Powerful girls grow up feeling secure in themselves. They learn to take action, making positive choices about their own lives and doing positive things for others. They think critically about the world around them. They express their feelings and acknowledge the feelings and thoughts of others in caring ways. Powerful girls feel good about themselves and grow up with a "can-do" attitude. Of course, strong girls may (like all of us) have times of insecurity and self-doubt, but these feelings aren't paralyzing because the girls have learned to work through their problems. Powerful girls will grow up to lead full, valuable lives.
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During the week of May 20-24, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood features five new episodes including playdates with O the Owl, Prince Wednesday, Miss Elaina, and Katerina Kittycat. New episodes premiere at 10 am Monday, May 20, on WILL-TV. The show also airs at 12:30 pm weekdays and at 5:30 am Saturdays. Find more learning games and resources on the program's website.
Join us for an interactive screening of this documentary followed by a conversation with Chicago’s YouMedia co-founder Dr. Nichole Pinkard.
Thursday, April 18, 11:30 am, Center for Children’s Books, U of I Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign.
Can’t make it in person? You can view the documentary and participate remotely online through OVEE, a social screening system, https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/bxito
We encourage you to review the technical support information at https://ovee.itvs.org/ prior to the screening.
For more information about the screening, contact Carol Tilley.
About the film
Digital media is increasingly present in kids' formal and informal educational settings, becoming as common as pencils and notebooks were to their parents. Yet in many American classrooms and homes, these high-tech tools are severely limited or forbidden. Teachers and parents wonder: What are students doing with these technologies?
Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century addresses this vital question, taking viewers to the frontlines of what is rapidly becoming an education revolution. The film, targeted at parents, teachers, and anyone concerned about education in America, explores how exceptional educators are increasingly using digital media and interactive practices to ignite their students' curiosity and ingenuity, help them become civically engaged, allow them to collaborate with peers worldwide, and empower them to direct their own learning.
Meet some of the country's most noted educational experts and thought leaders in the digital education realm. Nichole Pinkard, founder of the Chicago's Digital Youth Network, connects the dots between digital afterschool programs and their potential relationship to in-school practices. Henry Jenkins, from the Annenberg School for Communication discusses the Internet's role in sparking student political participation. Katie Salen, Professor at Parsons the New School of Design and Founder of the Institute of Play, illuminates how gaming helps kids more effectively explore systems and processes. And the University of California Irvine's Mimi Ito shows parents how new media practices are creating new avenues for kids to interact, collaborate and learn.
Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century also crisscrosses the nation to highlight real-life examples of how digital media is exploding in educational environments. In Manhattan, the innovative Quest 2 Learn public school employs game design to help students explore both academic subjects and human interaction. A Wisconsin classroom uses mobile devices and place-based learning to model civic activity and teach history. Philadelphia's Franklin Institute sponsors The Science Leadership Academy, a public magnet school integrating digital practices into all curricula. Middle-school campers race around D.C.'s museums on a digital scavenger hunt implemented by the Smithsonian Institute. And students on Chicago's South Side gain media literacy, social networking skills, and self-efficacy in a decade-old pioneering multimedia program.
From classroom to library to museum to mall, students are claiming digital media as a means of connecting, communicating, creating, and learning. Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century explores this burgeoning phenomenon, interpreting its importance and providing a window into 21st-century education.
Buddy, from the PBSKids program Dinosaur Train, appeared April 3 at the Book Mentor Project family night at the Parkland College Planetarium, and April 6 at the Young Children's Expo at Lincoln Square Mall and Dino-Mite Devices at the Champaign Public Library, left.
Shakespeare Uncovered from PBS LearningMedia explores the complete plays of William Shakespeare—one of the greatest writers to have ever lived. From his comedies to histories to tragedies, the series looks at the stories that have shaped our cultural history: seeking out each play’s inspiration, finding the moments and places that set every scene, as well as examining the words that gave life to Shakespeare’s world both in the past and present.
This thematic collection -- which adheres to national learning standards -- contains video segments from the series, informational texts, discussion questions, and suggestions for extension activities to enhance your students’ reading, viewing, and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.
O this learning, what a thing it is!
Bring Hamlet, Henry V, Macbeth and The Tempest to life! You will also find content from the PBS series, Shakespeare Uncovered in which actors like Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, and David Tennant reveal new insights into some of Shakespeare's most famous characters.
Curious George Swings Into Spring is repeated at 7 am Friday, April 26, and at 6 am Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, on WILL-TV. Watch a preview.
You know it must be springtime if a curious monkey named George is dancing on the balcony at sunrise! The Man with the Yellow Hat is sure that George has spring fever, and he takes George to the park to experience all the wonders of spring. George is so excited about spring that he wants Hundley to have spring fever, too, but Hundley and the Doorman are busy trying to win the Mayor’s spring cleaning prize. When a broken water pipe floods the building, Hundley has to stay with George in the country, and George tries to make sure Hundley enjoys spring, too.
Even blooming flowers, baby animals and a canoe ride can’t make Hundley love spring. What’s worse – Hundley gets lost in the country! Searching for his lost friend, George accidentally launches a hot air balloon rally and, piloting a balloon, sails over the countryside. Luckily George manages to grab Hundley from a hilltop along the way. Together they balloon triumphantly to the city. The Man with the Yellow Hat and the Doorman stage a daring rooftop rescue. Not only are George and Hundley saved, but they manage to win the coveted Spring Building Prize! Finally, to George’s delight, Hundley now has spring fever, too!