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Did you know that among its many resources, PBS LearningMedia also offers e-books?  One fascinating example for students is Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves.  This e-book has videos, animations and interactive graphics that reveal the process that engineers used to create a new design for cookstoves in Darfur.

Additional video includes footage of an engineer at work as well as profiles of others who helped Continue Reading »

“Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart.”  Jim Henson

With words like these from Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets and developer of Sesame Street characters, it’s hardly surprising that Sesame Street’s new Everyday Heroes Club promotes acts of kindness.

You can learn more and find resources  Continue Reading »

“Those who won our independence . . . .  believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”  Louis D. Brandeis

In the spirit of Independence Day, here are U. S. presidents, Taylor Swift, Nancy Pelosi, Stephen Spielberg and others reciting the Gettysburg Address, which was a challenge from Ken Burns to all Americans to learn the address when we celebrated its 150th anniversary:

You can find related resources and also watch others such as former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and friends, Bill Gates and Continue Reading »

To support family’s efforts to keep kids reading throughout the summer, WGBY is offering free reading party kits for families to host “I Can Readathon!” at-home events.  These kits — made available through participating retailers and a partnership with PBS KIDS and HarperCollins — include activity booklet, reading logs, activity pages, stickers, certificates, a PBS KIDS Super Summer activity chart, activity sheets and more.

Due to limited supplies, kits will given on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information Continue Reading »

Is being outdoors part of your summer plan?  Many of us already know that a walk in the park or the woods can calm our minds.  Now, an article in the NY Times blog “Well,” How Walking in Nature Changes The Brain,” shares a recent study about nature’s effects on our brains and mental health.  The article’s intriguing look at nature and the brain, including differences in anxiety, depression and other mental illness for those living in and out of urban centers, just might motivate you to spend more time in nature’s green spaces.

PBS has long championed nature and the environment with programs and resources such as  Continue Reading »

First_Book_logoFifteen educators or program leaders will receive a $500 Marketplace credit to help solve a problem facing their communities.

The timeline to apply for the chance to utilize diverse, tailored books and resource collections to activate students to create direct change within their communities is Continue Reading »

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAKJAAAAJDgzMzBlMTllLTBmZTItNGY1MS1hNjhkLWI1ZTAyM2Q2MjhkNAFor the grit and love you’ve shown as a teacher and learner this school year, we thank you.  As you move into summer, we invite you to make these posts part of your summertime reading.  WGBY’s Education Blog will continue to update you on teacher, student and family resources.  We’ll also strive to engage your curiosity and support your teaching practice with TED talks, professional development opportunities, the current state of education and more.

So whatever your summertime roles, we hope you’ll follow our blog and on-air programming as you rest, recharge and explore.

 

 

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