Wednesday, October 28, 2009


What happens when you combine LOTS of kids of all ages, the Arizona State Fair, PBS KIDS Electric Company, and Eight Educational Outreach: ASSET?

Take a look at the slide show and see! Beatboxing with Shock, coloring, races to make words and guess sounds and a LOT OF FUN!

Thank you PBS KIDS Raising Readers, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Shock for making this event a success in Arizona!

P.S.... Parents and educators have you SEEN these resources??? WOW!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Even WordWorld is Excited!

PBS KIDS Word World wishes you a Happy Halloween!

On October 30, PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! will offer a spooktacular array of Halloween-themed episodes where kids can join their favorite characters from CURIOUS GEORGE, SUPER WHY!, SID THE SCIENCE KID, DINOSAUR TRAIN, ARTHUR, CYBERCHASE, MAYA & MIGUEL and more as they celebrate Halloween with costume parties, trick-or-treating, and nighttime adventures while learning a few important friendship lessons such as sharing and teamwork along the way. A new episode from WORDGIRL will broaden kids’ vocabulary as WordGirl protects the holiday from Tobey and his Robots and helps save the day.
~ PBS Teachers

But the BEST news?

On, preschoolers and their parents can see what’s inside SID THE SCIENCE KID’s mystery lunchbox, play counting games with The Count from SESAME STREET, share favorite Halloween stories on Dot’s Story Factory, or view clips from favorite Halloween-themed episodes of CURIOUS GEORGE, SID THE SCIENCE KID, DINOSAUR TRAIN and more.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

NATURE Arizona!

The contest just closed. The judging is underway. Come enjoy!

Friday, October 16, 2009

This weekend SHOCK is coming to the Arizona State Fair! The Electric Company Circuit Tour 2009 is making a stop in Phoenix on Saturday, October 17. Make plans to join us!

This event is FREE with your admission to the State Fair. It includes educational activities and audience participation. Local education technology director from Dysart Unified School District, Laurie King, will engage the crowd in all sorts of fun literacy activities after a special performance by Shock!

There is LOTS of thinking and curriculum packed into this activity disguised as FUN! Make plans for your PBS KIDS to join us! Consider subscribing to the YouTube Electric Company Channel too!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day 2009 - Climate Change

There are many things happening today with local PBS resources that contribute to motivating students, educators, and members of the community to take positive action with improving our planet. Many often think of ASSET in recent years as simply focused on early childhood. While early childhood is one of our core tenets, there is a whole host of other K-12 resources worth touting.

Have you explored resources from NATURE? ASSET has focused for the past several months on "Putting a Little More NATURE in Your Teaching."

Have you seen Eight's Sustainability collection of resources from Horizon and ASU? This is the place where scientists, educators, architects, farmers, policy makers, and business leaders discuss solutions for a sustainable planet.

Did you know that the 40th Season of Sesame Street will include Elmo teaching those youngest on the planet about nature and being green? "My World is Green and Growing" will be the new weekly feature this year.

What are you including in your teaching? Every facet of the curriculum in every subject area could incorporate real world examples involving climate change today. PBS Teachers creates Activity Packs to make it easier to embed extra resources on your classroom website:

What action are YOU taking in your teaching? I'd love to hear how YOU and YOUR STUDENTS are making positive strides toward Climate Change.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Make it a date! October 7, 2009 - 5 pm AZ time

PBS Teachers Webinar: Teaching about Place with Ken Burns's "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" PBS producers and curriculum experts

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies & Science

PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 are delighted to have education technology experts join us to present ideas for teaching with Ken Burns’s newest series, "The National Parks: America’s Best Idea." The film traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and stunning cinematography, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.

Resources from ABC-CLIO "History & The Headlines" will also be included in the presentation from curriculum experts.

So... is it on YOUR calendar yet?