Join Us for WGBY Clifford Dog Days at the Springfield Museums

The following post was written in collaboration with Jonathan Daly, WGBY intern and recent UMASS graduate:

With the school year at an end and temperatures climbing, what better time to celebrate the “dog days of summer” than with WGBY and the Springfield Museums?  Since the expression “dog days of summer” refers to the sultry time of summer when Sirius, the Dog Star, rises with the sun — July 3 to August 11 — and WGBY Tuesdays run from July 10 – August 14, we’re pretty much on time! 

As part of the Springfield Museums’ Summer Spectacular — which includes its special Clifford Exhibit — WGBY staff and summer interns will be in a cool spot

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July 4th — Alternative Perspectives in U. S. History

The following post is written by Jonathan Daley, WGBY intern and recent UMASS graduate:

The 4th of July is one of the most popular holidays in American culture, which is understandable considering that it symbolizes America’s independence as a sovereign nation. On July 4th, 1776, America declared its independence from Great Britain, solidifying an eleven-year war that won the thirteen colonies their freedom and ultimately establishing the United States of America. However, just because Continue reading

Spreading Awareness During Pride Month

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

We live in a time where diversity is ever growing and people are engaging in conversations that challenge traditional societal norms about race, gender, and sexuality. With June being Pride Month, it seems more than appropriate to spread awareness about the LGBTQ community, who are more vocal and open than ever in spreading awareness and fighting for equal rights as they still face many challenges daily.

On June 17 at 9:00pm, WGBY will air the first episode of the Masterpiece series entitled Man in an Orange Shirt as part of Pride Month. Set in the UK, the mini-series explores the challenges and changes that people who are gay must face, both now and in the past.

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Come Have Fun at WGBY’s Asparagus Festival

 

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

This weekend on Saturday, June 2nd, we at WGBY invite you to support the local community and join us at Asparagus Festival, an annual event held at the Hadley Town Commons on Route 9 in Hadley.  From 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m., the festival presents a Farmers and Makers market with a whole slew of farmers, food vendors, artists.  For children, Continue reading

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.

For Teacher Appreciation Week, PBS has a wealth of resources to celebrate the teachers who have touched our lives.  Continue reading

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.

In light of Autism Awareness Month, we want to share multiple resources Continue reading