Quality Resource: PBS Learning Media

Are you looking for a free online platform designed to improve not only your effectiveness as a teacher but also the achievement of your students? Check out: PBS Learning Media As the site states, “PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PBS LearningMedia was developed in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation and is offered locally by 155 PBS licensees, representing 356 stations in 55 U.S. states and territories.” Some of my favorite finds thus far: Waadookodaading: Ojibwe Language Immersion School (checkout theways.org for more videos like this one) What’s the Deal with Fossil Fuels?  Earth Days: Rachel Carson & Silent Spring Happy exploring and happy learning! Your Librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Quality Resource: PBS Kids

This post is short and sweet 🙂 On January 15th, PBS announced it was expanding access to PBS Kids! While there was already a great selection, it’s now even better! Check out their array of children’s educational media on your local PBS station or online through pbskids.org. After arriving at the website, click on “videos” and then “live TV” and you can watch your local station anytime, online. By clicking on “learn more” above the show you can even see the intended audience, the goal, and a description of the show. In addition, PBS Kids brings you videos, games, and shows suitable to most audiences. This site is a great option for “fun fridays” or other times students are using devices within a fun free time setting. It’s also a great thing to recommend to parents and families who may be wondering what is appropriate to use with their youngest children. Happy watching and interacting! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson is one of my personal heroes. During our time of climate change and the continued assaults happening to our environment, she’s an even more essential historical figure. On January 24, 2017, PBS aired Rachel Carson through the American Experience series. Whether you’re familiar with Carson and her work or not, this documentary will add to your knowledge base. She was a writer, biologist, naturalist, and advocate. She’s someone who stepped outside her comfort zone to speak out for wildlife and the environment. The program is almost 2 hours in length and would be fitting in a middle school or high school science class. It would also be great for an evening or weekend event family event that was for parents and children ages 12 and older. It’s always challenging catering to the interests and needs of our middle school and high school youth. This topic is one many of them are in support of and will get behind. Please email me and I’d be happy to send you the program materials and plan I would use for this type of event! In addition, Carson is one of the scientists featuring in the Scientist Learning Guide. Thanks for reading and […]