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Interactive Technologies with PBS Kids Math Lab

WFSU has partnered with Astoria Park Elementary to pioneer new technologies in the classroom. Teachers at the Tallahassee school are using PBS Kids Math Lab and PBS Learning Media to enhance lesson plans and engage students.

Kim Sherman and Atricia Goode are kindergarten teachers at Astoria Park Elementary School in Tallahassee, Florida. Some of their kids come in with math skills; many do not. Most, though, are familiar with the characters of PBS Kids. Partnering with WFSU-TV, Astoria Park is pioneering the use of interactive technologies in the classroom with PBS Kids Math Lab.

PBS Kids Math Lab is also used in the Math Mentors program. Learn more about Math Mentors Curriculum.

PBS Learning Media in the Classroom

WFSU has partnered with Astoria Park Elementary to pioneer new technologies in the classroom. Teachers at the Tallahassee school are using PBS Kids Math Lab and PBS Learning Media to enhance lesson plans and engage students.

Brian Lassiter teaches fourth grade at Astoria Park Elementary School in Tallahassee, Florida. He has a high standard when it comes to the media he uses in his lesson plans. With assistance from WFSU-TV, he has now uses PBS Learning Media in the classroom. With videos, audio files, interactive web sites, and scans of historical documents, he now has a new world of media on a variety of topics.

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Transmedia Classroom

For teachers, capturing the attention of small children to teach them math and reading has always been a challenge. In today's technology-driven world the challenge is greater as they are being conditioned to process information from the many screens that surround them. WFSU-TV has partnered with Astoria Park Elementary to test PBS Kids Lab with increasingly advanced classroom equipment. Kindergarten teachers Atricia Goode and Kim Sherman use games featuring popular PBS Kids characters to reinforce their lesson plans. They have also reached out to parents to let them know that those many screens their children interact with can be filled with something beneficial to their child's development.

See the games for yourself!  Visit the PBS Kids Lab.

FPBS Learning Media

FPBS/PBS Learning Media

PBS LearningMedia™ is your destination for easy, instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia™ is free for educators. Register today at florida.pbslearningmedia.org.

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American Graduate

WFSU has been selected by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to be the American Graduate public media hub station for the North Florida area. The American Graduate project is a public media initiative funded by CPB to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. The initiative builds upon public media's long-standing commitment to education by facilitating conversations and strengthening partnerships between public media stations and local schools, businesses, and community organizations. The goal is to help students stay on the path to a high school diploma.

WFSU will be working with five other stations in Florida: WLRN in Miami, WEDU and WUSF in Tampa, WDSC in Daytona Beach and WJCT in Jacksonville. There are 19 other American Graduate public media hub stations across the country that are part of this national initiative.

WFSU will implement awareness strategies and engagement activities in collaboration with local schools and other interested community partners.

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Martha Speaks Reading Buddy projects

For the past three years, WFSU has implemented the Martha Speak Reading Buddy projects at elementary schools in Leon and Gadsden County. Over 500 students have participated!

Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program is an 8-week long program that pairs kindergarten students (Little Buddies) with older students (Big Buddies). Buddies visit with each other once a week to learn special new vocabulary words, play word games, watch a bit of Martha Speaks, read a book together, and then finally write about their experience. Research indicates that when children “buddy” up for learning wonderful things take place for both older and younger students!

Reading Buddies is part of the WFSU Raising Readers project and funded through a grant from the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation.

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Cyberchase Summer Challenge 2011

WFSU and the Imagine School at Evening Rose teamed up to have the 1st ever Cyberchase Summer Math Challenge Camp! Campers experimented with all kinds of math concepts based on problems introduced in the Cyberchase series. Measuring, Fishing for Numbers and Create-A-Pop-Up-Card were just a few of the great projects that campers completed.

After the camp was finished, teachers from around the Tallahassee area came together for a Cyberchase Workshop to learn how to bring some of the curriculum to their schools and students. This instructional video can help you get started incorporating Cyberchase into your math program as well!

For your own kit, please e-mail tweinstein@fsu.edu. We will be happy to send one to you while supplies last.

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SciGirls

Launched in 2006, SciGirls WFSU Mag Lab is a two-week hands-on summer camp run by The National High Magnet Field Lab and WFSU that inspires middle and high school girls to pursue careers in science. SciGirls I and SciGirls II camps accept rising sixth graders through tenth graders as well as returning campers. SciGirls WFSU Mag Lab is an outreach partner of SciGirls®, the national PBS television series and outreach program. >> MORE on SciGirls