights, classroom, education, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, history, learning, lesson plan, pbs learningmedia, teaching, video on December 6, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
It is with sadness that we learn of Nelson Mandela’s passing. To have lived in the time of this great leader is a privilege, and to teach about his life and legacy can inspire students with his sacrifices, vision and achievements.
As the world responds to Nelson Mandela’s passing, FRONTLINE is making The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela — its definitive two-hour documentary film on the remarkable leader — available to watch online for the very first time at PBS Video. The film tells the intimate and surprising story of a Mandela few people knew: a bomb-throwing revolutionary who became a skilled politician in prison, and a passionate man who sacrificed the love of his life for a country that needed him more. At Frontline’s website, you can download the Viewers’ and Teachers’ Guide that accompanies the film.
Also, a lesson plan for grades 6-12, Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela: The Battle to End Apartheid is available at PBS LearningMedia. It includes video clips from the POV film that features the lives of 12 black South African exiles who left their home in 1960 to pursue educational opportunities, tell the world about the brutality of the apartheid system and raise support for the fledgling African National Congress (ANC) and its leader Nelson Mandela.
Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged animal hibernation, classroom, environment, lesson plan, nature, NOVA, pbs learningmedia, preK-13+, science, snow and ice, video on December 3, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Snow is likely to become a part of our landscape before long. This week PBS LearningMedia features resources to dig into the science beneath the ice and snow to better appreciate the wonders of the winter season. You and students can explore hibernation, snowflake physics, and the ecosystems of Earth’s polar regions with:
Joy Learno: snowman (PreK-1) : Talk show host, Joy Learno, interviews a snowman who likes to crack jokes about snow and ice . Then the snowman starts to melt. This video segment from Between the Lions provides a resource for language and vocabulary development.
Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes? (Grades 6-8): In this lesson students build an apparatus that creates conditions similar to a winter cloud and produce their own snow crystals indoors. They learn about the molecular forces that shape ice crystals, and gain a deeper understanding of the states of matter.
Inspiration from Hibernation (Grades 6-12): From NOVA scienceNOW’s “Can We Live Forever?” this video teaches how research on animal hibernation may lead to the successful development of drug therapies for humans.
Life on the Ice (Grades 9-13+): In this video from the National Science Foundation and the Desert Research Institute, learn about WAIS Divide, an ice core project on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and hear from the people involved in the hard work and light-hearted fun that typifies day-to-day life in the WAIS Divide camp.
While a recently posted Design Squad challenge has closed, here’s another with 25 days left to enter! Design Squad invites students to enter their Build It Better challenge — to design improvements to things that they use everyday. During the month of November, the series is presenting three themed design challenges along with matching photos to get students started. Students can use their sketch-on-sketch feature to sketch designs and improvements on top of the provided photos to show how they would make the original item better.
Approved designs will be shared on the Design Squad website and kids can use stickers to vote for their favorites. Nate and Deysi, the show’s motivating engineer hosts, will also share their top picks for each theme on the website. At the end of the month, the designs with the most votes, plus a few that Nate and Deysi choose, will get special virtual stickers to use on their website!
This week’s theme on PBS LearningMedia is Math Blast — with new, original content to inspire students, including Peg + Cat, I <3 Math, and the PBS Math Club . Featured resources, like those below, explore numbers and counting, the number line, and division with fractions. You’ll also find lots more PreK-13+ mathematics resources at this great PBS digital library for educators!
1 <3 (Grade 6): This video series introduces key Common Core concepts in 6th grade mathematics. Each video focuses on building conceptual understanding of the “how” and “why” behind mathematical problem solving. Videos serve as topical introductions to integers, the concept of ratios, unit rates, percent, and division with fractions.
Additive Inverse (Grade 7): This animated Math Shorts video demonstrates the concept of additive inverse and includes an accompanying classroom activity. (The lesson is part of an upcoming collection of 420 middle school math resources (!) coming in Spring 2014 to help students visualize math concepts.
What is an Integer? (Grades 6-8): This episode of Math Club defines integers as positive whole numbers, their opposites and zero. It explains positive and negative integers, using everyday examples such as YouTube “likes” and “dislikes” and borrowing money from a friend.
Breathing new life into the traditional civics lesson, Peter Sagal, host of a popular quiz show on PBS, tours the country on his Harley to find out how the Constitution works in the 21st century. Sagal examines four areas: A More Perfect Union – explores the delicate balance between federal and state; It’s a Free Country – Examines the Bill of Rights and how current battles are still being waged about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to privacy; Created Equal – Peter looks at the 14th amendment; Built to Last? – Peter examines the systems that have kept the Constitution healthy and the forces today that threaten to undermine the framers’ original vision. The DVD is called Constitution USA with Peter Sagal; borrow it for a month by clicking here.
Posted in PBS Resources, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, tagged classroom, environment, environmental science, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, math, pbs learningmedia, problem solving, science, video on November 4, 2013 |
Cyberchase is the Emmy award-winning animated math mystery show that features a team of curious kids who use their math and problem solving skills to outwit and outsmart the villain Hacker in their quest to save Cyberspace. Adventure, environmental science, and math join forces on Monday, November 4, when all-new episodes of Cyberchase build on the epic struggle of good vs. evil with environmental themes relevant to today’s kids and lets kids be the heroes as they master math concepts to solve life’s wacky problems.
For teachers of grades 3-8, Cyberchase will make lesson plans and video clips available for free download through PBS LearningMedia. Right now, you’ll find live-actionFor Real segments exploring the show’s math topics in everyday life. Here are sample Cyberchase resources with support materials:
Hugs and Witches (Grades 3-5): A full episode in which Hacker captures Dr. Marbles and Lady Ada Lovelace, and the kids and Digit must decipher a series of poems to save them.
Balancing Equations with Multiple Terms (Grades 3-6): In this video segment, Digit and Inez must balance two number sentences to save the bunnies of Cyberspace.
Railroad Repair Using Decimal Addition (Grades 3-6): In this interactive game, students are challenged to use decimal addition to repair a series of train tracks with spare tracks that range in length from 0.1 to 1.0.
As states implement the Common Core State Standards, many math educators and curriculum specialists are advocating a move to integrated math, which, although not a new concept, has received renewed attention in light of a study indicating that the model could boost student achievement. So reports Laura Devaney, Managing Editor of eSchool News, in their September 30th edition.
Integrated math involves the blending of many math topics, such as algebra, geometry, and statistics, into a single course. U.S. math courses have traditionally been separated into year-long courses that focus on one area and follow a sequence, such as algebra I, geometry the next year, algebra II, and then a pre-calculus course.
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