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WPBS-DT HELPS NORTH COUNTRY TEACHERS BETTER INTEGRATE DIGITAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY IN THEIR CLASSROOMS

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September 2, 2014

Contact:
Monica Stadalski
315-782-3142 x 247
mstadalski@wpbstv.org    

Free digital resources and professional development available for teachers this fall 

WATERTOWN, NY, September 2, 2014 – As north country area teachers and students head back to school, WPBS-DT is welcoming them back with a new look from the media-on-demand service PBS LearningMedia, new resources, and the return of the “Get Your Tech On” initiative. Technology continues to redefine the learning environment and influence teaching strategies, and the new user experience from WPBS-DT and PBS LearningMedia puts compelling new content in the hands of North Country educators just in time for the new school year.

In addition to providing an exciting new experience, the “Get Your Tech On” initiative is designed to support technology and digital resource integration in the classroom. Today through November 30, local teachers can access free tech-themed content collections, how-to guides on building digital classrooms, professional development webinars, and enter the national sweepstakes to win weekly tablet giveaways.

The “Get Your Tech On” content collection features themed resources designed to help teachers integrate digital media and technology into curriculum. From gaming and coding to 3D printing, the Get Your Tech On Collection represents some of the best content in the PBS LearningMedia library, which offers more than 87,000 digital resources for PreK-12 educators nationwide.

WPBS-TV also offers North Country educators free professional development resources, including how-to guides and webinars. “Get Your Tech On” webinars include:

  • Transform Your Classroom: Digital Resources You Can Use Tomorrow

September 17, 2014 at 6pm

Teachers will be able to jump-start lesson planning with blended learning teaching tips, tools and media-rich content from America’s largest classroom. Real-world teachers will highlight how they are using digital media from the PBS LearningMedia library to inspire their teaching and personalize the learning experiences for their students.   

  • Hot Tech Tools for Today’s Classrooms

October 14, 2014 at 6pm

This webinar is designed for teachers looking to take their teaching into the digital age but not sure how to do it. K-12 tech expert Leslie Fisher (@lesliefisher) hosts a dynamic show-and-tell session with the latest and greatest tools and technologies that can impact the 21st century classroom. Leslie will discuss everything from integrating apps to augmented reality.

  • Tips for Building Successful 1:1 Classrooms

October 28, 2014 at 7pm

There is a lot of buzz about 1:1 classrooms, but not always what effective 1:1 implementation looks like in the real world. A panel of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will share practical tips and tools for using new platforms and technologies to support student learning and collaboration.

  • How to Integrate Game-Based Learning in Your Classroom

November 12, 2014 at 7pm

Teachers are now tapping into the allure of video gaming while communicating key curricular topics. Gaming experts Alan Gershenfeld from E-Line Media and Rebecca Rufo-Tepper from the Institute of Play will explore the power and potential of gaming in the classroom. Alan and Rebecca will share practical strategies and best practices while highlighting free games and interactives that can take teaching to the next level.

To explore the new design, discover new resources, or participate in the Get Your Tech On initiative, visit http://www.pbslearningmedia.org.

About WPBS-DT
WPBS-DT is a non-profit public television station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario. WPBS-TV’s mission is to educate, entertain and inform our two-nation audience through superior local and national content and media engagement in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.

About PBS LearningMedia

As America’s largest classroom, 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 LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free media-on-demand service offering educators access to the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State Standards. Nationwide, more than 1.5 million teachers have registered access to more than 87,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at www.pbslearningmedia.org or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.

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