New "Math Is Awe-Sum" digital tools from PBS

Monday, March 17, 2014

Today, PBS’ award winning media-on-demand service for educators, PBS LearningMedia, announced a new "Math Is Awe-Sum” campaign designed to empower educators teaching math in PreK-12 classrooms with new digital resources and professional development tools.

Math is one of the most complex areas of instruction in today’s classrooms. A gap exists in today's learning environment for math resources that help students understand general and advanced math concepts. PBS LearningMedia is working to fill those gaps by offering hundreds of new math resources that break down learning barriers and bolster important math concepts. PBS uses the power of media to bring math to life, enabling students to move beyond basic math facts and experience the real-world impact of math in their daily lives. From building modern cities to designing virtual realities to composing music and exploring space – math comes to life through the AweSum collection.

Starting today and running through April 23, the “Math Is AweSum” campaign brings together hundreds of new and existing math resources in a way that only PBS LearningMedia can deliver a single destination for educators to find quality digital media for all grade levels. The new collection features content from:

· Math at the Core: Middle School: a collection highlighting critical math concepts with over 400 interactive, media-rich digital resources designed to meet the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. These innovative resources, developed with a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, were created by WGBH in partnership with educators and 10 PBS Member Stations and partners.

· PEG + CAT, an animated math series from PBS KIDS and The Fred Rogers Company, that provides resources that introduce and reinforce early math concepts for PreK-2 learners.

· I <3 Math and Math Club, support learners in grades 4-8 with media that tackles conceptual understanding of math topics; and helps students with their homework.

· Khan Academy – a selection of grades 3-12 engaging math resources from this popular organization that offers free online educational materials that supports personalized learning in a scalable way.

As part of PBS LearningMedia’s ongoing commitment to offering educators with free professional development opportunities, teachers are invited to participate in virtual events supporting the “Math Is AweSum” collection.

More than 1.4 million educators have registered to use the award-winning PBS LearningMedia service, which is available nationwide and is aligned to National and Common Core State Standards.

About PBS LearningMedia

As America’s largest classroom, teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free media-on-demand service offering educators access to the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State Standards. Nationwide, more than 1.4 million teachers have registered access to more than 35,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at www.pbslearningmedia.org or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.