Thursday, September 27, 2012


ASSET Robotics Workshop

KAET- Eight Educational Outreach is pleased to announce the ASSET – Robotics STEM Workshop for Educators. The workshops will take place on two dates this month. One workshop will be held on October 13th and one will be held on October 20th at the Downtown ASU Campus in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism building.

The workshops are so popular, each one filled within a month of publishing registration details.

Both educators and students will gain from the Robotics Workshops. The educators will participate in professional development during the event, as well as challenge their students to engage in math and science. The goal is to have educators go back to their schools and begin a Robotics Club. To help the teachers kick this off, any team that participates in the workshops will be given one Lego NXT Mindstorms Robotics kit; a $270 value.

Introducing PBS LearningMedia!

Looking for more quality educational content online? Then, look into our new website, PBS LearningMedia. It features outstanding educational content, organized into a library of media content. The library includes thousands of resources on a variety of subjects, including English and Social Studies. The library includes professional development resources, as well as best-in-class resources. PBS LearningMedia was made possible due to the collaboration of public media producers and partners. It was designed to engage both teachers and learners.
Highlights of PBS LearningMedia include that it is cost–effective. In addition, the resources are research-based and curriculum-targeted. Videos are designed to meet state and national standards.
PBS LearningMedia features three levels of engagement. The three service options are Basic, Custom and API. Basic is free and offers thousands of high-quality, digital resources. The Custom option includes more enhanced features, such as reports and analytics dashboard and a teacher-managed student access. Finally, the API version offers organizations flexibility to embed content into the existing digital portal. With the API version, the PBS LearningMedia works with the local team to integrate school-specific needs.
To experience PBS Learning Media, click on

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Teaching Channel Presents Synopsis

Teaching Channel Presents shows real-life experiences of teachers. The episodes cover a variety of topics and are targeted to grade levels K-12. The episodes highlight lessons teachers have learned both in and out of the classroom. Examples of topics include: the Common Core State Standards and Bullying. The episodes include videos from the Teaching Channel’s Website (
The co-host of the show is Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 Teacher of the Year and the Teacher Laureate. Each segment is one-hour in length and the episodes are presented as magazine style ( Supporting ideas can be found on the Teaching Channel website (
The program is designed for both teachers and parents. The show presents best practices and is a professional development tool. In addition to being informative, it is designed to be entertaining. The program celebrates teachers and their accomplishments.
            The program receives funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
            Upcoming episodes include The New Teacher Experience.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

PBS LearningMedia
From watching blood cells evolve, to identifying main ideas, PBS LearningMedia meets the needs of a wide variety of students and teachers. The modules are research-based and range in tone and style of presentation. To learn more, please visit

Amazon Rainforest features spectacular images of this
region. The module describes how the plants and animals
of the rainforest are used for a variety of people,
both commercially and personally. Finally, the module
warns of how the rainforest is being overused and
overtaxed. It urges for wiser, more sustainable use of its resources.
Includes Background Essay, Discussion Questions and Transcript.

     ¡Arte y Más! Hot Chocolate features a demonstration of  how to prepare hot chocolate by mixing chocolate with hot milk. The demonstrator chants El Chocolate while mixing the ingredients. The series was created for primary-level
Spanish-speakers and features topics from culture and humanities.

                          Includes Background Essay,
                      Teaching Tips, and Chocolate and
                                      Coloring Page.                                                                           

Fridge Magnet Game is an interactive set of games             
designed to increase knowledge of grammar.
Students click on magnetic words in order to
create sentences on a fridge. Through a process of trial-and error, students improve their vocabulary, grammar, and syntax knowledge.
Includes Background Essay and
Discussion Questions.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Introducing... Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood!
Enter Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and watch as Daniel interacts with other Neighborhood members, including O the Owl, Mrs. Elaine, and Father and Mother Tiger. Watch as he learns valuable lessons. Each episode includes valuable social and emotional strategies for preschoolers.

Daniel and O the Owl are on a camping trip with their father.
O is afraid of the camping ground because he has never been there.
He looks around the camping ground.
He learns the camping ground can be fun.

Strategy: See what it is, you might feel better (Daniel learns new things are not so scary).

Mrs. Elaine is eating with the family.
She tries some herself and is proud that she did - even if she did not like it. Mrs. Elaine encourages the children to try food that they have never tried.
She tries some herself and is proud that she did - even if she did not like it.

Strategy: Try a new food, it might taste good!

Daniel wants to make banana bread for his mother.
He and his father go to a factory and learn about the process.
They share the meal with their mother.

Strategy: Making something is one way to say "I Love You."

Daniel and his friends are playing in the park.
He does not want to share his toy car, but he does it anyway.
He learns to share when he knows it will be returned.

