posted on December 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM
Do your students know the history of the Internet?
The Internet was originally designed to connect large computers at universities, businesses and governments. Growth exploded once personal computers became common in the 1980s. Connecting to the Internet leaves computers vulnerable, however. People can use computers to delete data, spread viruses or even steal someone’s identity. The good news is that there are several ways your students can stay safe online.
In this video from NOVA Cybersecurity Lab, your class learns how to protect information by learning how to code, crack passwords and spot email scams. As pervasive as mobile/electronic devices are today, it’s more important than ever for kids to understand how to protect themselves and their personal information online.
posted on December 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Kwanzaa, first celebrated in 1966, is a celebration of African American culture and heritage. Every year it starts on December 26 and lasts until January 1. Each of the seven days is dedicated to a different principle that can help shape a community. The principles of faith, unity and creativity are just a few described in this PBS LearningMedia holiday video.
Traditions include lighting red, black and green candles, as well as and drum and music playing. On the sixth day of Kwanzaa, there is a feast, and on the seventh, people exchange gifts. Presents to children include books and symbols of African heritage.
As a lesson in American and world history, use this video as a launching pad for discussion on the ways people observe the festivity and recognize their roots in ancient African customs.
posted on December 2, 2014 at 7:48 AM
Before you know it, Christmas will be here! As this PBS LearningMedia video describes, Christmas originated as a commemoration of Jesus’s birth, and since then, it has evolved to encapsulate many other cultural holiday traditions and celebrations, like decorating trees, festive parties and meals with family, listening to Christmas music on the radio, visits with Santa and giving gifts.
The gift-giving tradition dates back hundreds of years, when children in Europe would receive small presents around Christmas-time, a custom German and Dutch immigrants brought to America. Today, that role goes to good ole’ Kris Kringle.
Share this fun 60-second video with your class to engage them in a discussion of how Christmas came about, what it means today and its role in American history.
posted on November 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM
How is math used in fashion? Or music? Or basketball? Your students will get a real world understanding of algebra with this “Get the Math” multimedia project collection as they learn how professionals working in fashion, videogame design and music production use algebraic thinking.
Your class will take interactive challenges related to those careers, prompting them to think about the ways people use math in their daily lives apart from purchasing goods and paying bills. How will math play a role in the type of work they would like to do when they graduate high school?