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New PBS resource could help advance digital learning

PBS LearningMedia to launch with 12,000 digital content objects, including standards-aligned video clips

New PBS resource could help advance digital learning

PBS LearningMedia contains digital content specifically created for use in the classroom.

The Public Broadcasting System and Boston-based PBS station WGBH are releasing a new digital media platform for pre-kindergarten through college, called PBS LearningMedia. The site will provide digital content tied to curriculum standards and will be available in both a free and premium format.

Rob Lippincott, senior vice president of education for PBS, said the system—expected to be announced June 27—has been in development since the emergence of WGBH’s Teachers’ Domain and PBS’ Digital Learning Library.

“LearningMedia is a merger of those two efforts to create a single national educational media platform for public media,” Lippincott said.

“What we’re looking at is not the Digital Learning Library and not Teachers’ Domain, but building on those collective resources for a new service that draws on the strength of both of those efforts and is meant to reach out to all stations throughout the system, and through those stations to a whole range of different kinds of partnerships in the system,” said Michelle Korf, senior executive for educational media with WGBH.

PBS LearningMedia will include content from more than 55 member stations, independent producers, and public institution partners. The site plans to launch with 12,000 digital learning objects, which include video clips, documents, games, images, and activities.

“Approximately 60 percent of the collection is made up of video clips,” said Lippincott. “All of these are purpose-built short pieces of video that have been produced or adapted for use in the classroom. These are not simply segments of television.”

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  1. dlongdon

    June 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Sounds similar to PBS’ TeacherSource from the late ~1990′s?

  2. dlongdon

    June 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Sounds similar to PBS’ TeacherSource from the late ~1990′s?

  3. kdorr88

    June 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I look forward to using this site this summer to see how I could use it in my classroom. I have found that using pictures, images, and video greatly enhances motivation and engagement when introducing a new topic. I teach in a district with a diverse population and I find that many of my lower level learners and students with limited language struggle with visualization and creating mental pictures to aid in reading comprehension. This site seems like it would be a great resource to use within my classroom to help ensure that all students begin with a similar foundation in which they can build new knowledge and have meaningful discussions.

  4. kdorr88

    June 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I look forward to using this site this summer to see how I could use it in my classroom. I have found that using pictures, images, and video greatly enhances motivation and engagement when introducing a new topic. I teach in a district with a diverse population and I find that many of my lower level learners and students with limited language struggle with visualization and creating mental pictures to aid in reading comprehension. This site seems like it would be a great resource to use within my classroom to help ensure that all students begin with a similar foundation in which they can build new knowledge and have meaningful discussions.

  5. kdorr88

    July 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I am unfamiliar with PBS TeacherSource . . . Was it set up in a similar format to this new site?

    I have used the PBS site before to stream videos for my classroom, but it is often difficult to quickly find what I need, but I have found this new site to be more user friendly in terms of the search options. I have used Discovery streaming in the past (which seems to have a much larger database of videos) and found that it enhanced my instruction and provided a great introduction to a variety of concepts, but the down side was that it was pretty expensive. I am curious to see how this site evolves in terms of resources and curriculum over the next few months.

  6. kdorr88

    July 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I am unfamiliar with PBS TeacherSource . . . Was it set up in a similar format to this new site?

    I have used the PBS site before to stream videos for my classroom, but it is often difficult to quickly find what I need, but I have found this new site to be more user friendly in terms of the search options. I have used Discovery streaming in the past (which seems to have a much larger database of videos) and found that it enhanced my instruction and provided a great introduction to a variety of concepts, but the down side was that it was pretty expensive. I am curious to see how this site evolves in terms of resources and curriculum over the next few months.