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             - How to create a lesson
             - How to assign a lesson
             - How to delete a lesson
        Quick Assign
        Quiz Maker
             - How to create a quiz
             - How to delete a quiz
             - How to rearrange quiz questions
             - How to delete quiz questions
        Puzzle Builder
             - How to create a crossword puzzle
             - How to create a word search puzzle
             - How to print a puzzle
             - How to share a puzzle
             - How to delete a puzzle
        Storyboards
             - How to print a Storyboard
             - How to delete a Storyboard
        Publishing and sharing your work
        Student Results

        Welcome to the Teacher Tools help page.  Refer to this page if you have questions about using PBS LearningMedia to create assignments for your students and arrange digital objects to design storyboards and demonstrate a lesson. This page demonstrates how to:

        • - create a lesson and quiz
        • - create a storyboard
        • - assign a lesson and storyboard
        • - create puzzles

        How do I access the Tools section?

        • - If you are logged in to the site, hover your mouse over Dashboard and click Tools
        • - When you are on the homepage, the dashboard can be found in the upper right side of the page.  It can be found in the upper left side of any other page on the website. 


        Can I access the student site from the teacher tools site?  I would like to see what my students see.

        Yes.  Hover your mouse over Dashboard and click Student View.  This will take you to the student site and you can view what the student sees.  The Student View link is also available in the footer.


        How do I assign a lesson?

        • - To assign a lesson to your students, go to your main Lessons page, and click the plus sign located to the right of the title of the lesson you want to assign (Figure 1).

        • - You can assign the lesson in one of two ways:
          1. - Copy and paste the entire assignment link and email the link to your students (Figure 1.1).
          2. - Write the assignment code on the classroom board and have the students use it to access the assignment from the PBS LearningMedia student site (Figure 1.2).


        How do I delete a lesson?

        • - From your main Lessons page, click the three dots located to the right of the title of the lesson you want to delete (Figure 1.1).
        • - Click Delete (Figure 1.2).

        • - Click Yes, Delete (Figure 2).

        • - The lesson is deleted and cannot be recovered.

        As a teacher, I'd like to delete all student data collected for one of my assignments, or for a specific student. How can I do that?

        • - Please click the red feedback button located on the left side of each Tools page and submit your PBS username and email address.
          • - To delete an assignment or assignments for a specific student, please provide the student’s username and Assignment Code.

        Can parents request that their child's data be deleted from the PBS LearningMedia system?

        Yes. Students and parents can send an email to LearningMediaContact@pbs.org and provide the teacher’s name, email address, school, and the reason you want the content removed. We'll respond to your request within 48 hours.


        How do I return to the Teacher view after viewing the Student site?

        Navigate to www.pbslearningmedia.org.


        What can I do if a student is having problems with the website?

        If you cannot fix the problem, click Contact Us in the footer section at the bottom of the website and describe the problem.


        My school/district has subscribed to the PBS LearningMedia Custom Service. How can my students access the premium content available with the service?

        If your school or district is a subscribed to the PBS LearningMedia custom service, your students will need to do the following two things to access premium content:

        1. - Be logged in with their student account and
        2. - START an assignment from a teacher who has a premium account

        Once a student does this, he or she can search/browse for premium content on their own AS LONG AS the student is signed in. Similarly, educators must be signed in to see premium content.


        As a teacher with a PBS LearningMedia Custom Service, how can I assign a lesson using premium content?

        Teachers can create assignments in one of two ways:

        1. - After you find a resource you like on the site, click Quick Assign on the left side of a resource page.
        2. - Go to the Tools page to create a lesson.

        Can I access my Favorites from the Tools screen?

        Yes.  Click FAVORITES located in left side navigation menu.


        Can I make changes to my profile information from the Tools screen?

        Yes. Click PROFILE located in the left side navigation menu to access your profile and make changes.


        Dashboard

        What is the dashboard?

