General Questions

Can I follow PBS LearningMedia on social media?
Yes. You can stay up to date on all PBS LearningMedia activity by following PBS LearningMedia on Facebook and Twitter.  At the bottom of each page on you can find Facebook and Twitter logos. Simply click each logo to access the respective site and begin following PBS LearningMedia activity!

Can PBS LearningMedia be used internationally?
PBS is not only committed to transforming learning across the U.S., but also the world. While the site is tailored to US National and State Standards, the site is open to international users who may access a wealth of free content. Note: some content is unavailable to international users due to restricted rights.

What are Standards?
Standards ensure that students in different schools and classrooms across the country are taught the same basic information on a particular subject.  Some states have created customized standards that are used exclusively within their state. In PBS LearningMedia, all national standards are labeled Common Core State Standards (English and Math) and National Standards (all other areas of study). Custom state standards are labeled State Standards.

  • * Registered users of the PBS LearningMedia free service have access to national standards only.
  • * Registered users of a custom service can browse both national standards and the state standards which apply to their custom account. For instance, users of a Kentucky custom site can browse by national and Kentucky standards.



Free Basic Service

Can you provide a brief description of the features available in the free Basic service?
The Basic service allows users to search, browse, save, and share content.

If I am signed up for the Basic service, can I upgrade to the Custom service at a later date?
Yes, users can upgrade from the Basic to Custom service at any time. Learn more about the Custom service

Custom Service

The free Basic service is designed for educators to search, browse, save, and share content. The Custom service is designed for states and districts that require more extensive functionality – user management, analytics and reporting, classroom management – or require integration of the PBS LearningMedia API into an existing portal. Learn more


Can I still tag content?
Tagging is no longer supported in PBS LearningMedia. Tagging has been replaced with Shareable Folders and you should utilize that functionality to organize your resources. Learn more

What content is included in PBS LearningMedia?
The content is an aggregation of media-based digital learning objects – video clips, audio clips, interactives, images, and documents – selected specifically because of their alignment to PreK-12 core curriculum concepts. The content has been contributed by public broadcasting stations, public media producers, and a wide range of partners across the public media landscape.

How is content selected?
The content team uses the PBS LearningMedia curriculum map to guide content acquisition and development. The content team works with trusted partners, funders, and content developers to address gaps in this map. All content is evaluated using extensive rubrics to ensure production quality and educational relevance.

Will the Ready To Learn content (PBS Island, Great Word Quest, etc.) be included in the service?
We have a significant amount of content from Ready To Learn in PBS LearningMedia and will continue add more content from Ready To Learn programs, as rights permit.

Can I still "like" resources?
The ability to rate a resource (ie: "like") is no longer supported, however, you can share resources that you like through Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Simply click the logos provided at the bottom right of each resource in PBS LearningMedia. Learn more

Can I still comment on a resource?
Commenting is no longer supported.

User Accounts

How do users register for the service?
Users need a PBS account which can set up by your PBS contact. Learn more

How will those not associated with a district, (daycare providers, home schools, etc.) access the service?
Informal educators, including homeschoolers, daycare providers, museum educators, are invited to register for the free Basic service online (the process for registering for the Basic service is the same for everyone).

Will students be able to access the service from home?
Yes, students have access to the Basic and Custom service through their teacher who is responsible for selecting and monitoring the specific resources available to their students. In the Basic service, PBS supports the ability for teachers to create Shareable Folders – collections of favorites tailored for a specific class or group of students. In the Custom service, PBS supports a full-range of classroom management capabilities that allow teachers to create/manage classes and assign content to individual students.