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NBC News Archives Now Available via Pearson

Pearson has worked out an agreement with NBC Learn, the educational arm of the NBC Universal News Group, to provide educational videos to schools that are aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards (TEKS).

NBC Learn, which now has an inventory of 17,000 education videos, can supply the content to schools and classrooms via Pearson's Realize learning management system and its Online Learning Exchange platform, a digital library of K-12 learning resources.

The videos, culled from nearly 90 years of NBC News' archives, include featured stories from programs like the "NBC Nightly News," "Today," "Meet the Press" and "Dateline NBC." The resources, prepared by NBC Learn producers who have also worked as news producers, include collections like Chemistry Now, Changing Planet, Science of NFL Football, Science of the Winter Olympic Games and Finishing the Dream.

"When students can see events in the making, whether current or historical, it puts them right in the center of the learning experience," said Bethlam Forsa, Pearson's managing director for learning services, "allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of issues, implications and context."

The original videos are full stories, typically six minutes in length or shorter — complete with a beginning, middle and end — designed to allow teachers to engage students in discussion afterwards. Many are reported by some of NBC's best-known journalists over the years, including John Chancellor, Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert and Brian Williams.

For a free trial, Texas educators can visit pearsontexas.com.

"The addition of TEKS-aligned videos to the NBC Learn library, and the new option allowing access through Pearson's instruction platforms, provides us with powerful tools for framing history and current events in context for students," said Janice McNeil, library resource specialist and instructional technology liaison at Cypress Lakes High School in Katy, TX.

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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