Champaign teacher Elizabeth Slifer blogs about what happens in her classroom throughout the day using the power of technology and educational media. Read her blog in EdTech Digest.
Stories of Impact
Raina and Jay, a husband and wife team, will be book mentors this year in their 5-year-old son Xavier’s class at the Champaign Early Childhood Center. As volunteers with Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project, they will read to the pre-schoolers and do a related activity with them. Keep reading to find out why they're excited about the project.
Watch a video of tachers talking about the big impact PBS LearningMedia digital resources are having on student learning.
After a career as news editor of The Courier and an editor at the American Oil Chemists Society, George Willhite has found enjoyment in retirement by volunteering for Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project for the past six years. Keep reading to find out why he loves it.
Watch a video of Molly Delaney, educational outreach director at Illinois Public Media, talking about the joys of teaching media literacy to K-5th grade students at Stratton Leadership & Microsociety Magnet School in Champaign, Ill.
KiLee Lidwell McFerren describes her experiences using PBS LearningMedia resources with her art students at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School.
Illinois Public Media's Kimberlie Kranich describes the excitement of teaching students to create newscasts for Stratton Leadership & Microsociety Magnet School in Champaign.
Experts say that technology in the classroom should be like oxygen—ubiquitous, necessary and invisible. In Elizabeth Slifer’s 4th grade classroom at Carrie Busey Elementary in Savoy, technology—like oxygen—is breathing life into supporting critical thinking, generating ideas, reinforcing information and fostering communication.
Jessica Holmes’ mom fostered a love of reading and learning in her daughter, and now Jessica is trying to do the same with the pre-school children in whose class she volunteers as a book mentor.
Kelly Russell, child development services manager for Champaign County Head Start, describes how Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project builds community support for early literacy in Champaign County.