        • - The dashboard displays your six most recently modified items (Figure 1.1).
        • - Click the eyeball icon to preview your items (Figure 1.2).
        • - Click the three horizontal dots to surface options to add your item to a folder, view lesson test results, and share the item with someone (Figure 1.3).
        • - Click the green boxes on the right side of the page to create a new lesson, storyboard, quiz, or puzzle (Figure 1.4).

        Figure 1


        What's the difference between my dashboard and the main Tools page?

        The dashboard provides a recent history of modified items and allows a one-step tool creation feature while the main Tools page is a place you can go to access tools and view a brief description of each tool.


        Content

        Can I add my own content?

        Yes! Learn more about this is in the How to Create a Media Slide section


        Can I add hyperlinks?

        Yes, you can add external hyperlinks to your Lesson Builder, Quiz Maker, and Storyboards by clicking the link icon in the text editor. Learn more


        Can content be viewed on tablets and other mobile devices?

        Yes. Content can be viewed on iPads and any touch-screen devices.


        Is closed captioning available on the videos I want to include in my lesson?

        Most videos on PBS LearningMedia have closed captioning, however, some contributors do not include closed captioning for their videos.

        • - Captions are only visible when an assignment or storyboard is being viewed through the assignment link.
        • - Captions are not visible when you are editing or previewing a lesson or storyboard.

        Folders

        What are folders?

        In PBS LearningMedia, folders allow you to organize all of your PBS LearningMedia content. You can add lessons, quizzes, storyboards, and puzzles to your folders as well as all of your favorite resources. Once content is added to a folder, your folders can be edited, shared with others, sorted alphabetically, and shared with others. Learn more about folders


        Lesson Builder

        What is the Lesson Builder?

        The Lesson Builder allows educators to create a personalized, interactive activity for students that can be used for an in-class activity or a homework assignment.

        View a tutorial


        What can I do with the Lesson Builder?

        • - Create lessons by combining videos, images, short quizzes, and puzzles.
        • - Share lessons with students using a URL that can be posted to a class webpage or an Assignment Code that can be written on the class board.
        • - View a summary of results for the entire class in real-time or view individual student responses to determine if the entire class or just a subset of students is having trouble with a quiz question.
        • - Share question responses in real-time for in-class discussions.

        What types of elements can I add to my Lesson?

        A lesson can be comprised of:

        • - Title
        • - Instructional text
        • - Videos
        • - Quizzes (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, true or false)
        • - Puzzles (crossword and word search)

        * Keep in mind that currently self-paced lessons, collections and media galleries are not allowed for use in Teacher Tools.


        How do I create a Lesson?

        Learn how to save time and quick assign other lessons!

            • - Click Lessons in the left side navigation menu (Figure 1.1), Lesson Builder in the middle of the Tools page (Figure 1.2), or for a shortcut to creating a lesson, click Lesson in the green box on your main Dashboard (Figure 1.3). 

        Figure 1

            • - Click Create a Lesson (Figure 2). 

        Figure 2

            • - In the Title textbox, type a title for your lesson (Figure 3.1). 
            • - In the Instructions Slide textbox, type a short paragraph that gives students guidance on how to complete the lesson (Figure 3.2). 
            • - Click the Add a Slide dropdown menu click Media Slide, Questions Slide, or Text Slide (Figure 3.3). 

        Figure 3


        How to create a Media Slide

            • - After clicking Media Slide from the dropdown menu, click Add Slide Title and Text to add a title and description that is unique to this slide (Figure 1). This is optional but it gives context to the material on the slide.

        Figure 1

            • - In the Slide Title textbox type a title that is specific to subject of this particular slide (Figure 2.1).
            • - In the Add Text textbox type instructions that guide the students on what to do with this slide (Figure 2.2). Be sure the instructions are clear and easy to understand so your students will know how you expect them to complete the lesson.
            • - When finished, click Save (Figure 2.3).

        Figure 2

            • - Click Click to add media to add a piece of media (Figure 3.1). 
            • - Click Edit Slide Title and Text if you need to make changes to the slide title and text (Figure 3.2). 

