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AETN/PBS LearningMedia digital education service available free to Arkansans
Posted 16 Aug 2011
To foster classroom innovation and engagement, the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) has launched AETN/PBS LearningMedia (http://aetn.pbslearningmedia.org), a free service for all teachers, students and families in Arkansas, created in collaboration with PBS and WGBH, and their producing partners WNET and KET.
AETN/PBS LearningMedia is a wonderful and unique service for all Arkansans, AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. These online resources will enhance the learning experience for teachers, home-schoolers and families, and AETN is proud to offer such quality media in addition to our many other services.
AETN/PBS LearningMedia has content contributed from public media and other publicly funded organizations including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, as well as content funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Education.
Delivering unprecedented access to a robust digital library aligned to Common Core State Standards and available to all preK-16 classrooms, AETN/PBS LearningMedia is the next generation in digital media platforms with high-quality content drawn from more than 1,500 public media producers, 350 local stations and a growing list of other contributors.
Teachers and students in Arkansas have immediate access to more than 14,000 research-based instructional resources including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans and worksheets that can be used for lessons and homework.
Combining dynamic and engaging instructional content with professional development support, AETN/PBS LearningMedia empowers educators to create media-rich curriculum lessons that meet the needs of 21st century learners. Through AETN/PBS LearningMedia, teachers can:
- Quickly and easily find relevant resources, localized to their needs, to differentiate instruction for a diverse range of learners.
- Personalize the site by tagging resources and share ideas, recommendations and comments on how theyve used media assets in their teaching with their professional learning networks via email or social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Develop class pages curated content lists for student viewing, feedback and instruction on interactive white boards and school-based intranets and other networking tools.
The AETN/PBS LearningMedia platform also offers a flexible infrastructure designed for customization and seamless media integration into existing services provided by state and local school district systems.
PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans from every walk of life the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches 124 million people through television and 20 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS premier childrens TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents and teachers most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansass statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).