WEDU and PBS are here to support teachers, students and families during these challenging times. To help address the need for quality distance learning resources, this page has been updated with information about a new statewide PBS initiative to broadcast weekday At-Home Learning programming for school-age groups on WEDU along with standards-driven lesson plans from PBS LearningMedia that correlate with each broadcast. A schedule of programming for the Week of March 30-April 3 is included below.
WEDU PBS Kids 24/7 channel will continue with PBS KIDS favorites for our youngest viewers.
Highlighted Resources for PreK-12+
In addition to the broadcast materials, this page will highlight specific lessons, articles and other information to support PreK-12 home learners and educators on a rotating basis. These FREE user-friendly resources from PBS LearningMedia, align to Florida educational standards, for K-12 and VPK instruction and can easily be accessed by educators and families through home computer connections.
What is PBS LearningMedia™?
PBS LearningMedia™ a free digital education service from PBS, is your destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources from quality PBS programming and hundreds of educational partners like NASA, the Smithsonian and the National Archives. Designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement, the service includes videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. Users can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections.
NEED HELP? PBS LearningMedia offers easy to follow tutorials to help you with setting up accounts, finding resources, creating lesson plans and much, much more!
WEDU is here to help! Please email us at email@example.com with any questions or suggestions you may have about the services we provide.
Getting Started with PBS LearningMedia
Our PBS partner station KQED is hosting daily 15 minute webinars through March 27 to help teachers and families get started with PBS digital resources.
Please note the registration links list the webinars in Pacific Time. The correct times are listed below for Eastern Time Zones.
Tips for Distance Learning with PBS LearningMedia – You can view a FULL recording from the LIVE virtual professional learning event, HERE.
Design Squad Webinar on Supporting Engineering Activities at Home – You can view a FULL recording HERE.
PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings
As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Launch
Recursos de PreK-12 para Cierres de Emergencia
Los maestros, los estudiantes y las familias se están preparando con el cierre de escuelas, y el equipo creador de las lecciones y los educadores de PBS LearningMedia se han unido para seleccionar una colección especial de recursos organizados por grado y materia. Lanzamiento
Virus Information and Prevention
What are viruses and how do they spread? Find resources for students of all ages that explore the nature of viruses, how they are transmitted, and the healthy habits we can all engage in to prevent their spread. Launch
A World of Stories
Storytelling has been used as entertainment, cultural preservation, and a way to teach values. This collection contains stories from around the world. Launch
The Great American Read
This PBS LearningMedia collection highlights books from The Great American Read that find their way into classrooms and onto reading lists. Launch
Find more Early Learning
Find more quality educational games at PBS Kids
Kindergarten Readiness Resources Checklist
This Kindergarten Readiness checklist provides links to a variety of PBS KIDS resources that help to build skills for school readiness and to keep those skills sharp for continued success in school. Launch
Dot’s Spot: Word of the Week
Learn the word of the week with Dot’s Spot! Launch
Meet the Helpers
The Meet the Helpers toolkit is designed to introduce “helpers” and explain the role they play in emergency situations. Launch
Find more Find more Early Elementary
Find more quality educational games at PBS Kids
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Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
Engage students with Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, a PBS KIDS series based on the Ordinary People Change the World books by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos. Launch
The Power of Teachers: Ordinary People Can Change the World
As a compliment to the Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum collection, you may enjoy reading this article by Brad Meltzer, author of the Ordinary People Change the World books that inspired the PBS series. Launch
These lesson plans encourage students to explore the contributions to society made by prominent Americans from all walks of life. Launch
Ever wonder how a giant ship can float or how buildings are demolished in the middle of a city? We do too! GPB Education’s new series, Things Explained, tackles all kinds of questions with short, easy-to-understand videos. Launch
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PBS NewsHour | Daily News Story
PBS NewsHour Extra helps teachers and students identify the who, what, when, where, and why-it-matters of major national and international news stories. Launch
Ken Burns in the Classroom
Known for a signature style that brings primary source documents, images, and archival video footage to life on screen, these films present the opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions for students. Launch
It’s Okay to Be Smart
Join host Joe Hanson as he explores the eccentricities of the scientific world. Launch
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS
PBS LearningMedia Webinars
PBS LearningMedia hosts virtual events and webinars throughout the year designed to help you integrate digital media and technology into your classrooms. Launch
Distance Learning Tips From One Teacher to Another
Ideas to help educators extend learning outside the walls of our classrooms and into the homes of our students From PBS TeacherLounge. Launch
Looking for free, STEM resources to use with students in grades 1-4? Text TEACHER to 30644 today to receive messages throughout the school year.
New to PBS LearningMedia
Are you new to PBS LearningMedia or in need of a refresher course? Check out some of these great new features. Launch
Find amazing resources for the classroom including outdoor activities, empowering videos, and trending ideas from the minds of teachers just like you! Launch
If you’re looking at brushing up your professional development or want to learn something new, check out PBS TeacherLine for online PreK-12 professional development courses. Launch
Resources for making the most of your home learning environment.
PBS Kids Daily Newsletter
PBS LearningMedia hosts virtual events and webinars throughout the year designed to help you integrate digital media and technology into your classrooms. Sign up today!
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
With Coronavirus being a concern for grownups, kids might also be worrying. This article from PBS Parents offers age-appropriate tips for how to talk about COVID-19 with young children, plus ways to practice healthy habits all year round. Launch
PBS LearningMedia extends a warm welcome to our homeschool students, parents, and educators across the country! We encourage you to make this service your go-to destination for insightful, interactive content, lesson planning support, and professional development tools. Launch
Fun and free apps to keep kids skills sharp!
Play and Learn Science App
Play with shadows, control the weather, choose the best materials for an umbrella – all while building science inquiry skills and learning core science concepts. Launch
PBS Kids Games
Play free learning games with your favorite PBS KIDS characters anytime, anywhere. Launch
PBS Kids Video
The PBS KIDS Video app gives kids and parents access to thousands of free videos, including full episodes and clips from top PBS KIDS series. Launch
WEDU PBS Educational Grant Awards
WEDU is pleased to announce a new grant award from The Koski Family Foundation. This generous support will help to provide training on free PBS resources for educators and families in Sarasota County.
WEDU PBS has received a generous grant from the Margaret and Bob Christopher Fund, Wells Fargo Fund, Weichel Family Fund and MCF Youth and Philanthropy Fund within the Manatee Community Foundation. The grant will provide free training opportunities for educators in Manatee County focused on PBS educational resources for PreK-13+ learning environments.
The George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation has once again honored WEDU PBS with a grant award that will provide free training on the use of PBS educational resources for PreK-13+ educators and families within Polk County. WEDU is very grateful for the continued support the Foundation has shown for our outreach efforts.
To learn more about these opportunities or to schedule a free training for your organization, please contact WEDU at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813.254.9338.
What is Florida PBS LearningMedia?
PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PBS LearningMedia was developed in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation and is offered locally by 155 PBS licensees, representing 356 stations in 55 U.S. states and territories.