Academic journal article International Journal of Instructional Media

Instructional Media Initiatives Focusing on the Educational Resources Center at Thirteen/WNET, New York, New York: Resources for Teachers: Accessing Technology-Rich Lesson Plans

Academic journal article International Journal of Instructional Media

Instructional Media Initiatives Focusing on the Educational Resources Center at Thirteen/WNET, New York, New York: Resources for Teachers: Accessing Technology-Rich Lesson Plans

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INTRODUCTION

Increasingly, as part of their professional practice, teachers must develop and implement quality lesson plans that draw upon available technological resources. Students today are technologically sophisticated and have exposure to unprecedented learning resources. As a result, teachers must incorporate quality material into multimedia formats to insure that stimulating lessons are presented. One excellent source of lesson plan resources is Public Broadcasting Station Thirteen/WNET (www.thirteen.org/edonline). This article will describe the lesson plans available in multimedia formats and discuss benefits to teachers.

LESSON PLANS

Thirteen/WNET has a rich variety of lesson plans available online for teachers. These lesson plans have been developed in multimedia formats by master teachers to take advantage of Thirteen's extensive educational materials and other resources accessible over the Internet.

Lesson plans may be found in math, science, social studies, English and other subject areas. Many lesson plans are tied directly to quality educational television programming broadcast by Thirteen/WNET. For example, there are lesson plans available for teachers to use in conjunction with programs from Nature, American Masters, Cyberchase, Wide Angle and other outstanding series.

There are numerous math lessons and activities linked to the animated math series Cyberchase and its interactive website. Math and investing can be explored in a lesson plan tied to the American Masters presentation of "Broadway: The American Musical" A science lesson about the ecosystem incorporates "Living Edens-Big Sur" an episode of Nature, to explore and analyze complicated phenomena. …

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