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Virtual pioneers keynote 2010


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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 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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Virtual pioneers keynote 2010

  1. 1. Re-create, Educate, & Illuminate ~ Learning History Virtually
  2. 2. Inspires Historians of all Ages with Digital Media Kimmer Jameson (SL) Kimberly Flack (RL) an educator perspective
  3. 3. Essential Questions… think about when creating content? • Who might be in the audience? • Who might be considered a historian? • What media/medium is being considered?
  4. 4. • Youngest audience… up to age 5 • Seeking interested 6-10 yr olds EVERYONE else! • Middle School, High School &
  5. 5. • Blogs, enews, Q/A with experts • Searchable database – lessons, video; widgets “activity packs” EVERYONE else!
  6. 6. PBS Is #1 in Public Trust 6 9 11 11 17 26 45 Congress Cable television networks Federal government Newspaper publishing companies Commercial broadcast television networks Courts of law PBS, public television Percent saying they trust the organization “a great deal” on a 4-point scale (not at all, not too much, somewhat, a great deal) Source: Roper Public Opinion Poll on PBS, January 2010
  7. 7. Perceptions in How Well PBS Programs Address Issues 35 37 43 47 47 48 51 59 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Inform people about health issues Inform people of important political and social issues Provide access to a variety of viewpoints Inform people of America's ethnic and cultural diversity Promote an understanding of science and technology Improve literacy Promote an understanding of American history Provide people access to arts and culture Percent saying “very well” on a 4-point scale (not at all well, not too well, moderately well, very well) How well do PBS programs – for both children and adults – address these items? Source: Roper Public Opinion Poll on PBS, January 2010
  8. 8. Additional Audience Information… Source: Speak Up2009 National Findings (
  9. 9. Historian?
  10. 10. just a few programs
  11. 11. U.S. Dept of Ed Funds… Innovative Era began Ready to Learn 2001-2010 Ready to Teach 2001-2010
  12. 12. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots…
  13. 13. So… just jump in? try something aligned with national core standards? FREE? And… by golly… kid tested… and they LIKE it?
  14. 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. 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. 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. 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. 18. Virtual Pioneers Your Education /Outreach & of course… MISSION US!
  19. 19. the ball is now in your court…