posted on December 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Looking for a FREE and informative professional development resource that can help you better engage with students in the 21st Century? Learn how to ignite students' curiosity and ingenuity with this collection of PBS LearningMedia resources from the documentary Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century, produced by Twin Cities Public Television. Explore how exceptional instructors are increasingly using digital media and interactive...
posted on December 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Iowa Public Televisions’ Ready for School Initiative will allow 300 childcare providers to take the PBS TeacherLine online Raising Readers course, Preparing Preschoolers for Success course for FREE within the 2014-2015 school year. IPTV is looking for care providers interested in this opportunity.
Participant selection criteria:1. childcare provider2. work with children ages 3-53. work in a formal or informal daycare setting (home or...
posted on December 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Meet Luis von Ahn, a computer scientist and a professor at Carnegie Mellon who is already at the top of his field at age 30! Learn about one of his most successful ideas—CAPTCHA—a test that humans can pass but computers cannot, which has been used to improve the security of Internet sites. Click here to explore our PBS LearningMedia resource and discover how he comes up with his innovative ideas, and how CAPTCHAs have been...
posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM
The New Year is just around the corner and with it comes new AMERICAN EXPERIENCE films premiering in January and February. Continuing its 25th anniversary season, new episodes kick off on January 7th with The Poisoner's Handbook—an in-depth look at how New York’s first medical examiner transformed forensic chemistry, followed by 1964 on January 14th—an exploration of a year that defined an era (Beatlemania, the passage of the...
posted on December 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Programming plays a huge role in the world that surrounds us, and though its uses are often purely functional, there is a growing community of artists who use the language of code as their medium. Check out this resource from PBS LearningMedia and view work that includes everything from computer generated art to elaborate interactive installations, all with the goal of expanding our sense of what is possible with digital tools. To simplify the...
posted on December 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM
Celebrate the holiday season with Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas! In this heartwarming hour-long special, George and The Man with the Yellow Hat worry about what to give each other for Christmas and in the process and discover the true spirit of the holiday season. Click here to see our shedule for Curious George and more viewing information. In addition to the broadcast of the Christmas special, the Curious George website has been...
posted on December 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Are all snowflakes truly unique? What are the physical forces that drive snowflakes to come in so many shapes and sizes? In this lesson brought to you by PBS LearningMediaTM, students build an apparatus that creates conditions similar to a winter cloud and produce their own snow crystals indoors. By watching the snow crystals grow, they learn about the molecular forces that shape ice crystals, and gain a deeper understanding of the...
posted on December 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Earth's polar regions may seem remote, but they are an integral part of the entire Earth system. For example, pollution from other areas affects Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems, and changes in the icy landscapes of the polar regions may influence global ocean circulation patterns and accelerate climate change. The fourth International Polar Year (IPY) was a 2007–2008 international campaign to advance polar science and better understand...
posted on November 27, 2013 at 1:10 PM
IPTV had a great time sharing resources and hosting a hands-on booth at the Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival. Families gathered around to get their hands in the containers of oobleck, a non Newtonian fluid that is made of corn starch and water. Educators often use oobleck to teach their students about states of matter and viscosity. While family members played in the substance, others watched the NOVA episode on our display...
posted on November 21, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Mobile Learning Program
Once again PBS KIDS® and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) have joined forces with you and other outreach partners across the country to offer apps to children in low-income communities. The goal is to give preschool and early elementary school children access to PBS KIDS apps for free via community organizations like yours. Powered by a Ready To Learn Grant from the U.S. Department of Education,...
posted on November 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM
PBS Kids has an exciting new page that offers many resources for parents and educators of young children. PBS Kids Apps is visually appealing and has many offerings, such as those listed below.
Apps lets you sort by show, age, or skill. These apps cover a variety of subject areas such as math, reading, vocabulary, patterns, science, art and others.
Albums offers several musical experiences for children and students from...
posted on November 19, 2013 at 9:02 AM
“Four score and seven years ago…” Often referred to as the most important 272 words in American history, November 19, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s landmark Gettysburg Address. PBS LearningMedia has a wealth of content available to help commemorate this event, including this clip from Lincoln@Gettysburg, which explores how in a troubled time...
posted on November 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM
Iowa Public Television and THIRTEEN announce the launch of “A Cheyenne Odyssey,” the third interactive game in the Mission US series of captivating, digital role-playing games created to engage middle grade students in the exploration of U.S. history. “A Cheyenne Odyssey” debuted on October 16, 2013, and supports the study of westward expansion in the middle grade American history curriculum. The game engages...
posted on November 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Map This! History of Geography
Discover what experts have found out about the history of geography from clay tablets during Babylonian times to mapmaking from horseback in the 1800's to digital maps produced by computers in the 60's! Jack Dangermond, the co-founder of a Geographic Information Systems notes that digital geography has enabled people to think about geography in abstract ways using databases and visualization. Click here to...
posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Power of the Pen: PBS Kids Writing Contest!
Check out the PBS Kids writing contest and enter your students to write and illustrate their own stories. You can read stories by other students and have students use the story creation tool to write new stories! Support materials include a comprehensive Writing Guide and handouts that teach students the elements of story writing. Click here to start writing today and enter for a chance to win...