Students as Media Literate Citizens

Common Sense Media reports that the average teenage spends 9 hours online daily.  Of more concern than this daily dose of media consumption — gaming, YouTube, social media and web surfing — is that students are engaging with media without the skills to responsibly interact with it.

To counteract time spent online, especially amid today’s climate of fake news and viral media, teachers need to do their part to prepare students to be media literate citizens.

With already packed curriculum, teachers can turn to PBS for  Continue reading

Flexible PBS TeacherLine Courses Start October 9

PBS TeacherLine online courses for Pre-K – 12 educators are flexible, collaborative and designed for a teacher’s busy schedule.  They can help you earn PD credits and offer a way to stay on top of your teaching career.

Of his experience Charles Besancon, Computer Instruction Specialist, said, “The course I took exceeded my expectations both in quality of content and communication with both peers and facilitators.”

You can explore PBS fall courses and can even try a free 3-hour course entitled Continue reading

Still Time to Register | Media and Digital Tool Resources for the New School Year Webinar

As schools across Massachusetts open for a brand new year, many educators are thinking about new ways to add technology in a meaningful way to their classrooms and create a media-rich environment for all students.

In the free webinar, Media and Digital Tool Resources for the New School Year, you’ll hear from three WGBH Educator Ambassadors, in collaboration with WGBY, as they discuss how to create opportunities for leveraging a diverse array of technology tools and seamlessly integrating them with media resources on PBS LearningMedia.

During this webinar — Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00pm — you’ll Continue reading

Great Assets for WGBY’s Summer of Fun & Learning

WGBY’s 2019 Summer of Fun & Learning is off to a great start, thanks to 4 dedicated student interns who help create engaging activities for Pre-K children at Springfield’s Head Start and YMCA.

Interns are part of New England Farm Workers’ YouthWorks Summer Program, with one who recently graduated from the Springfield High School of Science and Technology and three who will be juniors at Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy in the Early Education and Care program.

These interns have expressed an interest in education, and their affinity for children and love of learning are great assets for WGBY’s summer program.  Another great asset are the beloved PBS KIDS characters like Curious George, Daniel Tiger and Elmo, who make children happy to learn during our weekly visits.

We bring books as well as resources from PBS KIDS and PBS for Parents for children, staff and families.  (There are also great classroom resources at PBS LearningMedia.)  In addition, children play PBS KIDS learning games on Playtime Pads and receive their own books to read at home with family and friends.

Can you imagine how many smiles and thank you’s we give and receive each week of WGBY’s Summer of Fun and Learning? (Too many to count!)

From Viewers Like You, Thank You

As I write this post, it is my last day here at WGBY, and it is quite bittersweet. On the one hand, I’m about to graduate and move out to the West Coast. On the other hand, I have cherished my time here and have felt I have become a member of the organization. Nevertheless, it is time to say goodbye.

Thank you to Bess, for your guidance and leadership this semester. I truly felt like I was contributing and that I was a vital member of WGBY. Thank you to WGBY as a whole, for giving me such a welcoming place. Thank you to Peter Pan Bus Lines, for without you, I would not have been able to commute from UMass to give everyone their posts.

And lastly, thank you, for reading. Thank you for taking the time to tune into the blog, for using the resources we provided, and for doing what you do. This blog is geared towards education, and so for all you educators, teachers, curriculum makers, etc., thank you. Thank you for inspiring young minds, thank you for teaching children about our world, thank you for ushering in the next generation of brilliance.

Thank you.

PBS TeacherLine Bootcamp — Free K-3 Professional Development

The PBS Teacher Bootcamp is a collaborative, online 5-day learning experience designed for K-3 teachers to spend 20-minutes daily, refining reading teaching strategies and gaining new ones through the practice and study of Shared Reading.

You can complete the free, 100% online bootcamp at your own pace, and at the end you’ll receive a certificate of completion for 2.5 professional credit hours.

Bootcamp will be open for enrollment from  Continue reading

Special Podcast for Kids — A Day in the Life of a Young Refugee

A special episode produced for kids by FRONTLINE spends one day with Muzamil, a 12-year-old Somali boy growing up in Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp. It began with Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath, whose children are nine and 12 years old.  “’As a journalist and mom, I felt like there was something missing from the media landscape: smart, in-depth current affairs programming that parents could play for their kids,’” she says. “’I thought, ‘This is an area FRONTLINE can explore.'”

Meant to appeal to both adults and the children in their lives, the podcast has producer Bianca Giaever and reporter Roopa Gogineni ask Muzamil questions from American kids about Continue reading

Did Missing Caribou Help Pull Santa’s Sleigh?

Nature, the wildlife & natural history series on PBS, has been tracking the decline of caribou and reindeer populations around the world.  Scientists use collars to follow the whereabouts of these grand creatures and, when the signal of one caribou went silent in the fall of 2017 and returned on December 25, 2017 at 11:00pm, researchers began to wonder.

“’The timing is a little suspicious,'”says Laura Finnegan. ‘We think the caribou may have been recruited to Continue reading

Develop Global Awareness in Early Learners — Free PBS Professional Learning Event

Learning with Littles: Developing Cultural Awareness is the next free event in a virtual professional learning series from PBS.  On December 4 from 7-8pm, you can be part of this professional development created by teachers for teachers so that you can explore strategies that help develop global awareness in young learners.

Join the live discussion @PBSTeachers  Continue reading