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News from PBS Education and PBS LearningMedia!

July 12, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
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Now Live: Ready To Learn Portal in PBS LearningMedia
Since 1995, CPB, PBS, and local member stations have worked in partnership through the Ready To Learn (RTL) initiative to develop evidence-based educational TV programs and activities. These resources and accompanying outreach efforts have focused on supporting teachers, parents, and caregivers as they work with young learners to build early science and literacy skills.

Now, visitors to PBS LearningMedia can access the activities, video content, lesson plans, and research developed through the RTL initiative from one, central location - see it here! Moving forward, this portal will function as the new destination for RTL content. This includes resources previously hosted on the PBS KIDS Lab which will retire on Dec. 31, 2017.

PBS Education Content Added to Google Earth Voyager Program
Google has just added 10 new resources to its Google Earth Voyager program from a range of content producers including PBS Education! This means that students and teachers using Google's interactive program will have an opportunity to discover stories from PBS Education's original, "World Explorers" series.

The Summer of Adventure Continues
As part of our ongoing Summer of Adventure social media campaign, we are celebrating "Reading and Creative Adventures" this week. This is a great opportunity for local teachers (as well as you and your staff) to share photos and commentary about great books, theater productions, or art installations around your neighborhood. Ready to participate? Access easy-to-customize social media messaging by visiting the On Board Site and downloading the Summer of Adventure Toolkit (use the keyword search term, "Summer").

Engagement Opportunity: Join us as we participate in the #FlatKratt summer challenge! Here's a look at how to get involved: pbs.org/education/blog/download-flat-kratts 

Product Update: PBS LearningMedia Student Site
Visitors to the PBS LearningMedia for Students site can now log-in using their Google account credentials. This makes it easier for schools that have adopted Google for Education, Chromebooks, and Google Classroom to integrate PBS LearningMedia into their curriculum. View the site here.

Content Pipeline Update: PBS LearningMedia
Dig in to the latest resources on PBS LearningMedia! The featured content below came from your neighbors at CET-ThinkTV, WNET, and WETA. 

  • As Ohio Goes: This new collection takes a close look at the Buckeye State to find out why it plays such an important role in major U.S. elections. Contributed by CET-ThinkTV. (Grades 9-12).   
  • Transitioning: Gain insight into issues affecting the transgender community from this interview with Skylar Kergil, a transgender artist, activist, and YouTuber. Contributed by WNET (Grades 5-12).
  • The Ken Burns Collection: It's live and growing! This fantastic collection offers resources on a range of iconic figures and pivotal eras in American history. (Grades 6-12).

Looking for More? For additional summer-themed resources you can feature across your social media platforms, download the July Content Map + Toolkit from the On Board Site (visit the “Marketing Resources” section and search by “July Content Map”).

Blog Updates from the PBS Teachers' Lounge
Check out these creative tips to help teachers and caregivers keep learners motivated over the summer months:

Do you have a local teacher who would like to contribute an article to the blog? Let us know! Please email ramorrison@pbs.org.

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