PBS LearningMedia AND EIGHT-KAET LAUNCH NEW DIGITAL
-- Free Innovative Classroom-Ready Media Available to Every Teacher and Student Across Arizona –
Phoenix, Ariz. – August 3, 2011 – To foster classroom innovation and engagement, PBS member station Eight-KAET has launched PBS LearningMedia (http://az.pbslearningmedia.org), a free service for all teachers, students and families in Arizona created in collaboration with PBS and WGBH , and their producing partners WNET and KET. In addition to a rich public media library, PBS LearningMedia has content contributed from other publicly funded organizations, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, as well as content funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education, to deliver thousands of resources for use in the classroom and with home-schoolers.
“This is an exceptional partnership and we believe the quality of the materials we are bringing to Arizona classrooms will be a great tool to educators and students,” said Eight-KAET General Manager Kelly McCullough. “The collective content now available to Arizona educators is extraordinary and we have been fortunate to have CenturyLink support our AZ PBS LearningMedia outreach efforts statewide.”
“We are proud to work with an organization that is focused on serving Arizona's students,” said Ken McMahon, CenturyLink's vice president and general manager for Phoenix. “CenturyLink's Arizona employees are honored to help facilitate the great work consistently done by everyone at ASSET.”
Delivering unprecedented access to a robust digital library aligned to Common Core State Standards and available to all preK-16 classrooms, PBS LearningMedia is the next generation in digital media platforms with high-quality content drawn from more than 1,500 public media producers, 350 local stations, such as WGBH's NOVA science series among many others, and a growing list of other contributors.
Teachers and students in Arizona have immediate access for their lesson and homework to more than 14,000 research-based instructional resources – including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans, and worksheets.
Combining dynamic and engaging instructional content with professional development support, PBS LearningMedia empowers educators to create media-rich curriculum lessons that meet the needs of 21 st century learners. Through PBS LearningMedia , teachers can:
Quickly and easily find relevant resources, localized to their needs, to differentiate instruction for a diverse range of learners;
Personalize the site by tagging resources and share ideas, recommendations and comments on how they've used media assets in their teaching with their professional learning networks via email or social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter; and
Develop “class pages” - curated content lists - for student viewing, feedback and instruction on interactive white boards and school-based intranets and other networking tools.
The PBS LearningMedia platform also offers a flexible infrastructure designed for customization and seamless media integration into existing services provided by state and local school district systems.
Currently, PBS LearningMedia is co-branding with 34 local PBS stations around the country, including KAET – Phoenix, Alabama Public Television, Blue Ridge PBS, Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation, Idaho Public Television, Illinois Public Media, Iowa Public Television, KACV-TV, KCTS Television, KET (Kentucky Educational Television), KLRN, KNME-TV, KNPB, KSPS-TV, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, New Hampshire Public Television, PBS SoCal, Rhode Island PBS, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, WNET New York Public Media , UNC-TV, Vegas PBS, WGBH Educational Foundation, WGCU Public Media, WGVU, WHRO, Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, WJCT, Inc., WOSU Public Media, WPSU/Penn State Public Broadcasting, WQED Multimedia, WSIU Public Broadcasting, WTCI, and WVPT.
About Eight's Educational Outreach
About Eight, Arizona PBS
Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.
Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.