        Figure 3

        • - Click PBS LearningMedia to browse the resource library (Figure 4.1), My Device to upload a piece of media from your computer (Figure 4.2), or Drag File From Your Desktop & Drop Here to select a piece of media from your desktop (Figure 4.3).
        • - Keep in mind file size limitations and permission restrictions (Figure 4.4).

        Figure 4

        • - If using PBS LearningMedia content, type search criteria in the search textbox and click GO (Figure 4.1).
        • - You can search the entire site or your Favorites for a resource. Click the tabs at the top of the page to select which area of the site you want to search (Figure 4.2). 
        • - If there are more than three search results, click the orange arrows to scroll through the results (Figure 4.3). 
        • - When you've found the resource you want to use, click the resource to add it to your lesson (Figure 4.4). 

        Figure 5

            • The resource appears in a preview window. To add it to your slide, click Add to Slide (Figure 5.1). 
            • - If you decide to use another resource, simply click the X in the upper right side of the preview window to close the window and select another resource (Figure 5.2).

        Figure 6

            • - When you've selected a resource, the resource appears in your lesson (Figure 6.1). 
            • - To add a quiz to your lesson, click the Add a Slide dropdown menu and click Questions Slide (Figure 6.2).

        Figure 7

        How to create a Questions slide

            • - After clicking Questions Slide from the dropdown menu, click Add Slide Title and Text to add a title and description that is unique to this slide (Figure 1.1). This is optional but it gives context to your quiz.
            • - Click the Add a Question dropdown menu and click the type of question you want to add (Figure 1.2). You can choose Fill in the Blank, Multiple Choice, Short Answer, or True or False.

        Figure 1

            • - After adding your question, you can click the Add a Question dropdown menu (Figure 2.1).
            • - After you've added more than one question, you can rearrange your quiz questions by clicking Manage (Figure 2.2).

        Tip: When typing a fill in the blank question, type an underline where the student should fill in the answer (eg: The bear is ______.). The student will see the line on the quiz and will know where to type their answer.

        Figure 2


        How to rearrange questions on a slide

            • - After you've added more than one quiz question and clicked Manage, click the patterned left edge of the question you want to move and drag it to its new spot (Figure 1).
            • - The question is automatically renumbered when it has been placed in its new spot.

        Figure 1

            • - Click the checkbox stating that you understand that any items you may have deleted will be deleted permanently (Figure 2.1). Learn how to delete quiz questions
            • - Click Save Changes (Figure 2.2).

        * The Save Changes button remains greyed out until you click the checkbox indicating you understand your items will be permanently deleted from your quiz.

        Figure 2


        How to delete a Questions Slide

            • - After clicking Manage, click the checkbox next to each question you want to delete (Figure 1.1). 
            • - Click checkbox next to Delete All to delete all questions in your quiz (Figure 1.2). 
            • - Click the checkbox stating that you understand that the items will be deleted permanently (Figure 1.3).
            • - Click Save Changes (Figure 1.4).

        * The Save Changes button remains greyed out until you click the checkbox indicating you understand your items will be permanently deleted from your quiz.

        Figure 1


        How to add hyperlinks

            • - Highlight the text that you want to hyperlink (Figure 1.1).
            • - Click the link icon in the top navigation menu (Figure 1.2).

        Figure 1

            • - Type the full URL of the page to which you want the text to click [Example: http://www.google.com/maps] (Figure 2.1).
            • - The Text to display textbox shows the text that will be linked (Figure 2.2). It defaults to the text that you highlighted but you can change it if you want.
            • - When you're finished, click Ok (Figure 2.3).

        Figure 2

            • - The link appears highlighted in your textbox (Figure 3.1).
            • - Highlight the text and click the broken link icon if you want to remove the link (Figure 3.2).

        Figure 3


        Are my lessons stored somewhere that I can easily access them?

