Get Your Tech On: Tech Resources

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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

    Hear about different models of 21st century learning skills from experts in the education field. Chris Rush from New Classrooms, Teresa Napoli from School of One and Rebecca Rufo-Tepper from the Institute of Play discuss the emergence of new approaches to learning, such as personalized and game-based learning. 

    Grades: All
  • 21st Century Schools: Learning in the Digital Age

    More and more educators are tapping into the power of digital media and technology for teaching and learning. The variety of information resources available online is simply staggering. Watch How Google Saved a School from FRONTLINE’s Digital Nation and discuss the hype and the hopes for improving education through technology.

    Explore more about Learning in the Digital Age on FRONTLINE Digital Nation workshop Web site.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Using Google Forms and Spreadsheets

    In this KQED video tutorial, learn about Google forms and spreadsheets and Google Drive for collecting, organizing, and visualizing data.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Webinar: Top Strategies for Transforming Professional Development

    How can eduators avoid professional development that is “one size fits all?”  Join PBS LearningMedia in exploring the digital age tools and platforms that can help you share strategies with your colleagues to establish a professional community of peers.

    (Recorded on September 10, 2015)

    Grades: 13+
  • Working With Photos in Pixlr Editor

    Pixlr Editor is a powerful free, browser based online photo editing tool. Learn the basics, how to work with layers and shapes and how to use the selection tool in these videos.

    Check out the entire collection of KQED Digital Tools videos!

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make a Prezi

    Prezi is an online tool for creating presentations that break free of the standard linear slideshow style of presentation that we often encounter. Instead of slides, Prezi presents you with a wide open canvas where you can organize and arrange your visual elements and then create a pathway for playback that zooms from one element to the next, creating a unique dynamic experience. Prezi offers a very robust authoring environment representing limitless possibilities for your creativity. In this video, we’re going to cover the basic tools to get you started.

     

    Check out the entire collection of KQED Digital Tools videos!

    Grades: 6-13+
  • SciGirls | High Tech Fashion 01: Brainstorm & Research

    The SciGirls decide to brainstorm what their favorite dress would look like and work together to design a dress that is totally outrageous and features technology. They reach out to a mentor to see what they can learn from her about incorporating technology into fashion.

    Grades: 5-8
  • SciGirls | Robots to the Rescue! 01: Mentor Moment

    The SciGirls talk with their mentor about the robots that she works with in her lab and how they test their robots. Seeing women who have succeeded in STEM helps inspire and motivate girls, especially when they can relate to these mentors as people with lives outside of the lab.

    Grades: 5-8
  • Career Connections | Web Developer

    Watch three web developers explain how teamwork and a creative mindset are the building blocks of their trade in making computer code efficient and their websites intuitive and user-friendly.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Will 3D Printing Change the World? | Off Book

    Much attention has been paid to 3D Printing lately, with new companies developing cheaper and more efficient consumer models that have wowed the tech community. They herald 3D Printing as a revolutionary and disruptive technology, but how will these printers truly affect our society?

    Grades: 9-12
  • Collaborative Website Building with Tumblr

    Tumblr is a hugely popular and highly social blogging platform with an emphasis on images. Many Tumblr sites are dedicated to gathering and sharing images on a particular theme.  Lots of individuals use it for social networking, and it is also common for groups and businesses to use it as part of their online identity and for social marketing outreach.  With a little bit of extra know-how, Tumblr can be a powerful tool for collaborative website building.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Remix Websites With Mozilla's X-Ray Goggles

    X-Ray Goggles is a tool that lets you remix live web pages right in your browser. This means you can start out with any website on the Internet and dive into its code to create your own distinct version.

    Check out the entire collection of KQED Digital Tools videos!

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Design Process

    Engineers use a series of steps called the design process to solve a problem. In this resource, featuring video segments excerpted from DESIGN SQUAD, watch teams of kids work through each of the five steps of the design process: 1) identify the problem; 2) brainstorm; 3) design; 4) build, test, evaluate, and redesign; and 5) share solutions.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Write and Read Online With Medium

    Medium is a web based platform for reading and creating great writing. It has a beautiful, simplistic interface that's free of distractions yet has just the right features to be a powerful tool.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Scientist Profile: Mars Rover Engineer

    This DragonflyTV segment introduces NASA roboticist Dr. Ayanna Howard. Her job is to use artificial intelligence (AI) to build robots that can travel into space and other hazardous locations. In this segment, she discusses her work on a rover for use on Mars. Also available in Spanish.

    Grades: 4-6
  • Get Your Tech On: PBS LearningMedia 101

    Find out how real-world teachers are using PBS LearningMedia to inspire their teaching, enhance learning, and empower students.

    Grades: 13+
  • Intro To Infographics: Behind The Scenes Of Unlocked

    SHOW, DON’T TELL. That’s the general idea of infographics, which use visuals to make numbers/stats/processes easier to understand. While it’s easy to enjoy a well crafted infographic, creating one can be challenging. What type of visual fits your data? How should you style your graphic? What tools can you use to create infographics without starting from scratch?

    Making an infographic is a multistep process, so we’ll break this tutorial into two parts. In this lesson, we’ll walk you through the basics of making your own infographic, depending on the data at hand.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How to Make an Infographic with Easel.ly

    Learn how to create an infographic using easel.ly with this video from KQED. Infographics can be useful tools whenever you are trying to convey information that lends itself to visual representation. Infographics are especially good at making numerical data easy to see and understand. By creating an infographic, your information can come to life, tell a story, and make a more persuasive argument.  It is because of this that you encounter infographics in all kinds of situations from advertising and marketing to educational presentations and publications.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • NOVA scienceNOW: What Will the Future Be Like? | Wearable Robots

    Learn about in advances in powered exoskeletons—a kind of wearable robot—in this video adapted from NOVA scienceNOW. Correspondent and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue explores the development of sophisticated robots that can be integrated with the human body. The company Ekso Bionics created a robot, called Ekso, that can help paraplegics walk, and has also developed another exoskeleton, called HULC, which is designed to help people carry heavy loads. This resource is useful for introducing components of Engineering Design (ETS) from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to grades 5-12 students.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Career Connections | Mechanical Engineer

    Meet three mechanical engineers who are designing the next generation of jet engines at a major US company. They explain how their curiosity about how things work led them to advanced engineering degrees and cool careers with aircraft engines.

    Grades: 6-12

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