WVPB Education

The WVPB Education Team is telling West Virginia’s story by developing audio, video and digital content and sharing its resources with students, teachers and caregivers. WVPB Education engages the public through workshops and community events. WVPB Education offers content for learners of all ages

Last year over 50,000  folks sat around the Thanksgiving table and captured some family history.  This year encourage your students, friends and family members to do the same.  Leave a "Key" For Future Historians & StudentsRecording with the StoryCorps app is about sitting down with someone you care about, asking them a few important questions about the life they have lived, and then listening.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia high school students have achieved the state’s highest graduation rate on record. 

During the 2015-2016 school year, West Virginia graduated 89.8 percent of its high school seniors.

SMART Board Games

Oct 6, 2016

Here is our collection of interactive  games for educators on PBS KIDS. Students will enjoy participating in these collaborative, fun and engaging experiences, while exploring curriculum from trusted programs such as Curious George, Super Why and Arthur. Like our programs, all of our games are age-appropriate and vetted by educators. 

SHOW YOUR STRENGTH!

How do you construct a building that is strong and safe?  What are the best shapes to use?
Can you collaborate with team members to build a really strong structure?

West Virginia LearningMedia not only curates great digital resources to bring into the classroom, it allows you to create storyboards that can group resources together to illustrate a point. 

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national education project that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder over Thanksgiving weekend using the StoryCorps App.

Interviews are entered into the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and on StoryCorps.me where they become an invaluable resource for future historians and provide families with a priceless piece of personal history.

Rocket Boys Meet

Oct 3, 2016

At this year's annual Rocket Boys Festival, a special PBS KIDS guest landed in Beckely to check out the activity.  The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia sponsored Jet's excursion.  While in Beckely watched rockets being built and greeted some of his fans.  Jet got a special treat as he also met West Virginia's own Rocket Boy, Home Hickam.

Take art into your classroom with West Virginia LearningMedia's In the Making Collection, a collection of biographical programs about WV artisans and additional demonstration videos to engage students in creating art in the style of the highlighted artisans.

The West Virginia State Museum unveiled its Elementary Edition of West Virginia A Digital Primer.  The online resource, two and a half years in the making, covers grades K-5 social studies West Virginia History Standards.  The site provides interactive content for students and teachers. 

Education  Documentaries on Radio

Join us for a month of education specials on both radio and television.  On Wednesdays at 8p during the month of September we will be featuring four educational specials on the state of education today.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

An increasing body of research is showing that students who have time for physical activity in their school day tend to perform better on tests and have an easier time concentrating.

 

Explorer Academy Students Exploring New Space

Aug 15, 2016
Explorer Academy
Clark Davis / WV Public Broadcasting

  A group of elementary aged students are starting their first full week at a new facility on
Huntington’s east end today. The $15.1 million dollars Explorer Academy is in its second year of existence, but parents and teachers both agree the newly renovated building that will house the experimental learning program will only continue to expand the educational opportunities for their students.

The academy, which uses a new teaching philosophy called expeditionary learning, will now be housed in a fully renovated Beverly Hills Middle School after spending its first year crammed into Geneva Kent Elementary School.

New- PBS KIDS App

Aug 3, 2016

Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). PBS KIDS Video features thousands of videos from top PBS KIDS television series, including Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Nature Cat, Ready Jet Go! and Sesame Street.

Get the App

Camp Focuses on SciGirls! The Clay Center for the Arts and Science used the  PBS Kids Sci Girls program as a basis for its Sci Girls Summer Camp. 

Congratulations to Grace Landini, age 12, the West Virginia winner for the   Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids State Dinner.  As a winner, Grace will be having lunch with First Lady, Michele Obama.  Grace's meal of Cool Couscous and Berry Healthy Dessert was inspired by trying to eat local foods. 

PBS Kids provides content to help parents and caregivers cope with emergency situations.  There are also tools to make sure there is an emergency plan in place.  These topics can be difficult to talk about, but with the help of characters such as Daniel Tiger and Arthur, there is a framework in which to have that discussion.