            • - Click Lesson Builder on the left side of any page to access your lessons (Figure 1.1). 
            • - You can also click Lesson Builder on the main Tools page (Figure 1.2).

            • - Your lessons are listed on the page under My Lessons (Figure 2). Click the plus sign or the title to open each lesson.

        • - Click Add to folder to add your lesson to a custom folder (Figure 3.1). 
        • - Click View Results to see how many students have completed the lesson (Figure 3.2).  Results are empty until students have submitted the lesson.
        • - Click the link or envelope icon to send a public link to the lesson by email or view the lesson in a browser as it would appear to your students(Figure 3.3).
        • - Click the pencil icon to edit your lesson (Figure 3.4).  You cannot modify the lesson after a student has opened it and begun working on it.
        • - Click the eye icon to preview your lesson (Figure 3.5).  We recommend previewing your lesson before sending it to students so you can be sure it looks correct.
        • - Click Email link to send the lesson to your students via email or, alternatively, write the Assignment Code on the classroom board so your students can type it into the student tool and begin the lesson (Figure 3.6).


        Can I make changes to a lesson after I have already assigned it to my class? If so, how do the students receive the update?

        You must resend your student the assignment link or write the Assignment Code on the classroom board.  There is no automatic notification system when a lesson has been updated.

            • - Click Edit to make changes to your lesson (1).
            • - Click Preview (2) to review your lesson before sending it to your students.

        * Your lesson cannot be edited once a student has begun working on it.  Storyboards can be edited at any time.


        Which PBS LearningMedia roles can create assignments?

        All PBS LearningMedia roles except Learner and Other can create assignments.


        As an educator, can I use all available PBS LearningMedia resources in my student assignments?

        Teachers who are in a school district that is part of the custom service can use all available PBS LearningMedia content. Teachers who are not part of a custom service can use free content only. Students can always access content that teachers can access.


        How do two students with the same first name sign in to complete an assignment?

        We recommend that you tell students who share the same first name to sign in with their first name and last initial.


        Quick Assign

        What is Quick Assign?

        Quick Assign is a fast, easy way to assign your students lessons created by other educators. In addition to creating lessons yourself, you can also search on a topic and assign your students any lessons that have been shared by other teachers.

        What can I Quick Assign?

        You can quick assign PBS LearningMedia resources and puzzles and lessons that have been shared by others. All resources that have been designated as Stream Only cannot be assigned.

        Can I edit something before I Quick Assign it?

        Only resources can be edited. Lessons and puzzles must be assigned as they appear; they cannot be modified.

        How do I Quick Assign a lesson?

        • - Conduct a keyword search on a topic for which you'd like to find lessons (Figure 1.1).
        • - Click the checkbox next to Include Teacher-Built Resources to surface lessons that are related to your search criteria (Figure 1.2).
        • - Available lessons are designated by a blue Teacher-Built banner located in the upper left corner. Click the lesson to open it (Figure 1.3).

        Figure 1

        • - Click the Quick Assign icon on the left navigation bar (Figure 3.1).
        • - Click Get Code on the left navigation bar (Figure 3.1).

        Figure 2

        • - To assign the lesson to your students you can send them the Assignment URL (Figure 3.1) or they can go to www.pbsstudents.org and enter the Assignment Code in the textbox provided (Figure 3.2).

        Figure 3

        • - The students can complete the lesson as they normally would.

        Quiz Maker

        What is the Quiz Maker?

        The Quiz Maker is way to test your students on a lesson or classroom activity. Design a quiz based upon a video or piece of content and use it to gauge how much the students know about a particular subject.

        What types of questions can I add to the Quiz Maker?

            • - You can add four types of questions:
                   1. multiple choice
                   2. fill in the blank
                   3. short answer
                   4. true or false

        How to create a quiz

            • - From the Tools page, click Quiz Maker.

        Figure 1

            • - In the Title textbox, type a title for your quiz (Figure 2.1). The title should contain language that is relevant to the subject of the quiz.
            • - In the Introductory Slide textbox, type a description of the purpose of the quiz, what kinds of things are included in the quiz and any links to sources you may want to include (Figure 2.2). You can link to videos that refresh the student's memory or other supporting material to help with the quiz.

