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Big Ideas for Little Learners

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This series is for anyone who works with "littles" at home, in a center, or in a school-based learning setting. Led by experienced educators and media experts, the series will invite you on a media literacy journey, exploring key topics like: what it takes to be a good media mentor; how to responsibly integrate media in your classroom; and how to help children create original content.

Each session offers you a chance to share your thoughts, ideas and strategies with peers from across the country.


Media Mentorship in Your Classroom

November 19, 2019 @ 7pm ET

It's the classic debate: is there a place for media in any learning environment? If so, what is our role in helping children--even the littlest learners--understand and use it? In this interactive discussion, the first of three 'live learning' sessions, we'll consider your role as a Media Mentor. We’ll cover all the hot topics with Fred Rogers Center Fellow, Shimira Williams including: screen time, digital citizenship, and technology availability. By participating, you’ll gain practical tips and content that you can road test with your little learners in school tomorrow!

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Using Media to Bring Stories to Life

December 3, 2019 @ 7pm ET

Everyone loves a good story--especially our littlest learners! In this session, we’ll share ideas and best practices you can use to inspire creative, young storytellers. This includes a deep dive into different types of media - from e-books to augmented reality - and a look at real-world success stories from inside and outside of the classroom.

Special guest panelists:

• Ashley Judd, 4th Grade Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator All-Star

• Kara Wilkins, District Technology Integration Specialist, PBS Digital Innovator All-Star,

• Michelle Garmon, 2nd Grade Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator All-Star

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Using Media to Lift the Littlest Voices

December 10, 2019 @ 7pm ET

Have you ever noticed that our Littles have A LOT to say? Whether they’ve mastered language or not, they are brimming with ideas, imagination and creativity. This episode focuses on how you can help nurture those strengths and encourage learners to create their own content.

Together, we’ll look into the important role media creation plays in each episode and explore how educators are using the show to engage their little learners in the content creation process.


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