Archive for the ‘Programming Highlights’ Category

This video of Danica McKellar, formerly The Wonder Years’ Winnie Cooper, has had well over 10 million views on Facebook and YouTube this summer.  “The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers,” an Emmy-nominated web video series and site from the makers of acclaimed PBS science series, NOVA, profiles today’s leading scientists or engineers and reveals one of their “secrets” or passions.

Danica — who found her true identify not as a Hollywood heartthrob but as an accomplished mathematician — is one of many examples that will engage students and perhaps get them thinking about what makes for a meaningful life.

At PBS LearningMedia you’ll find more episodes from  (more…)

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WGBY premieres Koko — The Gorilla Who Talks on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The fascinating documentary features four decades of footage examining both the relationship between American animal psychologist Penny Patterson and gorilla Koko and the evolution of scientific methods.

While engaging students in enriching conversations might be challenging at times (and students might be similarly as playful or stubborn as Koko), you’re likely to find Koko — The Gorilla Who Talks a film (more…)

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JULY 14 is designated as Summer Learning Day to highlight the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy over the  summer — a particular challenge for many children and families without sufficient resources.  This annual national advocacy day is led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA).

To help keep kids learning, WGBY’s 2016 Summer of Fun & Learning is designed to engage children ages 4 – 12 with (more…)

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A short video from MAKERS Monday, an email sent every Monday from MAKERS: The largest video collection of women’s stories — this week celebrates Pride Month.  A short, inspiring video shares 5 lessons from 5 women who made LGBT History, among them Billy Jean King, Ellen Degeneres and Brenda Berhman, first NYC female firefighter.

The actions and words of these women teach lessons we want all students to learn:  (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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 (more…)

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“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  (more…)

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