Strategy: You can take a turn, and then I'll get it back.

Daniel and his family are making a playhouse.
Daniel is discouraged because he cannot contribute to the playhouse his father his making. He speaks with his father.
His father shows him ways to contribute and he learns to contribute.

Strategy: Everyone is big enough to do something.

What is the best part??! Parents and teachers can find great resources online to use with children from PBS and Fred Rogers:

For Parents:

For Teachers:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Martha Speaks

February 20th 11:30am

Martha Speaks kicks off its fourth season on Monday, February 20 with an action-packed two-part episode guest starring real-life Hollywood couple Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Jennifer Westfeldt (Friends with Kids) - and their real-life dog, Cora.

Part I, Cora! Cora! Cora! features a traveling production of Antony and Cleopatra, a case of mistaken identity and a troupe of circus dogs. Helen’s family friend Kit Luntanne, voiced by Jennifer Westfeldt, is upset that she’s had to leave her lovable dog, Cora, at home while she travels with her acting troupe. Martha tries to help by visiting Kit at the theater to give her authentic dog support. Backstage, Martha meets Ham Johnson, voiced by Jon Hamm, an actor who admires Kit and wants to impress her. Together, they hatch a plan to reunite Kit with Cora.

In part II, Cora Encore!, confusion ensues as Martha and Ham cross paths with a troupe of circus dogs who all look exactly like Cora. Can Martha and Ham find the real Cora before she’s sent off to perform on the high wire? Or before Kit finds out about the mess they’ve made?

Here's some clips

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Weather Week" on Dinosaur Train

"Weather Week" on Dinosaur Train
February 6-10th
10:30 Am on PBS

“The Earthquake”
Monday, Feb. 6, and Friday, Feb. 10

The kids go on a playdate with Tank Triceratops to the desert where they meet Tank’s distant relative and experience their first earthquake. Mom and Conductor have prepared the kids with excellent advice about what do to in an Earthquake, so everyone does fine.Afterwards the kids visit the new nursery train to watch eggs hatch and try to guess which hatchling goes with which parents.

“The Forest Fire”
Tuesday, Feb. 7

When a forest fire comes to the woods not far from their home, the family takes the Dinosaur Train to an area where the fire already has been. It’s here that the kids see how new life is growing back after the devastating fire.When they get back to the train, they find that the train has added an aviary car where they find a lost bird who was displaced by the fire.

“Dry Times at Pteranodon Terrace”
Wednesday, Feb. 8

When the dry times leave Pteranodon Terrace without water, the family goes on a camping trip to Big Pond to wait out the drought. Don doesn’t want to leave his home – even temporarily – so he works to perfect his “rain dance.”The family then takes the train to the Big Misty Sea, where they cheer for their dad in the annual fishing contest.

“Hurricane at Pteranodon Terrace”
Thursday, Feb. 9

When the rain returns to Pteranodon Terrace, it grows into a hurricane. The family – and their friends and neighbors – take shelter in a cave nearby. In the morning, they work together to rebuild the nests damaged by the storm.During the cleanup, the kids discover a turtle and a mammal who have washed up after the storm. They take the Dinosaur Train to get the two refugees back to their home in Appalachia.

Check out some Dinosaur Train Lesson Plans

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Images of Arizona


Experience some of Arizona's most spectacular locations through the eyes and lenses of three renowned photographers. Join the photographers as they lead Arizona Highways workshops and see Arizona as it has never been seen before.
Explore Navajo country and the magical landscape of Monument Valley with one of America's greatest living landscape photographers, David Muench.
Get an insider's view of the vibrant Navajo Nation Fair and see the extraordinary beauty of Canyon de Chelly with award-winning Navajo photographer LeRoy DeJolie.
Raft the Colorado River, explore isolated side canyons, and view hidden waterfalls with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga.

Check out the Trailer!

Barry Goldwater: Photographs and Memories



He is known worldwide as a politician and statesman, but this is the story of the man behind the camera and the passion for photography and Arizona that shaped his life. Narrated by Hugh Downs, the program features photographs taken during the 1930s and 1940s as Goldwatertraveled throughout Arizona capturing images of indigenous people and landscapes. It showcases Goldwater's photography, which has been exhibited in galleries from Milan to Tokyo, and recalls a life in Arizona that is gone forever.

Here's the trailer!

Kolb Brothers: Grand Canyon Pioneers



In the early 1900's, a young man by the name of Ellsworth Kolb arrived at the Grand Canyon to seek adventure. He saw beauty that he had never seen before and was joined by his brother, Emery, within a year. They founded a photographic studio at the Bright Angel trailhead. It started out as a cave, then over a couple years was transformed into a two story structure. They filmed their many adventures, including rafting down the Colorado!

Their Art Exhibit