ARTHUR’S Enduring Empathy & Humor Infuse STEM Curriculum

PBS KIDS Arthur kicks off Season 19 with all-new episodes and exciting scientific adventures beginning Monday, January 18.  Whether exploring the inner workings of the brain or illustrating the many fun uses of math, these stories of self-discovery tackle a STEM curriculum with Arthur’s enduring empathy and humor.

Children can also explore the world of Arthur with a collection of educational resources aimed at viewers ages four through eight.  Arthur’s goal is to help foster an interest in reading and writing and to encourage positive social skills

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Middle & High School STEM Teachers — WGBH Education Needs Your Input

WGBH Education — co-producers of PBS LearningMedia™ — needs input on a free app to assist English language-learners with STEM vocabulary. We’re asking middle and high school STEM teachers about the potential usefulness of such a tool.

Your responses to a brief survey (5-10 minutes) will be used to inform production of educational resources by WGBH Education.  To show our appreciation for your time and thoughtful responses, Continue reading

Inside Einstein’s Mind

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein

For a second time, Albert Einstein has been the subject of these posts.  As “our pal, Al” on Peg + Cat, he shined light on Hanukkah.  This week, NOVA’s Inside Einstein’s Mind airs on WGBY Wednesday, December 16 — TONIGHT — at 8:00pm.  By retracing Einstein’s experiments in thought, NOVA reveals the simple but powerful ideas that reshaped our understanding of gravity and illuminated the theory of general relativity.

Einstein in the classroom can be a source of inspiration, not only because of his brilliant mind but for his humanity.  You’ll find resources Continue reading

American Graduate Success & What’s Needed for the New Generation

A 27 percent decline in the high school dropout rate shows that more students like these are determined to graduate.  American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.  As an American Graduate station, WGBY focuses on educational outreach that serves cradle to career efforts toward this commitment.

A new report, “Progress is No Accident,” examines policies that have helped drive the dropout decline as well as the work that remains to done.  It was released on the same day that public media’s American Graduate initiative participated in the first-ever White House Summit for Next Generation High Schools.  Continue reading

Join the Live Stream of WGBH’s Climate Education Forum

This video from last year’s Forum on Digital Media for STEM Learning at WGBH in Boston gives you a taste of the fast-paced, highly interactive environment in which educators explore the evolving landscape, products and engagement models surrounding digital media in STEM education. This year’s Forum on Climate Education on Monday, November 9, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m will bring together leaders, researchers, and educators from across the country. 

While tickets are sold out,  you can join the live stream to learn how the stories and science behind the impacts of climate change are being integrated into classroom instruction and STEM education contexts, with a focus on digital media.

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A palm tree in Alaska and a 14-foot fish in Kansas are just some of the clues to our continent’s epic past revealed on the new series of NOVA: Making of North America, starting at 9pm tonight on WGBY.  As host Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, tells us, “No landscape is permanent,” and his explorations show a land full of surprises as a result of its seismic changes.

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NASA Chambers of Horrors

Scientists and engineers often work on the same teams and think about similar questions, guided by different (but related) processes. As such, the Scientific Process has an engineering analog – the Engineering Design Process. When engineers design a system or an object, the process will always include some kind of testing, much like scientists do, and the results will feed back into ongoing phases of design improvement – until the product is optimized for use.

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Enter the Digital Age of Learning with “Get Your Tech On” Resources & Sweepstakes

To help you and students succeed in the digital age of learning, PBS LearningMedia has compiled favorite technology-themed resources to enhance lesson plans and spark classroom discussion. Topics include: 21st century learning, careers in technology, adaptive technologies, and using video games to enhance learning.

The more you explore the Get Your Tech On collection for tech-themed lesson plans, games, videos and PD webinars, the more chances you have to win  Continue reading

Aerospace Engineering Collection of Resources

The Aerospace Engineering Collection from PBS LearningMedia can bring engineering design and aerospace engineering to life for middle- and high-school students. These resources support the middle and high school Engineering Design core ideas and practices of the Next Generation Science Standards and related state standards. In addition to engineering design, topics such as Continue reading

Learn about Upcoming Webinars or View Recent One with Ken Burns

You can plan ahead for upcoming professional development and classroom webinars such as one on the science of the brain with Dr. David Eagleman, host of the PBS series “The Brain with Dr. Eagleman,” premiering Wednesdays, October 14-November 18 at 10pm on WGBY.

And if you were unable to attend PBS LearningMedia’s recent webinar, “Recounting America’s Greatest Stories: A Conversation with Ken Burns,” you can view or share it with students, friends, and colleagues anytime.  To find  Continue reading