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Tuesday, November 1 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms: Using Digital Media to Support Three-Dimensional Learning in Earth and Space Science (WGBH)

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WGBH, in collaboration with NASA, is on a 5-year mission to design and develop digital media-integrated instructional resources on PBS LearningMedia for K-12 classrooms.

This panel/presentation will cover:

  • How digital information is changing how we see, understand and experience our planet and the universe
  • The unique role that digital media can play in three-dimensional learning
  • How WGBH is designing and testing media-integrated instructional resources for K-12 classrooms
  • Explore free resources, hear what is coming, and discover how you can get involved in this exciting project in the years to come!

Phenomena can provide the ‘anchor’ to a designed instructional sequence—opening the door to investigation, lines of questioning, and authentic science and engineering practices. 

In Earth and Space Science, particularly, these phenomena often happen at huge size scales, over long timelines, or are not even visible to us in our everyday experience. For this reason, digital media can play a tremendous role in giving students access to these phenomena, and therefore opening lines of authentic investigation into these topics.

WGBH has spent 2016 designing, developing, and testing instructional resources that take advantage of the unique possibilities of digital media. We will share this process and what we have learned along the way from thousands of teachers across MA and the nation. Massachusetts teachers from our national teacher advisor team will join the panel to share their experience using and testing these and share insights about how we teach, and learn, with digital media. 


Rachel Connolly

Director STEM Education, WGBH


Laura Degelmann

Linden STEAM Academy, Malden

Jake Foster

Project Advisor, Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms, Former Acting Director, STEM, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education  

Jenny Kostka

South Shore Charter Public School, Norwell

Kim Martino

Belmonte Middle School, Saugus

Rebecca Pierce

Greater Lawrence Technical School, Andover

Tuesday November 1, 2016 10:55am - 11:45am EDT
Plenary Hall