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Media and the Classroom

Media can be used strategically in the classroom as a tool to engage students in learning. WFSU’s Education Department promotes the use of different forms of media as a tool in the classroom. Continue reading to learn more.

For teachers, capturing the attention of small children to teach them math and reading has always been a challenge. In today’s technology-driven world the challenge is greater as they are being conditioned to process information from the many screens that surround them. WFSU-TV has partnered with Astoria Park Elementary to test PBS KIDS Lab with increasingly advanced classroom equipment.

Kindergarten teachers Atricia Goode and Kim Sherman use games featuring popular PBS Kids characters to reinforce their lesson plans. They have also reached out to parents to let them know that the many screens that their children interact with can be filled with something beneficial to their child’s development.

Florida PBS Learning Media
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WFSU has partnered with Astoria Park Elementary to pioneer new technologies in the classroom. Teachers at the Tallahassee school are using PBS Kids Math Lab and Florida PBS Learning Media to enhance lesson plans and engage students.

Brian Lassiter is a teacher in Tallahassee, Florida. He has a high standard when it comes to the media he uses in his lesson plans. With assistance from WFSU-TV, he has now uses Florida PBS Learning Media in the classroom. With videos, audio files, interactive web sites, and scans of historical documents, he now has a new world of media on a variety of topics.