Pi Day = Math Is AweSum!

indexMath is about much more than crunching numbers. It’s about the AWESOME acts of building modern cities, designing virtual realities, composing music, and exploring space.  On this Pi Day, we’re celebrating PBS LearningMedia’s new collection of math resources, robust collections that provide some of the most in-demand content of today’s digital learning community. Continue reading

New PBS TeacherLine Spring Courses for Digital Classrooms

17-tl-hmpgPBS TeacherLine spring courses begin March 26.  As many of you know, these facilitated and self-paced online, professional development courses are offered in science, reading, STEM, social studies, math, and instructional strategies/technology.  To better integrate technology and digital resources into your curriculum while earning PDPs or CEUs, you can also sign up for a new series of 1.5 hour online professional development courses focused on teaching and learning in the digital age.   Continue reading

Saint Valentine Treats for the Classroom

tumblr_mi7t86cHcw1qd4fqho3_500On this day that celebrates, here are some lovely PBS LearningMedia resources to help you and students of all ages embrace the spirit of Saint Valentine:

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PBS TeacherLine Course Catalog for 2013-2014

pbsteacherlineWith PBS TeacherLine’s new catalog you can now explore the over 40 facilitated and self-paced courses that range from science, reading, STEM, social studies and math to instructional strategies/technology.  As you may know, this flexible, online professional development for PreK-12 educators is also available for PDPs, CEUs, or graduate credit.

Teachers from across the country take these courses and attest to their quality.  For example, Liz S., a math educator from N. Andover, Ma., says the course she took was the “best organized and most comprehensive math course I’ve ever taken.”   According to Judy D., special education teacher from Norfolk, Va., “because of PBS TeacherLine courses, I became a better special education teacher and touched the lives of so many young children.”

We’d like to hear from you about your experience taking any of PBS TeacherLine’s course.

PBS TeacherLine’s Upcoming Second Fall Term

imagesWhile it seems like we just shared with you the start of PBS TeacherLine’s first fall term, it’s already time to let you know that the second fall term begins on October 23.

PBS online professional development offers more than 40 facilitated courses in reading and language arts, math, science, technology integration, history, instructional strategies, and STEM.  Courses last 6 weeks and are taught online by expert educators in a media-rich learning environment.  Each course offers learners access to interactive lessons, videos, articles, and online discussions moderated by their course facilitator.  When you complete a course, you can earn CEUs, PDPs, or graduate credit,  investing in your career as you invest students’ success.

You can view the full course catalog as well as explore this sampling of featured courses in mathematics:

Achieving Learning Goals through Accomplished Mathematics Instruction (MATH512)
Grades 6-12 | 45 Hours | Enroll Today
Mathematics Illuminated: A Special Collection from Annenberg Learner (MATH527)
Grades 9-12 | 45 Hours | Enroll Today
Understanding Numbers and Operations: Addition and Subtraction (MATH250)
Grades PreK-3 | 30 Hours  | Enroll Today

PBS TeacherLine Fall Term — Last Day to Register

imagesPBS TeacherLine offers online professional development from the convenience of wherever you and a computer happen to be.  At the same time you’ll become part of an  professional learning community.  As Jeannie Dyke, Reading Specialist at SY Jackson Elementary School, writes:  “My online discussion boards offer me contact with other colleagues to discuss ideas, problems, and means of implementation for the curriculum.”  And PBS TeacherLine’s well- trained and well-educated facilitators are there to assist should you be unfamiliar with maneuvering on the site.

While PBS TeacherLine’s fall term is underway, enrollment will remain open through Friday, 9/20/13. Your can review the catalog here or explore the featured courses below: 

Leveraging Smart & Social Digital Media (TECH 575)
K-12 | 30 Hours | Enroll Here 

Digital Tools for Innovative Learning (TECH 335)
K-12 | 30 Hours | Enroll Here 

Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching (TECH 570)
K-12 | 45 Hours | Enroll Here 

PBS TeacherLine offers 3, 15, 30, and 45-hour online professional development courses in science, reading, STEM, social studies, math, and instructional strategies/technology. For course details and additional information, visit today at www.pbs.org/teacherline.

