Teaching the Basics of Engineering

WGBY Intern and recent UMASS graduate, Jonathan Daly, writes:

Engineers play a key role in our society as creators, designing things that we could not do without — from the pencils that students jot down notes with to the computers that mechanical engineers use to design various products.  All have gone through some form of the engineering process.

Design Squad Nation is a useful resource

 

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PBS LearningMedia & Google Classroom Integration

As you well may know, Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google to help simplify the online learning process.  If you use PBS LearningMedia and have classes set up in Google Classroom, you can now use the import feature to bring those students into PBS LearningMedia, making it easier than ever to share the resources you use every day. 

To learn more about how to integrate Google Classroom with PBS LearningMedia,

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Teacher Appreciation Week — For All the Teachers in Our Lives

As we see in this clip,  Eleanor Roosevelt, herself a teacher, recognized the importance of appreciating teachers.  From learning to tie our shoe laces to studying small and large worlds, our lives are enriched by classroom teachers and by the parents, caregivers and others who inspire us with acts of generosity and kindness.

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Art in Civilizations

 

WGBY Intern and UMASS Senior, Jonathan Daly, writes:

Art can tell us a lot about history. It is a cultural reflection of civilizations that have now come to pass. This month PBS is debuting “Civilizations,” a nine-part series that delves into different cultures from antiquity to the present. The show educates viewers on how art and creative imagination have helped shape humanity while giving insight into the diversity of the cultures that created them.

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Diversity in Autism

WGBY Intern and UMASS Senior, Jonathan Daly, writes:

As we learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, the diversity of autism and the multitude of ways that it effects children become increasingly apparent. As educators (or future educators), we ourselves must learn how to incorporate new techniques that encompass the needs of children with autism into our curriculums.

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Celebrate Libraries, Including WGBY’s DVD Collection at the Springfield City Library

How many of us remember going to neighborhood libraries, perhaps still going to feed our curiosity or seek individual/ community space?  National Library Week, April 8-14, is a chance to celebrate the importance of libraries in our lives and to nurture students’ appreciation of them.

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Early Elementary STEM Resources from Cyberchase

The current season of Cyberchase, the Emmy award-winning animated math mystery show, offers a whole new collection of early elementary STEM resources.

In case you’ve missed it, the program features a team of curious kids who use their math and problem solving skills to outsmart the villain Hacker in their quest to save Cyberspace.  Live-action For Real segments explore the show’s math topics in every day Continue reading

Celebrating Professor Hawking

WGBY Intern and UMASS Senior, Jonathan Daly, writes:

This week we lost one of the most brilliant minds of our time. Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76. He contributed much to the scientific community through his work on fields such as black holes, the big bang, Hawking radiation.  His contributions have allowed students across the globe to Continue reading

Fred Roger’s Legacy — Teaching with Love & Imagination

Whether accepting an award before a celebrity-studded audience or demonstrating the art of tying shoe laces to his young viewers, Fred Rogers taught with love and imagination.

As a result, children loved him.  A recent article in the online periodical JSTOR Daily, Long Live Mr. Roger’s Quiet Revolution, tells how in 1969 children across the country sent in dollar bills and pennies totaling $4,000 to keep their favorite neighbor on the air.

Fred Rogers would have been 90 years old on March 20, and to honor him there are plans for Continue reading