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Black History Month provides an opportunity to celebrate and provide you with timely black history resources and curriculum, including PBS Black Culture Connection. You can also check out WGBH’s extensive Civil Rights collection for incredible content all in one place.  Continue Reading »

Yes, 62 million girls around the world – half of whom are adolescent – are not in school.  Last week, PBS LearningMedia was honored to be a guest at The White House as the Obama Administration held a live summit to announce their Let Girls Learn initiative, an effort to help adolescent girls worldwide complete their education and pursue their broader aspirations. PBS LearningMedia is proud to expand its collaboration on this global initiative with the launch of the new Girls’ Education resource collection. Continue Reading »

March 14 is officially known as Pi Day. The irrational number, sometimes rounded off to 3.14, goes on forever, which makes it impossible to memorize — but as you can see on this PBS NewsHour clip, that doesn’t stop schoolchildren and adults from trying to recite the digits past the decimal point .  Pi Day is celebrated around the world for the mathematical constant “π” (3.1415…), made even more memorable to students this year on 3.14.15 — a once-in-a-century occurrence!

Another day to celebrate at the end of this week is Digital Learning Day on 3.13.15, founded to promote discussion around innovative digital instruction practices and to ensure that youth everywhere have access to high-quality digital learning.  For both events, PBS LearningMedia has a timely mix of free games, resources, tutorials, and professional development Continue Reading »

On March 12 at 11am ET and 1pm ET, classrooms in our region are invited to join Alabama Public Television in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March with their next installment of Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement.  As you may recall from a previous post, Project C is  a three-year series of electronic field trips taking place throughout the civil rights 50th anniversary years of 2013-2015.  Continue Reading »

This video of Packard Fellow Dr. Pardis Sabeti is meant to serve as an introduction to this accomplished Harvard Scientist and the teaching resources about her and her work at PBS LearningMedia.  Students will relate to this young woman who has received numerous awards (just search her on You Tube) and, yes, also happens to be a rock musician.  In a short video adaptation from NOVA scienceNOW, students can view a profile of Sabeti’s life and learn how she developed a system to analyze genetic information through an evolutionary lens, providing new tools that may help eliminate some of the world’s deadliest diseases.  Continue Reading »

It’s not uncommon to hear people lament the loss of cursive writing in elementary school curricula.  Daily News Story, a collection of timely student resources offered by PBS NewsHour at PBS LearningMeda, uses this video along with teaching resources to give students a chance to weigh in on the cursive handwriting debate.  Continue Reading »

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”  Nelson Mandela

 

To understand the importance of forgiveness, middle school students do an exercise that helps the development of core values in this video from The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values.  In addition to this video with teaching tips and related resources, PBS LearningMedia offers a comprehensive, standards-aligned lesson that begins with Continue Reading »

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