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Whether you’re running a sleepaway camp, working as a counselor at a day camp, or teaching at a summer program at your school, PBS wants to support teachers who are working with kids this summer.   Camp PBS LearningMedia offers fun, exploratory resources ideally suited to include in daily schedules as well to help seed ideas for introducing topics to campers.

You can take advantage of extra time spent outdoors and inspire students to (more…)

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PBS LearningMedia describes edtalk as “a collection of educator testimonials that offers teachers the opportunity to express themselves in a world that all too often speaks for them.”   A web-based series from WNET public television in New York, edtalk is created for educators and offers a range of subjects to explore, laugh and think about — subjects that touch your lives and those of students.

Over these summer months, you might want to view these short talks and, because they provide rich subject matter for discussions with new and seasoned educators — you might want to consider sharing them in some way at the beginning of the new school year. (more…)

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{f46209d5-d047-4cb7-9632-01b311db577a}_TeacherLine-July-2016-642x260PBS TeacherLine online professional development courses begin July 13 and August 17.  Current offerings support better integration of digital resources into the curriculum, expand content knowledge, and explore new teaching strategies — as well as meet any needs you may have for PDPs or CEUs.

If  you enroll between July 11 and August 19, you’ll also receive a 15% discount on 15, 30, and 45-hour facilitated courses by (more…)

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Did you know that among its many resources, PBS LearningMedia also offers e-books?  One fascinating example for students is Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves.  This e-book has videos, animations and interactive graphics that reveal the process that engineers used to create a new design for cookstoves in Darfur.

Additional video includes footage of an engineer at work as well as profiles of others who helped (more…)

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“Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.”  Jim Henson

With words like these from Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets and developer of Sesame Street characters, it’s hardly surprising that Sesame Street’s new Everyday Heroes Club promotes acts of kindness.

You can learn more and find resources  (more…)

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“Those who won our independence . . . .  believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”  Louis D. Brandeis

In the spirit of Independence Day, here are U. S. presidents, Taylor Swift, Nancy Pelosi, Stephen Spielberg and others reciting the Gettysburg Address, which was a challenge from Ken Burns to all Americans to learn the address when we celebrated its 150th anniversary:

You can find related resources and also watch others such as former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and friends, Bill Gates and (more…)

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Is being outdoors part of your summer plan?  Many of us already know that a walk in the park or the woods can calm our minds.  Now, an article in the NY Times blog “Well,” How Walking in Nature Changes The Brain,” shares a recent study about nature’s effects on our brains and mental health.  The article’s intriguing look at nature and the brain, including differences in anxiety, depression and other mental illness for those living in and out of urban centers, just might motivate you to spend more time in nature’s green spaces.

PBS has long championed nature and the environment with programs and resources such as  (more…)

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