When I taught high school English, I had a mailbox in the staff lounge in a wall full of identical little rectangular mailboxes. About twice a year, I would find something useful in my mailbox. But the other 178 school days, I only found mountains of junk mail — flyers for expensive digital subscription services or glossy magazines brimming with overpriced textbooks that would be obsolete before they arrived. Soon, the junk mail felt as identical as the rows of little rectangular mailboxes. Continue reading Video Games & Learning: Teachers & Developers Write the Future Together
Wisconsin Public Television has exciting news! On Monday, Jan. 16 a brand-new 24/7 channel: WPT PBS KIDS and live stream will debut, supporting WPT’s mission to provide Wisconsin children with high-quality educational content. Read more about these new children’s services and how to tune in below!
Early in 2016, teachers and community members from across Door County came to Crossroads at Big Creek to chat with the Wisconsin Public Television Education Team about how to extend the value of WPT’s Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County documentary for students.
Now, thanks to the energy and passion of Door County teachers and community members, more than 400 Exploration Kits are on their way to classrooms in the Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, Gibraltar, and Washington Island school districts. Kits are also being delivered to homeschoolers, private schools, local museums and other community groups.
Lizbeth Thomas, a teacher from the Gibraltar School District, writes:
“Sometimes people take for granted the vast treasures of this beautiful county. This is an incredible reminder. It is so important to preserve this history; I felt privileged to be a part of this project. My small part – writing curriculum – ensures that this will be shared throughout Wisconsin schools and beyond. Thank you!”
Read on to learn more about the exciting resources available in this kit.
As the United States celebrates National Native American Heritage Month throughout November, Wisconsin residents and others interested in learning more about Native American culture of the past and present can find a variety of easy-to-access resources thanks to Act 31.
In the words of Aaron Bird Bear, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s American Indian Curriculum Services Coordinator, “Act 31 is an invitation to get to know the deep human story of the Western Great Lakes. It helps us understand our neighbors. It helps us understand our own shared history … Act 31 gives us a great sense of perspective of thinking about this place, of the many different ways we understand this place, and that’s a skill set that will be valuable for anyone wherever they go, in this global, connected world …”
Milwaukee High School of the Arts social studies teachers Drew deLutio and Kelsey Noack worked with WPT to create “experiences, not lessons” for students to engage more deeply with the extraordinary story of Vel Phillips. A flash drive containing the Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams curriculum was recently mailed to social studies educators for grades 6-12, and elementary library media specialists throughout Wisconsin.
Read about Drew deLutio’s experience working on this project:
“I discovered that I could be smart and capable and valuable for something that had nothing to do with Hollywood. This is me. And it felt great.”
In this powerful and inspirational video, Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar shares how her discovery of mathematics in college helped her discover she is so much more than a former child star. Knowledge truly is power!
It’s creative, fun and they – of course – saved the best state for last!
Even better – “I Wanna See the States” is more than just a song. Visit pbslearningmedia.org/, search the song title and discover an all-inclusive readymade learning module for classrooms – complete with a lesson plan, annotated lyrics and blank maps.
“I thought it would just taste like vegetables, but it really tastes delicious!”
That was one of the comments from the school kids that Madison-based James Beard Award-winning chef Tory Miller is helping to learn about eating local, sustainable, healthy and tasty food.
Learn more about Miller’s journey from Racine to New York to Madison to become one of the country’s top chefs on tonight’s all-new Wisconsin Life at 8 on Wisconsin Public Television. Can’t wait? Watch his Wisconsin Life segment online now!
Tonight at 8 on Wisconsin Public Television, Ken Burns’ new film, The Address, explores the power that Abraham Lincoln’s 150-year-old Gettysburg Address has today in shaping the aspirations and achievement in a group of students grappling with learning challenges.
Anticipation of the film – and its message – sparked a new project that has grasped the minds of people across the United States and inspired them to record their own recitation of the address. That includes these 7th and 8th graders from Trinity Lutheran School in Oshkosh.
Now, you can join the “Learn the Address” project, too. Watch more videos of fellow Wisconsinites reciting Lincoln’s words at this link and upload your own video to be part of a nationwide collection that includes politicians, celebrities, artists, actors, students and folks just like all of us.
As we all cope with the horrible news coming out of the tragic Newtown, Conn. school shooting this morning, here are some tips and advice from Fred Rogers Company for talking with children about scary events in the news. The advice eases young minds who are looking for reassurance about their well-being, answers questions about scary images they are seeing on television and helps them feel more secure in an uncertain time.
Much of this advice will be helpful for kids and adults looking for some kind of comfort in the wake of a senseless tragedy.
For parents looking for news updates on the developments coming out of Connecticut, please visit the PBS NewsHour homepage and tune in at 6 p.m. for the show’s nightly broadcast.