PBS Launches Online Pre-K-12 Education Community
- By Dian Schaffhauser
PBS launched a new online community for preK-12 educators that supports the advancement of digital media content and technology integration in education. PBS Teachers Connect allows teachers, school library media specialists, technology coordinators, early childhood educators, and others to share ideas, collaborate, and support the use of instructional technology and multimedia for student learning.
The new online community is built around PBS Teachers, a Web portal that offers 3,000 standards-based classroom activities, lesson plans, interactive resources, and other materials, including on-demand streaming video from PBS programs. Users can bookmark, annotate, share, and manage tagged content within the Teachers Connect site.
The community features a personalized homepage for each user, enhanced user profiles, a searchable database of resources and community members, bookmarking tools, and discussion threads. Additional online components, such as private messaging, community feeds, friend feeds, online events, and a digital media gallery, will be available this fall.
Users will be able to customize their homepages to receive local PBS station programming and event schedules as well as access local education resources.
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