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We recently shared the 30 PBS programs nominated for PrimeTime emmys.  It’s little surprise to us that among the 49 Daytime Emmy Award nominations, many are for PBS KIDS programs with multiple nominations:  SESAME STREET (13), ODD SQUAD (6), PEG + CAT  (6) and CYBERCHASE.  All this programs offer curriculum and classroom content (more…)

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Students today cannot know what it was like to live under the early threats of nuclear war, but some may recall the radioactive decay in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan when a March 11, 2011 tsunami caused a catastrophic accident at the Fukushima nuclear reactor.  PBS LearningMedia has educational resources from two powerful premieres that aired this week: The Bomb and Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail. (more…)

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You and students can get to know Australia’s stunning Great Barrier Reef with resources from the PBS program Life on the Reef that premiered June 22nd.  Among the resources just added to PBS LearningMedia, a favorite clip  (more…)

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Students are naturally curious about how things work and often like to come up with new ways of doing things. This week’s PBS LearningMedia theme, Inventions that Transformed the World, highlights the mechanics – and the human stories behind inventions that transformed history.

For example, MARTHA SPEAKS interactive story teaches how new devices (more…)

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This video clip from the PBS Emmy Nominated Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Ken Burns, which aired last March, is among 30 PBS programs that recently received Primetime Emmy Award nominations.  Classroom content from many of these nominated shows can be found at (more…)

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like-wish-wonder_lottascales1-e1436963850187As long as students who were doodling didn’t seem distracted in class, I never asked them to stop and, in fact, found they sometimes produced creative pieces.

Last week, our friends and colleagues at KQED’s MindShift started a poignant conversation about the art of doodling in the classroom. Where doodling was once thought of as a sign of students not paying attention, many are now embracing it as a way to express creativity and listen at a different level.   (more…)

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As healthy as this homemade ice cream from Jaime Oliver for PBS Parents looks, we need educate ourselves and students about the consequences of sugar consumption.  Since Sunday was “National Ice Cream Day” and — if there’s ever a time to give into the temptation of a sweet treat, perhaps it’s ice cream, PBS LearningMedia can help with the celebration, tying the sweet treat to education and science.  At the same time, other PBS resources can offer important insights into sugar’s dangers.
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