New TV roster supports At-Home Learning
Florida PBS stations, including WGCU, have changed their weekday television schedules to air programming supporting students now learning at home.
From 6:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, specific blocks of time will serve levels from Pre-K through 12th grade, covering subjects including English language arts, social studies, science, and math.
These programs are aligned to state standards and are free and accessible from home. WGCU expects to begin broadcasting these programs Monday, March 23 at 6:30 a.m.
Realizing that not all students in our coverage area will have internet access throughout the day, Florida PBS decided to offer this specific educational programming on television — although it is supplemented with additional resources at wgcu.org/education.
Regularly scheduled PBS Kids programs normally found on WGCU HD can be viewed at WGCU 30.5 (or the channel assigned by your provider) or online at wgcukids.org. How-to programs normally found on WGCU HD can be viewed Create 30.3. Checkwgcu.org/tvschedules or updated the new educational television schedule, go to wgcu.org/education.
“Creating blocks of quality programming for teachers to assign to their classes to view at home, keeps everyone engaged. This is a game-changer that can level the technology playing field. PBS has always been about expanding knowledge,” said Randy Wright, chair of Florida Public Media.
Teachers can follow up with discussion questions, worksheets, or hands-on projects and experiments when they communicate with their students.
“This is an opened-ended commitment to support kids, families, and educators during this unprecedented crisis. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our program offerings to maximize WGCU’s benefit to the many communities we serve as events warrant,” said WGCU General Manager Rick Johnson.
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