Because Birds Get Headaches Too

The new-medical approved birdfeeder for the stressed out urban birdlife.

Helps eliminate bird flu!

Patent Pending 2018

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Disclaimer: Fictional Prototyping as part of a rapid-fire workshop in Design Thinking at PRX.

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At SXSW Edu

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WGBH Children’s Media and Education is in Austin, Texas this week participating in three sessions at the 8th Annual South by Southwest Education Conference and Festival. A component of the South by Southwest family of conferences and festivals, SXSWedu “cultivates and empowers a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning.”

·      Integrating 2018 Space News Events into Your Curriculum: Rachel Connolly (WGBH Education STEM Director); and C. Alex Young (Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

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Photo: @thomascmurray

·      The Best Internet Filter is Between a Child’s Ears: Bill Shribman (WGBH Children’s Media Senior Exec Producer and Director of Digital Partnerships); and Kerry Gallager (Connect Safely, and a past PBS Massachusetts Digital Innovator)

·      Bringing the Science: Teaching with Authentic Data: Rachel Connolly (WGBH Education STEM Director); C. Alex Young (Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center); and Javier Montiel (Educator, Brazosport Independent School District and WGBH Teacher Advisor)

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Moral Education!

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Our very own Gentry and Cyrisse, along with Lacey Hilliard from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University, showed off our latest collaborative work for ARTHUR at the 42nd Association for Moral Education Annual Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

This presentation showed the creation, implementation, and evaluation of a supplemental elementary school curriculum designed to promote character and civic engagement through interactive media and cross-age buddy pairs.

The project has five interactive games and comics based on characters and storylines from the television series Arthur and focused on promoting empathy, honesty, forgiveness, generosity, and learning from others, validated with an evaluation in a nine-school comparative and longitudinal research study.

The content will be published very soon at PBS LearningMedia and is led at GBH by Mary Haggerty, Director of Media Engagement.

Hackathon!

The First 8 Years: A Public Media Hackathon

On November 18-19, First 8 Labs at WGBH hosted its first hackathon! Parents, preschool teachers, and health professionals spent the first part of the event brainstorming everyday challenges that they face in supporting children’s development. From getting kids to eat healthier to strengthening the relationship between parents and pediatricians, attendees had many ideas to contribute. Then, designers and developers spent the evening and next day creating digital prototypes to solve these problems. At the end of the event, early childhood experts judged the prototype and selected a winner.

For more about the process please check out the First 8 blog.

This project is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Photos by Anna Fort 

Quack in the Community

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On September 24, 2016, WGBH co-hosted an event called “Ready to Learn: Family Tech Day” with Tech Goes Home, Boston Public Schools Adult Learning Center, and English for New Bostonians.  

At the event, families could complete hands-on or digital activities about literacy and science, get information about technology and local resources, and take photos with WGBH characters Peep, Quack, and Curious George.

This event was made possible by the generous support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Photo: Anna Fort