Using PBS STEM Resources – there is a lot available for school or home, and it’s easy to organize.

The Public Broadcasting Service has an extensive resource library of videos and online activities that are subject and grade level based. You can view some things without logging in but you and/or your children will get more resources if you register.  This way you’ll be able to favorite specific videos.  This is a really nice addition to the teacher-specific resources as it allows you to view videos and immediately write your own notes which are visible as you scan your favorites, organize resources into folders/units and add outside links to other web sites or youtube videos etc.  You can post to facebook, twitter, or pinterest too.  All in something you have long term control over which isn’t always possible with school based teacher portals.

I would suggest setting the STEM Education Resource Center http://www.pbs.org/teachers/stem/ as your jumping off page as it is best organized for STEM.

If you are interested in general education, reading, teacher support/training, etc. then the PBS main teacher page and the link to 10,000 resources is at http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/ .

Idaho’s Dialogue for Kids (now renamed Science Trek) will provide you with more local content videos with this created in Idaho series.  http://www.idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/   The next show airs January 21st, 2014 and is on Simple Machines.

An if you are incorporating the maker movement into any of your elementary age lessons start with the PBS Design Squad at  http://pbskids.org/designsquad  (For older kids and engineering topics you probably want to type “design squad” into the search area on the regular teacher page instead.)

For other shows like Outdoor Idaho or Nature (or Sid the Science Kid for pre-schoolers) be sure to check out Idaho’s PBS station at http://idahoptv.org/.

Common Core isn’t just about what you learn but also how you learn.  To see this in action you can see some math classes at http://idahoptv.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/making-the-case/ which showcase some teaching techniques that help students think and not just regurgitate math facts.  While these techniques have always been part of good teaching many earlier educational “reforms” did much to discourage their use.  Common Core Math for example now has the requirement that students know how to “construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others”.  This is a soft skill much in demand from employers.

Did you know K-12 teachers can get some of your PD (Professional Development) credits thru PBS classes?  http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/