Portland Teacher Recognized as PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

Steve Beard, a science teacher at Thomas Edison High School in Portland, likes to use digital media to engage his students. Watch a video to learn more about Steve's approach in the classroom.


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Pythagoras' iPhone: Is Listening A Lost Classroom Art?

We began our series, 50 Great Teachers, with a look at Socrates. Which raised a question: Do educators focus enough on teaching students how to listen?

5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher

For our 50 Great Teachers series, a panel of experts shares thoughts on great teaching: past, present, and future.

Education | Nation

Tools Of The Trade: The Abacus

NPR | Nov. 21, 2014 10:30 a.m.

Many teachers still rely on this centuries-old calculating device to provide a hands-on approach to math.

Education | Nation

50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar

NPR | Nov. 21, 2014 noon

It's been 2,400 years since he taught his last class, but the teaching method Socrates created, and that bears his name, lives on today.


Making Jewelry From Buttons And Bottle Caps

NPR | Nov. 20, 2014 12:22 p.m.

The second installation of our Secret Lives series continues with a profile of a second-grade teacher with a passion for making "upcycled" jewelry.

Entertainment | Nation | Education | Science

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

NPR | Oct. 27, 2014 2:42 p.m.

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

Technology | Education | Nation

The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

NPR | Oct. 28, 2014 11:54 a.m.

Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.


Featured: Class Of 2025

Oregon has set a goal to have all of the class of 2025 graduate high school. OPB is following a group students from now until the year 2025. Learn more about the project, or comment here.


This project is part of American GraduateLet’s Make It Happen! — a public broadcasting initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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