Education Highlights

WILL - Education Highlights - September 09, 2014

Get your TECH on

Teachers, sign up today for PBS LearningMedia's Get Your Tech On webinar series designed to help you integrate digital media into your lessons.

WILL - Education Highlights - August 20, 2014

New PBS KIDS’ schedule

Sesame Street has a new half-hour program at 2 pm weekdays.

Grover and Elmo hold up numbers

Sesame Street has a new bonus half-hour program this fall on-air and on digital platforms. At 2 pm weekdays, Sesame Street presents a 30-minute shortened version of an hour-long episode. Full-hour episodes still air at 9 am weekdays. The new 30-minute afternoon format offers the series’ signature music, humor and whole-child curriculum, giving families an additional way to enjoy the series on your stations. PBS is offering select full episodes of the 30-minute show for free online at, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS KIDS Roku channel, making it easy for parents and kids to access one of their favorite shows anytime and anywhere.

Each half-hour episode of Sesame Street includes a “Street Story,” a “Word on the Street” segment, a celebrity vocabulary segment, songs, spoofs, dance breaks and popular segments like “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” or “Super Grover 2.0."

Here's WILL-TV's new weekday schedule for PBS KIDS' programming:

6 am: Wild Kratts
6:30 am: Wild Kratts
7 am: Curious George
7:30 am: Curious George
8 am: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
8:30 am: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
9 am: Sesame Street
10 am: Dinosaur Train
10:30 am: Dinosaur Train
11 am: Peg + Cat
11:30 am: Peg + Cat
Noon: Super WHY!
12:30 pm: Thomas and Friends
2 pm: Sesame Street
2:30 pm: Curious George
3 pm: Arthur
3:30 pm: Arthur
4 pm: Wild Kratts
4:30 pm: Wild Kratts


5 am Barney & Friends
5:30 am: Angelina Ballerina
6 am: Curious George
6:30 am: Curious George
7 am: Daniel Tiger
7:30 am: Daniel Tiger
8 am: Sesame Street
8:30 am Dinosaur Train
9 am: Thomas & Friends
9:30 am: Bob the Builder


5 am: Sesame Street
6 am: Curious George
6:30 am: Curious George
7 am: Daniel Tiger
7:30 am: Daniel Tiger
8 am: Sesame Street
8:30 am: Dinosaur Train
9 am: Cyberchase
9:30 am: Space Racers

WILL - Education Highlights - August 13, 2014

What not to say to emerging readers?

PBS Parents writes about common mistakes that some parents make, along with better ways to support your early reader.

WILL - Education Highlights - April 22, 2014

Space Racers: Out-of-this-world science for kids

9:30 am Sundays on WILL-TV: Blast off on a cosmic learning adventure!

Space racers

Space Racers, a new half-hour animated series for preschoolers, joins the WILL-TV lineup at 9:30 am Sundays, beginning May 4. The show focuses on the adventures of five spaceships—Eagle, Robyn, Hawk, Starling and Raven—each with unique abilities and skills that help them explore the Solar System and accomplish scientific missions. These characters, along with their fellow cadets and teachers at the Stardust Space Academy, comprise a super elite space-bound task force known as the Space Racers. Their extraordinary adventures begin in the exciting world of Stardust Bay, a place populated by talking spaceships and vehicles.

From investigating asteroids to discovering the effects of the moon's gravitational pull, Space Racers introduces meaningful science and technology concepts from the early childhood STEM curriculum. Each episode also features live-action segments of kids interacting with exhibits at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Maryland Science Center. Other segments feature children creating space-related art in a classroom setting, interactive pop quizzes, and music videos featuring songs from the series.

Watch a preview:

WILL - Education Highlights - April 17, 2014

Decatur Teacher Selected for PBS Digital Innovators Program

Faith Carr, computer teacher at Johns Hill Magnet School, is one of 100 educators selected nationwide for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program.

Faith Carr, a kingergarten through 8th grade computer teacher at Johns Hill Magnet School, is one of 100 educators selected nationwide for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in education technology and incorporating digital media in classrooms to promote student engagement and achievement. Carr will receive year-long hands-on and virtual professional development opportunities.

“Illinois Public Media is proud to recognize Faith for her dedication to truly changing the way students learn through technology and digital media,” said Molly Delaney, educational outreach director at Illinois Public Media. “We are honored to provide educators with one-of-a-kind resources, tools and trainings that will further enhance their skills and enable them to share these skills with other educators in Illinois.”

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, and invitations to special eventsCarr has always innovated in the classroom, being among the first to introduce her students to technology.  She wrote her first grant to receive a bank of computers in her classroom back in the mid-1990s during her first period of tenure with Decatur Public Schools. Using technology gradually became a teaching specialty over the years.

In 2007, Carr left the classroom to become a consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education. In that position, she witnessed stellar programs throughout the state of Illinois where teachers were using innovative strategies and Web-based resources to enhance learning in their classrooms.  She brought that information back when she returned to the classroom in 2011.

PBS LearningMedia received hundreds of applications from leading teachers throughout the U.S. and its territories. Judges selected the 100 educators based on submissions of videos and written essays that addressed how they are leading innovation in digital teaching in their classrooms and schools. The top 16 applicants will serve as leads of the program and will participate in a two-day digital education summit in Washington, D.C., where participants will engage in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and hear from digital technology thought leaders.

The full list of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at

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