online learning options
Online Learning Supports from KPBS
Public schools in San Diego County are closed to prevent spreading of the novel coronavirus, leaving many parents and educators to ask: "What are my kids going to do while they are at home?"
That's why KPBS, San Diego County Office of Education and San Diego Unified School District have partnered for an initiative called At Home Learning: Where Children Matter to provide free educational resources to help communities, educators and families support learning during the school closures.
This multi-platform initiative will include airing educational programming for grades TK - 12, along with a robust selection of digital resources through an online platform called PBS LearningMedia.
Beginning Monday, March 16, KPBS 2 will broadcast 12 hours of programming selected to meet the TK – 12 California educational standards. The educational programming will air from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in viewing blocks by grade level:
Grades TK - 3: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Grades 4 - 8: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Grades 9 - 12: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
California students and educators have immediate access to an online library of free educational resources from PBS LearningMedia.
These resources include:
PBS LearningMedia collections
Teacher training webinars
Tips and tools for getting started with remote learning tools
These digital resources are available at ca.PBSlearningmedia.org.
We have two resources for getting you started using the LearningMedia portal. First, you can read the Getting Started with PBS LearningMedia Guide.
Or, educators and parents can join a 15 minute webinar to get started using PBS LearningMedia California. Live webinars are hosted twice daily through Bay Area public media station KQED.
Register to join at 7:30am or 3:30pm PDT.
Get Started with PBS LearningMedia Webinar
Duration: 15 minutes
At-Home Learning Highlights Emails
To share details of the educational resources that will be available over the next month, we will send out a weekly email on Sundays that highlights great programming that will be available for each age group that week. (If you do not wish to receive email updates about At-Home Learning: Where Children Matter, feel free to opt out here).
Why is this initiative so important?
We'll let our General Manager Tom Karlo share his thoughts:
“Public media television is a public service that has the importance of children’s education embedded in its DNA. For 60 years we have been America’s classroom across all geographic boundaries, races, and income levels. Answering the call to ensure our TK through 12th grade young people have access to learning while at home during this unprecedented time is critical to our mission."
We are honored to be of service because at KPBS children matter.
Learning activities to support kids learning from home:
Many educational websites are offering free subscriptions during school closures. The Facebook group Amazing Educational Resources gathered them into a public spreadsheet.: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
Scholastic is offering free online resources as well at: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html?promo_code=6294&eml=CM/smd/20200312//txtl/sm/ed
List of read alouds being offered via social media by children’s authors is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MrM7Ypu3uoEEwbyLQ6sxkx8d-sePrP2J64WQrb6dNfI/preview
And major children's publishers, including Penguin and HarperCollins, are planning daily read-alouds and activities: @penguinkids on instagram, and @harperkids on instagram
The streaming audio service Pinna is offering families and teachers two free months of access to their audio streaming service for kids ages 3-12. To activate, go to Pinna and use the promo code: PINNA4KIDS.