PBS Creates Library of Digital Resources Targeted to Classroom Use

In an effort to make its vast collection of digital educational resources available for in-class use, PBS has announced the launch of the PBS Digital Learning Library, a comprehensive source of digital video, still images, audio, games, and interactive simulations for teachers to use to augment their lessons. PBS made the announcement at last week's National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in Washington, DC.

Drawing from its archive of full-length series and specials, PBS has created a diverse collection of shorter video and audio pieces edited specifically for teachers to integrate into lessons on a broad array of subjects. In addition, member stations throughout the PBS network will use the library, including their own locally produced and targeted material, to develop content especially for their respective local and regional education communities.

Although local PBS stations have been developing digital media for classrooms for many years, said PBS vice president of education Kimberly Smith, until now "there has been no way to share these rich resources across the system. For the last two years, we have been working in partnership with our local stations on the planning and implementation of a repository focused on cataloguing purpose-built, teacher-tested digital content."

Several PBS member stations have committed to helping develop the library, as well as to offering new services and content geared to their communities. Examples of such services already serving their communities are Maryland Public Television's Thinkport and WGBH Boston's Teacher's Domain.

"The PBS Digital Learning Library will aggregate a growing set of learning objects that teachers and students will be able to interact with, assemble, share, and modify to create truly engaging and transformative educational experiences," Smith said. "And the best part, access to these rich resources will be offered through customized digital services provided by local PBS stations."

PBS expects the Digital Learning Library to be accessible throughout the areas its network serves beginning this fall.

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