Traditional instruments are not necessary to make music! In this episode: an orchestra who plays vegetables, a professor who builds instruments using found objects, and a pioneer of early electronic music, Delia Derbyshire, who would record a seemingly simple sound and then manipulate that tape to create complex music. Plus, WSKG staffers compose a song, but their only instruments are things they can find on their desks! (Produced by Sarah Gager)
Feeling inspired? Check out these activities for at-home or classroom!
This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces. The contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.” In 2014, the WSKG Youth Writers Contest launched in an effort to offer older students a unique writing opportunity, too! This local contest is open to students in grades 4, 5, and 6. PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Entry Form
PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-3) Rules
WSKG Youth Writers Contest (4-6) Entry Form & Flyer
Submissions must be postmarked by May 31, 2019 and mailed to:
PBS Kids Writers Contest
c/o WSKG Public Media
Attn: J. Stapleton-Durham
601 Gates Road
Vestal, New York 13850
These contests are supported by volunteers from the School Librarian Association of the Southern Tier East, the George F. Johnson Public Library, and the Four County Library System. Thank you!
“Let me tell you what I wish I’d known
When I was young and dreamed of glory
You have no control:
Who tells your story?”
–”Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”, Hamilton
Every student has a voice and a story. Is it true that they have no control over how their stories are told, or can we provide resources to help them direct their own narratives? In this three part series educators will have the opportunity to explore tools, devices, and unique practices which encourage students to not only critically consider how history is defined, but also how to ensure their own stories are accurately documented and their point of view is conveyed. Cultivating Inclusive Spaces for Empathy Inquiry
April 10, 2019 | 7:00 P.M.
Brene Brown says, “Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone.” And while the concept is clearly conveyed, teaching empathy, as it applies to understanding history especially, is not quite as clear cut or simple. Teachers, we hope you’ll join us for the first of our three part series specifically for Social Studies educators, “Who Tells Your Story.” Through this exciting ‘live learning’ event, we’ll discuss how to cultivate inclusive spaces within your classroom so students can build a foundation for learning and inquiry that allows them to empathize with, and better understand, different perspectives.
Won’t you be our neighbor?! Teachers, join us for this three part series where we explore Social Emotional Learning “Core Competencies” (CASEL@2017). With the help from Arthur, Peg+Cat and Daniel Tiger we will dive into how to weave SEL into your everyday lessons. Register for the three part “Live Learning” experience: Cultivating Good Neighbor Skills in the Classroom. Practicing Mindfulness
March 28 @7PM ET
Every day when you’re walking down the street…
Calling all teachers! Join WSKG Education staff as Maine-Endwell Central School District hosts EdCampSTNY, an “Un-Conference” for educators on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The FREE event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at Homer Brink Elementary School, 3618 Briar Lane, Endwell, NY. As an un-conference, there are no pre-set workshop topics and no set presenters at the EdCamp. Instead, the learning that day is determined, and driven, by the attendees.
Our world changes every day, and with that, our teaching practice does to: there is always more to learn as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) educator. In this three part series, we’ll look at ways to inspire our young scientists and make concepts such as data and computational thinking engaging! Register for the three part “Live Learning” experience: Inspiring Young Scientists Through STEAM Education. Helping Students Interpret Data
March 19th @7PM ET
Data,data, data..data is everywhere! How do we teach students to interpret data?
The world is saturated with information – all types of media, with millions of varying messages. Not only are your students consuming the media, but with new technology and inexpensive tools, they are also creating content and using media in myriad ways to test their ideas, and tell their stories.
Join your peers for a three part PBS ‘Live Learning’ experience: Empowering Young Media Consumers & Creators
Join WSKG as our Education Director moderates a series of Twitter chats focused on issues surrounding Digital Citizenship. We’ve invited local guest stars to share their expertise during each chat. Share, learn, and help us to better understand the needs of our K-12 communities in regard to #DigCit! Participants will also have the chance to win prizes throughout each chat. All chats begin at 9pm EST.
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Have something to say? Now is your chance. We’re inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then — with the help of a teacher — compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR. Be a part of the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge.
Here’s how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group.
‘Learning with Littles: Demonstrating Empathy & Perseverance’
January 8, 2019 at 7:00pm
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Please come along with us, Daniel Tiger and his friends as we explore creative ways to weave social and emotional learning into your classroom. This virtual professional learning adventure is designed and led by fellow educators, and is the third in our four part ‘Learning with Littles’ series for Pre K-2 educators. The hour-long session will highlight exciting resources and models that can immediately be implemented in the classroom. Led by PBS Digital Innovator All Stars Ashley Judd and Mallory Mbalia, this session is one that you do not want to miss.
The 2019 Rod Serling Film Festival is open! WSKG is accepting submissions from K-12 students through May 3, 2019. Entrants must use the online submission form. The Festival is held in honor of Rod Serling and his work, which has had a lasting influence on the television industry and media creation. The Festival seeks to inspire the next generation of filmmakers.