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9 Auspicious Dates that Shaped China’s History

Nine is an auspicious number for the Chinese, representing long life and power. Here, Historian Michael Wood chooses nine key dates from Chinese history.

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We Asked Teachers: Cool Ideas to Activate Young Minds all Summer Long

Looking for inspiration to motivate your own students over the long break? Here are some responses from our teachers, in their own words, with some great tips for continued fun learning over the summer.

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School's Out, Adventure's In!

Summer’s here!  That wonderful time when teachers gather up all their belongings in the classroom and go take a great big three-month nap on their hammock, right?

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Splash & Bubbles: Marine Biology & Social Emotional Learning for Your Classroom

Whether learning about migration, adaptation for survival or just weird and wacky sleeping habits, the ocean has a lot to offer teachers and their students. That’s the spirit with which the Jim Henson Company’s new marine science-based preschool show, Splash and Bubbles, approaches each episode

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Teaching the Vietnam War Through Diverse Perspectives

For nearly ten years, Ken Burns and I have explored one of the most consequential, most misunderstood, and divisive events in American history: the Vietnam War. We have tried to find out what really happened, why things went so badly wrong, and why, for more than four decades, we have been unable to put the war behind us.

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A Celestial Experience that Eclipses the Classroom

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire continental United States. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979, and it will not happen again until 2024. Find out how to turn this rare event into a unique teaching opportunity in your classroom!

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Adding Creative Thinking to Summer Learning

Does summer learning cross our minds during the month of May? It definitely should! Summer break is a great time for educators to continue to encourage learning and to step outside of the box of common core standards and endless assessments.

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32 Space-Themed Resources to Explore the Galaxy

Star WarsTM is the movie that proved science fiction could be a blockbuster. Within the Star Wars fandom, May Fourth is celebrated as “Star Wars Day.” We have curated the following lesson plans, videos and more from PBS LearningMedia for those inspired (Jedi) instructors out there.

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A Trip Back In Time to 'Mercy Street'

I recently collaborated with two U.S. History teachers to take students on a virtual field trip to Civil War era Alexandria, Virginia.

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Six Things You Didn't Know About World History, from Crash Course

Built upon Crash Course's wildly popular “The Most Fun You Have Ever Had Learning” videos, this curriculum adds teacher guides, worksheets, essential questions and more.

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Engineering for Good: How to help students be good stewards, and thoughtful scientists

KQED’s Engineering for Good provides an opportunity to propel students towards solutions about the plastic waste problem, while also honoring the origins of Earth Day, which focused more on water conservation and air pollution.

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Spectrum: A Story of the Mind

Spectrum: A Story of the Mind asks thoughtful questions: how can we empathize with people who have autism and sensory issues? How can we design a sensory-friendly world? Spectrum opens the door to understanding autism with a fresh perspective.

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Educating Hearts and Minds

Bring buddies and an 8-year-old aardvark named Arthur into the classroom.

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What is the Lasting Impact of World War I?

World War I is not just about trench warfare and poison gas. It is a story of doughboys, airmen, ambulance drivers, Red Cross workers, Hello-girls, Yeomen, doughnut dollies, farmers, war production laborers, suffragists, and pacifists. It’s essential that we look for ways to capture students’ attention and help them to understand the impact The Great War left on politics, technology, and culture.

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Newtown: From Grief, a Chance to Teach & Learn

Newtown is the documentary that no one wants to watch, but everyone needs to watch.

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Working with "the Bad Kids"

Last August, I got amazing news: a position at Black Rock High School had opened, and my transfer there was successful.  I would finally be working with the ‘Bad Kids.’ You see, teaching at Black Rock with some of the most underserved students in our district is a coveted teaching position. It’s rare that a job opens up, and I was going to join the team.

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21 Pi Day Resources for your Classroom

March 14th (3/14) is recognized as the day to celebrate Pi! Whether you are looking for activities to conduct in the classroom, special Pi day gear, or a unique video to highlight the occasion, keep reading for a plethora of Pi Day fun!

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#ILovePBS

What are your favorite PBS memories? 

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Integrating the Refugee Crisis into Your Curriculum

Welcome to Canada, and its companion lesson plan, “A Refugee’s Story,” encourages students to explore the impact of immigration as well as the themes of cultural displacement, human rights, and resilience. 

