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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: George HazimanolisJune 29, 2011 412-622-1366ghazimanolis@wqed.orgMaria Pisano412-622-1459mpisano@wqed.orgWQED AND PBS LearningMedia LAUNCH NEW DIGITAL EDUCATION SERVICEWITH WORLD-CLASS CONTENT FROMPUBLIC MEDIA AND ITS PARTNERSFree Innovative Classroom-Ready Media Availableto Every Teacher and Student Across Southwest PennsylvaniaPITTSBURGH—To foster classroom innovation and engagement, PBS member station WQEDtoday launched PBS LearningMedia (pbslearningmedia.org), a free service for all teachers,students and families in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania created in collaboration with PBS and WGBH,and their producing partners WNET and KET. In addition to a rich public media library, PBSLearningMedia has content contributed from other publicly funded organizations, including theNational Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, as well as content funded by NASA, theNational Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the US Department ofEducation, to deliver thousands of resources for use in the classroom and with home-schoolers.“WQED is pleased to offer this new service to teachers, daycare providers, and parents,” saidDeborah L. Acklin, WQED President & CEO. “At wqed.org we host hours of educationalcontent online and provide 12 hours-a-day of free, educational children’s televisionprogramming on WQED-TV. With PBS LearningMedia WQED will enhance our level ofservice to the community and be able to offer invaluable free resources to these communitypartners at their fingertips.”“As America’s largest classroom, PBS and our local stations are helping to re-imagine classroomlearning and is partnering with our producers and teachers to engage students to accelerateacademic achievement,” said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO. “PBS LearningMedia is akey part of the solution to one of the nation’s biggest challenges – improving student progress tobuild our future workforce.”-MORE-


P. 2—PBS LEARNINGMEDIADelivering unprecedented access to a robust digital library aligned to Common Core StateStandards and available to all preK-16 classrooms, PBS LearningMedia is the next generation indigital media platforms with high-quality content drawn from more than 1,500 public mediaproducers, 350 local stations, such as WGBH’s NOVA science series among many others, and agrowing list of other contributors.Beginning today, teachers and students in Southwestern Pennsylvania have immediate access fortheir lesson and homework to more than 14,000 research-based instructional resources –including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans, and worksheets.“Our iQ:smart media strategy at WQED focuses on the ability of teachers to easily – andeffectively - incorporate educational media into their classroom. PBS Learning Media is yetanother amazing tool to support 21 st century classrooms that innovate with media,” says JenniferStancil, Executive Director of Educational Partnerships. “We can’t wait to see its impact onPennsylvania’s students.”Combining dynamic and engaging instructional content with professional development support,PBS LearningMedia empowers educators to create media-rich curriculum lessons that meet theneeds of 21 st century learners. Through PBS LearningMedia, teachers can:• quickly and easily find relevant resources, localized to their needs, to differentiateinstruction for a diverse range of learners;• personalize the site by tagging resources and share ideas, recommendations andcomments on how they’ve used media assets in their teaching with their professionallearning networks via email or social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter; and• develop “class pages” - curated content lists - for student viewing, feedback andinstruction on interactive white boards and school-based intranets and other networkingtools.The PBS LearningMedia platform also offers a flexible infrastructure designed for customizationand seamless media integration into existing services provided by state and local school districtsystems.Currently, WQED and PBS LearningMedia are co-branding with 34 local PBS stations aroundthe country.ABOUT WQEDWQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for StationExcellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. Thepeople of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services toengage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world.WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD)in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS);WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; Classical WQED-FM89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radioproductions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.-MORE-


P. 3—PBS LEARNINGMEDIAABOUT iQ: smartmediaiQ: smartmedia is WQED’s six-year strategy for education, and it reflects WQED’scommitment to help children reach their potential. Around it revolve all of WQED's educationalgoals and objectives: to provide new tools and models, thought leadership, research, and trainingon the intersection of media and learning to prepare our children for a competitive world. WQEDprovides content in the areas of science and technology; literacy; global cultures andconnections; expression; social and community responsibility; numeracy; and behavioralwellness.ABOUT PBSPBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans — from every walk of life — theopportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Eachmonth, PBS reaches 124 million people through television and 20 million people online, invitingthem to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverseviewpoints; and to take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broadarray of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted awardcompetitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital contentand services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programmingand its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring andnurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is availableat pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS onTwitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information andupdates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBSPressroom on Twitter.# # #

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