        Figure 2

            • - Click Add Slide Title and Text to add some information about the quiz (Figure 3). This gives the student an idea of what the quiz is about and will provide some context on how it relates to what has been taught. This is an optional field but the more information you provide in your quiz, the easier it will be for students to know exactly what to do.

        Figure 3

            • - In the Slide Title textbox, type a title for the quiz (Figure 4.1). This text should give the student a feel for the subject matter of the quiz.
            • - Type a short description in the Add Text textbox to provide an introduction to your quiz and offer more context (Figure 4.2). The short description should give an idea of the content of the quiz and guide the student on the sort of information you want from them.
            • - Click Save (Figure 4.3).

        Figure 4

            • - The slide title and text appear at the top of the question (Figure 5.1).
            • - Click the Add a Question dropdown menu and click Fill in the Blank to add a fill in the blank question (Figure 5.2).

        Figure 5

            • - In the textbox provided, type your question (Figure 6.1). Be sure to type an underline where the answer should go so the student knows which part of the question they need to answer.
            • - In the second textbox, type the answer to the question (Figure 6.2). If there is more than one acceptable answer, separate the answers with commas.
            • - Click the Add a Question dropdown menu and click Multiple Choice to add a multiple choice question (Figure 6.3).

        Figure 6

            • - Type your question in the Question textbox (Figure 7.1)
            • - Type a series of answers in each Answers textbox and click the checkbox next to the correct answer(s) (Figure 7.2). The checked boxes represent the correct answers only. If a student selects the answer that does not correlate with a checked box, the answer will be wrong. You can add as many or as few answers as you like. There are no restrictions.
            • - Click the Add a Question dropdown menu and click Short Answer to add a short answer question to your quiz (Figure 7.3)

        Figure 7

        • - In the Question textbox, type the question for your short answer selection (Figure 8.1). Be sure to make it very clear what you want from your students. Your question should be detailed so the student understands what is expected when he or she types their answer.
        • - Click the Add a Question dropdown menu and click True or False to add a true or false question (Figure 8.2).

        Figure 8

        • - In the Question textbox, type the statement you want the students see. If the statement you wrote is a true statement, click True and if it is a false statement, click False (Figure 9.1). What you designate here will determine correct and incorrect answers when your students check true or false.
        • - When you are finished adding all of the questions you want in your quiz, click the checkbox indicating that you understand the privacy policy (Figure 8.2). Your quiz will not save without this step.
        • - Click Save Assignment (Figure 8.3). This button is disabled until you have checked the privacy policy checkbox.

        Figure 9


        How do I delete a quiz?

        • - From your main Quiz Maker page, click the three dots located to the right of the title of the quiz you want to delete (Figure 1.1).
        • - Click Delete (Figure 1.2).

        • - Click Yes, Delete (Figure 2).

        • - The quiz is deleted and cannot be recovered.

        How to rearrange quiz questions

        You can rearrange the order in which your questions appear on your quiz.

            • - Click Manage in the top right side of the screen (Figure 1).

        Figure 1

            • - Click the left patterned edge of the question you want to reorder and drag it to its new spot (Figure 2).

        Figure 2

            • - The questions are automatically renumbered according to their new order (Figure 3.1).
            • - To save your changes you must click the checkbox acknowledging that you understand the rules (Figure 3.2).
            • - Click Save Changes to save the new order of your quiz items (Figure 3.3).

        Figure 3


        How to delete quiz questions on a slide

        You can delete any quiz question, however, be aware that once a question is deleted, it is gone forever. You must recreate the question if you want to include it in your quiz.

            • - Click Manage in the top right side of the screen (Figure 1).

