Instructional Media Initiatives: Focusing on the Educational Resources Center at Thirteen/WNET, New York, New York

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Instructional Media Initiatives: Focusing on the Educational Resources Center at Thirteen/WNET, New York, New York


Donlevy, Jim, International Journal of Instructional Media


ENHANCED EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FROM THIRTEEN/WNET: VIDEO-ON-DEMAND

INTRODUCTION

Thirteen/WNET and the other eight public broadcasting stations in New York state are providing video-on-demand free of charge to educators. Teachers can access more than 1400 educational videos for classroom use. The digital revolution makes this service possible and provides teachers with many more options for using educational television to enhance student learning. This short article will describe the new service and outline key benefits to educators interested in accessing it.

VIDEOSTREAMING

The digital revolution allows video materials to be videostreamed to classrooms or downloaded to school computers for rapid retrieval and use by teachers to enrich their teaching practice. The instructional capabilities made possible by this technological advancement are considerable. Teachers can have direct access from their computers to a library of resources in math, science, social studies, English, guidance and other areas, all at the click of mouse. Available programs have been developed by recognized producers and production companies such as TV Ontario, Environmental Media, Rainbow Educational Media, Delphi Productions and others.

Managed by and available from unitedstreaming.com, the service has a number of significant benefits and features:

* ability to download or stream more than 1400 programs with 15,000 content clips

* a searchable database of programs using keywords, subject areas, grade levels or New York State Learning Standards

* lesson plan guides and student activities are available instantly

* lesson plans can be customized with more than 15,000 content clips

* Hyperlinks may be added for deeper exploration of subject matter

* continuous upgrading of all aspects of the service.

The service includes a downloadable user's guide that contains descriptions of options, how to get started, saving video clips, playing video clips, inserting Hyperlinks and tips for both PC and Macintosh users. …

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