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February 22, 2017 Edition

Teacher Tools

With the click of a mouse and a desire to try something new, there are a variety of free tools available to you! The following tools can help you get organized, create original assignments and lessons, strengthen students' writing skills, and augment teaching.


Examine Text Online
Thinkport’s annotation tool provides an interactive platform to markup, closely examine, and annotate text and passages online. The interactive tool comes with student and teacher views, and virtual markers to highlight specific content. Additionally, educators can assign, review and comment on student work. 


Bolster Teaching With Free Tools
Personalize and rejuvenate learning with a suite of interactive tools form PBS LearningMedia. The collection includes a lesson and puzzle builder, a quiz maker and a storyboard creator.

Graphic Org

Help Students Get Organized
Graphic organizers offer teachers countless ways to facilitate learning in the classroom. Thinkport's handy assortment of downloadable organizers can help students increase knowledge and understanding of subject matter, structure writing projects, and make connections between ideas, tasks or facts.  


Strengthen Your Media Making Skills
Elevate digital media know-how and techniques with KQED's professional learning opportunities. The site provides modules and courses designed to deepen 21st century teaching skills. Educators can also interact with a community of learners online. 

Earn Credits and Clock Hours Online

Build your teaching toolkit from the comforts and convenience of any computer with Thinkport's online courses.

> Access K-12 Courses

> Explore Courses for Early Care Providers 

Special Programs on MPT!

Tune into MPT for innovative, educational programs, documentary films and specials. Here are a few highlights for the week.

Heroes on Deck

Heroes On Deck: World War II On Lake Michigan
Thursday, February 23, 8:00 pm on MPT2/Create

Learn about the recovery of rare warbirds and the ingenious training program that changed the course of the war in the Pacific.


Africa's Great Civilizations
Origins/The Cross and the Crescent
Monday, February 27, 9:00 pm on MPT

Journey with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to Kenya, Egypt and beyond as he discovers the origins of man and the formation of early human societies.