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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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On Wednesday, October 15, WGBY premieres the new series How We Got To Now with host Steven Johnson.   The programming begins at 9pm with CLEAN — Extraordinary ideas, innovations and unsung heroes who helped make America’s water supply cleaner, followed at 10pm with TIME — profiling the unsung heroes of time who helped advance navigation, technology and travel.  A PBS LearningMedia Collection targets video segments, audio files, lesson plans, and guides with  tools to drive this kind of innovative thinking among middle and high school students. (more…)

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