PBS offers educational content for students while schools are closed due to COVID-19
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (March 21, 2020) – All public television stations in New York are providing “Learn-at-Home” enrichment for students through their broadcast stations and increased online educational resources.
Pre-K and young learners can still watch familiar shows like Sesame Street. Elementary student broadcast schedules include trusted programs like Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, and Cyberchase. Middle school and high school programming include shows like Nova, History Detectives, and Shakespeare Uncovered. As always, many additional programs are also available to stream on the free PBS Video and PBS KIDS Video apps.
Parents and educators should check their local public television station listings for additional information on schedules and channel lineup.
Local stations also will provide more specific educational information and resources developed in conjunction with local school districts, BOCES, parents, and teachers.
New York’s educators and parents can continue to access free educational resources that supplement and augment learning on the website, PBSLearningMedia.org. The website provides original digital content and supplemental viewing guides for on-air programming that assist in learning.
New special collections have been created for each grade level to make it easy for parents and teachers to select appropriate content if they are new to using the service. Webinars and online support materials have already been taking place and will continue to help educators make use of PBS LearningMedia as a distance learning tool.
NYSED offers remote instruction and learning resources website
The New York State Education Department’s remote Continuity of Learning Resources website (http://www.nysed.gov/edtech/continuity-learning) is live now and includes options and examples of technology and non-technology-based resources for districts and schools, as they develop distance learning plans for students during closure due to the coronavirus.
Among many other resources, this new site features lists of digital content to enhance distance learning in a dozen subject areas including early learning, English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies and Special Education. Educators also will find digital tools to assist in communicating with students and families and creating engaging instructional opportunities for students.
The website also provides non-technological suggestions for schools and parents to consider when planning for continuity of learning. There are many ways students can continue learning that do not require access to a computing device.
NYSED will continue to update and add resources to this dedicated website as they become available.