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Digital Learning Tools & Resources

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is causing great uncertainty about what the upcoming 2020-21 school year will look like. Many are opting for an at-home learning model, and as educators and families adjust, WUCF is here to help.

Below, access information about our primary resources:
PBS LearningMedia, a standards-based broadcast TV program schedule, and a curated collection of remote teaching tools and resources from our trusted partners.

Send your questions on PBS LearningMedia or our other resources to reach students remotely to: janice.sante@wucf.org.

UCF’s Parents as Teacher Hotline

As more families opt for online learning during COVID-19, the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education created the Parents as Teachers Hotline, which is available free for parents who may need assistance in their child’s K-12 education this school year. Learn more.

PBS Learning Media Resources

Back to School

This collection features activities and video resources to help students get to know each other and their new school routines, and lesson plans to help you get your new class off to a great start. PreK to Grade 4. View the collection.

PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings

As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Learn more now.

Spanish language version now available.

Printables for PreK-Grade 2
Is your school distributing packets of work for elementary school children? PBS has put together selections of handouts, across subject areas, for students in PreK through second grade.
PreK-K Handouts (En Español)
Grades 1-2 Handouts (En Español)

Favorite PBS LearningMedia Collections by Subject
Click here to check out some favorite PBS LearningMedia collections for each grade level and subject area.

PBS LearningMedia Tutorials
Find quick tutorials that satisfy many of your burning How To questions on making the most of PBS LearningMedia.

PBS LearningMedia Subject Area One-Sheets

Explore PBS LearningMedia by curriculum area to find videos, lessons, interactive experiences, and printable activities for your PreK-12 student.

Find a one-sheet now

En Español

PBS LearningMedia Basics

  • Sign up for a free account (you can use Google or Facebook).
  • Search for resources then filter the results by your grade band and content area.
  • To save an item, simply click the heart.
  • Find your list of Favorites in a list via your Dashboard.
  • You can even organize Favorites into Folders.
  • For help search the FAQs
  • Watch the video: Tips for Distance Learning

Educator Resource Blog Posts

Tips by Text for Caregivers!

Caregivers can help their children learn at home with Bright By Text: text PBSKIDS to 674448!(read more)

See more education blog posts: wucf.org/blogs/education/

Virtual Backgrounds from PBS KIDS

Download one of these special backgrounds from your favorite PBS KIDS shows to help fight those "virtual blues." (read more).

Building Engaging Digital Lessons for H.S.

My charge for the foreseeable future is to help my students feel something normal...(read more)

The New Distance Learning Classroom

How has technology changed communication in business and within our families?(read more)

Virtual Professional Development

Intro to PBS LearningMedia
Multiple dates and times

Join WUCF Education for a 30-minute webinar to learn about PBS LearningMedia and PBS resources designed to support classroom and at-home learning.
Register now.

Supporting New Routines with Digital Tools and Media: An Edcamp Experience
August 22, 1 pm

PBS, in partnership with Edcamp Community by Digital Promise, is bringing educators of children from PreK–12th grade together for a national conversation about media integration and digital tools for the new school year and new routines. In virtual Edcamp style, we’re inviting educators to share their knowledge and learn from their peers. Sessions will cover a variety of participant-proposed topics, which may include topics like screen time, media literacy, tools and activities for media creation, and using media to support lessons.

Register now.

K-12 Remote Teaching Care Package from UCF's Center for Distributed Learning

UCF has a rich 20+ year history of online education success, and UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning has cultivated a practice of open and public sharing of resources to support excellence in online and blended teaching. Click here.

Free Online Courses (PreK-12)

PreK-12:Thinkport is collection of PreK-12 free learning resources that encourage students’ independent study across subject areas. Resources include self-paced lessons, online field trips, videos and online games. Courtesy of our partner station, Maryland Public Television. Click here.

PreK-2: STEM from the Start is a free interactive educational video series from New Hampshire PBS. It helps kids explore STEM ensuring learning is fun, engaging and long-lasting. Each lesson is designed to be paused so educators/parents can engage children in guided discussions, hands-on experiments and scientific explorations, using the downloadable Discovery Guides for support. Click here.

Additional Resources

Ready to Learn: The Ready to Learn (RTL) Initiative provides free, evidence-based educational resources that help teachers, caregivers, and parents build early science and literacy skill aimed at students ages 2-8.

On My Way to K: Download our kindergarten readiness toolkit & weekly activity calendars, and access free interactive standard-aligned strategies and interactive resources for preschoolers.

PBS LearningMedia: Virus Information & Prevention

What are viruses and how do they spread? Find resources for students of all ages that explore the nature of viruses, how they are transmitted, and the healthy habits we can all engage in to prevent their spread.

View the collection

Math at the Core: Find engaging media and integrated activities, all aligned to State Standards in Mathematics. Designed for middle school students of diverse learning styles and backgrounds.

Discover Central Florida: Uncover the diversity that makes up Central Florida! From the natural beauty to the origins of multi-cultural communities, explore how world events have influenced growth and left an impression on Central Florida.

News for students and teacher resources 6–12 grade level

Learn more at pbs.org/newshour/extra/

Interactive Lessons:These interactive lessons span a range of subjects and grade levels. Each lesson features several engagement and assessment activities. Students work in these activities is saved and can be viewed online by teachers. Grades K-12.

Ken Burns in the Classroom:Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for more than forty years. These films present the opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions for students, and introduce new ideas, perspectives, and primary sources. Grades 4-12.

Above the Noise:Above the Noise, a series for teens cuts through the hype and dives deep into the research behind the issues affecting their daily lives. Grades 6-12.

PBS KIDS Games App

Free learning games that encourage children to engage in skills related to science, math, creativity, and more in gameplay alongside their favorite PBS KIDS characters! Ages 2-8.

Check out the PBS KIDS App page for a complete list.

PBS Video App

The free PBS KIDS Video app gives students access to thousands of free videos, including full episodes and clips from top PBS KIDS series. Ages 2-8.