Austin PBS Learning At Home Resources

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Austin PBS is taking action to ensure learning continues during school closures. As your local public media station, we are a trusted resource and educational partner for kids ages 2-18. Children and families can discover and engage using our resources. And Austin PBS is working with member stations around the country to bring you more tools for learning at home. We'll be adding things as we find them, so check back often.

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LEARNING RESOURCES

Austin PBS KIDS content airs on two channels, Austin PBS (18.1 over the air) and Austin PBS KIDS (18.4 over the air). A list of cable, satellite and digital channel listings can be found here.

Use the PBS KIDS shows Conversation Guide and Educational Content Schedule to help maximize quality viewing.

Austin PBS KIDS channel is the only free, on-air, 24/7 television service for children in our region. It offers access to educational series for kids ages 2-8. This broadcast and online streaming service ensures high-quality, educationally based programming is available to every child, anytime and anywhere.

PBS educational content on TV spans beyond the PBS KIDS realm. Programs like NOVA, Nature, American Experience, Austin City Limits and our travel and cooking shows are informative and fun for learners of all ages. Educational media can be a regular entertainment choice for all Americans!

  • ONLINE AND MOBILE DEVICES

Austin PBS's doodle book is full of activities for kids to do at home. Have a double-sided printer at home? Print a booklet here. Print single sheet activities here.

PBSKIDS.org offers children educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows so children can learn while they play.

Austin PBS Learning Media offers free, standards-aligned videos, lesson plans, interactives and more for educators on a searchable website. As schools close, Austin PBS Learning Media provides educational content online that is perfect for PK-12 distance learning and resources which can be narrowed down by subject, grade (PreK, Early Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School) and standards (including TEKS, Next Generation Science, PreK Readiness). Each Sunday we send out the Weekly Education Highlights Newsletter with information about the vast library of online content accessible to you at no cost. Sign up for the newsletter now at austinpbs.org/newsletters

Teachers: You can share these resources with families through your school website, direct email or via BLEND, Google Classroom, Clever, Remind, Schoology, Facebook, See-Saw, ClassDojo or other school-approved parent communication apps.

The PBS KIDS Video app is available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices and offers on-demand educational videos and a live stream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription required.

The PBS KIDS Games app has nearly 200 educational games like Cookie Monster's Challenge and Play and Learn Science. These can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about these and other apps from PBS KIDS here.

PBS KIDS for Parents  offers information, activities and tips for parents. Check out the Activity Finder at the top right of the website to see different ways to play and learn for different ages. Also, look at "How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus"/“Como Hablar Con Tus Hijos Sobre el Coronavirus.”

PBS KIDS's new weekday newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home. Sign up for PBS KIDS Daily

  • TO YOUR PHONE

Bright by Text has partnered with Austin PBS to provide research-based tips and links to trusted resources that help subscribing caregivers support their chidlren's development. This texting service is available in English and Spanish. Current messages focus on ways to talk to your children about COVID-19, as well as at-home activities, how to manage stress during an outbreak and more. Text SMARTATX to 274448 or visit here to sign-up today!

  • AND MORE

Need more ideas for how to keep the learning going while the kids are at home? Austin PBS is compiling a list of safe, trusted and FREE resources you can use to help your family during this time.

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We hope that you will forward this announcement to school administrators and educators. Benjamin Kramer, Ph.D., Austin PBS Vice President of Education welcomes comments and requests for resources: bkramer@klru.org. Take deep breaths, hug your children and know that we wish the very best for you and our Central Texas community.