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Bring old and new world examples to life with digital media and primary sources from adventures the globe. MISSION US will send middle school students on a colonial assignment to investigate early …

Bring old and new world examples to life with digital media and primary sources from adventures the globe. MISSION US will send middle school students on a colonial assignment to investigate early founding fathers through digital interactives.

PBS traditional favorites such as History Detectives and Antiques Roadshow offers original documents and artifacts to examine as if you were the appraiser or archeologist. Consider points of view from PBS special series such as Equal Voices and reflect on the incredible impact religion has had on our nation's history in recent release Conversation's with God. WGBH Teachers' Domain and PBS Teachers offers mashable video segments from a variety of collections. Dig into these PBS collections, find favorites from Ken Burns' series, American Experience, and others, and find out how they support your state's standards already taught in your classroom.

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  • 1. Re-create, Educate, & Illuminate ~ Learning History Virtually
  • 2. Inspires Historians of all Ages with Digital Media Kimmer Jameson (SL) Kimberly Flack (RL) an educator perspective
  • 3. • Who might be in Essential the audience? Questions… • Who might be considered a historian? • What media/medium is think about when being considered? creating content?
  • 4. • Middle School, High School & EVERYONE else! • Seeking interested 6-10 yr olds • Youngest audience… up to age 5
  • 5. EVERYONE else! • Searchable database – lessons, video; widgets “activity packs” • Blogs, enews, Q/A with experts
  • 6. PBS Is #1 in Public Trust Percent saying they trust the organization “a great deal” on a 4-point scale (not at all, not too much, somewhat, a great deal) PBS, public television 45 Courts of law 26 Commercial broadcast television 17 networks Newspaper publishing companies 11 Federal government 11 Cable television networks 9 Congress 6 Source: Roper Public Opinion Poll on PBS, January 2010
  • 7. Perceptions in How Well PBS Programs Address Issues How well do PBS programs – for both children and adults – address these items? Percent saying “very well” on a 4-point scale (not at all well, not too well, moderately well, very well) Provide people access to arts and 59 culture Promote an understanding of American history 51 Improve literacy 48 Promote an understanding of science and technology 47 Inform people of America's ethnic and 47 cultural diversity Provide access to a variety of viewpoints 43 Inform people of important political 37 and social issues Inform people about health issues 35 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Source: Roper Public Opinion Poll on PBS, January 2010
  • 8. Additional Audience Information… Source: Speak Up2009 National Findings (www.tomorrow.org)
  • 9. Historian?
  • 10. just a few programs
  • 11. U.S. Dept of Ed Funds… Innovative Era began Ready to Learn 2001-2010 Ready to Teach 2001-2010
  • 12. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots…
  • 13. So… just jump in? try something aligned with national core standards? FREE? And… by golly… kid tested… and they LIKE it?
  • 14. Forget the toe in the water… • The first of its kind for PBS: – A non- broadcast program – just for middle school students/ teachers – Research based, widely piloted & tested – And now to an internet connected device NEAR YOU!
  • 15. Research Highlights: • 89% said that students were more intellectually and emotionally engaged • 72% said that students who struggle academically, e.g., with reading or attention, performed better in the Mission US unit compared to most units. Teachers credited the game’s strong storyline and characters, as well as audio supports for reading, with helping struggling students succeed. •
  • 16. Research Highlights: • 94% said that Mission US helped their students SEE the events leading to the American Revolution “in more human, everyday terms that they could understand.” • 83% said that as teachers, they reached a greater variety of learning objectives with the Mission US unit than they do in the typical US history unit they teach.
  • 17. Research Highlights: The statistics are nice. But the best evidence of success? One classroom of students asked the team conducting the research for their autographs!
  • 18. Virtual Pioneers Your Education /Outreach & of course… MISSION US!
  • 19. the ball is now in your court…