March 20, 2013

Tap into Your Inner Scientist

Want to predict solar storms and design renewable energy systems? How about tracking cloud movements and learning cybersecurity strategies? Check out NOVA Labs and take part in real-world investigations with using real scientific data.


Students in Gibson City use a white board to play a learning game.
Photo by Michael O. Thomas.
January 24, 2013

PBS LearningMedia engages students

PBS LearningMedia is a dynamic platform offering the best of public media content and produced specifically for PreK-16 teachers. With free access to over 22,000 high-quality resources tied to national standards, teachers can download, save and share exactly what they need for an inspired classroom experience.


Student examining dirt with magnifying class.
January 14, 2013

Book Mentor students become dirt detectives

Kids in Illinois Public Media's Book Mentor project found out that it's okay to dig in dirt if you're a dirt detective. Book mentors visited classrooms to help students examine soil with a magnifying glass and to read aloud the book Wonderful Worms to the children. The students also watched a video clip of Sid the Science Kid, who learned with the children that dirt is important because it helps things grow.


January 11, 2013

Book mentor Doug gets on the kids’ level to do a map activity

Illinois Public Media's Book Mentor Project gets kids excited about reading, and puts books into the hands of families who otherwise might not have access to books at home. The project recruits and trains volunteers come from local businesses, community service organizations, student associations and parent groups.


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