413Families Learning @ Home + Other Resources for Home

This wonderful slideshow is composed of photographs from families in response to a recent  413 Families/Familias request to share how they’re learning at home.  From these images, we can see that families are finding ways to learn together during this challenging time away from school.

As we’ve been doing here, we’ll continue to share resources for distant learning, including 413 Families/Familias, which is

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PBS LearningMedia 15-Minute Jump Start

One of our top priorities right now is to help parents and educators fill educational gaps while schools are closed.  To this end, we’ll continue sharing PreK-12 resources to serve your present needs.  We hope you’ll share them with colleagues, parents and families who might benefit from them.
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Two Upcoming Webinars for Teachers and Parents

Design Squad: Engineering at Home Webinar
On Wednesday, March 25, at 1p ET teachers and parents are invited to join the Design Squad team to learn about how to support engineering and invention activities at home. In this 30-minute webinar you’ll learn about the design process, get tips for using Design Squad activities in the home, hear ideas for how to connect students virtually and get an overview of the Design Squad collection of resources. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A.  Register here.
Webinar for Massachusetts K-12 Educators

On Thursday, March 26, at 7p ET join Project Based Learning expert and author, Suzie Boss, for an updated, encore webinar for MA educators of all grades and subjects. Suzie will  inspire you to delve into this engaging and research-based teaching method that includes sustained inquiry, authenticity and student choice.  She will be accompanied by Jeromie Whalen, Communications and Media Production teacher, who will share his Project Based Learning story and the impact it has had on his practice and students.  Register here.

PBS Kids Resources for Parents

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  • PBS KIDS is launching a weekday newsletter during the COVID-19 emergency to share activities and tips families can use to keep children playing and learning at home.
  • The PBS KIDS 24/7 channel offers anytime access to trusted educational series for kids ages 2-8 (check local listings).
  • The PBS KIDS Games app offers nearly 200 educational games that can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about these and PBS KIDS’ other apps HERE .
  • The PBS KIDS Video app is available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices and offers on-demand educational videos, and a livestream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription required.

Distance Learning with PBS LearningMedia

Register for this one-hour virtual event!

Teachers, do you want to hear how PBS Digital Innovator All Star educators support engaging, effective distance learning?

This virtual learning event, hosted by PBS master trainers and educators, will highlight a variety of tips, from student activities to digital tools and PBS LearningMedia hacks. Featuring insights applicable to elementary, middle and high-school classrooms, the session will focus on skills, tips, and techniques you can apply tomorrow to prepare for successful distance learning, whether you’re working with your students in person or sharing lessons online. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions in real time, all while testing virtual learning technologies and preparing lessons your students can do in a classroom or from their own living room.

This event is for educators of children of all ages.

You can prepare in advance by sharing your ideas and questions on twitter with the hashtag #PBSTeachersChat.
This is a highly participatory experience, and our goal is to provide tools and hacks to help you set up a digital classroom that works whether your learners are in the same room or a distance away.

You can also find additional relevant content on PBS TeachersLounge blog.

The New PBS Kid on the Block > XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM

Engage students with XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM, a new PBS KIDS series premiering this month.  Based on the Ordinary People Change the World books by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos, the show follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina, and their friend Brad as they travel back in time to meet real life historical figures when they were kids.

To support students’ social-emotional, literacy, and social studies skills, you’ll find resources that includevideo clips, printable activities, teaching tips, and historical figure biosketches at PBS LearningMedia.

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Curious George Goes to Japan!

The following post was written by education intern MaiCherish Harris, ESL major at Elms College:

In the summer of 2019, I spent five weeks studying abroad in Japan.  After staying in a hotel in Kyoto for a week, I went to Kochi to live with a host family.  Having enjoyed PBS KIDS my whole life, it was surprising and comforting to see Continue reading

Late PBS Journalist Gwen Ifill Honored Nationally and Locally

Gwen Ifill, PBS NewsHour legend, was honored with the 43rd Black Heritage series postal stamp, celebrating her professional achievements and contributions to African American communities.  A ceremony took place at her church in Washington, D.C.

Closer to home, community members in Springfield joined postal officials to honor the late journalist at a stamp unveiling ceremony at her alma mater – Classical High School (since converted into condominiums and renamed Classical High Condominiums).

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Ken Burns Classroom on PBS LearningMedia

Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for over forty years.  With Burns’ signature style, the films contain resources for powerful classroom engagement, which teachers can now access with the Ken Burns Classroom on PBS LearningMedia. The new hub, created for 4-12th grade educators, is inspired by  Continue reading