Teachers Teaching Teachers
If you’ve ever wanted to give a subject the digital treatment but came up short on ideas and content, PBS Teachers can help with a connection with 35,000 other teachers to discuss what you’re doing and what you should be doing. The site has two new areas that can make education come alive.
PBS Teachers Activity Packs are self contained digital lesson plans that have everything a teacher needs to put together a 21-st century lesson. There are packs on the Arts, Health and Fitness, Reading, Science and Technology and Social Studies. Each area has between 2 and a couple dozen topics that range from immigration to the weather; there are 45 in total and the group hopes to have a couple hundred by this time next year. Each has flash-based content as well as links to a slew of resources to build a lesson around. The best part is that these packs can not only be used in a class but also can be incorporated directly onto a class or school’s Web site so the learning doesn’t have to stop at 3PM.
Starting next Wednesday, the PBS Teachers will start monthly webinars that preview PBS TV shows that can be incorporated into a curriculum. It all starts on January 28 at 8PM when Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. presents “Looking for Lincoln,” a documentary that will be broadcast in February. The webinar will show how it can be incorporated into a lesson plan about Lincoln, abolition and controversies about the man. The webinar will be moderated by Steve Hargadon, founder of Classroom 2.0, which is supplying the technology to make it all happen. After this, there will be monthly topics explored, starting with a webinar and show about Shakespeare.