PBS offers extensive multimedia resources and services for educators through PBS Teachers®, PBS TeacherLine®, PBS KIDS Raising Readers and PBS Educational Media.
PBS Teachers® (pbsteachers.org) is the Web portal designed for preK-12 educators to access PBS’ educational services and a searchable library of more than 9,000 local and national standards-based teaching activities, lesson plans, on-demand video assets and interactive games and simulations. PBS Teachers is also the gateway for local educational resources and services offered by PBS member stations.
PBS Teachers has been recognized as a “Landmark Website for Teaching and Learning” by the American Association of School Librarians, a one-time honor reserved for top Internet sites that enhance learning and curriculum development and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
The Website is home to PBS’ popular education blog Media Infusion (pbs.org/mediainfusion), which focuses on practical ways to integrate multimedia resources and technology into the classroom.
PBS Teachers Activity Packs is a growing library of Web-based widgets that contain links to high-quality PBS education resources and activities focused on a specific curricular theme for multiple grade levels. Activity Packs are available free-of-charge for educators to “grab” for classroom use or to post on their Web pages or favorite social networking sites.
PBS Teachers Live!, a series of free monthly webinars for K-12 educators, features leading education experts, authors or PBS producers who offer strategies for using digital media and technology in the classroom to create rich learning experiences for students. The webinars cover technology integration topics and a wide range of subject areas, including science, math, reading/language arts, social studies, history and art.
The PBS Digital Learning Library, available in spring 2010, will contain high-quality multimedia resources from PBS member stations and award-winning PBS broadcast programs, all aligned to national and localeducation standards and tagged for easy searching. The PBS Digital Learning Library will be a comprehensive source of “learning objects,” including video, audio, images, games and interactive simulations designed specifically for classroom use, delivered to teachers exclusively through local PBS stations.
PBS TeacherLine® (pbs.org/teacherline) provides high-quality, affordably priced professional development for preK-12 educators. These more than 130 online courses, which span the preK-12 curriculum, are eligible for graduate credit and recertification points. Course areas include reading and language arts, instructional technology, science, mathematics and instructional strategies.
PBS TeacherLine has been the source of professional development , touting more than 50,000 enrollments, and has been recognized with multiple industry awards, including a prestigious 2007 Codie Award for “Best Online Instruction Solution,” the U.S. Distance Learning Association’s 2007 Best Practice Award and Scholastic Administr@tor’s “Best in Tech 2008-2009” award for Professional Development Resources.
PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection is a one-of-a-kind professional learning network tool available through PBS TeacherLine for instructional coaches, mentors and teacher leaders. This online suite provides access to multimedia professional development resources and instructional strategies, and offers a framework for using the material in the coaching process to improve teaching practices.
PBS KIDS RAISING READERS
PBS KIDS Raising Readers (readytolearnreading.org) is a literacy initiative, funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which uses PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! programs, multimedia content and community activities for parents, teachers and caregivers to help children from low-income families, ages two-to-eight, build their literacy skills.
PBS KIDS Island
PBS KIDS Island (pbskids.org/read/games) is a new immersive site of online reading games that offers backend tracking of a child’s progress in key literacy skills. Children's Technology Review awarded PBS KIDS Island an Editor’s Choice Award, an honor reserved for the highest-quality interactive media products.
PBS Educational Media
PBS Educational Media extends the reach of public television by distributing media throughout the United States and Canada, making valuable resources available to educators and librarians through Shop PBS Educational Media (teacher.shop.pbs.org/home/index.jsp).
With more than 360 best-selling and award-winning PBS documentaries in digital formats, educators can create a more rewarding teaching and learning experience.