PBS has unveiled PBS Teachers, its new portal for pre-K-12 educators at www.pbs.org/teachers. In production for more than a year, PBS Teachers is the front door for all educational resources and services PBS offers, and provides information on effective ways to use media and technology in the school- or home-based learning environment. The site offers a one-stop resource for educators searching for wide-ranging curriculum resources, video products (Shop for Teachers), online professional development opportunities (PBS TeacherLine), and more.
Among the most relevant new and enhanced features of PBS Teachers:
* PBS' newest blog, "Media Infusion" (www.pbs.org/teachers/mediainfusion), which will showcase ideas for and encourage conversations about using media and technology in the classroom, to be hosted by practicing classroom teachers and ed tech experts.
* Thousands of free standards-based lesson plans, classroom activities, interactive resources and more - organized by subject, grade level, and curriculum topic.
* Hundreds of curriculum resources from local PBS stations - forming a local-national search, combining the best educational resources from around the country.
* Dedicated areas for early childhood educators, library media specialists, and technology coordinators.
* Showcases for public broadcasting's award-winning video content - including on-demand streaming video from selected PBS programs, customizable local PBS station TV schedules, and Shop for Teachers for purchasing video programs.DIVP class=MsoNormal>* Professional development opportunities for graduate credit and recertification, from PBS TeacherLine.
* Tools for local PBS stations, enabling them to integrate much of PBS Teachers' content on their local Web sites. (Coming later in March.)
* Advanced personalization features, enabling educators to bookmark, annotate, and share the resources they find. (Coming this summer.)
Source: PBS, www.pbs.org