PBS LearningMedia: New Tools and Student Site

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Wanted to share this from PBS LearningMedia.

PBS LearningMedia unveiled a new suite of teacher tools, a student website and Spanish-language content designed to support an expanded audience of teachers and students as they settle into the new school year. These new offerings strengthen PBS LearningMedia’s existing library of more than 87,000 digital resources designed for PreK-12 classrooms and make digital learning more engaging than ever before.

New productivity tools including a Lesson Builder, Storyboard tool, and Quiz Maker enable deeper engagement with content and allow educators to create personalized, interactive activities for students that can be used in the classroom or as homework assignments. With these tools, educators can track results at the individual level as well as for the entire class, getting real-time data demonstrating student understanding.

PBS LearningMedia for Students (PBSstudents.org) allows students of any age to create their own learning experiences by engaging directly with content. Students can search for, save and share their favorite resources, as well as download for offline viewing. Students 13 or older can also create their own Storyboards to demonstrate their mastery of curriculum concepts.

“We are proud to provide the support that PreK-12 educators and students need as they increasingly turn to digital media and technology to support their learning objectives,” said Alicia Levi, Vice President, PBS LearningMedia. “The new tools will allow them to flip their classrooms, encourage student creativity, and build inspiring lesson plans throughout this new school year.”

The addition of more than 700 newly translated videos offers Spanish-language speakers more opportunities to interact with PBS LearningMedia. The videos span a wide range of subjects, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The videos, including content from NOVA and Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts, offer Spanish audio and closed caption text, and can be paired with an English version, making it easy for students to toggle from one language to the other.

Users can gain access to PBS LearningMedia content and tools through a newly designed website optimized for viewing on all screen sizes and devices including tablets and smartphones. They can search for resources by grade and subject, alignment to standards, or keyword. The site is updated frequently to reflect weekly content themes and current news and events.”

Take a Look at What’s New in PBS LearningMedia!

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Discovery Education: Creating Student Accounts for Your School or District

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Need Help Creating Accounts?

Here is the information about creating student accounts in Discovery Education. Contact your KET Education Consultant if you have any trouble or need more clarification.

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In the left column, select “Bulk Import/Update Users” under “User Management Tools” as illustrated below.
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Now, you will need to add the student data to this spreadsheet you downloaded from your Discovery Education admin. Many use Infinite Campus data copied from an excel document to populate the necessary fields. Also, you will need to copy the site passcode that is on the spreadsheet template and paste it to populate the number of fields needed (student population) in the first column. You do not need to worry about Account and Site Names.

About passwords

We recommend assigning the same password to all students in a school, then having the students login and change their passwords before exploring the service. It’s much easier in the distribution of account information.

These are required fields for your spreadsheet:
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From there, let Discovery Education do the work. Accounts should be visible within 24 hours.

Need More Information?

Here’s a link to the user’s guide, but there are also video tutorials within your admin on the student import page.

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