Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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PBS Learning Media ~ New Site Design

PBS LearningMedia is excited to announce an improved site design and user experience, making our resources easier than ever for teachers like you to find and integrate into your curriculum. These new features, which are based on feedback from educators nationwide, include: a refreshed look and feel, the ability to easily browse by curriculum area, standards and grade bands, improved search functionality, and easier access to resources from your local PBS station. Explore the Site

 

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/

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Back to School: Gear Up with Gratitude Mini-Lessons

The busy timetables of the school year can leave little time for extensive new units of study. As teachers, instructional designers, administrators realize the compacted time demands of each day, other options are possible.

Consider mini-lessons of 10-15 minutes to reinforce essentials concepts to enhance the invitational component of your classroom or online course.


 

  1. All Ages: Invite students to give voice to their gratitude. Youngest learners may draw and younger learners through adult learners can write or type for 10- 15 minutes on this prompt: How do you feel when you hear the words “Thank you”? Students can also text their answers to this prompt or use the Penzu online journal.
    Research Reinforcement: James Pennebaker, professor at the University of Texas conducted research that points to benefits of writing/journaling on well-being. Read more at this Link
  2. For Grades PK-2: This video from PBS Learning media describes how important it is for youngest learners to show appreciation to the parents and caregivers in their lives that help them!  Watch Video
  3. For Grades 5-12: Braincraft has the science behind why expressing gratitude feels so good. Watch Video
  4. Have a little more time? Feeling and expressing gratitude can help students better appreciate the kindness of others and the importance of their relationships with everyone in their lives. Dive into this lesson plan from PBS Learning Media that will spark a discussion around the meaning of gratitude. Explore Lesson Plans

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Resources from PBS Learning Media

School’s Out But Learning’s In with these Independence Day Resources from PBS Learning Media

Here are a few of the many favorites available from PBS Learning Media 

Prelude to the Revolution
Grades: 9-12
The American Revolution isn’t a straight path; it’s a complex timeline with twists and turns! Did you know the war didn’t start in 1776, but almost a year earlier?  Explore More

 

Thomas Jefferson
Grades: 3-5
Watch this 60-second video to learn a little more about our third president, Thomas Jefferson. He helped to shape America’s future geographical and political landscape with decisions he made in office and with the Founding Fathers. Explore More

 

What is Liberty? Lesson Plan
Grades: 4-8
In this lesson plan, your students can discover what the concept of liberty means, how it can be personified in an object, and how the concept of liberty has impacted different groups in America. Explore More

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Up Close & Canvas: Customize your Canvas LMS course experience using Notifications

In your Canvas LMS courses, look for the notification options to customize your course experience.  They can be found by clicking “Account” along the left hand side of any Canvas page.

Notifications In Canvas

Source: Teague Canvas Course Files

These notifications are explained in many places available by searching, in the Canvas community, and in this Canvas Notifications PDF *

Source: Teague PBS Course Screenshot

 

 

Source: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10624

 

Source: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10624

 

 

*This tip provided by Reed, PBS Assistant Learning Director at PBS Learning Media

 

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Summer Learning Resources from PBS Learning Media

Summer is here! And PBS Learning Media is ready with lots of lessons and activities when you need a break from the pool, the beach, the lake, the basketball court, or the mall!

Don’t see what you like here? Search the vast resources at PBS Learning Media

 

Go Outside and Kick a Curveball
Grades: 6-12
Ever seen a ball curve or bend in the air during a soccer game and wondered what exactly makes it curve? Have your students watch this video and test it out themselves! Explore More
Go Outside and Garden!
Grades: 3-6
Creating a sustainable garden is great way for students to get outside! In this video, they will explore plant choice, companion planting, composting, water conservation, and more. Explore More

 

Go Outside on a Summer Adventure!
Grades: PreK-2
These five-day, thematic, multimedia activity plans can be implemented in just about 20 minutes each day. Practice and build math skills with PBS KIDS daily or weekly. Explore More

 

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Free professional development events for PreK-1 teachers!

Free professional development events for PreK-1 teachers!

Learning with PBS Kids

 

Learning with PBS KIDS is a virtual PD series specially designed with PreK- 1st grade teachers in mind. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for early childhood classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including the arts, social and emotional learning, playful learning, and meaningful screen time. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each 1 hour virtual PD event. Explore Webinar Series.

Learning More at this link: http://www.pbs.org/education/blog/learning-with-pbs-kids-professional-development-for-early-childhood-educators?

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STEM Learning Resources from PBS Learning Media

PBS Learning Media has abundant #STEM resources to take your students on a learning adventure and inspire a lifelong love of science!

Wild Kratts follows the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure as the duo travels to animal habitats around the globe!   Explore Collection

Additional Resources

Animal Adaptations / Grades: PreK-3

How are some birds able to survive winter weather while others have to fly North? Why are Polar Bears and Walrus’ able to survive on land and water? Discover Wild Alaska with the Kratt Brothers! Students will learn about animals in Alaska and how they adapt, survive, and thrive in the wild.  Discover More

Ready Jet Go! / Grades: PreK-3

This space-themed collection includes fun, educational video clips about planet Earth, the other major planets in our solar system, and the characteristics that set them apart. Discover More

Earth Science / Grades: K-2

From different weather patterns to land formations, help your students learn more about how the Earth works and how it was formed with this collection from NASA. Discover More

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Solar Eclipse Resources from PBS Learning Media

 

 

Solar Eclipse Resources from PBS Learning Media

 

 

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with PBS Learning Media

PBS Learning Media

Get to know the original “Wonder Women”- including prominent leaders of the women’s movement from the 19th century like Susan B. Anthony, Carry Nation, and Lucretia Mott.

 

 

Beginning in 1978, celebrations of women’s contributions in all areas of life began to take place. This video from Crash Course can be used to spark classroom discussion on how women transformed America as they fought for prison and education reform, abolition, equal rights, universal suffrage, temperance, and fair pay. Standards and instructional guidelines included. View Resource

Women's History Month PBS Learning Media

 

 

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Holiday Themed Math Resources & More from PBS Learning Media

Help your class get into the holiday spirit!

Familiar traditions have fascinating and sometimes surprising origins. Get to know the history and significance behind Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more with our All About the Holidays video collection. View Collection

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