“Florida PBS Learning Media helps create learners instead of test-takers. It helps create learners for life.”4th Grade Teacher
As a leader in digital education, PBS combined their world-class on-air content and technological savvy to create PBS LearningMedia, an online library of more than 100,000 interactive images, video and audio files with lesson plans, background essays, and discussion questions, and made it FREE to everyone. PBS LearningMedia combines content from federal agencies such as NASA, National Science Digital Library, The Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institute, with original content from public broadcasting producers and programs like WGBH, NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, Sid the Science Kid, and The Electric Company, all in one place.
PBS LearningMedia provides exciting material that entertains and educates at the same time. I most appreciate that it can explain complex ideas through multimedia formats and that the information is up to date.” College Instructor
“I teach in a rural district. Our school has over 85% of the students on free/reduced lunch. With Florida PBS Learning Media, I can show my students a world they would never have access to.”6th Grade Teacher
The Story of Florida PBS LearningMedia
With the support of the Florida Legislature, in 2014, the Association of Public Broadcasting in Florida and its 25 member stations partnered with PBS to create the Florida PBS LearningMedia, a first-ever custom platform aligned to Florida’s unique state standards featuring premium content not available anywhere else. With a state mandate that half of classroom instruction be through digital resources, Florida PBS LearningMedia has quickly become invaluable to teachers across the state. A simple search by grade level, subject, or specific state standards lets educators access a wealth of interactive content to enhance lessons taught in the classroom. These educational assets give teachers tools to expand their lessons, demonstrate difficult concepts, and reach students with different learning styles, creating a classroom experience that is deeper, richer, and has a greater impact on student learning. Florida public broadcasting stations have been integral to this effort throughout, offering hands-on trainings to educators, working to raise public awareness of the resources that Florida PBS LearningMedia provides, and partnering with organizations throughout the community to create Florida-specific assets within the system.
“My child and I find it to be an invaluable resource. PBS LearningMedia is a wonderful supplemental tool to enhance our educational journey.”Homeschool Educator
Because Florida PBS LearningMedia is a free, open platform, the Florida custom service is available to everyone in in the state: Besides professional educators, any parent, grandparent, mentor, homeschooler or after-school care provider can use Florida PBS LearningMedia to teach and to stimulate children’s understanding and interest in just about any subject, from STEM to history and the arts. Through the Florida PBS LearningMedia, access to high-quality, standards-aligned educational content doesn’t end at the last bell of the school day. In world where a child is as likely to be engrossed by a tablet as a storybook, increasing the availability and reach of trusted educational assets is vital to increasing student knowledge and engagement.
“I find PBS to be invaluable. The amount and quality of resources available is amazing. By having them readily online, they are instantly available at school or home. Wonderful for planning, teaching, remediation, and enrichment”High School Media Specialist