A: Because each local PBS station determines its own repeat schedule after a program is originally broadcast, you should check the television schedule in your area. You can do this by visiting PBS TV Schedules. You can also contact your local station, which you can find at PBS Teachers Get Local page. Or sign up for the Teachers weekly electronic e-mail list, which provides a listing of the programs scheduled for the upcoming month.
A: Off-air taping rights for classroom use have been extended from within seven days to within one year of the broadcast date of new NOVA programs. Programs that originally aired before January 1996 must be used within seven days of the broadcast date. You can find the original airdate in the program contents listing for your program in the Resources by Program Title page or by contacting your local PBS station.
A: Reproduction of any lesson plans or other information contained within the Teachers section of the NOVA Web site is granted for educational use to schools and libraries. You may also print and distribute a classroom set of any articles on the general NOVA site.
Unfortunately, because of rights restrictions and our own trademark requirements we don't allow anyone to insert any materials—such as video, audio, still images, or text—into their own sites or presentations. See Copyright for more information. Most TV and movie production involves complicated proprietary rights issues; usually third party compensation and permissions are required for additional uses. Although it's possible to license segments of programs for other films, exhibits, interactive materials, and so on, the cost is prohibitive for a single teacher.
However, we encourage you to link to NOVA pages from your site, or simply refer students to them. This is in fact one of the major reasons that we create Web sites to go along with our TV programs—so that teachers can make the materials available in their classrooms.
A: Although there are a number of different formats for citing sources, NOVA adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style, which suggests that citations of site contents are best relegated to notes. If not, they may be included in a bibliography. Below are some examples for citing NOVA Web sources in this format:
Program Web Site
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A: Full transcripts for NOVAs broadcast after January 7, 1997 are available on the NOVA Transcripts page. To obtain copies of transcripts for NOVAs broadcast before that date, please call WGBH Audience and Member Services at (617) 492-2777, Ext. 5400. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5, and Thursdays 9-4, Eastern Time.
A: Many NOVA programs are available on video, but unfortunately not every program is available because rights cannot always be cleared for video sales. Some videos are exclusively for educational use while others may have only been cleared for home use. To find a listing of all available videos, DVDs, and other educational products, visit the NOVA section of "Shop WGBH." Or request a video catalog by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: NOVA exemplifies the philosophy of standards-based teaching by illustrating the realities of science and science process through topical issues. Our lessons are designed to allow you entry points into addressing fundamental understandings from both the science and math standards. Many lessons include a section detailing how our activities align with the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards and/or the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published by the National Council of Mathematics.
A: in addition to its regular programming, NOVA periodically produces a series of topical science programs. To find out more about these, please visit NOVA Science Specials. NOVA has also collaborated with PBS to produce a series of online adventures, including Island of the Sharks, Pyramids—The Inside Story, Shackleton's Antarctic Odyssey, and more. For a full listing, see NOVA/PBS Online Adventures.
A: NOVA is closed captioned and described for viewers who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired. To access descriptions, activate the second audio program (SAP) on your stereo TV or VCR. For more information about captioning, see the Captioning FAQ. For more information regarding descriptions, see the DVS® FAQ.
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