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imagesIn this lesson for grades 4-7 from Cyberchase – the program that shows kids that math is everywhere and everyone can be good at it! — students are introduced to concepts of fairness in games based on the probability, or odds, of winning and losing a game of chance.  It includes media resources, assessment materials, and Common Core State Standards. (more…)

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fh_primaryIn “Harvest of Fear,” FRONTLINE and NOVA explore the intensifying debate over genetically-modified (gm) food crops, interviewing scientists, farmers, biotech and food industry representatives, government regulators, and critics of biotechnology.  WGBH, producer of FRONTLINE and NOVA,  and PBS LearningMedia offer a range of resources (more…)

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Digital InnovatorsAre you a digital superstar at your school? If you are creatively integrating digital media and technology, we encourage you to apply to the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. This year-long professional development program is designed to foster and grow a community of 100 digitally-savvy educators through access to virtual trainings and exclusive resources, national recognition and membership into a robust professional learning community.  15 top applicants will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit. (more…)

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DSCN08441A new study has found that the acquisition of essential early math skills — counting, recognizing numerals, recognizing shapes, and patterning — increased significantly among four- and five-year-old children from economically disadvantaged communities who participated in a 10-week PBS KIDS Transmedia Math Supplement initiative.

Materials featured videos and interactive content from several PBS KIDS programs such as Sid the Science Kid, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Curious George, and Dinosaur Train, as well as non-digital activities including books and foam shapes.  (more…)

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WGBH EducationAs part of a Race to the Top proposal, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is developing 100+ Model Curriculum Units (MCUs)to help you use the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (incorporating the Common Core State Standards).  They span PreK-12 in English language arts, Mathematics, U.S. History/Social Studies, and Science and Technology Engineering.

Each unit identifies the standard(s) to be taught, big understandings, essential questions, a Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment (CEPA), an outline of lessons, possible digital resources to use, and detailed lesson plans. As media partner for this project, WGBH in Boston will provide digital resources via PBS LearningMedia.

Units are posted on the ESE website at the link below. Many are in draft form and ready for a Try-Out phase. Follow these steps to access the MCUs for a 2-week period, after which you can continue to request access for an unlimited number of times.

1)   Visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/model/download_form.aspx

2)   Complete the short form. An access link will be sent to your email address.

3)   Check your email inbox for a message from “ESE Administration”

4)   Open the message and click the link to the website.

5)   Select a unit of interest to you.

You can also visit  www.mass.pbslearningmedia.org for updates on the units and links to thousands of free digital learning resources.

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indexWhile women have come a long way in the United States, they still have a long way to go as do others who can be subjected to violence and  injustice. Woman are the focus of several upcoming programs on WGBY.  Saturday, September 7 at 7pm,  Mary Wilson of the Supremes celebrates the greatest girl groups and solo singers of the 1960s with archival performances.  (Watch a Preview.)  Monday, September 9, 8pm, viewers can  follow the journey of 19thcentury iconic Polish actress Helena Modjeska as she leaves war-torn Poland to become an icon on the American stage through her many commitments.  Tuesday, September 10, 8pm, American Masters presents tennis star Billie Jean King, who tells her story in the series’ first profile of a sports figure.  (Watch Trailer and check out  American Masters site for educators.)

When you go to PBS LearningMedia and search “women,” you’ll many rich, engaging resources aligned to the Common Core such as the following:

Single Women Homesteaders (Grades 3-7) This video reveals that despite perceived differences between men and women, women claimed their free land under the 1862 Homestead Act and homesteaded in North Dakota for many of the same reasons that men d.
 
Connections between Texts:  Maya Lin and Jane Jacobs (Grades 6-8)  In this lesson plan students write and perform a Readers’ Theater script in which two characters, Maya Lin and Jane Jacobs, talk to each other about their ideas about architecture and life.
 
Empowerment (Grades 9-12):  This video from Women, War & Peace demonstrates the power of women and suggests that presence of women at peace talks is essential.

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shutterstock_70577767WGBH, our sister station in Boston, is looking for 100 digital resources to add to its middle school math collection, which will be showcased on PBS LearningMedia.  This challenge is open to students, educators, producers, gamers, programmers and all creative, curious individuals! Winners will receive $1,000 when selected for creating a winning math game, video, info-graphic, or any other creative digital resources.

You can visit www.wgbh.org/innovationfund to learn more about the challenge and submit your application to be considered for $1,000.  The challenge runs from August 5, 2013 until November 22, 2013 and seeks math resources geared towards middle school students that are loosely aligned with the Common Core State Standards.  While there’s a particular interest in Statistics and Probability, Functions, the Number System, you’re welcome to create and explore any area you’re passionate about.

We hope you and others you know — like your students — will take up the challenge.  Just showing up and trying makes this a win-win situation!

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Picture-23-e1298609567546Whether you’re a seasoned professional, a new educator or somewhere in between, we hope you trust, value and rely on PBS Education resources.  Here are two new and noteworthy ones from Design Squad Nation that may be helpful as you begin to find inspiration for the coming new school year:

Mission Solar System
New Resources | Grades 4-8

NASA and Design Squad Nation have teamed up to inspire a new generation of engineers with this engaging collection of hands-on activities. Explore it here!

Back to School Webinar
Aug. 21 | 10-11AM EST | Free

Looking to incorporate resources from the new Back to School Webinar collection into your classroom or after-school program? Then this webinar is for you! Email Design Squad Nation to sign up (subject: “WEBINAR”).

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pbslm_promoThis summer, PBS LearningMedia turns the spotlight on our spectacular collection of resources supporting literacy skills development in grades PreK-12 with featured resources from Martha Speaks, Poetry Everywhere, The Electric Company and PBS NewsHour!

Storybook Creator
Grades PreK-1 | Interactive Game | Emergent Reading
Illustrate the power of words with this interactive game that allows young readers to change key words in classic stories like “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Blue Ribbon Readers
Grades K-5 | Interactive Game | Comprehension
The Hamburger Game helps students to practice attentive reading by choosing the main idea – or “meat”- from a passage of text and dragging it to the center of their sandwich.

Martha Speaks
Grades K-5 | Video and Games | Vocabulary
These engaging resources help kindergarten and upper-elementary students increase their vocabulary, develop self-esteem and social skills, and enhance their love of reading.

Silent – E –
Grades 1-3 | Media Gallery | Vocabulary
Capture the attention of summer learners with resources from The Electric Company while targeting vocabulary development and reading comprehension.

Middle School Literacy Collection
Grades 5-8 | Self-Paced Lessons | Comprehension
This online lesson for blended learning enhances the literacy skills of middle school readers while introducing them to topics in science, math, social studies and the language arts.

The Anthology of Rap
Grades 6-13+ | Video | Elements of Poetry
Challenge students to consider the relationship between rap music and the traditions of lyric poetry with this resource from PBS NewsHour.

As many of you know, after exploring 3 resources you’ll be prompted to create a free account – to search, save, and share your favorite resources.

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green06-01By staff writers, eSchool News, June 21, 2013 –  The “bring your own device” (BYOD) phenomenon has exploded in popularity among K-12 schools, as educators look for cost-effective ways to leverage technology in the classroom.

Developers of audio-visual products are responding to this trend as well, making it easier for students and instructors to collaborate and share their presentations wirelessly from a wide range of mobile devices.

Support for BYOD initiatives was one of the key developments in school AV technology discussed at InfoComm 2013, the world’s largest AV trade show, held in Orlando earlier this month. Here’s more information about this development, as well as two other AV trends worth noting.

Read the entire article by clicking here.

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