posted on December 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM
What does innovation look like, and how can one generate innovative ideas in the classroom? This collection from NOVA Education built around "design thinking" is aimed at helping your students explore the invention of real-world, practical solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.
The collection, called The Design Process: From Idea to Solution, consists of four videos, each with an accompanying lesson plan. Your class will be...
posted on December 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM
Do your students know the history of the Internet?
The Internet was originally designed to connect large computers at universities, businesses and governments. Growth exploded once personal computers became common in the 1980s. Connecting to the Internet leaves computers vulnerable, however. People can use computers to delete data, spread viruses or even steal someone’s identity. The good news is that there are several ways your...
posted on December 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Kwanzaa, first celebrated in 1966, is a celebration of African American culture and heritage. Every year it starts on December 26 and lasts until January 1. Each of the seven days is dedicated to a different principle that can help shape a community. The principles of faith, unity and creativity are just a few described in this PBS LearningMedia holiday video.
Traditions include lighting red, black and green candles, as well as and drum and...
posted on December 2, 2014 at 7:48 AM
Before you know it, Christmas will be here! As this PBS LearningMedia video describes, Christmas originated as a commemoration of Jesus’s birth, and since then, it has evolved to encapsulate many other cultural holiday traditions and celebrations, like decorating trees, festive parties and meals with family, listening to Christmas music on the radio, visits with Santa and giving gifts.
The gift-giving tradition dates back hundreds of...
posted on November 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM
How is math used in fashion? Or music? Or basketball? Your students will get a real world understanding of algebra with this “Get the Math” multimedia project collection as they learn how professionals working in fashion, videogame design and music production use algebraic thinking.
Your class will take interactive challenges related to those careers, prompting them to think about the ways people use math in their daily lives...
posted on November 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM
It’s Geography Awareness Week, mes chers élèves! Take your class on a virtual trip to France with this set of PBS LearningMedia digital resources – essays, lesson plans, images, videos – examining French history, society, culture and the lives of young people in France today.
This featured Global Learning & Diplomacy Collection explores France’s geography and landscape, government, significant events...
posted on November 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM
As we honor our nation’s veterans this week, bring stories from the battlefront into American history, world history and health classrooms with this selection of videos, images and media-rich lesson plans.
This set of PBS LearningMedia educational materials allows your class to explore the similarities and differences in veterans’ memories of World War II and Vietnam while uncovering how these wars shaped American culture....
posted on November 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM
There are more than 21.2 million veterans living in America today. Collectively, they served our country during the last six wars: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan.
There are also 611 U.S. military sites in 153 countries across the world. Some of these sites are bases where students and their families live, like the students featured in this video from PBS...
posted on November 5, 2014 at 9:09 AM
“We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference,” says Rita Pierson, who has spent 40 years as a dedicated educator. The difference she refers to is not only helping students learn, but being a positive force in their lives.
In her TED Talk, Pierson calls on teachers to build relationships with their students, no matter how challenging that may be. She shares examples of gestures large and small to bolster...
posted on November 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM
How can we leverage digital media in schools? That is one of the central questions in the film Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century, which explores how exceptional instructors are increasingly using digital media and interactive practices to ignite their students’ curiosity, help them become civically engaged, allow them to collaborate with peers and empower them to direct their own learning.
Integrating digital media...
posted on October 31, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Halloween is today – one of the most fun and festive times of the year for young people! In the spirit of the season, share this resource group from the PBS KIDS series Sid the Science Kid with your class and teach them about some Halloween-related science topics.
Along with Sid, yours kids will investigate how bats are helpful creatures that catch mosquitoes, spiders are expert engineer web builders, cats are leaping aerial...
posted on October 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM
In the early 1900s, the average American's medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest. Deadly chemicals such as radioactive radium, thallium, potassium cyanide, and morphine lurked in health tonics, depilatory creams, teething medicine, and cleaning supplies. As industrial innovation increased, the tools of the murderer's trade multiplied. However, the scientific knowledge to detect crime and the political will to prevent it...
posted on October 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM
‘Tis the season for witches, ghosts and magic! In Shakespeare’s time, many people believed in the existence of supernatural elements and witchcraft. The dominant fear of kings and queens in the 16th and 17th centuries was that the devil or antichrist, through the agency of the Pope, would topple the English monarchy.
In this PBS LearningMedia collection focusing on Macbeth, Hamlet and The Tempest, your students will examine...
posted on October 16, 2014 at 7:10 AM
The original Penn Station was considered an architectural jewel of the Big Apple in its heyday, but how did it get built? And why was it ultimately demolished?
“For most people, it wasn’t until that station was torn down that they understood what was taken from them,” said author Lorraine B. Diehl, who was interviewed for The Rise and Fall of Penn Station, the PBS American Experience documentary featured in this series of...
posted on September 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM
You may have heard about our expanded digital resources! Today, PBS launches a NEW student experience at PBSStudents.org and new teacher tools at PBSLearningMedia.org! Plus, PBS LearningMedia now offers over 87,000 digital resources, including more than 700 Spanish language videos!
Students will love the new PBSStudents.org website, where you can send your kids to interact with media, engage with resources and complete assignments. The PBS...