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        Can I follow PBS LearningMedia on social media?
        Yes. You can stay up to date on all PBS LearningMedia activity by following PBS LearningMedia on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.  At the bottom of each page on you can find logos that represent each social media outlet. Simply click each logo to begin following PBS LearningMedia activity!

        Can PBS LearningMedia be used internationally?
        PBS is not only committed to transforming learning across the U.S., but also the world. While the site is tailored to US National and State Standards, the site is open to international users who may access a wealth of free content. Note: Some content is unavailable to international users due to restricted rights.

        What are Standards?
        Standards ensure that students in different schools and classrooms across the country are taught the same basic information on a particular subject.  Some states have created customized standards that are used exclusively within their state. PBS LearningMedia labels all national standards Common Core State Standards (English and Math) and National Standards (all other areas of study). Custom state standards are labeled State Standards. Learn how to browse by Standards

        • * Registered users of the PBS LearningMedia free service have access to national standards only.
        • * Registered users of a custom service can browse both national standards and the state standards which apply to their custom account. For instance, users of a Kentucky custom site can browse by national and Kentucky standards.

        PBS LearningMedia science resources have been aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, a multi-state effort to create new educational standards that are "rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.” NGSS standards are backed by the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Research Council, and Achieve. Specifically, we have aligned our resources to address two dimensions of the NGSS standards, the Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) and the Scientific and Engineering Practices.

        Is there a PBS LearningMedia app?
        We do not offer a PBS LearningMedia app, however, you can access the PBS LearningMedia website on your mobile device or phone by going to in a browser.

        Free Basic Service

        Can you provide a brief description of the features available in the free Basic service?
        The Basic service allows users to search, browse, save, and share content.

        If I am signed up for the Basic service, can I upgrade to the Custom service at a later date?
        Yes, users can upgrade from the Basic to Custom service at any time. Learn more about the Custom service

        Custom Service

        The free Basic service is designed for educators to search, browse, save, and share content. The Custom service is designed for states and districts that require more extensive functionality – user management, analytics and reporting, classroom management – or require integration of the PBS LearningMedia API into an existing portal. Learn more

        Teacher Tools

        What are Teacher Tools?
        Teacher Tools are a set of productivity tools that make it easy for educators to share free, educational and inspiring resources from PBS LearningMedia with their students in a way that engages students while teaching them 21st century skills. These tools also help educators implement personalized learning objectives for individual students by giving them media and quizzes that are appropriate for their grade or skill level. In addition, students can interact directly with PBS LearningMedia using an easy-to-use interface designed specifically for K-12 students, making it easy for them to find educational resources for a homework assignment or for lifelong personal learning. Learn more

        Student Experience

        What is the Student Experience?
        The PBSLM Student Experience allows students to browse and search educational and inspiring resources from PBS LearningMedia for a homework assignment or for lifelong personal learning. The PBS LearningMedia Student Experience includes the following features:

        • - Students of any age or grade level can browse an search resources from PBS LearningMedia
        • - Students can register using a simple registration flow designed specifically for students
        • - Students can mark any PBS LearningMedia resource as favorite, or download resources for offline viewing
        • - Students 13 or older can create a Storyboard on their own and share it using a public URL

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        How old do students need to be to use PBS LearningMedia?
        Students must be 13 years old to register for an account.


        Can I organize my content?
        Yes. Use Shareable Folders to organize your resources. Learn more

        What content is included in PBS LearningMedia?
        The content is an aggregation of media-based digital learning objects – video clips, audio clips, interactives, images, and documents – selected specifically because of their alignment to PreK-12 core curriculum concepts. The content has been contributed by public broadcasting stations, public media producers, and a wide range of partners across the public media landscape.

        How is content selected?
        The content team uses the PBS LearningMedia curriculum map to guide content acquisition and development. The content team works with trusted partners, funders, and content developers to address gaps in this map. All content is evaluated using extensive rubrics to ensure production quality and educational relevance.

        I have a PBS DVD, am I permitted to modify it for use in my classroom?
        Limited public performance rights are included with videos designated as AV or Indexed. These videos may be shown in a classroom or screened by a public group, for educational purposes, when no admission is charged for the viewing. These programs may be transmitted on a closed-circuit system within a building or single campus. Your purchase does not permit you to duplicate or alter the program for any purpose, to distribute the program through any wide access network (internet, open cable, open broadcast, LAN, satellite, telco, etc.), or to digitize, encode and/or place the program on a digital server.

        Will the Ready To Learn content (PBS Island, Great Word Quest, etc.) be included in the service?
        We have a significant amount of content from Ready To Learn in PBS LearningMedia and will continue add more content from Ready To Learn programs, as rights permit.

        Can I "like" resources?
        You can rate a resource using the stars located at the top of each resource. Learn more

        Can I share resources?

        Yes. You can share resources through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and email. Click the orange share icon on the left side of the resource to surface the sharing options.  Click the icon that represents the sharing method you want to use. Learn more 

        Can I comment on a resource?
        Yes, you can leave comments on PBS LearningMedia resources. Learn more

        Are there any Spanish language resources?
        Yes. PBS LearningMedia has hundreds of resources that have been translated to Spanish. Learn more


        How will PBS manage the comments on resources?
        PBS encourages users to submit comments on resources in PBS LearningMedia. PBS reserves the right to delete comments it deems inappropriate or that contain:

        • - Offensive language
        • - Personal attacks
        • - Improper comments that target any ethnic, racial or religious groups
        • - Spam, advertisements or include certain links to other sites
        • - Comments that are clearly off topic

        Your comment will not appear on the website immediately after posting it. Comments must first be approved by PBS and, once approved, will appear in the Comments section below the resource.

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        User Accounts

        How do users register for the service?
        Users need a PBS account which can set up by your PBS contact. Learn more

        How will those not associated with a district, (daycare providers, home schools, etc.) access the service?
        Informal educators, including homeschoolers, daycare providers, museum educators, are invited to register for the free Basic service online (the process for registering for the Basic service is the same for everyone).

        Will students be able to access the service from home?
        Yes, students have access to the Basic and Custom service through their teacher who is responsible for selecting and monitoring the specific resources available to their students. In the Basic service, PBS supports the ability for teachers to create Shareable Folders – collections of favorites tailored for a specific class or group of students. In the Custom service, PBS supports a full-range of classroom management capabilities that allow teachers to create/manage classes and assign content to individual students.

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