Archive for the ‘PBS Resources’ Category

SciGirls, an award-winning PBS KIDS series, website, and national outreach initiative for ages 8-12, is in its 3rd season.  Inspiring girls to science are animated characters Izzie, her best friend Jake, and the SciGirls — bright, curious, real-life scientist mentors.  Izzie also invites viewers to hang out on the SciGirls website, a safe social networking environment where girls can play games, connect, create personal profiles and avatars, share projects and watch every episode.

You can also find hundreds of SciGirls’ resources for students (more…)

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I opened my email from LinkedIn Pulse, curious to find out about “The Best Teacher I Ever Had,” and discovered that the “I” was Bill Gates and the teacher was Richard Feinman, a Nobel Laureate and Harvard prof who had captivated me long ago.  Though I was teaching high school language arts and Feinman was a scientist — he who discovered the cause of the space shuttle explosion — I was drawn to his joy and energy as an educator, something Bill Gates discusses here.

We can all learn something from this beloved teacher about (more…)

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Innovation is everyone’s responsibility . . . .”  Albert Einstein

The last day to apply for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program is February 8.  If you or an educator you know incorporates digital media in classrooms and serves as a leader in educational technology, we encourage you to apply.   This year for the first time, all educators who submit a complete application and meet all entry requirements will be invited to join and reap the program’s benefits.

From this group, up to 54 Lead Innovators will be selected and also receive a three day, all-expense paid trip (more…)

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The first duty of love is to listen.”  Paul Tillich

Making time to read with a child seems a goal many parents set.  In an article at PBS Parents, Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.,Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill-Cornell Medical College, makes a cogent case for reserving time, perhaps at the end of the day, to listen to children.

In his article at PBS Parents, How to Raise an Emotionally Resilient Child, — one you may want to share with parentsDr. Barish points out the inevitable “emotional injuries” that children experience and what parents can say to help (more…)

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As more whiteboards find their way into classrooms, teachers can benefit from this video in which kindergarten teacher Allison Frometa demonstrates how she prepares for teaching a lesson using online educational games on an interactive whiteboard. She discusses why (more…)

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Finding quality sites that offer ways to inspire innovative thinking among students can be challenging, especially when you have limited time in a full day.  PBS LearningMedia offers a handy guide with tips on how to strengthen skills that lead to innovation:  communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. (more…)

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On March 3, 2016 students can explore Monticello without leaving the classroom.  They’ll follow Alabama Public Television’s student reporters as they interview experts and tour historic places.  The audience, targeted at 5th-7th graders, can submit questions answered live, participate in live polls with instant results, and browse and view archived trips.

Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas.  And because Thomas Jefferson had a great love for innovations that made him one of America’s first great scientists, this LIVE interactive streaming field trip allows students to experience scientific discovery within the context of history and (more…)

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