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local_spot_odd_squadWith help from three awesome interns, WGBY held Odd Squad Camp at the YMCA of Greater Springfield this summer from July 27 – July 30. Children 6-8 years old stepped into the shoes of Odd Squad agents to solve and report a series of odd cases as they engaged in interactive content, games and crafts. Real-world activities enabled the young “agents” to apply specific math skills modeled in Odd Squad, the new PBS KIDS show that garnered 6 daytime Emmy nominations this year.

Odd Squad characters — played by accomplished young actors — challenge young viewers and make them curious.  As with all PBS KIDS characters, they motivate young people to learn and have fun at the same time. (more…)

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While a full day’s schedule makes it challenging to visit other teachers’ classrooms, dedicated teachers take on challenges that strengthen their practice everyday.  Visiting other classrooms and observing teachers in action can improve the ability to create constructive, productive environments and plan lessons, which is why administrators can consider time spent in and reflecting on other classrooms worthwhile professional development.

In this video from Making the Case, math teachers Leticia Lopez and Eddie Torres plan lessons together and later will observe one another’s classroom. (more…)

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Dance can inspire us to respect our bodies.  Martha Graham, genius of modern dance, said that “The human body is very, very beautiful and very eloquent and must be treasured, honored and disciplined.”   How fluent is your class in the language of dance? As you can see, this video from KQED Art School teaches (more…)

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In less than one week, WGBY will broadcast the live three-day premiere of Big Blue Live.  From Monday – Wednesday, August 31 – September 2, at 8pm,  scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts explore the once endangered, now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where nature’s charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on abundant food.

PBS LearningMedia is extending the learning from program to classrooms with its new Marine Science resource collection.   (more…)

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Want to get kids excited about science?  This clip from New Zealand shows young students having fun while rapping about science with Tom McFaddin.  A Youth Radio video of McFaddin on PBS LearningMedia reveals how rapping in high school inspires curiosity, investigation, and creativity.  The Brains and Beakers video and support materials, which include inspiring examples and (more…)

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How can students feel freer to communicate digitally what’s hard to express in writing?  Zeega – named after the early 19th century Russian cinéma vérité filmmaker Dziga Vertov – is a platform for organizing media from around the Internet to create interactive stories about anything in the world. From crazy cats to remixed film clips, Zeega enables users to practice the craft of storytelling (more…)

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For your back-to-school needs, PBS LearningMedia has free PD resources, lesson plans, and a webinar series, all of which we’ve begun to share with you here.  In addition,  you can enter the PBS Loves Teachers Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy® tablet, (more…)

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