Chip Hitchcock / WVPB

The first 1,000 days of a child's life are the most important. Home visitors help parents make them count.

This week, the Front Porch podcast speaks with Michele Baranaskas, coordinator for Partners in Community Outreach. It's a coalition of several programs that send helpers into people's homes.

ArtVoiceWV is a new collection of artist videos and corresponding art lesson plans on West Virginia LearningMedia.  After receiving positive reviews of our In the Making Collection, a similar project which

Middle School Students
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Several dozen middle school students from Mason and Wayne counties are expected for a crime scene investigation event Friday at Marshall University.

Marshall says about 38 students are expected to become crime scene investigators for a day to solve a mock murder case and learn about forensic science investigative techniques.

WVPB and The Charleston Town Center Mall are bringing PBS Kids favorite, Daniel Tiger, to the mall on Monday, June 20 as part of FestivAll.  Daniel will be at the Picnic Place in the Mall from 11a to 1p. To let young Daniel Tiger fans know they are part of the community, we will be asking them to complete a simple form to let us know what they are doing to help others in their neighborhood.  We will share some of the responses of these young citizens in a future post.

On Saturday WVPB | Education joined with the Clay Center to present "A Summer of Science Bash" with a special appearance from PBS Kids perennial favorite, "Sid the Science Kid."

Over 300 children and their parents spent the day practicing hands on science projects and exploring a new Thomas the Tank Engine exhibit which will be open through the summer. 

Lillian Chongswatdi

We recently announced our 2016 Writers Contest winners.  Now you can read their stories and enter amazing worlds including Lollipop Land, Ducktopia and a dragon paradise.  There are also lovely stories of caring and compassion; a reflection on a grandfather or how kindness can tame a bully.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting brought Super Why ? and friends to welcome visitors to the Raleigh County Small Fry Expo on Thursday May 19.  The crew was there to say hello to the over 200 children and adults who came to participate in activities geared to ready children registering for school for the first time.  Joining them in the day's activities was the West Virginia Mountaineer.  
 

The West Virginia Board of Education has approved alternative teacher certification programs in eight counties, including a McDowell County program that will bring Teach For America's services to the state.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the decision was made at the board's meeting on Wednesday.

Congratulations to the students who participated in West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Writers Contest. A special Congratulations to his year's winners.  We hope you will participate again next year, look for information in January 2017.  Until then, keep writing.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting is planning a June reception to honor the winners.

Kindergarten

STUDENTS Rise to the Challenge

Congratulations to all those who rose to the STEAM Challenge WV.  The response to this challenge was terrific.  Winners were selected at random from completed entries at each grade level.  It was great fun to see the pictures of students engaged in these STEAM activities. Winning classrooms will receive a cash prize to purchase technology for the classroom.

WVPB and the Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley joined forces on Saturday, April 30 to provide a great community day for families in Wheeling.

New STEAM Video

Apr 25, 2016

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has added another video to its STEAM collection on West Virginia LearningMedia.  This latest video looks at Advanced Manufacturing Technicians and the opportunities in the job market.  

Solar panels arriving in Fayette County
Colleen Laffey

A group of Ben Franklin Career Center students has been assembling solar panel kits that will bring electricity to Navajo homes.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the six students spoke at a presentation Thursday at Ben Franklin about the kits.

NASA

West Virginia LearningMedia   is a constant go to spot for digital educational resources for the classroom.  Make learning come alive with some images from the very first Earth Day or take a peak at how climate change is affecting our planet.  Sometimes all it takes is a short video clip to engage your students and by providing them with an image of the lesson you are teaching the concepts stay with them.Looking for a way to engage students, choose a topic, explore LearningMedia and see what you can bring to the classroom.We have chosen a few of

We would like to Congratulate Rebecca Recco, from Kanawha County who has been chosen as West Virginia's Lead PBS Digital Innovator.  You may have already seen some of Rebecca's work if you have checked out our In the Making  series we have on WestVirginia LearningMedia.  Rebecca has everyone feel like they too can be an artist in the style of various West Virginia artists.

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