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Give your class a fun science project – ask them to make a robotic arm! In this video from Design Squad Nation, kids design and build controllable mechanical arms and use their "robo" arms to lift objects and play a series of games. http://to.pbs.org/1JRQrIW
<p>Robotic arms are cool, useful, and fun to make. In this video from <em>Design Squad Nation</em>, kids design and build controllable mechanical arms and use their "robo" arms to lift objects and to play a series of games. As they build their mechanical arms, the kids use the engineering design process, apply a variety of science concepts (e.g., levers and tension and compression), and learn how NASA uses robotic arms in many of its missions.</p...
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Memorial Day was first known as “Decoration Day.” After the Civil War, people decorated soldier’s graves with flags and flowers so that they wouldn’t be forgotten. Students find out more about the history and meaning of Memorial Day with this PBS LearningMedia video. http://to.pbs.org/1HAesDZ
<p>Learn about Memorial Day with this look back at the holiday's history.</p>
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In your classroom, there are technology experts in the making! Find out how you can build these skills within your students with inspiration from the MOUSE Squad, a non-profit that engages middle and high school students in technology and engineering. http://to.pbs.org/1EuES6M
<p>Learn how MOUSE is engaging middle and high school students in technology and engineering in this video from <em>American Graduate Day 2013</em>. Beginning in the middle school years, students can join the MOUSE Squad, which trains them to become technology experts in their schools. As 11th and 12th graders, students can start to design new technologies in the MOUSE Crops. After selecting a service-orientated theme, the MOUSE Corps members des...
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Effective planning starts with considering the course outcome—what students should be able to do OUTSIDE the classroom with the information they have learned IN the classroom. Aligning course outcomes with those of other courses in a department or program gives students an integrated education, as you will see in this professional development video. http://to.pbs.org/1EupBD1
<p>In this professional development video from <em>Getting Results</em>, instructors from different disciplines fit content from their disciplines into one integrated project that simulates a real-world problem. The instructors—from physics, technology, math, and communications disciplines—discuss the project and work with their students. One instructor explains that each course revolves around a real-world home insulation problem. The communicat...
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A common question for the teaching of science is how to make the abstract more “real world” and concrete. Watch how one educator does it when it comes to teaching the solar system! http://to.pbs.org/1HdikgX
<p>This video segment from <em>Teaching Earth and Space Science</em> shows how teacher Mark Goldner uses a classroom scaling activity to give eighth-grade students a physical feel for the vast spatial scale of the solar system. Goldner has his students approximate the size of the planets and the Sun using familiar objects; for example, Earth is represented by a peppercorn and the Sun is represented by an 8-inch beach ball. Goldnere helps his stud...
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With a little investigation, children can come to appreciate rain – and science – in new and different ways. Help them create a book about rain in this fun activity from Arthur! http://to.pbs.org/1KY8xcY
<p>With a little investigation, children may come to appreciate rain in new and different ways. Create a book about rain in this activity from Arthur.</p>
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Why do we read? What's the point of reading critically? This “Crash Course” literature lesson answers those questions and more as John argues that reading is about effectively communicating with other people. http://to.pbs.org/1zuS9za #SummerReadingPBS
<p>In which John Green kicks off the Crash Course Literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions. Why do we read? What's the point of reading critically. John will argue that reading is about effectively communicating with other people. Unlike a direct communication though, the writer has to communicate with a stranger, through time and space, with only "dry dead words on a page."<br /><br />Find more videos from Crash Course at <a hre...
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Tune in TONIGHT when PBS debuts the new documentary “The Homefront,” which explores the stories and lives of America's military families. PBS LearningMedia now has a variety of educational resources adapted the doc that you can share with students. Use them to delve deeper into the realities of deployment, the joys of homecoming, and the challenges of reintegrating as a family after time apart. http://to.pbs.org/1Bda7Sv
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Each spring, students at Montclair's Mt. Hebron Middle School grow a community garden together. What can your students learn from creating their own community garden project? http://to.pbs.org/1F9V29n
<p>Each spring, students at Montclair's Mt. Hebron Middle School grow their community garden together. This episode of NJEA's Classroom Close-up shows how this project is able to reinforce classroom learning while strengthening the school community.</p>
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What are some of the ways you can make a lesson on energy transfer relevant to your students' lives? Get some ideas in this project-based learning activity, in which 6th grade science students use digital technologies to measure heat loss in the home. http://to.pbs.org/1Hdqx4G
<p>In this project-based learning activity, 6th grade science students use digital technologies to measure heat loss in the home. Teacher Lawrence Perretto explains the engineering skills students acquire as well as the larger implications the project has for teaching students about environmental conservation.</p>
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So ridiculous that PBS does not make this content available in other countries. As if these understanding wouldn't be good for everyone. We all breathe the same CO2.
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This summer is all about reading! Join us Thursday, May 21 for our next webinar, “Reading Rocks! Top Strategies for Motivating Summer Readers"! The online event will feature tips and ideas from Dr. Loriene Roy, Ph.D. of the University of Texas and PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Julie Hildebrand on what educators can do to make this the summer of reading. Discussion will also focus on our free “Summer of Reading” collection. REGISTER: http://to.pbs.org/1KbDm0l ‪#‎SummerReadingPBS‬
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Do your students know how to sort out fact from fiction when reading science-related news? Beneath all of the hype and jargon, some enlightening news on real research and breakthroughs does exist! Teach you kids what they need to look for. http://to.pbs.org/1dJkqZc #SummerReadingPBS
<p>How do you filter out fact from the fiction when reading science news? It's not an easy task, but deep down beneath the hyperbole and jargon will often exist some enlightening news on real research and breakthroughs. We just need to know what we're looking for. </p>
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PBS LearningMedia™ is the go-to destination for instant access to over 87,000 digital resources for teachers!
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PBS LearningMedia is a free digital media content library that builds on the strength of public media and is the destination for relevant educational resources for PreK-12 teachers. 

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PBS LearningMedia™ brings together the best of public media, produced specifically for teachers, from PBS, WGBH, and 80+ public media partners. The flexible platform includes high-quality content tied to national curriculum standards, professional development courses, a robust content management system, and a built-to-fit infrastructure. Available in a FREE basic service as well a premium cost-effective solution for schools and districts--designed for seamless media integration and customization. PBS LearningMedia is a partnership of PBS and the WGBH Educational Foundation.
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