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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Halloween & Fall Collections for PreK-12

During this spooky season, celebrate with scare-free videos, activities, and lesson plans for grades PreK-5.  Children can discover fun ways to learn, like conducting science investigations with slime, using math to share candy, and solving interactive, Halloween-themed puzzles.

We also have festive ways to celebrate fall foliage and harvest with PreK-12 videos, activities, and lesson plans about various autumn holidays and Continue reading

Webinar to Instill a Love of Science

This Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 7:00:00 PM EDT – 8:00:00 PM EDT, you can join the
webinar Engaging Students in Science Phenomena and Practices with PBS LearningMedia for grades 6-12.
To address the question, “How can we instill in our students a love of science – plugging into their natural curiosity?” WGBH Educator Ambassadors will share strategies for the effective use of free, highly-engaging and student-tested PBS LearningMedia resources as a foundation for grade 6-12 lessons.

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Teach Diversity with Hispanic Heritage

Teachers need to model appreciation and respect for diversity every day, and PBS LearningMedia can serve as a strong classroom resource.  Before the end of Hispanic Heritage Month — September 15 through October 15 — and beyond, there are rich resources to celebrate the 54+ million people of Hispanic descent living in the United States, including many neighbors in our region.

At PBS LearningMedia WGBY is proud to provide a resource that highlights Latino culture in western MA through the lens of 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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Empowering Students with New NOVA Curriculum on Algorithms

“Children today are growing up in a world surrounded by AI: algorithms determine what information they see, help select the videos they watch, and shape how they learn to talk,” Karen Hao writes for MIT Technology Review.

With the power of algorithms in young lives, it’s vital that they know how artificial intelligence works.  According to Hao, new curriculum developed at MIT’s Media Lab, Continue reading

New Pre-K – 12 Resources for the New School Year

In addition to thousands of existing free resources, PBS Learning Media has new ones for your new school year.

These sample resources for grades Pre-K – 12 include support materials and standards:

ARTHUR All About Community activities help children understand themselves and those around them. Topics include self-esteem, understanding others, and cultural diversity.

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Project-Based Learning Webinars for Your Summer

Summer can offer educators a chance to slow down in their schedules as well as catch up on professional development that’s important to them. This balance of ease and energy allows teachers to return to the classroom refreshed and more confident.

Based on the number of Massachusetts K-12 teachers who registered for two Project-Based Learning (PBL) webinars this past spring, PBL is important to them.  This engaging and Continue reading

50 Years of Sesame Street — A Force for Good in 150 Countries

Regardless of the grade you may teach, please take a few minutes to watch this joyful Sesame Street Season 50 Anthem that launches a year-long celebration.

Sesame Street is now the longest-running children’s show in American television history.  As a recent press release explains, “Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, Sesame Street was created to answer a simple question:  could television be used to  Continue reading