For Release: 2013-09-06 08:54:00Combining the educational power of PBS programming with its extensive offerings of high-quality education, media and teacher resources, PBS LearningMedia, part of the KET EncycloMedia service, is now available to all Kentucky teachers. When teachers visit www.KET.org/encyclomedia, long a valued resource for Kentucky’s educators and students, they’ll see the new PBS LearningMedia, now offered by KET in collaboration with PBS and other media partners nationwide. As America’s largest and most trusted classroom, PBS is recognized for quality television programming that educates and engages 220 million U.S. children and adults. However, PBS’s and KET’s involvement with education goes far beyond broadcast into the digital realm, where interactive platforms and technologies deliver curriculum-based content that can improve teaching and learning. That’s where PBS LearningMedia enters the picture. This exciting new free service gives teachers, students, and families access to more than 30,000 digital resources ranging from short videos to educational games to images and audio files. “Teachers at every level will find that these rich multimedia resources touch leaners in ways that text alone cannot,” said Nancy Carpenter, KET’s senior director of education. The service allows educators to search, save, organize and download content for use in lessons; share content and collaborate with colleagues; and create online folders that tailor content to fit classroom needs. PBS LearningMedia includes many classroom and teacher professional development resources produced by KET, including Think Garden, a collection of elementary-level videos about the science and art of gardening; Kentucky’s Natural Heritage, interactives and videos related to the state’s biodiversity; and Everyday Learning, featuring science, math, and health resources for preschoolers. The service also features content from iconic PBS series – video clips and other materials based on Nova, American Experience, and Sid the Science Kid, for example – as well as resources developed by agencies like NASA and The National Archives. Teachers, homeschoolers, private-school educators and the general public are invited to go online to www.KET.org/encyclomedia to check out PBS LearningMedia. All resources are searchable by keyword, subject and grade level and all are aligned to national and state education standards. KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization on Twitter @KET and facebook.com/KET and at KET.org.
Contact: Abby Malik
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