In my house PBS has always been referred to as “the Smart Channel” and we love it. It’s not just good programming. PBS has a wealth of resources online that can make for enriched learning for both teachers and students.
THINKPORT is a site that is a collaboration between Maryland PBS and Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education. It is based around Maryland’s content standards, but don’t let this put you off. In the ThinkClassrom K-12 section you will find links to videos, interactive resources, lesson plans and connections to STEM resources.
The Teachers’ Domain is also a great resource for high quality video clips, lesson plans, and support materials. It allows you to make an account and create folders of resources that you can share with students individually or in bulk. This could be a great tool to use to make differentiated units for students. These folders can be linked to a teacher webpage for easy access. And best of all- it’s free.
Just announced is PBS LearningMedia. This service offers both free and premium services, but at least for now, the free service looks pretty robust. It contains over 14,000 resources that are searchable by content area, grade level, media type and accessibility level. It also has a large number of professional development resources showing teachers using different strategies to accomplish their goals.