Students at Meadowmere Elementary School attended Family Literacy Night on Tuesday evening, November 13. The event was to highlight literacy and celebrate reading. P.T. had fun posing for pictures, encouraging students to read and handing out reading activity booklets.
The PBS KIDS Video App is now available on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). “PBS KIDS Video” features more than 1,000 videos from over a dozen top PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! television series, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts. The app is available for download at http://to.pbs.org/pbskidsvideo.
The app provides a safe, child-friendly viewing experience for all ages. Kids can easily browse and watch videos at home, on the road, or anywhere with a 3G or WiFi connection.
NEW VIDEOS EVERY WEEK
Every week, the app will introduce your child to a new “Weekly Pick,” a set of fun educational videos that will engage him or her in reading, science, math and more.
The app also includes features that parents can access by sliding the “i-bar” to the right:
* Access your local PBS station TV schedule.
* Tap the heart icon to add a show to your child’s favorites list.
* Share videos via email, Facebook or Twitter.
* Learn more about a TV series, such as intended age and learning goals.
* Download related PBS KIDS apps.
* Buy shows from iTunes or PBS KIDS Shop.
The PBS KIDS videos may only be viewed from within the United States. This is due to restrictions on PBS’s license to offer this service.
ABOUT THIS APP
PBS KIDS Video is a key part of PBS KIDS’ commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based entertainment—wherever kids are. More PBS KIDS videos may also be found online at pbskids.org/video. You can support PBS KIDS through the selection of other apps and TV shows available in the iTunes Store.
This app was designed by PBS KIDS and developed by Three Pillar Global, Inc.
PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent’s window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs. There is a child development tracker and even a food and fitness section … too many tips and activities to list here.
Find parenting tips, timely articles, kid-friendly recipes, interactive games from PBS KIDS and more when you sign up for the PBS Parents Newsletter.
Sure to spark a current of learning, THE ELECTRIC COMPANY is a multi-media literacy campaign charged with reducing the literacy gap between low and middle income families and advancing the idea that ‘reading is cool.’
Watch THE ELECTRIC COMPANY weekdays at 4:30pm.
We begin this week with a question: Which is the largest institution of higher education in our bi-state area? Is it KU or MU? You might be surprised to learn that it’s actually neither.
With more than 50,000 students enrolled in credit and continuing education classes each semester, Johnson County Community College is now the largest institution of higher education in either Kansas or Missouri.
And after 5 years at the helm, JCCC’s President Terry Calaway has announced he is retiring. Along with increased enrollment, Calaway is credited with bringing a lot of novel programs to JCCC which is consistently ranked as one of the best community colleges in the country.
People no doubt have heard about the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art which was added during his watch, but the college is also getting national attention for its culinary program which will open its own culinary academy and innovative demonstration kitchen next year. Dr Calaway sat down for a conversation with Nick Haines.
Where in the world am I? Apparently, many students in the United States have no idea.
In a 2006 Roper survey, it was found that students in the U.S. fail to understand their world and their place in it. Of Americans aged 18 to 24, seventy percent could not find Iran or Israel on a map. Nine in ten couldn’t find Afghanistan on a map of Asia. And 54 percent were unaware that Sudan is a country in Africa.
The 2002 project also surveyed 18- to 24-year-olds in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, and Great Britain. The U.S. trailed every other country in that survey, except Mexico, which did only slightly worse. Even for U.S. geography, the survey results are just as dismal. Half could not find New York State on a map of the United States. A third of the respondents could not find Louisiana, and 48 percent couldn’t locate Mississippi on a map of the United States, even though Hurricane Katrina put these southeastern states in the spotlight in 2005. About 11 percent of young citizens of the U.S. couldn’t even locate the U.S. on a map. The Pacific Ocean’s location was a mystery to 29 percent; Japan, to 58 percent; France, to 65 percent; and the United Kingdom, to 69 percent.
In order to spark interest in the subject, National Geographic hosts the National Geographic Bee to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of the National Geographic Bee, a nation-wide geography competition in Washington, D.C. for students in 4th through 8th grade. In that quarter century, about two percent of the competitors are girls and only two girls have won the $25,000 first prize scholarship. Education reporter Lindsey Foat sat down with two local finalists Prani Nalluri and Aviral Misra.
The National Geographic Bee will be shown on KCPT the day after the competition, Friday, May 24 at 1 p.m.
(Kansas City, MO – Friday, April 19, 2013)
A sea of display boards and 250 local high school seniors flooded the Sprint Festival Plaza yesterday morning at Union Station for the Project Lead the Way High School Senior Showcase.
Unlike a typical science fair, many students presented not only research findings, but also innovative project prototypes and services, ranging from a blood pressure cell phone app to a concussion reducing football helmet.
“It gives you hope,” said KC STEM Alliance director Laura Loyacono. “These seniors are taking an elective that is voluntary research and their projects range from super practical projects like a dog-washing apparatus, to futuristic projects like the Sleep Pod, and then the highly personal projects like analyzing student reporting of sexual assault.”
These engineering and biomedical projects are the fruits of students’ participation in the KC STEM Alliance’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) coursework, which provides extracurricular, hands-on STEM education to 63 high schools in both Kansas and Missouri.
PLTW participants take a STEM course all four years of high school, and spend their senior year focusing on a capstone project.
This is the second year PLTW seniors have had a chance to showcase their work and practice pitching their ideas.
“A really critical component for STEM students is explaining their work,” Loyacono said. “It’s also an opportunity for businesses and colleges to get a sneak peek at the talent, ideas, and intellect that is coming their way.”
KCPT’s Director of Education Gary Brock and Corporate Support Senior Account Manager Kate Chapin brought hundreds of bookmarks and coloring books to restock the Black & Veatch’s Raising Readers Library Corner at the Wyandotte Branch of the Kansas City Kansas Public Library on March 21, 2013.
The Raising Readers Library Corner reaches under served children in the neighbor ages 4 to 8 years old and is part of the national PBS Kids Raising Readers campaign that promotes building reading skills for children, especially those in low income families.
Carol Levers, Director of Libraries Services, said she was very happy with the partnership, which is in its second year.
(from left to right) Gary Brock, Sunny Church, Kate Chapin and Carol Levers