Students often cite disengagement and disinterest in their education as two of the main factors in their decision to drop out of school. Many may not understand how classroom learning is relevant to the real world, or they may struggle with critical math or literacy skills and see no hope of catching up to their peers.
Use of media and technology both in school and at home can help keep kids in school by increasing student engagement, connecting class work to potential career opportunities, and allowing students to learn at their own pace.
• The Joan Ganz Cooney Center's newest report, "Learning at Home: Families' Educational Media Use in America" finds that nearly half of the screen media 2-10 year olds use is considered educational by their parents, and most parents think their child has learned from educational media. Download the full report
• Cooney Center Blog: How Can Public Media Foster Kids' Learning?
• EdSurge: How Are Kids Using Educational Media at Home?
• PBS Learning Media Teacher Survey: teachers are embracing digital resources to propel student learning. Launch Infographic.
American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is partnering with the Alliance for Excellent Education for Digital Learning Day on February 5, 2014. Digital Learning Day is about giving every child the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment everyday, with the goal of success in college and a career. Parents, educators and policy makers are urged to make a difference with digital learning in America's schools and take the pledge to support the effective use of technology to improve education for all students.
In addition, parents and educators can access the following tools:
PBS Learning Media provides PreK-12 teachers with free, direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources, including videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. Teachers can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections.
In honor of Digital Learning Day, the Innovation Collection has been designed to foster innovative thinking in students.
Reading Rockets provides research-based information and strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping young children become strong, confident readers. Through videos, articles and blogs, professional development opportunities, and a robust social media community, Reading Rockets shares “what works” in an easy-to-understand way.
American Graduate Classroom Resources presents the best of public media’s interactive resources and educational projects for use with middle school and high school students, along with professional development videos for educators. The 800+ resources featured here are designed to bring educational content to life in engaging and innovative ways, and include games, activities, quizzes, quests, and other interactive experiences.
More Resources from Public Media Stations:
QUEST - KQED STEM Teacher Resources. Explore science, nature and environment stories with this multimedia series.
DO NOW - KQED Student participation activity to explore current issues using social media
BUMP Beats curriculum - designed to immerse students in the techniques of modern computer-based music production.
BAVC's Video Curriculum - designed to introduce the tools of media production and analysis through creative and socially relevant visual storytelling.