Archive for the ‘Teaching Tools’ Category

He’s a daring, brave, adventurous backyard nature explorer extraordinaire! (Well, as you can see, maybe not so brave.)  Nature Cat can’t wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery.  Being a house cat with no real instincts for nature doesn’t stop this passionate and curious feline, who loves learning and experiencing all he can about nature.

To celebrate the premiere of NATURE CAT on WGBY TODAY, November 25, PBS LearningMedia has featured resources that enhance outdoor learning activities focused on environmental science.


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We hope you enjoy this shortened school week and extended holiday weekend and remember to practice being  thankful.    A video clip  from one of PBS LearningMedia’s most viewed collections — All About the Holidays: Thanksgiving — helps make the holiday a teachable moment by sharing Thanksgiving’s history with students.

To find the video and accompanying support materials at PBS LearningMedia  (more…)

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Public media’s favorite otters, humpback whales and white sharks are back.  Tonight at 7:00pm ET, PBS LearningMedia is teaming up once again with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and science experts to give educators a firsthand look at an exclusive collection of videos, interactives and lesson plans that were created in conjunction with PBS and the BBC’s Big Blue Live.

To register for this free educator webinar Digital Resources to Explore the Deep Blue Depths, (more…)

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A 27 percent decline in the high school dropout rate shows that more students like these are determined to graduate.  American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.  As an American Graduate station, WGBY focuses on educational outreach that serves cradle to career efforts toward this commitment.

A new report, “Progress is No Accident,” examines policies that have helped drive the dropout decline as well as the work that remains to done.  It was released on the same day that public media’s American Graduate initiative participated in the first-ever White House Summit for Next Generation High Schools.  (more…)

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As we near the end of National Education Week, this clip from a 6-minute TED Talk might make you curious to learn more about how to predict success in education.  For making such predictions, psychologist and former educator Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth says we need to better understand students and learning from a motivational and psychological perspective.

Duckworth, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, studies non-IQ competencies, including self-control and grit that predict success both academically and professionally.  In her full talk she describes (more…)

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A recent article entitled Before, During and After: Strategies From Our News Q’s Feature for Reading Nonfiction in The Learning Network:  Teaching and Learning with The New York Times suggests how to engage and empower students in their reading.  Some of these strategies may already be in your tool box, but others (more…)

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PBS Education’s “Get Your Tech On” campaign provides tools, support and professional development to help you succeed in the digital age of learning.  Tonight at 7pm ET, EdTech expert Leslie Fisher, who’s popular and respected in the education field, leads a second free educator webinar. You’ll discover a range of apps, tools and gadgets as well as practical tips and solutions for integrating technology into your classroom.

You can also enter to win some cool tech prizes, including local PD trainings, a trip to Austin to attend TCEA, and Chromebooks for your class.   (more…)

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