posted on December 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM
2011 has been an exciting year regarding media. Many students entering high school today were likely born into homes with some sort of access to the Internet. People are consuming more media today than any other time in history. Increasingly, more teachers are seeking professional development through online media than through traditional sources. And cell phones, tablet computers, and other mobile devices offer new ways to access media that are radically changing what students need to know in a 21st century...
posted on November 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM
PBS KIDS has announced the release of some new apps for iOS devices: Fetch! Lunch Rush and SUPER WHY Alpha Boost!
Fetch! Lunch Rush is PBS KID's first step into using augmented reality technology. In case you’re not familiar, augmented reality uses the camera on an iOS device to overlay computer-generated graphics on top of the physical, real world environment.
"Augmented reality is becoming a popular marketing tool and a compelling feature for gamers, but no one has fully explored what this could mean for educating children," said Jason Seiken, Senior Vice President, Interactive, Product Development and Innovation,...
posted on November 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Helping students see science and engineering as a career possibility can be tricky. Sadly, many students may grow up hearing adults complain about science: "It's too hard. It's for 'geeks.' Why would you want to waste your time with that?" Yet scientists and engineers are more than just scientists and engineers. They are people who have lives outside of the groundbreaking, innovative work they do. Some are musicians or poets, some play sports, and others are collectors of strange and unusual...
posted on October 26, 2011 at 8:14 AM
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced that Iowa Public Television has been awarded up to $93,800 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS. The funding was awarded through the community implementation phase of CPB's new Ready To Learn initiative. Beginning this fall, twelve public television stations nationwide, including Iowa Public Television in Johnston, will implement new interactive content and educational games aimed at improving the math and literacy skills of low-income children in their...
posted on October 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM
PBS KIDS has launched a site with tons of new apps for kids age two to eight with the goal of building upon and improving math skills.
The games revolve around well-known PBS KIDS characters, including Sid the Science Kid, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, and the crew from The Electric Company. However, PBS KIDS Lab is not just an aggregate site. It is a cross platform destination where kids can access the games both at home and at school through mobile devices, tablets, interactive whiteboards, or...
posted on September 30, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Explore the best practices for teaching global climate change to middle and high school students with these free, self-paced professional development modules for teachers. Each module includes STEM resources that will increase your knowledge of climate change concepts and can be used directly with students. Dive into the modules that interest you.
This professional development experience was funded by NASA's Global Climate Change Education initiative. This initiative is designed to improve the quality of the nation's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and enhance student understanding about global climate and from elementary grades to lifelong learners....
posted on September 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM
You are invited to participate in an exciting opportunity to help evaluate the effectiveness of a new online graduate course, “Global Climate Change Education for High School” (GCC Course), by serving as a Control Teacher.
As an incentive, you will receive a $50 stipend for completing the evaluation instruments, and for completing a PBS TeacherLine online course in science, math, or technology for high school educators during the 2011 fall term slated to start October 26, 2011. The course enrollment fee will be covered by the...