Connected Teachers & Connected Learners: Focus of 2016 Technology in Education Conference

The guiding questions for this year’s Technology in Education (TiE) Conference, “Connected Teachers / Connected Learners,” are compelling ones.   They have to do with how technology can engage local and global communities, center young people’s voices, support authentic and empowering partnerships, and connect teachers.  Equally important to ask, what are the skills, experience and mindset that teachers and students need to be successful?
WGBY will be among conference presenters on Thursday, January 14, at Holyoke Community College with

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Seussian Inspired Gingerbread Magic

gingerbread-2015You’ll find holiday magic this season on the second floor of the Springfield Science Museum where Seussian Holiday: Gingerbread Competition is casting its spell until January 3, 2016.   Inside this enchanted space, the scent of sugary gingerbread and the festive sounds of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas set the stage for fantastic gingerbread creations of all shapes and sizes by young and old.

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Explore Latino Heritage in Our Valley and Country

WGBY celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with upcoming programming and a special event in our studios.  This Friday at 10pm, the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Awards pays tribute to Latinos by Latinos with celebrated Hispanic artists.  On October 15 at 5:30pm, WGBY hosts Herencia Latina as part of a celebration of our region’s Latino American Heritage.  After a musical performance by Heshima Moja, we’ll screen “Episode IV: The New Latinos,” with Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, STCC Vice President of Student Affairs, facilitating the evening’s discussion.  

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LittleFest — A Celebration of Literacy — Is Almost Here!

Saturday, September 26, at the Springfield Museums promises to be a fun-filled day on this first weekend of autumn.  A celebration to promote reading among young people, LittleFest is free to Springfield residents as well as to WGBY and Springfield Museum members.

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Highlights from WGBY’s Summer of Fun & Learning

This photomontage shows moments from many of our summer activities in the Community Engagement and Education Department.  Among them are preK classroom visits to Springfield’s Head Start on Carew Street and the YMCA of Greater Springfield.  On these weekly site visits, children were read to and participated in accompanying activities designed by our capable summer interns.  We also brought our mobile media lab so children could play PBS KIDS educational games.  In celebration of Head Start’s 50th Anniversary, we  Continue reading

WGBY Day at the Springfield Museums: Double the Fun & Double the Learning with Curious George

WGBY is celebrating the Springfield Museums’ special exhibit, Curious George:  Let’s Get Curious George, with our own special day at the Science Museum on Friday, August 14, 2015, from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  WGBY Day at the Springfield Museums:  Double the Fun & Double the Learning with Curious George offers families a chance to meet and greet Curious George, the monkey who has captured the imaginations and hearts of millions for close to 75 years.  In addition to Curious George appearances, we’ll offer Continue reading

TouchTomorrow 2015: A Festival of Science, Technology and Robots!

WGBH Public Television will once again be at TouchTomorrow — Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s free, family-friendly festival of science, technology, and robots.  On Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10am until 4pm, WPI will again transform its campus into a festival of hands-on technology and exhibits celebrating the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge.  You’ll find activities from Curious George, NOVA, and Continue reading

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With WGBY And In the Classroom


National Hispanic Heritage Month — September 15 to October 15 — recognizes the contributions to and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. On Friday, September 26, WGBY celebrates this rich heritage and culture with Presencia at the Basketball Hall of Fame with an evening of music, culture, food, and dance to benefit the Latino Youth Media Institute and North End Center for Literacy and Learning.  For the classroom, PBS LearningMedia offers a collection of lesson plans, videos and classroom resources for grades 4-12 that invites teacher and students to explore the history, people and issues chronicled in the PBS series, Latino Americans. Continue reading

Curious George At LittleFest and In the Classroom

photo (3)This past Saturday Curious George was a special guest at LittleFest, an end-of-summer literacy celebration that takes place at the Springfield Museums and Springfield City Library.  Over 1600 families attended the event, and many of them came to see Curious George, one of their favorite PBS KIDS characters!  In addition to children’s love of Curious George, which airs on WGBY, the Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help them understand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, such as Continue reading