PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development

PBS Learning Media is a multimedia library for K-12 science educators, developed by WGBH through funding from the National Science Foundation as part of its National Science Digital Library initiative. The site offers a wealth of classroom-ready instructional resources, as well as online professional development materials and a set of tools that allow teachers to manage, annotate, and share materials. Through the Teachers Domain initiative, WGBH was able to reformat and deliver content from its award-winning science library, including content from NOVA, A Science Odyssey, Evolution, and other programs. WGBH staff added background articles, new lesson plans, interactives, images, and other types of resources to round out the multimedia library. Each classroom resource is correlated to state and national science standards. The professional development content includes video of teachers modeling best practices in their classroom instruction; interviews with educators reflecting on effective classroom strategies; and online courses in development for elementary science educators. The "My Resources" feature on the site allows users to save, annotate, and share particular pieces of multimedia content they've found in their site searches. Teachers might organize resources according to class period, by student groups, or by units of study in the yearlong school curriculum. Users can grant others in their school permission to view their resource folders.

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100's Day
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What does 100 look like? Sound like? Feel like? In this video ...

What does 100 look like? Sound like? Feel like? In this video from Curious George, explore the many ways to measure 100 things. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Physics
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PBS LearningMedia
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National Science Foundation
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10th's and Decimals
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In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad replaces a piece of ...

In this video segment from Cyberchase, the CyberSquad replaces a piece of track to get the Madre Bonita Express to the Mother's Day harvest. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Mathematics
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Lecture
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PBS LearningMedia
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U.S. Department of Education
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1964 Alaska Earthquake
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This video adapted from the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive, explores what ...

This video adapted from the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive, explores what happened during the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 through original footage, first-person accounts, and animations illustrating plate tectonics. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Geoscience
Space Science
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Lecture
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PBS LearningMedia
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National Science Foundation
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AC / DC: What's the Difference?
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This animated essay from the American Experience Web site explains the difference ...

This animated essay from the American Experience Web site explains the difference between alternating and direct electric current and offers in-depth explanations about the role played by a battery, light bulb, wire, and generator. Grades 6-12. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Engineering
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Chemistry
Physics
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PBS LearningMedia
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ATE Internships and Co-ops
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In this video adapted from ATETV, learn how Bristol Community College promotes ...

In this video adapted from ATETV, learn how Bristol Community College promotes internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in technology-related careers.

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Engineering
Computing and Information
Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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About the Seasons
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Children learn how seasonal weather changes affect everything, from the behavior of ...

Children learn how seasonal weather changes affect everything, from the behavior of animals to the way we dress and play.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
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Above the Clouds: Telescopes on Mauna Kea
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This video segment adapted from First Light explains why the highest peak ...

This video segment adapted from First Light explains why the highest peak in the Pacific, Mauna Kea, is an ideal site for astronomical observations. Featured are new telescope technologies that allow astronomers to explore the universe in more depth. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Technology
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Geoscience
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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DLESE Community Collection
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Acid Lake
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Add acidity to a healthy lake and see what happens to the ...

Add acidity to a healthy lake and see what happens to the plants and animals in this interactive activity adapted from EcoKids. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Acid Mine Drainage Remediation
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In this video, an environmental technologist visits an abandoned coal mine in ...

In this video, an environmental technologist visits an abandoned coal mine in Kentucky to talk about how a remediation system (a series of settling ponds and treatment cells) is neutralizing the acid drainage flowing from the mine and keeping it from damaging a creek downstream.

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Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Acidic Seas
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For years, our oceans have been hard at work absorbing the carbon ...

For years, our oceans have been hard at work absorbing the carbon dioxide that humans create through burning fossil fuels. Find out what effect that extra CO2 is having on our seas.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
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KQED
KQED Public Television
National Science Foundation
Acids and Bases: Cabbage Juice Indicator
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In this video segment, the ZOOM cast demonstrates how to use cabbage ...

In this video segment, the ZOOM cast demonstrates how to use cabbage juice to find out if a solution is an acid or a base. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Chemistry
Physics
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Acids and Bases: Making a Film Canister Rocket
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In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate what ...

In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate what happens when vinegar is added to baking soda inside a container. The resulting chemical reaction produces enough carbon dioxide to launch their paper rocket skyward.
Recommended for: Grades K-5 ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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PBS LearningMedia
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Acids and Bases: Testing Rocket Cars
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A car propelled by the reaction between lemon juice and baking soda ...

A car propelled by the reaction between lemon juice and baking soda has more in common with rockets and jet aircraft than one might think. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate the power of rocket-propelled vehicles and how to exploit the force produced by the carbon dioxide gas. Grades 3-8. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Acids and Bases: Testing Rockets
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It would seem that bottles of lemon juice and rockets have only ...

It would seem that bottles of lemon juice and rockets have only their basic shape in common. However, as two cast members from ZOOM demonstrate in this adapted video segment, when baking soda is added to the mix, a plastic bottle can act very much like a real rocket. Grades 3-8. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Chemistry
Physics
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Adaptation
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Students examine some of the behaviors and physical characteristics that enable organisms ...

Students examine some of the behaviors and physical characteristics that enable organisms to live successfully in their environment.

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Life Science
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Adaptive Radiation: Darwin's Finches
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Finches on the Galapagos Islands have evolved to exploit almost every possible ...

Finches on the Galapagos Islands have evolved to exploit almost every possible niche. This diagram shows the range of food sources available on the island and the different beak shapes adapted to exploit each of them. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Life Science
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Reading
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Addition of Decimal Numbers and a Common Error
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Students practice carefully lining up decimal places while calculating sums of decimals ...

Students practice carefully lining up decimal places while calculating sums of decimals that total more than one.

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Mathematics
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U.S. Department of Education
WNET
Advances in Neurotechnology
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Our brains control every movement we make. Most of us take for ...

Our brains control every movement we make. Most of us take for granted our ability to pick up a cup or change the television station. However, for people who have lost a limb or become paralyzed, the inability to do these things means a loss of freedom and independence. This video segment from Greater Boston describes how neuroscientists and bioengineers have teamed up to create a system that allows people who have lost motor functions to control electronic devices through their thoughts alone. Grades 6-12 ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Engineering
Technology
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Activity/Lab
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PBS LearningMedia
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Argosy Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation