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Teachers – have we got a tool for you!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011


Press Release:


Illinois Public Broadcasting Stations Collaborate to Launch New Service for Educators (03/05/12)


  PBS Learning Media Logo Illinois Edition Logo


Check it out at http://illinois.pbslearningmedia.org

WTVP and its PBS partners from across the state have launched PBS LearningMedia “Illinois Edition,” a new library of FREE digital media resources and support materials designed for classroom and homeschooling use and professional development.

PBS LearningMedia is a full service digital library with over 16,000 research-based instructional resources including videos, interactive images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans, and worksheets. It includes resources not only from popular PBS shows like NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, Nature and Cyberchase, but also from trusted and timely source material from universities, government agencies, museums, libraries and more.

The result is a tremendous teaching tool that puts us on the cusp of reaching and teaching our children in a whole new way. Technology can be easily integrated into the classroom to enhance core subjects, from K-16 science, math, and English language arts, to performing arts and the social sciences. Again, the service is FREE for teachers to use. The materials are tied to Common Core and national curriculum standards and resources can be easily searched, saved, tagged and shared. It’s easy, it’s user-friendly and the best way to appreciate what a valuable and effective tool it can be is to visit http://illinois.pbslearningmedia.org and take it out for a test drive!

If you’d like more information on PBS LearningMedia visit www.wtvp.org, call Linda Miller at 309-495-0591 or email linda.miller@wtvp.org.


The PBS Learning Media Pilot

Along with our partners from other Illinois public stations, WTVP conducted a pilot project with teachers across the state in October and November to determine the most effective ways of using PBS LearningMedia resources. Emily Dawson, a junior high teacher from Riverview Grade School, was one of the Central Illinois participants. She had this to say in a recent Peoria Journal Star article about the service: "With a limited budget, we don't have a lot of money for additional resources. But I can pull things from this site that allow me to extend what I can offer my students and enrich the lessons."

The data participants provided is being compiled and analyzed by Dr. Evangeline Pianfetti, Assistant Dean of Learning Technologies at the University of Illinois College of Education. The information collected will be used to determine, among other things, what additional resources should be added to the library and how digital media can best be utilized to increase student achievement. Some interesting elements of the study are:

  • Over 50 pre- and in-service teachers from 43 schools across the state participated, reaching 2,618 students

  • The number of years participating teachers had in the classroom ranged from slightly less than a year to 19 years

  • Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers participated, and most were responsible for teaching multiple subjects in their classrooms.







For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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