Sesame Street Weekly for October 11, 2011.

If it weren’t for the invention of the wheel, where would we be today? If not for the invention of the square, how would we be able to enjoy toast? As you see, shapes are all around us and influence all we do. Share the wonder of shapes with your child. Show them how to recognize them and ask them about how they influence their movements throughout each day. This week’s Sesame Street Weekly features adventures in shapes as well as a brand new Anti Bullying Web Exclusive “The Good Bird’s Club”. To view the video, be a shape detective and play Abby’s Flying Fairy School: Pandora’s Lunchbox click here!

NOVA Dogs Decoded

“Dogs Decoded” reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs—with surprising implications for the evolution of human culture. Other research is proving what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. Humans, in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. How did this incredible relationship between humans and dogs come to be? And how can dogs, so closely related to fearsome wild wolves, behave so differently? To view the entire NOVA news click here.

WFSU Presents PBS LearningMedia

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As America’s largest classroom,PBS and WGBH along with other PBS member stations announced plans today to launch PBS LearningMedia (wfsu.pbslearningmedia.org), a new public media education platform available to every teacher and student across the country in time for the 2011-2012 school year. Bringing together the best available high-quality media from 1500 public media producers and more than 350 local PBS stations, PBS LearningMedia is a next-generation digital media platform for PreK-16 classrooms to help re-imagine classroom learning, transform teaching, and more creatively engage students.

PBS stations are the number one source of educational media for students and teachers, at home and in schools, from coast to coast. Distributed by PBS member stations in every school district, the new digital media platform will deliver classroom-ready, high-quality content tied to curriculum standards, professional development courses, a robust content delivery system, and a flexible infrastructure designed for customization and seamless integration into existing services.

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Additionally, Iowa Public Television has written an article about 10 Ways to Use PBS Learning Media in the Classroom with tips for educators to use innovative new media strategies.

Sid the Science Kid for Parents and Teachers

Sid the Science Kid offers a wealth of resources for young children based off of the science content in the program.  But did you know that the Sid team puts together new stories, experiences and resources for parents and teachers every week?  The Sid the Science Kid Parents and Teachers blogs are a wonderful place to read how these two groups are relating Sid the Science Kid content to real world experiences and engaging preschoolers in science.

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Dogs That Changed the World: Part One “The Rise of the Dog”

NATURE’s two-part special Dogs That Changed the World tells the epic story of the wolf’s evolution, how “man’s best friend” changed human society and how we in turn have radically transformed dogs.

In Part One, “The Rise of the Dog,” you’ll learn about how the domestication of dogs might have taken place, including the theory of biologist Raymond Coppinger that it was the animals themselves — and human trash — that inspired the transformation. The genetic analysis of Peter Savolainen of the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has placed the origins of domesticated dogs — and those of the first dog — in East Asia. You’ll also discover 14 dog breeds that controversial genetic studies show are the most ancient — and the best living representatives of the ancestors to all living dogs.

Dogs That Changed the World: Part One “The Rise of the Dog” airs Sunday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 5 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS

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