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Farming the Desert

posted on February 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Farming the Desert

Every year, more than 40 percent of our planet’s land suffers drought, and more than two billion people call this parched land home. So how do they live off of this land? Your students will find out in this video from the PBS series EARTH A New Wild, which takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species. 

As the desert in West Africa's Sahel region began growing faster than ever in the 1970s and 1980s and many farmers left the land, a farmer in a small town in northern Burkina Faso developed creative methods to restore soils damaged by drought. Yacouba Sawadogo innovated with regionally, well-known farming techniques to create a large, easy-to-farm forested area, working with his community to reinvent agriculture in the region.

The series debuts February 4. Click here to find out when.

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments

Art School

posted on January 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Art School

Ignite that spark of creativity in your students with “Art School,” an inspiring web video series. “Art School” introduces your class to contemporary artists who discuss their careers and intentions, then demonstrate hands-on techniques or concepts. The series provides resources that teach students how to break dance, draw comic strips, create animations and much more.

Included in the series is a look at how artists engage our sense of touch, combine art and activism and create multimedia performances, as well as how they use music and dance as tools for positive change and intertwine “the media with the message.”

Empower students of all ages to discover new ideas for creativity from a variety of professional artists through this fun and engaging series! 

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments

What Is Cyberlearning?

posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM

What Is Cyberlearning?

We are living in the information age. The development of networked computer technology has created a world in which information flows freely, and children are growing up in a digital world where such technology is second nature to them. In the field of education, this is an exciting time to find ways to harness the power of computers and the networked environment to better educate students.

In this video learn how new developments in computer-mediated learning can enhance educational experiences. Hear from experts and explore three examples of cyber-learning: students learn about astronomy and game design in the Universe Quest project; students use remote scientific equipment to learn about radiation with the iLab Network; and students use handheld devices to play an augmented reality game from MIT and learn about climate change. 

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments

PBS LearningMedia Reaches 100,000+ Resources!

posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

PBS LearningMedia Reaches 100,000+ Resources!

PBS LearningMedia announced that it now offers more than 100,000 digital resources available to PreK-13+ educators nationwide. Since its launch in 2011, PBS LearningMedia has continued to actively expand its offerings of education content that appeals to digital native students. Resources are available in English and Spanish, and are aligned to National and Common Core State Standards.

PBS LearningMedia is proud to have reached this milestone as we continue to increase the number of resources we have available to support educators in the classroom,” said Alicia Levi, Vice President, PBS Education. “With new content from partners like the Vlogbrothers from PBS Digital Studios and the live-action PBS KIDS series Odd Squad, PBS LearningMedia now offers even more high-quality, highly relevant educational content that truly engages and empowers students.”

New content is now available in all educational subject and topic areas to PreK-13+ teachers and students in a variety of formats from videos and primary source documents to virtual events and maps.

Highlights include:

  • CRASH COURSE: Created and developed by John and Hank Green (“the Vlogbrothers”), the PBS Digital Studios series, CRASH COURSE, provides courses on world history, U.S. history, chemistry, psychology, literature and more that have been viewed nearly 150 million times and shared by educators around the globe. The entire CRASH COURSE library, including a brand-new course on astronomy, is now available to PBS LearningMedia users through the new collection. In addition, a new course on U.S. government will be available on Friday, January...
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