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America’s Largest Classroom Just Got Bigger

posted on August 25, 2011

America’s Largest Classroom Just Got Bigger

IPTV is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new multimedia resource for teachers and students. It’s called PBS LearningMedia, and it contains a massive collection of digital content from public broadcast stations from around the country.

In addition to the high quality media content teachers have come to expect from PBS, the new service offers resources from other publicly funded organizations including the National Archives, the Library of Congress, NPR, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and many others. All together there are well over 14,000 resources.

“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,” said Rob Lippincott, senior vice president of education for PBS, in a recent press release.

In other words, PBS LearningMedia was developed to help teachers sort through the ever-increasing amount of resources available. Educators can quickly and easily look up subjects by topic, grade level, media type, and language, share ideas with social media tools, develop “class pages” for student viewing, and create media-rich curricula that meet the needs of 21st century learners.

Educators can use the site in class when starting on a new lesson or as a prompt for a specific activity. It can be used for remedial work, homework, in small groups, in middle schools, or high schools. It can be used in class, at the computer lab, or at home.

So far, 38 PBS stations have signed on to provide a free, co-branded service. Throughout the fall we’ll explore the site in further detail and give you some useful information on how you can further implement this resource into your classroom. Visit to sign up for a free account and begin re-imagining classroom learning.

Tags: 21st Century Skills 21st Century Teaching digital education educators interactive Internet NASA online learning PBS public service radio resources social media teachers video

Subjects: Adult EducationThe ArtsGuidance/CareersLiteracy & LanguagesMathProfessional DevelopmentScience & TechnologySocial Studies


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