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Almetria Vaba administers the California edition of PBS LearningMedia, a new digital media service for educators from PBS and WGBH. Check it out at: ca.pbslearningmedia.org.

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Inside the Voting Booth: Six Election Day Animations

PBS LearningMedia | October 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

Inside the Voting Booth: Six Election Day Animations

Election day is just around the corner. Take this opportunity to explore the election process with your students using popular PBS LearningMedia elections animations and interactives. From understanding various tactics of a political campaign to exploring how citizens decide who and what to vote for in an election, step inside the voting booth with PBS […]

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Where Do You Belong? 20 Videos Exploring Geography

General | October 15, 2014 | 3 Comments

Where Do You Belong? 20 Videos Exploring Geography

By Sarah Bremer My students carry GPS-enabled devices (smart phones) in their back pockets and view paper maps as artifacts from a distant past.  PBS LearningMedia makes it easy for me to engage these “digital natives.”  A quick search turns up high quality, targeted materials that I can easily incorporate into a lesson or homework […]

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10 Resources for Exploring the Roots of Resistance

Events & Conferences | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

10 Resources for Exploring the Roots of Resistance

Over a thousand educators will gather this weekend to network, explore empowering learning environments and develop a professional learning community at the 14th Annual Conference: Teaching for Social Justice– The Roots of Resistance taking place Saturday, October 11th at Mission High School in San Francisco. KQED News Education Editor Mathew Green will be facilitating a […]

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PBSstudents.org + Teacher Productivity Tools Join the PBS Family

General | October 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

PBSstudents.org + Teacher Productivity Tools Join the PBS Family

PBS LearningMedia now offers a student learning portal and a suite of productivity tools for teachers. These new features make it easy to create personalized learning experiences for students to explore inside or outside of the classroom. Digital productivity tools also make it easier than ever for students to connect with curriculum concepts. The Lesson […]

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Arts Collections in PBS LearningMedia

Arts | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Arts Collections in PBS LearningMedia

Quick Picks: PBS LearningMedia offers thousands of resources for teaching and learning in arts and arts integration. Check out our quick picks of  PBS LearningMedia arts collections organized by series or special topics. Sign up for a free account to save resources and create folders to organize your own arts collections. And check out these […]

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Make Engaging Video Lessons with Zaption

Digital Tools | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Make Engaging Video Lessons with Zaption

By Renee Bruner Zaption turns online video into engaging, interactive learning experiences. Teachers use Zaption’s intuitive web app to quickly add images, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and private video libraries. The result is an interactive learning tour that turns passive video into an active learning experience. With Zaption’s rich analytics, […]

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Innovate, Integrate, and Inspire! KQED at the California STEM Symposium 2014

Events & Conferences | September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Innovate, Integrate, and Inspire! KQED at the California STEM Symposium 2014

We are gearing up for the California STEM Symposium taking place this month in San Diego, September 22-23! We will be at the Exhibit Hall (booth 505) and presenting several sessions.  In advance of the symposium, check out a sampling of STEM collections from PBS LearningMedia and get your STEM on! STEM Collections Career Spotlight Career […]

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Five Ways to Get Your School Year Off to a Stress Free Start

General | September 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Five Ways to Get Your School Year Off to a Stress Free Start

By Jane Lofton Back to school time can be overwhelming for both new and seasoned teachers alike. Here are five things you can do to help alleviate stress and get your year off to a great start: If your school is fortunate enough to have a teacher librarian, go visit him/her, chat about your goals […]

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“Four Things I’ll Do Differently This School Year”

General | August 29, 2014 | 6 Comments

“Four Things I’ll Do Differently This School Year”

By Amy Ridlehuber Kingsley This summer I set out to boost my EdTech IQ. Education has changed so much since earning my teaching credential 15 years ago. Technology allows students to take a much more active role in education and personalize their learning. Students are able to collaborate with one another wherever and whenever and […]

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Shaking Things Up: Ten Resources for Exploring Earthquakes

General | August 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

Shaking Things Up: Ten Resources for Exploring Earthquakes

What a way to start out the school year!  Did the South Napa quake trigger a landslide of questions from your students about why earthquakes happen, what faults are, or if scientists can predict quakes?  Explore the science of earthquakes, from the Bay Area and beyond, with the following resources. Earthquake Explainer This media-rich collection […]

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