Studying themes of war and peace can be an effective way to engage students in literature, history, current events and more, including their own attitudes and behaviors.   On Monday, May 30, at 9pm WGBY broadcasts TED Talks: War and Peace by those who have experienced war and can best teach us how war effects everyone.

In addition to these short, extraordinary, and passionate talks and performances by fighters, journalists, psychologists and others, you’ll find a wide and deep range of resources Continue Reading »

PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD is no longer so new, but it is just as endearing and effective as ever.  More than just an offbeat cartoon, it’s a broadcast and digital universe that teaches science and math to young kids — and it’s fully bilingual.  Parents can click the big “Espanol” icon in the corner of any page to expose their kids to these lovable characters talking about STEM concepts in Spanish. ¡Excelente!

A recent summative assessment with 400 families found that English and Spanish speaking children who used PEEP resources were significantly more likely to improve their knowledge of math and science content, increase their interest in Continue Reading »

For many years, WGBY has made its vast collection of PBS content available to educators throughout Western Massachusetts, giving direct access to over 2,000 DVD/Blu-ray discs for classroom viewing. Now, the general public will be able to enjoy this growing content — for free with just a library card.

The launch of the WGBY Collection at the Springfield’s Central Branch, 220 State Street, is May 24 at 1:00pm and Continue Reading »

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”  Stephen Hawkings

Perhaps our ability to accept, even celebrate change can help us to think like a genius.

WGBY airs the beginning of Genius by Stephen Hawking on Wednesday, May 18, at 9pm.  In each of six episodes, the renowned scientist  presents three ordinary people with a series of physical and mental challenges to show them how to think like a genius.

You can find  resources on Stephen Hawking, including a lesson plan in which students learn about  Continue Reading »

These images are from never-before-seen photographs of President George W. Bush reacting to the 9/11 attacks, released exclusively to FRONTLINE in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  They offer a powerful new glimpse of history unfolding—from the initial scramble for information when the President learned of the attack — while visiting a classroom of children — and his meetings with senior staff throughout the day, to his return to the White House that evening to address a grieving nation.

FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world, telling stories others can’t or won’t.  On Tuesday, May 17, at 10pm WGBY airs the premiere of FRONTLINE: The Secret History of ISIS, how ISIS was created and how the U.S. missed the many warning signs.

PBS LearningMedia has many FRONTLINE classroom resources Continue Reading »

In 2012 U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe from Maine delivered this farewell speech, expressing hope that the Senate could overcome “excessive political polarization” and work together to reach consensus on important national issues.  In a short video from this week’s MAKERS Monday: For the Leaders of Tomorrow, Snowe discusses her political career and a time when government leaders worked together for the country’s good rather than apart because of party partisanship.  Her message includes her ultimate departure from Congress in order to better address political divisiveness and gridlock.

This time of heavy political coverage offers teachable moments for students with PBS resources

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While the snowflakes in this clip may not be fit with today’s temperatures, this Sid the Science Kid game is a great exercise in symmetry.  In spring, students can notice the beautiful symmetry of fresh leaves. Children are pretty quick to recognize the symmetry that’s all around us.  Just looking in the mirror shows evidence that the human body is symmetrical.  (And did you know that plants and animals that exhibit symmetrical features are thought to be healthier than asymmetrical members of their species?)

A Cyberchase video segment with support materials also teaches how symmetry reveals itself in nature. Continue Reading »


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