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.

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.

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

Apply to be a WGBH/WGBY 2020 Educator Ambassador!

The WGBH/WGBY Educator Ambassador program brings together Massachusetts K-12 educators who teach in a wide variety of roles, disciplines, and grades from across the Commonwealth. The program represents passionate educators with a wide range of talent and innovative approaches to integrating technology in the classroom. This community of teachers will empower you to grow professionally, advocate for innovative digital media, and drive school transformation.

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New Episode in Free Virtual Professional Learning Series for PreK-2 Teachers

Have you ever noticed that little ones often have a lot to say? Whether they’ve mastered language or not, they can be brimming with ideas, imagination and creativity. The next episode in the PBS KIDS Free Virtual Professional Learning Series, Using Media to Lift the Littlest Voices, on December 10 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, focuses on how you can help nurture those strengths and encourage learners to create their own content.

Along with experts who use digital media to teach and those who work with little children — at home, in a center, or in a school-based learning setting — you’ll look into the important role media creation plays and explore how Continue reading

Free Virtual Professional Learning Series for PreK-2: Big Ideas for Little Learners

If you work with little learners at home, in a center, or in a school-based learning setting, you’ll want to join hundreds of fellow educators on a media literacy journey during this free virtual professional learning series.  You’ll explore key topics like what it takes to be a good media mentor and how to responsibly integrate media in your classroom.  PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one-hour virtual professional learning event.

The first event in the series, Using Media to Bring Stories to Life, is on Tuesday, December 3, from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  Since our littlest learners especially enjoy a good story, this session will share ideas and best practices you can use to

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Teachers: Take a look at The Long View

WGBY recently aired the documentary, The Long View, the story of two Oakland high schools and their community of students, families, and teachers.  Filmmaker Susan Zeig describes common threads that can unite viewers:  “the importance of community participation, impact of inequitable funding, need for greater respect and value for the teaching profession, and the cost of the high turnover among school administrators.”

In the film many of our regional educators will recognize the strengths and challenges of urban schools and communities throughout the country as well as the trauma experienced by 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.”

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