Here’s a timely video for teaching the little folk about the multiple holidays that are celebrated this time of year. Plans are under way in Elwood City for the best holiday ever! Arthur Read, the world’s most famous aardvark, and his friends are making preparations for the perfect holiday season to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. But Arthur and his friends discover that holiday joy isn’t found in the artificial vision of “perfect”, but in the wonderfully messy imperfect world they live in. Borrow this delightful and informative DVD (Arthur’s Perfect Christmas), by clicking here.
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If you’re into ukelele music, you most likely have heard of Jake Shimabukuro. If not, you’re in for a real treat. This video tells the heartfelt story of a musical sensation whose virtuoso skills on the ukelele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential as he touches the lives of the young and old who inspire his brilliance. The film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame and the loneliness of separation from home and family. The title of this video is “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings” and the I.D. number is2394. Borrow it for a month by clicking here.
Posted in PBS Resources, Professional Development, Teaching Tools, tagged education, history, K-12, literacy, math, pbs learningmedia, professional development, reading, science, teacher, Video Lending Library, WGBY on November 12, 2013 |
Just one week ago, teachers from the Granby MA. Public Schools participated in WGBY workshops at the junior/senior high during their professional development day. JoanVohl Hamilton, a dedicated ELA teacher there, was a great help in making these workshops happen. (Here’s a photo of one group with Joan first in the top row and myself front row, fourth from left:). These K-12 teachers came into the junior/senior computer lab enthusiastic to learn about the rich resources that WGBY’s Community Engagement and Education Department has to offer. During our two afternoon sessions, they were able to sign up to receive WGBY’s Education Blog and learn about PBS TeacherLine online courses and WGBY’s Lending Library. One teacher regretted that she had just asked her school librarian to purchase a Ken Burn’s film she could have borrowed for free, and another began checking off TeacherLine courses she can take to support her students’ needs and fulfill her PDP certification requirements.
But the highlight of each workshop was PBS LearningMedia with its now 34,000 — and growing — resources. After seeing the site’s user-friendly functionality and registering for free, teachers were able to search resources by grade level, content area, standards, and collections. Some teachers even began saving favorite videos, interactives, and lesson plans to later examine, share, and organize in folders. While some had to contend with a few tech glitches such as slow computers and blocked sound, teachers’ feedback showed their appreciation for this hands-on opportunity, with many wishing we’d had more time to explore this vast resource!
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.
Latino Americans, which recently premiered on WGBY, is a documentary video of the gradual construction of a new American identify that connects and empowers millions of people today. The series chronicles Latinos in the U.S. from the 1500s to present day. It is the story of people, politics, and culture, intersecting with much that is central to the history of the United States while also going to places where standard U.S. histories do not tend to tread.
The WGBY Video Lending Library website is currently off line, but you can borrow this 2-DVD set by contacting librarian Bernie Michaels at firstname.lastname@example.org and asking for “Latino Americans, I.D. 2387.” Our librarian is also happy to assist you in another request or help search for another video or DVD.
Big Kid Caillou – Caillou learns a lesson about the importance of not hiding who you really are; Caillou’s Glasses — Caillou learns the importance of good vision after playing with a pair of pretend glasses; Caillou’s Dance Party — Caillou learns there’s more than one way to do things; Helping Mrs. Howard — Caillou learns that friendship is often the best form of help; Caillou’s Fun Run — Caillou learns that winning isn’t everything in a race; The New Girl — Caillou welcomes a new girl at preschool after remembering what it was like to be “the new kid.”
Borrow “Big Kid Caillou” for a month by clicking here.
The TV series, Frontline examines America’s recent economic woes through five insightful programs. INSIDE THE MELTDOWN – investigates how the economy went so bad so fast; TEN TRILLION AND COUNTING — Tracks the politics behind America’s mountain of debt; BREAKING THE BANK — looks inside Bank of America and its woes; THE WARNING — examines signs during the 1990s that trouble was ahead. In the last, CLIFFHANGER, Frontline investigates the inside history of how Washington has failed to solve the country’s problems of debt and deficit as the nation faces another round of fiscal crises. Borrow The Economic Meltdown (I.D. 2384) for a month by clicking here.