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Teachers’ Domain Transition to PBS LearningMedia™


Please note:  Many PBS Stations offer locally branded versions of Teachers' Domain, for example, VITAL New York and KET EncycloMedia. You may receive additional information directly from your local station about the Teachers' Domain transition to PBS LearningMedia.


- What’s happening with Teachers’ Domain?
- What is PBS LearningMedia?
- What will I find on PBS LearningMedia?
- How do I sign up for PBS LearningMedia?
- What URL should I use for PBS LearningMedia? I keep getting redirected.
- Why do I have to sign up? It’s free, right?
- I cannot log in to PBS LearningMedia using my TD password. What now?
- I have a lot of resources saved in folders on Teachers’ Domain. What will happen to them?
- How do my students use PBS LearningMedia?
- Is PBS LearningMedia navigation very different from Teachers’ Domain? Where do I get help?

 

What’s happening with Teachers’ Domain?

Teachers’ Domain is moving to a new, improved, and much larger home, PBS LearningMedia.  All of the Teachers’ Domain content is available on the new site, plus a lot more!  You and your students may continue to use Teachers’ Domain and access your resource folders through October 15, 2013. After October 15, 2013, you’ll be automatically redirected to www.pbslearningmedia.org

Please note:  Teachers’ Domain will not accept new registrations after July 31, 2013.  On October 15, 2013, all visitors to Teachers’ Domain will be automatically redirected to PBS LearningMedia.

What is PBS LearningMedia?

Developed in partnership with WGBH, PBS LearningMedia is your new destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and can include short videos, interactives, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. You can also favorite and share resources with your class and colleagues through folders and social media.

Two types of services are available:

  1. 1. Basic: free to educators and students;
  2. 2. Custom: includes enhanced capabilities, available for a fee to districts, educational agencies, and states. Learn more about Custom

What will I find on PBS LearningMedia?

All of the Teachers’ Domain content plus much more is available on the site—approximately 30,000 resources and counting. In addition to over 80 PBS member stations, content contributors also include the National Archives, the Jim Henson Company, Annenberg Media, and the Library of Congress. Resources range from short video and audio clips to interactives, lesson plans, and much more.

How do I sign up for PBS LearningMedia?

Visit www.pbslearningmedia.org. Sign up is quick, easy, and free. Your email is your sign on name. You may find that an account has already been created for you, using the email in your Teachers' Domain profile.  Registration questions?  Please email learningmediacontact@pbs.org
 

What URL should I use for PBS LearningMedia? I keep getting redirected.

PBS LearningMedia is a national service offered locally through more than 100 public media stations. Once you provide your zip code, you may be automatically redirected to your local station site and prompted to bookmark that URL, e.g., Illinois.pbslm.org. The site can be accessed directly through the national site, www.pbslearningmedia.org, or through your station’s URL.

Please note: Your local station site has identical content to the national site (www.pbslearningmedia.org), however, the homepage may display your station’s logo and feature local announcements.

Why do I have to sign up? It’s free, right?

Yes, PBS LearningMedia is a free service for educators and students. In order to make full use of the service, e.g., to save, share, and download resources, you must register, or sign up. It’s simple, easy, and free.

I cannot log in to PBS LearningMedia using my TD password. What now?

If you are unable to log in to www.pbslearningmedia.org with your TD password, simply reset your password. Here's how.  (Don't have a PBS LearningMedia account?  Learn how to create one)

  • - Click the Forgot your password? link on the left side of the screen.

  • - In the textbox provided, type the email address that is associated with your TD/PBS LearningMedia account.
  • - Click Continue.

  • - Go to your email inbox and open the email that was sent to you from pbs.org. Click the link provided in the body of the email.

  • - A password reset screen appears. Type a new password in the first textbox provided and type it again in the textbox below. *Your password must be at least 8 characters long and contain at least one capital letter.
  • - Click Continue.

  • - Your password has been reset.
  • - Due to a minor glitch that is currently being worked on, for now you must manually type www.pbslearningmedia.org into your browser address bar to access the PBS LearningMedia site where you can log in using your new password.

I have a lot of resources saved in folders on Teachers’ Domain. What will happen to them?

Between now and October 15, 2013, you will need to set up new folders on PBS LearningMedia and populate them with your favorite resources. Take this opportunity to refresh your folders with new content.  Your folders may be much more robust when you draw from all the additional content on the new site.  The next section provides some simple steps to replicate your TD folders in PBS LearningMedia.

How to replicate TD folders in PBS LearningMedia

  • - Open two browser windows.
  • - Log into your Teachers’ Domain account in one browser and your PBS LearningMedia account in the other browser.  Don't have a PBS LearningMedia account?  Click here
  • - Click My Folders on the Teachers' Domain website and click My Favorites in the top navigation menu on PBS LearningMedia.

  • - In PBS LearningMedia, under Folders on the left side of the page, click Add New Folder for each new folder you want to create. 

  • - A popup box appears.
  • - Type the name of the folder in the Name field (Figure 3.1). 
  • - Type a description for this folder in the Description field (Figure 3.2). The description should provide context to the folder contents.
  • - Click Save (Figure 3.3).
  • - Repeat for all additional folders.

** Create PBS LearningMedia folders with TD folder names if you wish to keep the same structure that you had in TD.

Once you have your folder structure set up on PBS LearningMedia, go to the Teachers' Domain website and start searching for your saved resources that you want to carry over to PBS LearningMedia.

  • - Select a folder on TD and review its contents. For each resource you want to move over to PBS LearningMedia, either copy and paste or type the title of each resource into the search textbox in the upper left side of each PBS LearningMedia page.
  • - Click the magnifying glass icon to search.
  • - Search results appear.  Click the hollow grey star to the right of each resource you want to favorite.

      • The star changes from grey to yellow indicating that your resource is now a favorite and can be found in your PBS LearningMedia Favorites folder.

      • - After you have favorited all of the resources you want in PBS LearningMedia, click My Favorites in the navigation menu at the top of the page to view all of your favorites.
      • - Click the checkbox next to each favorite you want to add to a folder and click Add to Folder.

      • - A list of all of your folders appears in a popup box.  Click the folder to which you want to add this set of Favorites.

  • - The resource appears in the folder to which you added it.  The number of resources in each folder appears in parentheses to the right of the folder name.
  • - The folder or folders that each resource belongs to appears below the resource and appears wherever the resource surfaces in PBS LearningMedia.

Repeat these steps to populate all of your new PBS LearningMedia folders with TD content. Keep in mind that PBS LearningMedia has approximately five (5) times the content of Teachers’ Domain so take this opportunity to enhance your folders with additional resources.

Please note:  Currently on PBS LearningMedia, you may create one unique note for each resource. That note will remain attached to the resource even if the resource is housed in multiple folders. Later this year, you will be able to change notes on a folder-by-folder basis.

How do my students use PBS LearningMedia?

Teachers may set up accounts for their students. Students have full navigation privileges and may search, save, and share resources.  For the email field, use a student’s school-issued email, or create a placeholder email address, eg, school_lastname@pbslm.org.  Instructions for setting up student accounts are here, www.pbslearningmedia.org/help/account-registration-and-management/

Please note:  Students must have an account in order to complete the online lessons as part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy initiative, www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/midlit.

Is PBS LearningMedia navigation very different from Teachers’ Domain? Where do I get help?

Navigation is intuitive and designed specifically for you to find exactly what you need quickly and efficiently.

      • - Detailed user guides are available through the Help links located in the left hand navigation menu on this page.
      • - Send any questions you may have to learningmediacontact@pbs.org.