Resources for Freedom Summer 1964

This recollection from one of our most beloved singer/storytellers is among many riveting moments from American Experience’s Freedom Summer, airing on WGBY on June 24 at 9p.  The film documents 10 memorable weeks in 1964 when more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.  For educator resources Continue reading

Calling All Soccer Fans

Did you know that the The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup is the world’s most widely watched sporting event? Now through 7/13 — or anytime — you can share these NEW PBS LearningMedia resources from PBS NewsHour to immerse your local educators and students grades 7-12 in the education opportunity of the 2014 finals tournament, putting it in context to history and current events.  Continue reading

The Nature Works Everywhere Collection

eng06_int_biomimicry.jpg.resize.710x399Students can explore amazing ways in which nature works to make our lives cleaner and healthier every day with the Nature Works Everywhere collection from The Nature Conservancy.  The collection shows how all types of environments, plants, and animals play crucial roles in maintaining our global ecosystem and how we can help play a role in a more sustainable future. Continue reading

Students Create Mini-documentaries — No Media Experience Required!

SudansSecretSide2Teachers and students can use a free online video editor and professional footage from a public television series to edit and publish their own 1-3 minute docs about North Africa.  Lessons materials allow students to learn about current, global issues and create products in an innovative, hands-on multimedia learning environment, with each of six topics aligning to Common Core Standards. Continue reading

Salman Khan: Using Video to Flip One-Size-Fits-All to One-to-One Classroom Learning

khanacademyYou may be familiar with Salman Khan and his nonprofit Khan Academy, with its mission to make the highest quality education free to people anywhere in the world.  In his TED Talk Let’s use video to reinvent education, Khan discusses learning gaps that are inevitable with traditional, “one-size-fits-all” learning.  His tutorials flip the classroom, whereby students view the lesson/lecture at home and teachers are free Continue reading

Beavers — Great Hydro Engineers & Environmental Saviors

Industrious beavers are now seen by many experts as overlooked tools in the effort to reverse the disastrous effects of global warming and worldwide water shortages.

To complement NATURE’S Leave It To The Beavers, airing on WGBY on Wednesday, May 14, at 8p, PBS LearningMedia has resources Continue reading