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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How to Start a Kids Cooking Club

This Week on PBS Parents

How to Start a Kids Cooking Club
Organizing a kids cooking club is a great way to get kids excited about cooking, exploring their creativity, and connecting with friends over the summer. Interested? See how to organize a cooking club in six steps.
Fun Recipes for Kids:
• Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt Pops
• Chuck’s Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwich
• Mango Lime Coolers

for recipes and ideas!

Does Technology have a Role to Play in Early Education?

WFSU knows that it does! Programs like Super Why! are leading the way in modeling responsible usage of technology that is appropriate for young children. Children see their older siblings and parents texting and on using the computer for all sorts of things. We found this interesting article about technology and early education and if you have a moment… please check it out! Here is an introduction to the blog, the link will follow:

Does technology have a role to play in early childhood education?  The debate about this question is escalating.  Into the debate comes a report from the Sesame Workshop (admittedly not an objective third party in the debate), “Families Matter: Designing Media for a Digital Age“.  This report documents how digital technology is changing the rhythm of family life. The report finds that families are in a transition period, one in which parents recognize the importance of technology in their children’s learning and future success, but don’t always grant them access to the newer forms of media transforming their own adult lives. Does Technology have a Role to Play in Early Education?

Local 2011 PBS Teachers Innovation Award Winner – Brenda Branch

Innovation Award Winner Brenda Branch - Bay County

2011 PBS Teachers Innovation Award Winner Brenda Branch on WFSU dimensions

WFSU, Florida. Winner: Brenda Branch – 2nd Place

PBS Teachers recently announced the first and second place winning entries for the 2011 PBS Teachers Innovation Awards and WFSU has a winner! Sponsored by The Henry Ford and SMART Technologies, the second annual PBS Teachers Innovation Awards honored teachers who continuously strive to inspire young minds and display creative and inventive use of public media to engage students and improve learning.

For the 2011 contest, PBS Teachers selected 12 first place and 28 second place winners across subject areas and grade ranges. First place winners will receive a unique weeklong “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., from July 31 to Aug. 5, 2011, a SMART Slate wireless slate, free enrollment in a national PBS TeacherLine online professional development course, and a tote bag of PBS educational resources.  Second place winners receive a tote bag filled with tools and instructional technology resources for the classroom from PBS. Prizes will be mailed to the winning educators at the end of June.

You can find out more about the contest and view the gallery of winning videos

View PBS_Innovation_Winners_Press Release (PDF)

Visit the St. Andrew School web site.


Sid the Science Kid Blogs for Teachers & Parents

Every Tuesday the Sid the Science Kid website offers new blogs on exploring science with preschoolers, one specifically for parents and families and one aimed towards educators and caregivers.  Read how each group is using science experiments from Sid the Science Kid to encourage the natural curiosity and fascination preschoolers have with science! This week in the parent’s blog, one family has their very own backyard campout adventure.