PBS Launches Educator Site
3/5/2007—PBS has debuted a new online portal designed specifically for Prek-12 educations: PBS Teachers. The portal, in development for more than a year, provides a "front door" for educational services offered by PBS.
PBS Teachers provides access to offerings from the company, including TeacherLine, an online professional development center, and the all-new Media Infusion, an education blog that 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," according to PBS.
"With the launch of PBS Teachers, PBS and our local stations will make available an unprecedented array of state-of-the-art resources for educators across the country," said Mary Kadera, vice president of education for PBS. "The breadth of content showcased on the site will be valuable to teachers of all grade levels and subject areas."
The site also includes thousands of free lesson plans, classroom activities, local and national educator resources, videos, and other resources. Other features include:
- Dedicated areas for early childhood educators, library media specialists, and technology coordinators;
- On demand streaming video from selected PBS programs; and
- Professional development.
Additional features to be added include integration of content with local PBS stations and customization features for educators, such as annotation and shared bookmarks.
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