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PBS and NPR Resources

Check out a fantastic opportunity from PBS -- FREE off-air taping rights for selected programs. You can select programs to record at home and show them when the time is right in your classroom. Teaching guides can be ordered as accompaniments. In fact, over 300 PBS programs are available and 1200 lesson plans keyed to PBS shows and content standards. PBS Conquistadors reveals alternative views of the post-Columbian era in our hemisphere.

While many of these projects are light on technology, the curriculum preparation itself is typically of very high caliber. Also, clicking on PREVIEWS at PBS will enable you to preview the programs in the next month so you have plenty of lead time to select and prepare coordinated activities.

PBS is now divided into ten areas with a special section called PBS Kids to which students can submit their own publications, review news, and chat. They can also tour Backstage and see how PBS productions are designed or join in a sing-along karaoke style. Treks and other science links bolster the value of this site. The learning communities sections for parents and adult learners have been expanded. One section, Backyard Jungle, shows students the teeming, small jungle life close by.

Check out Science Odyssey. By pushing the mouse students can build an atom or alter landscapes or (our favorite) view the changes in home technology in the last 100 years. 120 biographies of famous scientists can be perused. These additions were developed by WGBH in Boston.

PBS has focused on a Back-to-School program which includes listings of other sites and special events, such as the anniversary of the Apollo missions. Another project called Ready to Learn offers early childhood resources for teachers and childcare providers.

PBS has also sponsored Bill Nye, the Science Guy. His job was to supplement programs with lessons and background stuff. The site was catchy and movie clips could be downloaded but the content could be more substantial given its bandwidth consumption.

Science Friday on NPR touches on a scientific topic as a current event. If you miss the broadcast in real time, a class can still access it through Real Audio at the Web site. Sometimes the topics are just bits and pieces, good for enrichment but not necessarily for classromm integration.

DragonflyTV PBS features real kids doing their own science inquiries. Topics might include "how rapids affect a river ride", "how do horses use their ears to communicate", or "how can skating turns be speedy, steady and in control". Materials can be purchased on VHS and DVD. l Next vista for Learning houses an enormous library of videos about most anything.It welcomes YOUR videos, too. FREE

PBS Learning Media hold 20,000 digital assets.

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PBS Learning Media

This site will link you to thousands of digital assets.

Look at the PBS site for ideas for your local or regional educational channel's web site. Putting together even a simple web site can greatly enhance the value of your local educational programming.

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