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Innovation is everyone’s responsibility . . . .”  Albert Einstein

The last day to apply for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program is February 8.  If you or an educator you know incorporates digital media in classrooms and serves as a leader in educational technology, we encourage you to apply.   This year for the first time, all educators who submit a complete application and meet all entry requirements will be invited to join and reap the program’s benefits.

From this group, up to 54 Lead Innovators will be selected and also receive a three day, all-expense paid trip Continue Reading »

The first duty of love is to listen.”  Paul Tillich

Making time to read with a child seems a goal many parents set.  In an article at PBS Parents, Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.,Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill-Cornell Medical College, makes a cogent case for reserving time, perhaps at the end of the day, to listen to children.

In his article at PBS Parents, How to Raise an Emotionally Resilient Child, — one you may want to share with parentsDr. Barish points out the inevitable “emotional injuries” that children experience and what parents can say to help Continue Reading »

As more whiteboards find their way into classrooms, teachers can benefit from this video in which kindergarten teacher Allison Frometa demonstrates how she prepares for teaching a lesson using online educational games on an interactive whiteboard. She discusses why Continue Reading »

Finding quality sites that offer ways to inspire innovative thinking among students can be challenging, especially when you have limited time in a full day.  PBS LearningMedia offers a handy guide with tips on how to strengthen skills that lead to innovation:  communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Continue Reading »

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”  Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson’s words were taped to my desk at home for many years as my son was growing up.  Their meaning is apt for many educators and other adults who inspire and support youth, including American Graduate Champion Charlie Bean of the St. Louis Public Schools.

January is National Mentoring Month and Public Media’s initiative American Graduate will have a large presence during the National Mentoring Summit, Jan. 27-29, including Charlie Bean and one of his mentees — or “beans” as calls them — Malik Avery.

Learn more about who will be at the summit and the discussions  Continue Reading »

On March 3, 2016 students can explore Monticello without leaving the classroom.  They’ll follow Alabama Public Television’s student reporters as they interview experts and tour historic places.  The audience, targeted at 5th-7th graders, can submit questions answered live, participate in live polls with instant results, and browse and view archived trips.

Exploring Monticello takes students into Thomas Jefferson’s home, a virtual laboratory for all kinds of ideas.  And because Thomas Jefferson had a great love for innovations that made him one of America’s first great scientists, this LIVE interactive streaming field trip allows students to experience scientific discovery within the context of history and Continue Reading »

As we’ve been sharing here, the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program recognizes educators nationwide who incorporate digital media in classrooms and serve as leaders in educational technology.  This year for the first time, all educators who submit a complete application for tech-savvy K-12 educators and meet all entry requirements will be invited to join and reap the program’s benefits.

From this group, up to 54 Lead Innovators will be selected and also receive a three day, all-expense paid trip Continue Reading »

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