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 August 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM
We are well into summer; and you know what that means – outdoor festival season. Time to get outside and soak up all of the arts, music and culture there is to offer, whether that’s at home or out of town on summer vacation.
As seen in this ZOOM video segment from PBS Kids, Paracho, Mexico is one such city where music, culture and heritage are a major part of city life. Paracho is known for some of the best-sounding guitars...
posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Now that summer is here, it’s time to get gaming! The time: May 1906. The place: The mythical town of Eureka Falls. Reach into a piece of American history with PBS LearningMedia’s Past/Present, an interactive desktop computer game and website designed to impart decision-making and critical thinking skills. Your students will impersonate one of two protagonists: Anna Caruso, a young Italian immigrant worker, or Walter...
posted on March 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM
As Music in Our Schools Month comes to a close, end it on a high note by taking your class behind the scenes of The Electric Company to learn about the pivotal role music plays in the hit series. Music Director Bill Sherman describes his role and the people that he works with, while the rest of the cast describes their experiences with music on the show and their relationship to music. Your students will be fascinated to learn about how some...
posted on February 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Teach one of Jane Austen’s greatest novels, Sense and Sensibility with the help of PBS LearningMedia’s MASTERPIECE collection. Within 10 minutes of this adaptation, students learn a great deal about the plot, characters and the meaning of the novel. During the clip, family members share an elegant dinner and the dialogue helps to establish not only each character’s distinct personality, but also the mood, tone and trajectory...
posted on December 26, 2013 at 8:31 AM
Celebrate the New Year with PBS LearningMedia & The Electric Company by exploring words that end with a silent -e- and learn how a silent -e- changes a short vowel sound into a long vowel sound. Fulfill that New Year’s resolution of being more active and entertain your students at the same time while rocking out with the silent -e- music video and teaching them four crucial areas of literacy: decoding, vocabulary, comprehension of...
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 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 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...
posted on November 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Adult Learning Spotlight—Kirkwood Community College
Kirkwood Community College offers Adult Education and Literacy programming to students in the Kirkwood Service Area. No student in the Kirkwood Service area is more than thirty minutes away from Adult Education opportunities.
Beginning January 2, 2014, Iowa will begin to offer the HiSET® assessment for high school equivalency, replacing the...
posted on July 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM
The goal of Iowa Public Television's Ready for School initiative is to work with Iowa communities efforts to strengthen the math and literacy skills of children ages 2-8. This work is focused on serving children from low-income families. IPTV provides access to high-quality educational media resources to families, care providers and educators as well as training to support the effective use of those resources.
This initiative uses a...
posted on September 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM
FRONTLINE is an in depth public affairs documentary series covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. The series never shies away from controversial issues or complex stories. Access full documentaries, background information, and interactive features on a number of current event subjects, all of which affect your students in some way. From Martin Smith’s on-the-ground reporting in Obama’s War to Michael...
posted on August 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM
How do you get a group of students - who don't like a whole lot about school - excited about English class? This question led Karen Kayser-Kemp, from New Hampton High School, to design a new project for her 10th grade Foundations of English class. "Basically I had students who hated English or had difficulty in it," said Ms. Kayser-Kemp. To combat a growing apathy among her students, she ended up designing a lesson encompassing something...
posted on January 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Shakespeare’s ability to summarize the range of human emotions in eloquent verse is perhaps one of the biggest reasons for his lasting popularity. If you struggle to find words to express how you feel about a given topic, it seems Shakespeare is there to speak for you. No other author in Western literature has been quoted more, and his stories and ideas have provided an inexhaustible source of inspiration, fueling creativity and the...