Upcoming MILO Events
Visit the MILO (Multimedia Interactive Literacy Opportunity) bus to enjoy story times, make fun arts and crafts, explore hands-on learning opportunities, receive free books and other cool giveaways – and meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters!
MILO is a made possible through a partnership between the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Junior League of Tampa, WEDU PBS and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Learn More
All events are from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Seminole Heights Branch Library
Saturday, May 6, 2017
4711 Central Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33603
Schools took on the Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge
YOU STEPPED IT UP, TAMPA! Congratulations to the students at Cleveland, Kenly and West Tampa Elementary Schools for taking on the Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge! Students used their bodies and their brains to increase math skills and improve fitness levels with this innovative program from Cyberchase. Each morning, students would put on a pedometer to keep count of their steps and at the end of the day would add that number to his or her mileage tracker. Throughout the five-week program, teachers came up with all sorts of clever ways to increase steps each week. Students received incentives for each new level they achieved along the way and a cool certificate congratulating them on the increase in steps at the end of the program. Teachers also received ideas for using the gathered data in creative math activities.
A new Cyberchase Step It Up program at Sanders Memorial Elementary, a S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Magnet in Pasco County began on April 3, 2017. More than 600 students are participating in the program.
The Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge was made possible by a grant award to WEDU PBS by Thirteen Productions LLC. If you’re interested in taking on the Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge with your students, please contact Gail Taylor, Director of Educational Services, at [email protected].
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Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award
MILO – the Mobile Interactive Literacy Opportunity initiative has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Florida Library Association’s Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award. This award honors one outstanding Florida library youth program annually that promotes reading, literacy and library use.
Lorie Tonti, Manager of Library Learning Experiences, will be accepting the award on behalf of the library at the opening session of the Florida Library Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando on May 10th.
Academy Prep Media Club
Academy Prep Center for Education has introduced a new activity for its enrichment program, the Academy Prep Media Club. In partnership with WEDU PBS and staff and students from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, the Academy Prep Media Club teaches AP students about video production and the principles of journalism. More
Grant will support a series of workshops
Thanks to a generous grant award from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation, WEDU PBS will supply workshops to Polk County educators and caregivers highlighting strategies for incorporating PBS instructional materials and innovative digital tools into the learning environment. Presentations will include Florida PBS LearningMedia, a free education service featuring more than 120,000 PreK-12 resources, from more than 300 educational partners, aligned to National, Common Core and Florida Standards of Education. The generous support of our community partners allows WEDU to offer workshops at no cost to public and private PreK-12 schools, homeschool groups, afterschool programs and colleges.
To learn more about scheduling a free workshop, please contact Gail Taylor, Director of Educational Services, [email protected] or (813)739-2912.
Enter the Teach Boldly Sweepstakes
You could win a month’s supply of coffee for your team or a completely teched-out makeover of the teachers’ lounge at your school! Enter daily for more chances to win. Sweepstakes ends Noon ET on 4/5/17.
WEDU PBS Phyllis L. Ensign Library Corners
WEDU is donating multimedia library corners to public libraries throughout our 16 county viewing area in honor of Phyllis L. Ensign. Learn more
Meet our 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator
Bobbi Starling teaches fourth and fifth grade at Woodland Elementary in Dade City, Florida. Additionally, she leads the Robotics and Technology Clubs at her school. Bobbi believes her role as an educator is to facilitate learning. She believes digital literacy plays an important role in this mission. Seeing her students focus, engage, question, collaborate, program, create, test, modify and re-design bring her great joy. Press Release
Martha Speaks Reading Buddies traveling kits
We are pleased to announce that WEDU PBS has received a generous grant award from the Rays Community Fund Grant Program to create two Martha Speaks Reading Buddies traveling kits with all books and materials needed for the 10-week cross-age reading program. Kits are available for use by public and private schools and after-school programs, at no cost. To learn more about reserving a kit contact Gail Taylor, [email protected] or (813)739-2912.