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PBS Resources for the Classroom

PBS Learning Media has short videos and other resources specifically designed for use by educators that are drawn from PBS programs. Registering on the site and using the materials is free. In addition, they have relatively inexpensive professional development programs for teachers, including self-paced online classes. While the material is primarily listed for K-12 school use, some content is marked for college and above (13+) or would be applicable for adult learners. A few good examples are,

  • Social science explorations, like The Dogon and the Dama, a video which includes very interesting footage of a religious ceremony in Africa
  • A live program this afternoon (June 26) on addressing anti-immigrant violence, which includes a film and a panel discussion with law enforcement officials
  • Arts curriculum, like the video Gullah Music, which explores the preservation of music by the descendants of slaves off the Georgia coast; hymns and gospel music are prominently featured
  • Science programs, like this lesson plan on Freak-Genomics, which uses interactive activities (including from National Geographic) and videos to explain human genomes and migration patterns, which you could use to ensure that students are on the same page before you begin a discussion about genes and ethics


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