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Top educational media in 2023 from PBS Wisconsin Education

December 11, 2023 Marci Glaus Leave a Comment

PBS Wisconsin Education creates free-to-use, Wisconsin-focused media for grades PreK-12, though people of all ages are welcome to explore! Enjoy a look into some of the most-loved educational media of the year.

The Legend of the Lost Emerald

The Legend of the Lost Emerald is a point-and-click adventure video game where players use critical thinking and historical inquiry skills by stepping into the shoes of Jules, a maritime archaeologist. Players investigate the mysteries of shipwrecks by diving underwater to gather clues and use primary and secondary sources to support evidence-based conclusions. The game includes four levels that lead to the real treasure – the stories of shipwrecks inspired by real Great Lakes history.

An illustration of a sunken ship covered in sand and particles at the bottom of a lake

The Ways

The Ways is a collection that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today through a dozen stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes.

Manoomin: Food That Grows on the Water took the lead this year, helping to expand and challenge the understanding of contemporary Native American culture and language. This story of harvesting manoomin (wild rice) features Fred Ackley Jr. from the Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Mole Lake and his relationship with nature.

Wisconsin Biographies

Joshua Glover: And the End of Slavery was another favorite this year, sharing how his story is part of a series of events leading to the declaration of the end of slavery in the United States. He traveled from Missouri to Wisconsin, and eventually, to Canada, aided by abolitionists and the Underground Railroad.

Finally, Electa Quinney: Mohican Teacher and Mentor has been a crowd favorite since joining the collection in November. She is known as the first public school teacher in what we now call Wisconsin and a treasured person from the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans. She uplifted all people and showed how to build a better society while enduring hardships, uncertainty, and injustice.

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