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 Uncategorized, tagged common core, grades 6-8, health and nutrition, history, lesson plan, literacy, math, National Standards, pbs learningmedia, reading in the content areas, writing in the content areas on December 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Common Core State Standards set requirements not only for English language arts but also for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects — making content-area reading more important than ever.
Because students usually need practice with content-area reading, PBS LearningMedia provides ways to boost literacy using the Middle School Literacy Initiative, which is funded by the Walmart Foundation and supported by other PBS LearningMedia resources. With these self-paced online lessons, perfect for blended learning environments, students can read, review vocabulary, and practice writing in the content areas.
You can visit any of the following individual lessons:
Science: On the continental drift, students learn how an idea that started with a man looking at a map of continent became a scientific theory.
Mathematics: On unit conversion, students figure out how much water various activities use and also learn about water conservation.
Health: Should I eat this? Students learn about nutrition values of different foods and meet two students with diabetes.
Social Studies: Students meet four teen immigrants and learn about the challenges they face as they adapt to American culture.
To use the lessons, students simply need to register for an account on PBS LearningMedia, or use their existing account.
One of the BIG lessons we can teach students is to be confident in their problem solving, especially when they make mistakes or have undesirable outcomes. Since it’s never too soon to be determined and dauntless in tackling challenges, here are three challenges from Design Squad for budding engineers, even when they don’t think they can be scientists someday.
MAKE A ROBOT:
Teach your students to build their own mini robot out of a toothbrush head, a coin battery and a pager motor. Follow this link to a how-to video and step-by-step instructions.
Challenge your students to design and build an airbag system that can safely land an egg dropped onto the floor. Follow this link to a how-to video and this link to step-by-step instructions.
WGBY will air “At the Edge of Space” on Wednesday, November 20, at 8:00pm. This NOVA episode takes viewers on a spectacular exploration of the earth-space boundary zone, home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites that flicker into existence for a mere split-second — 40 times faster than an eye blink.
NOVA rides with scientists in a high-flying weather observation plane as they hunt for sprites and finally succeed in snaring them in 3D video, gaining vital clues to unravel their mystery. NOVA also combines advanced video technology with stunning sequences shot from the International Space Station. Preview.
NOVA’s Beta site offers many related links, including stunning images galleries. And at PBS LearningMedia you’ll find nearly 2000 digital resources for space — videos, lesson plans, interactives and more — for grades 6-12 (and younger). With easy to use search filters for grade, specific content and standards, you can explore, save and file favorites for teaching and learning about this infinite subject.
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.