Immersive Quest for the True Power of Ice

What better way to help students understand the scope of climate change than to let them explore past polar extremes of the Artic and Antartic?  This trailer, from a two-hour NOVA special that premiered in 2020, shows paleontologist Kirk Johnson taking viewers on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet.

It’s one of the resources found in the interactive NOVA Polar Lab, which uses 360° videos, interviews with scientists, and mini-games to send students in grades 6-12 on an immersive quest to understand how the poles are key to Continue reading

PBS KIDS Talk About!

Family conversations between children and adults are essential to close relationships.  Watching this video about the new “PBS KIDS Talk About” web series, we see the fun and inspiration that can come from conversations about subjects like bravery, courage, self-confidence, and family.  No wonder PBS KIDS Talk! from KET Education won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Educational and Informational Series!

In addition to being fun and informative, these PBS KIDS talks can serve to model the kinds of conversations family members can  
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PBS KIDS ARTHUR Continues to Motivate

Little wonder why Arthur is the longest-running program on PBS KIDS!  While maintaining the show’s consistent high quality, the Arthur team at GBH in Boston uses compelling issues of our day to motivate characters and inform story lines.  (Case in point is the show’s recent themes on antiracism and COVID.)

In addition, the program continues to provide digital resources that challenge kids to learn while having fun.  Three new Arthur digital games have launched on Continue reading

Thanking & Inspiring Teachers Near & Far

Watching this All About the Holidays video, we learn that Eleanor Roosevelt led the way to the establishment of an annual Teacher Appreciation Day on May 2 after receiving the suggestion in a teacher’s letter.  (Eleanor, herself a teacher, would know the effort and spirit needed to teach well and the importance of expressing appreciation for teachers’ important work.)

In its desire to say “Thank You” to teachers, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Continue reading

Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month

In the past, self care could be perceived as selfish and mental health as something not to be discussed, at least not in public.  Mental health now takes its place in importance alongside  physical health, and Mental Health Awareness Month this May may take on heightened importance given the pressures of the pandemic.

PBS offers educational resources to promote self care

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Project Based Learning Across the Curriculum

While the webinar Meeting the Moment With Project-Based Learning on April 1 promises to share key PBL elements and practices as well as supportive resources, there are simply too many resources to see in one hour!  (Last post has webinar details.)

Teaching Project-Based Lessons | Sound Field, one of many Project Based Learning (PBL) resources at Continue reading

Project Based Learning Webinar This Thursday Night!

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a powerful teaching method based on student-driven inquiry, authentic engagement and real world impact.  From the pandemic, to racial justice, to climate change, students’ concerns can be drivers of rigorous learning and community impact!

There may never be a better time than now to introduce PBL in your classrooms or expand its use.  This Thursday, April 1, at 7:00pm, you’re invited to join Continue reading