Free Resources to Build Your Digital Classroom

indexThis fall, PBS LearningMedia encourages you to Get Your Tech On! (i.e., build your digital classroom) with resources on flipped learning, social media integration and new content collections.   You can also join a webinar, download “How To” guides, and enter to win tablets for every teacher in your school and more.

PBS LearningMedia, the digital content library that offers educators instant-access to over 30,000 FREE digital resources, is designed to enhance teaching and inspire learning by making high-quality, curriculum-targeted content readily available to every classroom in the country.

PBS LearningMedia is also here to help you build your digital classroom with FREE resources, webinars, whitepapers & more:

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES: Enhance your lesson plan and spark discussions; topics spanning from adaptive technologies to using video games in the classroom!

WEBINARS + WHITEPAPERS: Check out an exciting line up of FREE webinars. Register today and download helpful free How-To Guides to get started.

TABLET SWEEPSTAKES: Enter daily for a chance to win a tablet for you and your entire school!* Plus weekly tablet giveaways.

PBS LearningMedia: New Summer Literacy Collection

pbslm_promoThis summer, PBS LearningMedia turns the spotlight on our spectacular collection of resources supporting literacy skills development in grades PreK-12 with featured resources from Martha Speaks, Poetry Everywhere, The Electric Company and PBS NewsHour!

Storybook Creator
Grades PreK-1 | Interactive Game | Emergent Reading
Illustrate the power of words with this interactive game that allows young readers to change key words in classic stories like “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Blue Ribbon Readers
Grades K-5 | Interactive Game | Comprehension
The Hamburger Game helps students to practice attentive reading by choosing the main idea – or “meat”- from a passage of text and dragging it to the center of their sandwich.

Martha Speaks
Grades K-5 | Video and Games | Vocabulary
These engaging resources help kindergarten and upper-elementary students increase their vocabulary, develop self-esteem and social skills, and enhance their love of reading.

Silent – E –
Grades 1-3 | Media Gallery | Vocabulary
Capture the attention of summer learners with resources from The Electric Company while targeting vocabulary development and reading comprehension.

Middle School Literacy Collection
Grades 5-8 | Self-Paced Lessons | Comprehension
This online lesson for blended learning enhances the literacy skills of middle school readers while introducing them to topics in science, math, social studies and the language arts.

The Anthology of Rap
Grades 6-13+ | Video | Elements of Poetry
Challenge students to consider the relationship between rap music and the traditions of lyric poetry with this resource from PBS NewsHour.

As many of you know, after exploring 3 resources you’ll be prompted to create a free account — to search, save, and share your favorite resources.

Earth Science Resources from PBS LearningMedia

Celebrate the wonders of science during Earth Science Week through PBS LearningMedia. These featured resources help students uncover facts about land, water, and the atmosphere, and  illustrate the powerful natural forces that shape our planet:

Gravity at Earth’s Center
Grades 6-12 | Video + Support Materials
Send students on a journey with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to explore what would happen if they were to fall though a hole in the center of the Earth. A video clip enhances discussions on gravity and objects in motion.

Grades 4-6 | Video + Discussion Questions
Expand students’ vocabulary and understanding of the various geologic forces that affect the Earth.  The  video illustrates the impact of earthquakes, volcanoes, water, and glaciers on the planet.

The Hydrologic Cycle
Grades 3-8 | Interactive + Support Materials
Invite students to explore the five main processes that comprise the hydraulic cycle and use this interactive resource from NASA to demonstrate how water is perpetually recycled between Earth’s surface and the atmosphere.

The Dirt on Dirt
Grades PreK-1 | Video
Get the dirt on what it’s like to be an earthworm by visiting its underground habitat. A catchy song imparts to young students to  the significance of the soil on subterranean life.

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