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UNC-TV's Educational Services provides dynamic digital media, teacher professional development, parent education, and community engagement online, on-air, and face to face.  With the support of partners, we deliver powerful resources designed to support effective teaching and meaningful learning for North Carolinians from birth to adult.

Whether you want to attend an UNC-TV workshop, attend a community event, learn about our collaboration with community partners such as colleges/universities, schools, preschool and elementary schools, veteran organization, healthcare providers, or learn about our many local and national programs, this is the place for you. You may see UNC-TV's education staff in many places across NC. Also, see a list of the some of the resources available to  help you in the home, classroom, or community.

For more information about UNC-TV's educational service, email us at:  elearning@unctv.org.    


Cyberchase: STEP IT UP Program

         
Produced by THIRTEEN, Cyberchase Season 10 takes kids on educational adventures involving math, health, and the environment – from encouraging kids to be active and eat well, to teaching kids about reducing waste and growing gardens. To extend the season's health theme in communities, THIRTEEN partnered with ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to develop CYBERCHASE: STEP IT UP, a program that inspires kids and educators to find opportunities to work more steps into their regular day while learning related concepts in math. Across the country, approximately 6,000 children will participate in the program, pursuing a collective goal of adding 30 million extra steps.

UNC-TV received a grant from THIRTEEN Productions LLC (Thirteen)  to locally pilot the Cyberchase: STEP IT UP program with approximately 620 students and teachers at Eastway Elementary School in Durham, NC and Parkview Elementary Expressive Arts Magnet School in High Point, NC.  Download a free guide and take a peak at the Cyberchase episodes. Harry and Bianca from Cyberchase congratulates everyone who is taking the challenge to "Step It Up NC." Watch our video!

READY JET GO!
READY JET GO!, is a new series for kids ages 3-8 that will help children learn astronomy and Earth science concepts. The series follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore the solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way. The lively program is linked to national standards. Ready Jet Go! airs 7:30 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on UNC-TV.

Mission Solar System Resources for Teachers: STEM Resources | Grades 4-8
NASA and Design Squad Nation have teamed up to inspire a new generation of engineers with an engaging collection of hands-on activities. Explore it here!


PBS KIDS NATURE CAT
Linked to national standards such as the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, the National Science Education Standards, Benchmarks for Science Literacy, and the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, PBS KIDS NATURE CAT is sure to be a hit for educators, parents, and children. Designed for kids ages 3-8, NATURE CAT is grounded in a multifaceted science curriculum and gives parents and teachers ideas for nature-based activities aimed to exposing children to a variety of nature concepts and systems and inspiring children to go outside and “play the show.”

"Research shows that children benefit greatly from playing outside, yet the amount of time kids spend outdoors has been steadily declining over the past several years," said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “PBS KIDS is committed to using the power of media to foster children’s curiosity and inspire them to explore the outdoors, long after the screen is turned off. Through NATURE CAT, our goal is to get kids excited about the wonders of nature and encourage healthy outdoor activities by modeling hands-on exploration with engaging, humorous stories and characters.”

NATURE CAT is supported by the American Graduate/PBS KIDS fund, which CPB and PBS established to create content and tools to prepare young children for educational success. Click here to learn more about American Graduate.

NATURE CAT airs Monday through Fridays at 8:00 am on UNC-TV.

PBS KIDS Odd Squad Classroom Resources

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Odd Squad is a multimedia PBS KIDS series featuring a television show, online games and apps. Classroom resources are available online!   In the series, which airs on UNC-TV Monday through Friday at 7:00 am, the Odd Squad agents are called to solve all sorts of odd problems using math, problem-solving skills and creativity to solve the case and correct the oddity.  Paul Siefken, Vice President, Broadcast and Digital Media, The Fred Rogers Company stated, “ODD SQUAD will invite viewers to take an active role in learning, as they get wrapped up in the unusual cases on-air and then have the chance to become Odd Squad agents themselves through digital content.”  Sample one of the Odd Squad activities, by taking the Odd Squad quiz now

For more information about Odd Squad click here. To learn about Odd Squad workshops, contact UNC-TV's  Community Engagement staff at elearning@unctv.org.

180 Days: Hartsville Documentary and Community Engagement
Presented as part of the American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen initiative, the Peabody Award-winning 180 Days: Hartsville documentary reveals a year in the life of one Southern town’s efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools. It is a story about who we are, where we’ve been, and whom we aspire to become. It is about educators, families, communities coming together to be "change agents" for our youngest learners and beyond! 

Engagement with the timely issues raised in 180 Days: Hartsville, also took a local turn as UNC-TV  received a grant from the National Black Programming Consortium, South Carolina ETV, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Wyncote Foundation to produce feature reports on North Carolina Now and conduct community engagement activities at area schools and community agencies. UNC-TV's NC Now producer Heather Burgiss visited Petree Elementary School located in  Winston Salem, NC.  While at Petree, Burgiss and her team looked at the many educational enhancements that the school uses such as using male teaching assistants to serve as mentors for students, creating a vigorous PTA and establishing science labs in which wearing lab coats is just one way that students are encouraged to take science seriously.  Click here to read the article about the visit to Petree Elementary school. 

Play the new 180 Days: Hartsville Game, an interactive experience that was designed in conjunction with the “180 Days: Hartsville” documentary, to help more people accurately understand the state of public education today and the challenges and opportunities that come with trying to support the holistic development of children  Pick your challenge of becoming the parent, teacher, or principal. Click here to take the challenge today. 

Funded by:

With Additional Funding by:
BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD OF SOUTH CAROLINA
ETV ENDOWMENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
BURROUGHS & CHAPIN COMPANY

Technology Resources for the Classroom
Interactive Whiteboard Games: PBS KIDS provides an array of interactive whiteboard games for educators. All programs and games are age-appropriate and linked to subjects such as language arts, the arts, math and social science. Students will enjoy participating in these collaborative, fun and engaging experiences, while exploring curriculum from trusted programs such as Arthur, Clifford, Curious George, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid and Super Why.

Click here to learn about the interactive whiteboard games.
Cick here to see interactive whiteboard games from PBS KIDS Lab.
PBS KIDS Raising Readers

Sesame Street "Math is Everywhere" Kit
Math is an essential component of learning and success. Sesame Street Math Is Everywhere aims to help parents, caregivers, and educators help young children explore and understand math in the everyday world. By focusing on the broad thinking and reasoning skills required to master mathematics, Math Is Everywhere hopes to use math as an early starting point for empowering children's learning across the curriculum for years to come. Sesame Street and PNC Financial Services believes that "every child has the potential to do something great!" Click here to download a free kit.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
A new generation of preschool 'neighbors' will experience the beloved Neighborhood of Make Believe, as inspired by the award winning Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, with the new PBS show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Daniel is the four year son of the original shows Daniel Stripped Tiger and he invites children into his world and to increase social-emotional development. Music is a great way to deal with emotions or your feelings, so try out this activity from the website!

For more information about UNC-TV's educational service, contact us at: elearning@unctv.org.


Thank you to our grants and community sponsors!
The Dickson Foundation, The F.M. Kirby Foundation, William A. Smith Foundation,
Marbles Kids Museum, Frank Borden Hanes Charitable Lead Trust, Cyberchase/WNET, the Jim Henson Company, and VINCI