In the February 17th issue of eSchoolNews, Managing Editor Laura Devaney reports that five trends are reaching maximum impact and are about to transform education. Educational futurist Jason Ohler identifies the 5 trends that are changing just about everything as: Big data, Immersion, The Semantic Web, Extreme BYOD and Transmedia Storytelling. (more…)
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On Wednesday, January 8, at 9pm, WGBY airs NOVA: Alien Planets Revealed where viewers explore strange worlds and possible creatures in the thousands of exotic new worlds far beyond our solar system that NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has discovered. You can see a preview and find classroom resources at NOVA’s website and at PBS LearningMedia. (more…)
Posted in Lesson Plans, Professional Development, Teaching Tools, tagged grades 6-8, grades 9-12, learning, lesson plan, math, pbs learningmedia, professional development, reading, teaching, video on January 3, 2014 |
This vast collection of resources, including lesson plans and professional development, is from Thirteen/WNET in New York. It’s designed to engage students in financial awareness, economic empowerment and personal responsibility. The 25 resources for grades 7-12 that comprise (more…)
Colorín Colorado, a bilingual site is filled with useful information, strategies, and resources whether for the ESL teacher or content area teacher with one or two English learners in class. Although many activities have been designed for PreK-3 children, most can be adapted for students through high school, with many strategies applicable to all students, regardless of their primary language. (more…)
Posted in PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged classroom, education, global warming, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, learning, nature, pbs learningmedia, polar sciences, science, teaching, video on December 24, 2013 |
I have the sad memory of long ago watching the polar bear at Springfield’s Forest Park walking back and forth in his small cage, rubbing against its black bars Tragically, he lived far from his native land, the earth’s polar regions. While these regions may seem remote, they’re an integral part of the entire Earth system. (more…)
Programming plays a huge role in the world that surrounds us, and though its uses are often purely functional, there is a growing community of artists who use the language of code as their medium. Check out The Art of Creative Coding for grades 9-12 from PBS LearningMedia, which meets the Content Standard of Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines. (more…)
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 |
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.
Over this long weekend that celebrates Thanksgiving, we want to thank our readers for their work educating young people. Some, unaware of the dedication and determination it takes to be effective teachers, may joke about the number of days off in a school calendar. From 30+ years of teaching, I know that these breaks are needed to refresh ourselves, renew our energy, and reflect on our practice.
Practice teaching is not just a 6 or 8 week assignment but a lifetime of daily caring for students, believing in their potential, and cultivating their young minds. Angela Duckworth says in the PBS TED Talks Education special that “Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Lasting success in any field takes grit and determination for long-term goals, and often teachers never know how their work affects students’ futures.
So we thank you and hope you enjoy these precious moments with family and friends. We’ll be here for you again on Monday to support you in your practice.
One-to-one initiatives are touted for their ability to engage students and help them cultivate valuable tech skills they will carry with them to college and the workforce. But teachers and administrators must make sure that technology used in one-to-one initiatives is used properly as a tool to enhance teaching and learning. In the November 5th issue of eSchool news, Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, reports on eight free assessment tools available for measuring your one-to-one programs.
Read the entire article by clicking here.