At-Home Learning: Where Children Matter 

KPBS Distance Learning

 

San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego Unified School District and KPBS are collaborating to make at-home learning options available for educators, parents, and students. The partnership includes a broadcast component with standards-aligned programming in blocks by grade level and a digital component with access to an online library of free educational resources.


The initiative has two components: 

  • Broadcast - Beginning Monday, March 16, KPBS 2 will broadcast 12 hours of programming selected to meet the TK-12 California educational standards. The programming will be from 6a - 6p in blocks by grade level, TK-3; 4-8 and 9-12.
  • Digital - California students and educators have immediate access to an online library of free educational resources from PBS LearningMedia, including videos, associated lesson plans, hosted training sessions and self-guided how-to resources for teachers, that accompany PBS’s trusted programs and align with current classroom standards. The URL is ca.PBSlearningmedia.org.

 

Programming Specifics:

KPBS will air 12 hours of programming on KPBS 2 beginning Monday, March 16. End date is unknown because of the evolving situation. We will work in concert with school closures. 

The programming will preempt normal KPBS 2 programming from 6a - 6p. The schedule is in blocks by grade level:

6 a.m. - 8 a.m. - Grades: TK-3

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Grades: 4-8

1 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Grades: 9-12

A copy of the schedule will be provided to SDCOE and SD Unified by Monday morning, March 16.

 

Educator Training:

KQED holds 15-minute educator and parent trainings twice a day at 7:30am and 3:30pm regarding how to use PBSLearningMedia.org. We will direct our audience to these trainings.

This event is also an option:

Webinar on 3/18

http://public.pbs.org/DistanceLearningResources

Tech support is offered here - https://ca.pbslearningmedia.org/help/

At-Home Learning:  Where Children Matter Initiative

FAQs

What is the project called?

At-Home Learning: Where Children Matter 

It is a California Public Education Partnership with COVID-19 resources for educators and parents.

How were the shows selected?

The schedule was put together in collaboration between PBS SoCal and the instructional team at Los Angeles Unified. They identified the best standards-based instructional content in the PBS system with rigorous lesson plans. 

If someone can’t access K2, what can they do?

PBS programming is available on-demand via the PBS Video App, PBSKids App and at video.kpbs.org. 

What if a student does not have access to a computer or Internet?

A student does not need access to a computer or the Internet to watch the carefully curated content in the schedule. They can tune into KPBS 2 with an antenna at 15.2, Cox 811, Spectrum 1277. The programming and digital content is also accessible via mobile.

 

Direct TV, Dish and ATT U-Verse do not carry KPBS 2. If you have this service, change the input on your TV to use the antenna and watch over the air on 15.2.

What about students with special needs?

As public school educators use these resources, remember that any instruction must support all students. If you provide educational services to the general student population during a school closure, you must also ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to the same opportunities.

What is the collaboration between SDCOE, San Diego Unified School District and KPBS?

San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego Unified School District and KPBS are collaborating to make at-home learning options available for educators, parents, and students. The partnership includes a broadcast component with standards-aligned programming in blocks by grade level and a digital component with access to an online library of free educational resources.

Who does this initiative serve?

This plan we’ve developed alongside SDCOE and SDUSD will serve more than 500,000 students, regardless of their capacity and capabilities, for their access to free educational resources at home both on-air and online.

Is there a fee?

There is no fee to access the content.

How can parents and educators learn how to use PBSLearningMedia?

Bay Area PBS station KQED hosts 15-minute training sessions each day, Monday through Friday, at 7:30am and 3:30pm. These trainings are offered through Zoom’s conference technology and are open to anyone. 

 

Who do I contact if I have technical questions on PBS LearningMedia’s site?

https://ca.pbslearningmedia.org/help/

How will all students be able to access this resource?

KPBS will broadcast content specifically targeted to kids Pre-K through the 12th grade.

Grades TK-3 - 6am - 8am

Grades 4-8 - 8am -1pm 

Grades 9-12 - 1pm - 6pm

San Diego area teachers have the option to be trained on how to utilize the PBS LearningMedia, a national resource that offers additional content to support educational assignments.

The PBS LearningMedia materials are offered in conjunction with the on-air content and will also be available online.

Is the PBS LearningMedia site ADA compatible?

PBS LearningMedia is committed to inclusion, diversity, and accessibility. With this in mind, PBS is continuously taking steps to improve the website to meet online usability and design standards recommended WCAG 2.0 AA and other standards outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The site works with screen readers and meets contrast requirements for the visually impaired.

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