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This video of Packard Fellow Dr. Pardis Sabeti is meant to serve as an introduction to this accomplished Harvard Scientist and the teaching resources about her and her work at PBS LearningMedia.  Students will relate to this young woman who has received numerous awards (just search her on You Tube) and, yes, also happens to be a rock musician.  In a short video adaptation from NOVA scienceNOW, students can view a profile of Sabeti’s life and learn how she developed a system to analyze genetic information through an evolutionary lens, providing new tools that may help eliminate some of the world’s deadliest diseases.  (more…)

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If students you teach are old enough to watch and hear the news, then they’re witness to the extreme violence of terrorist groups in our world today.  It’s important for them and all of us to try to understand this complex and dangerous phenomenon.  You’ll find video and educational resources to explore the root causes of extremism for grades 7-12 from PBS NewsHour on February 18, 2015.  These standards-aligned materials are part of PBS LearningMedia’s Daily News Story collection (more…)

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When Design Squad built the website in this video, they wanted to give kids great ways to be creative in areas such as sports, fashion or music with fun projects, video and games.  Now, if students have trouble deciding what to build, there’s the Stuff Spinner.  This new interactive feature allows students to choose their favorite content (like toys and vehicles) and building materials (like balloons and cardboard).  They then spin the Spinner to see hands-on activities   (more…)

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As we go to Pluto this year for the first time with the New Horizons mission, educators nationwide are invited along for the ride.  A prestigious panel of guest speakers will give an inside look at what lies ahead for Solar System science, with a particular focus on pedagogical changes and new educational resources to help educator’s curriculum stay up-to-date. This FREE educator event tonight pairs perfectly with the NASA Planetary Sciences collection on PBS LearningMedia (more…)

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On Tuesday, January 27, at 9pm, WGBY airs Edison: American Experience from America’s most watched history program.  Driven, intensely competitive and never more at home than at work, Thomas Alva Edison held 1,093 patents and was nearly synonymous with invention.  At PBS LearningMedia you’ll find many preK-12 engaging resources on (more…)

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Gaming & STEM Resources

mgbh_int_ratio.jpg.resize.710x399Now that the holidays (but not the snow days) are over, you may be looking for ways to re-energize your classroom.  This week’s PBS LearningMedia content theme, Gaming & STEM, highlights a collection of games and interactive resources that will engage students in meaningful learning.  (more…)

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In May we shared information about the STEM TEACHER CHALLENGE, which invites Massachusetts’ educators to submit 1-5 minute educational videos that demonstrate STEM concepts, experiments, or best practices.

While the thought of videotaping might initially cause anxiety for some, this challenge can be a great way not only to share your practice but to reflect on your teaching and celebrate your creativity, energy (and, yes, courage) to experiment with new concepts in innovative ways.  And WGBH has resources to help and inspire your video making (more…)

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