Thinkport Bulletin: Digital December: Learning and Innovation

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December 13, 2016

December Digital

Dive into digital learning this December with online activities, PBS programs and opportunities to shine in and out of the classroom! 

PBS Digital Innovator

A Call for Entries!
PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators
Are you a change agent in your classroom? Apply for the coveted role and honor of becoming one of 50 digital innovators from the U.S. Submit a 3-minute “mini-presentation” video to show how you’re using PBS LearningMedia resources (along with digital technology and tools) in your classroom to enhance teaching and inspire learning. Learn more about this unique opportunity to support your school and community!

Protecting Rights

Bill of Rights Day (December 15)
Honor Bill of Rights Day in your classroom! Many of the rights guaranteed to U.S. citizens, including freedom of religion, speech and the press, are rights denied to more than half of the world’s population. In MPT’s interactive literacy module “Protecting the Rights of the Peoplestudents examine primary and secondary sources to compare and contrast information about the rights of citizens of the U.S.

Digital Tool

Digital Tools: PBS LearningMedia
Just beginning to use digital tools in your classroom? These short video tutorials can help you learn the basics. Easily incorporate each tool into your teaching to convey information visually, make persuasive arguments, and enhance collaboration. 


Design Squad Global: New Online STEM Game
Fidgets to the Rescue
Hop online and design! Students practice STEM skills as they design innovative ways to bring emergency supplies to the "Fidgets" to help keep them safe during a natural disaster.

MPT/PBS Highlights

Nature: Legendary White Stallions
Wednesday, December 14, 8:00 pm on MPT

Explore the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions and the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers, demonstrated at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. See video clip!

NOVA: Mystery of a Masterpiece
Wednesday, December 14, 9:00 pm on MPT

A striking portrait of a young woman is now thought to be an undiscovered masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million. See how the story unfolds! Watch video clip!

POV: What Tomorrow Brings
Tuesday, December 20, 10:00 pm on MPT2/Create

Go inside the very first girls' school in a small Afghan village. Never before have fathers allowed their daughters to be educated. As they learn to read and write, the girls discover their dreams. Watch trailer!