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Powerful Words in the Classroom: Dr. Maya Angelou, an American Master

On February 21, a new documentary will air on PBS’s American Masters’ Series, entitled Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. Dr. Maya Angelou was more than the creator of the fabulously popular works of literature, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “Still I Rise” and “On the Pulse of Morning.” Throughout the film, people speak lovingly as witnesses to the many roles that Dr. Angelou inhabited so naturally – and so candidly – during her lifetime. 

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How Sesame Street Helps Children Learn For Life

"S is for Self-Regulation. E is for Executive Function."

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Why Being Held Back Was the Push Forward I Needed

"Physics Girl," Dianna Cowern, shares what helped push her into a career of science, math, and a lot of fun. 

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Powerful Ways to Explore Women’s Rights Through History

A lesson that I had planned as an exploration of the Civil War, using PBS's Mercy Street, not only connected them to the past but became a great springboard to discuss issues affecting my students today.

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Giving Voice to My Passion: My Experience as a PBS Digital Innovator

I found a voice for my passions through my immersion in the PBS Digital Innovator community – this dialogue sharpened my perspective on education. For the first time, my voice and ideas were given a platform.

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Students as Journalists: Combating the Fake News Outbreak

Media reporting around the world has changed. Simply recording video or posting a blog does not make one a journalist. Journalism requires ethics, critical analysis, judgment, and training. I challenge my students to develop as journalists. 

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Truth and the Modern Classroom

Ignorance of facts is the enemy of liberation and is devastating to our democracy. How can our students realize their full potential if they are ignorant of the society in which they live? Should promising young minds pursue whims based on emotions or solutions based on reality?

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A Call for Classroom Changemakers: Are You a PBS Digital Innovator?

PBS Digital Innovators set the bar for thoughtful tech integration in the classroom. You are pre-K-12 educators who are not defined by the gadgets you use, but by the unique way you approach education. Your bold and enthusiastic perspective sets you apart as changemakers, and unlocks new worlds for your students. Are you a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator?

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Tap Technology to Bring History to Life

Throughout the years, I’ve found that incorporating digital media and technology in my class has made the War more relevant and accessible to students.  Rather than sitting passively listening to a lecture or completing a worksheet, students become explorers and navigators of their own learning experience by witnessing battles, meeting people, and immersing themselves in the significant historical events of the time.

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Planting the (Pumpkin) Seeds of Learning with Technology

This fall, our kindergarten classes were studying the plant life cycle within the life science unit. Each kindergarten class started with a pumpkin. I was asked to introduce technology into this activity, and I thought this was a nice opportunity to try some simple journaling with this eager group of students.

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Making Sense of the New Science and Engineering Standards with PBS LearningMedia

With a number of states adopting the NGSS, and other states revising their standards to incorporate some of the Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, we took this opportunity to redesign the science hierarchy in PBS LearningMedia. Two years – and many sleepless nights later – we are excited to share the results.

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That's a Rap! Weaving the Arts into Education

Hi, it’s Mister C and I'm a PBS Digital Innovator from Ohio! I would like to invite all of you to tap into your musical “super powers” and create the soundtrack for your classroom by participating in PBS Education's "That's a Rap!" challenge. Here's how it works: Record a 60-second rap video that shows us how you use the arts to teach subjects like math, science, history, and English language arts.Upload your video to your Twitter page.Tag it with #FallArtsRap, @PBSTeachers, and...

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Meet the Students Winners for PBS Education's 50 for 50 Contest!

We at PBS Education were so thrilled when we read some of the 1500 responses to our 50 for 50 contest: it’s clear that educators have been able to cut through the noise, and help their students achieve a level civility and maturity we wish we saw from some of our more seasoned political pundits!

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Exploring Narratives: Using the PBS LearningMedia Storyboard Tool

Though we have known about the dangers of media addiction since the 1970s, what frames the questions in 2016 are another issue entirely.  In the age of digital media, the immediate past is ancient history.  The challenges that teachers (and others who care about the effects of digital media) face right now is how to create producers instead of mere consumers so our students can navigate this vast digital immersion.

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