EARTH DAY — 22 APRIL 2020

On Earth Day 2020 our shared crisis keeps most of us close to home.  Perhaps now more than ever we need to be resourceful in celebrating our planet and keeping it and ourselves healthy into  the future.

As we inhabit Earth during these uncharted times, we can lift our spirits by appreciating individuals like Rachel Carson who, at great sacrifice,  Continue reading

3 Molly of Denali Free Webinars > Starting Tonight!

Many of us have already fallen in love with Molly of Denali — a pint-sized bundle of joy, from a small village in Alaska, who uses a vlog to share her daily adventures.  She is curious and never far from a question that can’t be investigated using informational text — the show’s main learning objective.

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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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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

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