PBS LearningMedia has thousands of classroom-ready resources aligned to state and national standards in a broad range of subject areas. In this interactive course we will explore the various ways to utilize this multi-layered website. Participants will be given time to explore the site, with the goal of creating a portfolio of resources that can be used in the classroom. Other PBS educational resources will also be explored, as well as ideas for integrating technology into the classroom to motivate and empower students.
Session 1 will be an introduction to the PBS LearningMedia platform, how to quickly find resources and assign to students, and how to utilize available teacher tools. In addition, tips for integration will be discussed.
Session 2 will focus on utilizing specific teacher tools: Lesson Builder and QuizMaker, how to create these for students and classes, and how to review, edit and analyze the results of assigned quizzes and lessons.
Dates: Thursday, September 30 and Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Cheryl Gerken
Cheryl Gerken is a former bilingual 4th-grade teacher and K-5 Librarian with 11 years of experience. She currently works for Arizona Public Media as the Educational Outreach Coordinator, focused on sharing free, high-quality PBS resources with teachers, schools, districts and community members through workshops and information sessions. She has a passion for finding ways to inspire curiosity and student engagement in and out of the classroom and believes that critical literacy and critical thinking can be woven into every area of the curriculum at all grade levels.
Cheryl holds an Master’s Degree in Language, Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona with an emphasis on critical literacy and social justice. She also holds a K-8 Reading Endorsement. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona and is proud to be part of the Knowledge River cohort, focused on the support and information needs of Latinos, Native Americans and other people of color in a library setting.