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Get Your Tech On!

PBS LearningMedia wants to give you the tools you need to navigate and succeed in the digital age of learning. To get you started, we’ve compiled our favorite technology-themed resources designed to enhance your lesson plans and spark discussion in the classroom. Topics include: 21st century learning, careers in technology, adaptive technologies, and using video games to enhance learning.

21st Century Learning


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21st Century Learning

Hear about models and approaches to 21st century learning skills from experts in the education field.

  • Grades: All
  • Views: 4366
  • Downloads: 195
  • Favorites: 75
21st Century Schools: Learning in the Digital Age


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21st Century Schools: Learning in the Digital Age

From FRONTLINE Digital Nation, this video explores discuss the hype and the hopes for improving education through technology.

  • Grades: 9-13+
  • Views: 1121
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 45
Titanium Chairs and Cheetah Legs


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Titanium Chairs and Cheetah Legs

In this MEDAL QUEST video, Paralympians share how adaptive technologies have helped them perform in a range of competitive sports.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 1365
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 53
Technology Dissection


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Technology Dissection

In this video from DragonflyTV, kids at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, AL take apart electronic gadgets to learn how they work.

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Views: 464
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 23
Wearable Robots


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Wearable Robots

Discover how wearable robots can help firefighters and paraplegics in this video adapted from NOVA scienceNOW.

  • Grades: 5-13+
  • Views: 2073
  • Downloads: 91
  • Favorites: 104
Are Computers Intelligent?


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Are Computers Intelligent?

This video excerpt from NOVA: “Smartest Machine on Earth” explains why computers can be so good at chess.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 345
  • Downloads: 12
  • Favorites: 37
Will 3D Printing Change the World? | Off Book


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Will 3D Printing Change the World? | Off Book

From at-home repairs to new businesses, from medical to ecological developments, 3D Printing has an undeniably wide range of possibilities which could profoundly change our world.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 2804
  • Downloads: 125
  • Favorites: 87
Magnetic Microbots


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Magnetic Microbots

This video from NOVA’s "Making Stuff: Smaller" and accompanying activity for grades K–8 teach students how materials scientists are building extremely small robots that may be able to travel inside the human body.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 1021
  • Downloads: 58
  • Favorites: 77
The Intelligent Robot


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The Intelligent Robot

In this segment from Curious, learn how a robot is a machine that can connect with its surroundings and has some level of autonomy.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 765
  • Downloads: 41
  • Favorites: 70
Scientist Profile: Mars Rover Engineer


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Scientist Profile: Mars Rover Engineer

In this video profile, Dr. Ayanna Howard, a NASA robotics research engineer, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to make robots "smarter."

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Views: 232
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 50
Scientist Profile: Game Designer


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Scientist Profile: Game Designer

In this video profile, Microsoft game designer David Ortiz designs Xbox's NFL Fever 2002 game.

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Views: 1587
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 57
Scientist Profile: Inventor


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Scientist Profile: Inventor

In this video profile, teen scientist Ryan Patterson demonstrates his award-winning electronic glove that translates sign language.

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Views: 1152
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 61
Building Curiosity: Rover Rocks Rocker-Bogie


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Building Curiosity: Rover Rocks Rocker-Bogie

NASA engineers test Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, and demonstrate its material properties, its handling and mobility, and its design features in this NASA video.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 333
  • Downloads: 6
  • Favorites: 18
Girls Explore IT Careers


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Girls Explore IT Careers

See how BuildIT, an afterschool program in Alameda County, CA, addresses the gender gap in advanced technology careers - promoting middle school girls' fluency in information technologies (IT), interest in math, and IT career awareness.

  • Grades: 7-13+
  • Views: 254
  • Downloads: 1
  • Favorites: 26
Robot Race


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Robot Race

In this video from NOVA, cars drive themselves. Teams of designers using different technologies compete for a two-million-dollar prize to see which unmanned vehicle will make it to the finish line first.

  • Grades: 3-12
  • Views: 923
  • Downloads: 37
  • Favorites: 103
TechBridge


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TechBridge

In this video from DragonflyTV, girls in Oakland, California that are interested in science participate in TechBridge, a technology program just for girls. They build things like mechanical kangaroos and ostriches!

  • Grades: 4-6
  • Views: 146
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 12
The Design Process


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The Design Process

This video resource, excerpted from DESIGN SQUAD, illustrates each step of the engineering design process.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 3314
  • Downloads: 0
  • Favorites: 140
iFarm


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iFarm

Support your STEM and Social Studies curriculum with this video that profiles a California pistachio farmer who developed an iPad app to improve irrigation.

  • Grades: 7-13+
  • Views: 766
  • Downloads: 30
  • Favorites: 37