In addition to your full-length broadcast program site, expand your audience and better serve educators and students by creating a companion website that includes compelling classroom content. Typically, PBS expects to see specific ideas about classroom content and educational extensions of programming as part of the original proposal submitted to PBS, and/or as part of web content outlines submitted to PBS Digital.
In addition to being a cost-effective means of reaching large numbers of teachers, online distribution allows for greater interactivity in your educational materials and qualifies your program for additional promotional opportunities within PBS.org.
If you decide to offer classroom content, your homepage must include a direct link to the classroom section. According to our most recent survey results, educators comprise more than 27 percent of the traffic to PBS.org. It's important to help this group of users find classroom resources quickly and easily. For more guidance on creating classroom materials, contact general audiences educational content manager Jenny Bradbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Websites with classroom content must include a main landing page for educators that contains the following standard elements:
Each classroom lesson plan must include the following standard elements:
For more information about developing high-quality lesson plans, contact general audiences educational content manager Jenny Bradbury at email@example.com.
Individual activities may be in PDF format, but individual activities should not be accessible only through an aggregation in a larger PDF file. PBS advises against delivering classroom content within one large PDF file because these large files may be difficult for some teachers to download.