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PBS Live Broadcasting

New York’s nine public television stations have agreed to provide educational resources and home enrichment for students without access to broadband during extended school closings. To find your local station visit PBS Station Finder or see the table, below.

City Station Name Channel Resources
Albany, Schenectady & Troy WMHT-TV 17 17 WMHT - Home Classroom & Bring the World to Your Classroom & PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings
Binghamton WSKG-TV 46 46 WSKG - Resources for Parents & Families, Educators, Students
Buffalo WNED-TV 17 17 WNED - Learn at Home
Garden City (Long Island) WLIW 21 21 WLIW - Attention Parents, Students, Educators: New Resources
New York City WNET 13 13 WNET - Free At-Home Learning Resources
Plattsburgh WCFE-TV 57 57 Mountain Lake PBS - Learn at Home
Rochester WXXI-TV 21 21 WXXI - Learn at Home
Syracuse WCNY-TV 24 24 WCNY - Education & TV Classroom (programming schedules)
Watertown WPBS-TV 16 16 WPBS - Parent Resources & How to Talk to Your Kids about Covid-19

Early Learning

For children between the ages of four and seven (Prekindergarten to 3rd grade), PBS will continue to broadcast their 24/7 PBS Kids channel throughout the state. This free, over-the-air digital channel features shows that focus on four key areas of childhood development: cognitive, social, emotion, and physical. PBS KIDS offers content in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), inviting children to explore and develop interest and appreciation for the natural and life sciences through programs including Sid the Science Kid, Curious George, Cyberchase and Dinosaur Train. All of these shows have online and printable resource guides for parents and teachers to enrich viewing and further engage children.

Grades 4–12

For older elementary and possibly secondary school, PBS will broadcast special educational content during a preempted Daytime schedule. New York’s stations plan to preempt daytime schedules to provide educational content for kids in the 4th grade to 12th grade, starting with at least three to five hours of content on March 23rd. PBS already creates engaging on-air content in science, history, social studies, and public affairs, and with available study guides, these shows can provide even more enrichment.

In the coming weeks, and depending on how long the school closures take place, they plan to add New York State specific content to this lineup, including broadcasts of Regents Review.

Some stations also plan to partner with their local school districts to provide live instructional broadcasts. To find out more, please contact your local PBS station.

Teaching about the Election

The Election Collection (Grades 6-12)

Voting and elections are an essential part of democracy. Keep up with election news, study the history and process of presidential elections, explore voting rights, and engage in classroom debates with videos, activities, and lesson plans.

Let's Vote! Talking to Children About Voting (Ages 2-4)

An election year is a great opportunity to talk to our children about voting. The PBS Kids resource collection features activities, tips, books, and resources to help explain the importance of voting.

PBS NewsHour Daily News Story (Grades: 6-13+)

The Daily News Story collection on PBS LearningMedia helps teachers and students identify the who, what, when, where, and why-it-matters of major national and international news stories. And check out the PBS NewsHour media literacy collection.

Media Literacy Resources

Media Literacy: Tackling an Infodemic in a Pandemic

A blog from Yoo Kyung Chang, Ioana Literat and the LAMBOOZLED! research group at MASCLab, at Teachers College Columbia University, highlights the importance of identifying reliable sources of information and offers tips on how to navigate the "infodemic" and foster media literacy skills.

Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius (Graded 2-4)

The much-loved character Ruff Ruffman is back in a collection of videos and tips to help students explore and understand the many ups and downs of using technology, strike a balance, and understand what they're seeing.

Take on Fake (Grades 6-13+)

Take on Fake debunks claims you’ve seen or shared online. Host Hari Sreenivasan follows the Internet rabbit hole of misinformation, reading beyond a single headline to find credible sources to uncover the truth.

PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification (PreK-12 Teachers)

Demonstrate your expertise in teaching PreK-12 students to think critically about their roles as media consumers and creators.