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WQED AND PBS LearningMedia LAUNCH NEW DIGITAL EDUCATION SERVICE WITH WORLD-CLASS CONTENT FROM PUBLIC MEDIA AND ITS PARTNERS
Free Innovative Classroom-Ready Media Available to Every Teacher and Student Across Southwest Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 29, 2011

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

Maria Pisano
412-622-1459
mpisano@wqed.org

WQED AND PBS LearningMedia LAUNCH NEW DIGITAL EDUCATION SERVICE WITH WORLD-CLASS CONTENT FROM PUBLIC MEDIA AND ITS PARTNERS
Free Innovative Classroom-Ready Media Available
to Every Teacher and Student Across Southwest Pennsylvania


PITTSBURGH—To foster classroom innovation and engagement, PBS member station WQED today launched PBS LearningMedia (pbslearningmedia.org), a free service for all teachers, students and families in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania created in collaboration with PBS and WGBH, and their producing partners WNET and KET. In addition to a rich public media library, PBS LearningMedia has content contributed from 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 US Department of Education, to deliver thousands of resources for use in the classroom and with home-schoolers.

“WQED is pleased to offer this new service to teachers, daycare providers, and parents,” said Deborah L. Acklin, WQED President & CEO. “At wqed.org we host hours of educational content online and provide 12 hours-a-day of free, educational children’s television programming on WQED-TV. With PBS LearningMedia WQED will enhance our level of service to the community and be able to offer invaluable free resources to these community partners at their fingertips.”

“As America’s largest classroom, PBS and our local stations are helping to re-imagine classroom learning and is partnering with our producers and teachers to engage students to accelerate academic achievement,” said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO. “PBS LearningMedia is a key part of the solution to one of the nation’s biggest challenges – improving student progress to build our future workforce.”

Delivering unprecedented access to a robust digital library aligned to Common Core State Standards and available to all preK-16 classrooms, 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, such as WGBH’s NOVA science series among many others, and a growing list of other contributors.

Beginning today, teachers and students in Southwestern Pennsylvania have immediate access for their lesson and homework to more than 14,000 research-based instructional resources – including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans, and worksheets.

“Our iQ:smart media strategy at WQED focuses on the ability of teachers to easily – and effectively - incorporate educational media into their classroom. PBS LearningMedia is yet another amazing tool to support 21st century classrooms that innovate with media,” says Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of Educational Partnerships. “We can’t wait to see its impact on Pennsylvania’s students.”

Combining dynamic and engaging instructional content with professional development support, PBS LearningMedia empowers educators to create media-rich curriculum lessons that meet the needs of 21st century learners. Through 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 they’ve used media assets in their teaching with their professional learning networks via email or social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter; and
• 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 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.

Currently, WQED and PBS LearningMedia are co-branding with 34 local PBS stations around the country.

ABOUT WQED
WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

ABOUT iQ: smartmedia
iQ: smartmedia is WQED’s six-year strategy for education, and it reflects WQED’s commitment to help children reach their potential. Around it revolve all of WQED's educational goals and objectives: to provide new tools and models, thought leadership, research, and training on the intersection of media and learning to prepare our children for a competitive world. WQED provides content in the areas of science and technology; literacy; global cultures and connections; expression; social and community responsibility; numeracy; and behavioral wellness.

ABOUT PBS
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’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s 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, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBSPressroom on Twitter.


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Key Contacts

George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of
Corporate Communications
412.622.1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

 

Maria Pisano
Marketing Associate
412-622-1459
mpisano@wqed.org

 

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