        Figure 1

            • - Click the checkbox on the right hand side of the question you want to delete (Figure 1.1). As soon as the checkbox is clicked, the question turns grey and is disabled.
            • - If you want to delete all quiz questions, click the Delete All checkbox at the top of the page (Figure 1.2).
            • - When you have checked all items you want to delete, click the checkbox indicating that you understand all checked will be deleted (Figure 1.3). The Save button is not functional until this checkbox is clicked.
            • - Click Save Changes (Figure 1.4). This operation cannot be undone so be careful you have checked only those items you want to delete!

        Figure 2

            • - The deleted questions have been removed from the quiz. You can click Manage again to go into the quiz questions and rearrange or delete them or create more questions.

        Puzzle Builder

        What is the Puzzle Builder?

        The Puzzle Builder provides a way to incorporate a little fun in your lessons by letting students learn about a topic by solving word puzzles. PBS LearningMedia offers crossword puzzles and word search puzzles for use in your classroom.


        How to create a crossword puzzle

        • - From your main Tools dashboard, click Puzzle Builder from the left side navigation menu (Figure 1.1) or from the center of the page (Figure 1.2).

        Figure 1

        • - Click Create a Puzzle (Figure 2).

        Figure 2

        • - In the Puzzle Title textbox, type the title of your puzzle (Figure 3.1).
        • - Click Add Instructions to add instructional text to guide your students (Figure 3.2).

        Figure 3

        • - Type instructional text about your puzzle in the textbox provided (Figure 4.1).
        • - Click the Add puzzle dropdown menu and click Crossword (Figure 4.2).

        Figure 4

        • - In the textbox provided, type the content of your puzzle (Figure 5.1). You must type the answer first, followed by a forward slash, then the clue. The answer should be only one word while the clue can be as many words as you like (example: Montpelier/What is the capital of Vermont?). Help text is available above the textbox.
        • - When finished, click the checkbox to confirm that you agree to PBS LearningMedia privacy policies (Figure 5.2).
        • - Click Save Assignment (Figure 5.3).

        Figure 5

        • - You are redirected to the main Puzzles page. Click the eye icon to preview your puzzle (Figure 6).

        Figure 6

        • - Click Return to My Puzzles to return to the main puzzles page, Print Assignment to print your puzzle and give to your students as a handout, or View Answer Key to display the answers to the puzzle (Figure 7.1). These options are visible to teachers only.
        • - Your puzzle appears as your students will see it (Figure 7.2).
        • - Click the expand button to view your puzzle in full screen (Figure 7.3).

        Figure 7


        How to create a word search puzzle

        • - From your main Tools dashboard, click Puzzle Builder from the left side navigation menu (Figure 1.1) or from the center of the page (Figure 1.2).

        Figure 1

        • - Click Create a Puzzle (Figure 2).

        Figure 2

        • - In the Puzzle Title textbox, type the title of your puzzle (Figure 3.1).
        • - Click Add Instructions to add instructional text to guide your students (Figure 3.2).

        Figure 3

        • - Type instructional text about your puzzle in the textbox provided (Figure 4.1).
        • - Click the Add puzzle dropdown menu and click Word search (Figure 4.2).

        Figure 4

        • - In the Create a word list textbox, type all of the words you want to include in your puzzle. You can use a space or a comma to separate terms. When you've added all words, click Add (Figure 5).

        ** It is very important that you click Add before you save the entire puzzle.

        Figure 5

        • - The words you've added appear beneath the textbox. Any word can be removed by clicking the "x" located to the right of each word (Figure 6.1).
        • - When finished, click the checkbox to confirm that you agree to PBS LearningMedia privacy policies (Figure 6.2).
        • - Click Save Assignment (Figure 6.3).

        Figure 6

        • - You are redirected to the main Puzzles page. Click the eye icon to preview your puzzle (Figure 7).

        Figure 7

        • - Click Return to My Puzzles to return to the main puzzles page, Print Assignment to print your puzzle and give to your students as a handout, or View Answer Key to display the answers to the puzzle (Figure 8.1). These options are visible to teachers only.
        • - Your puzzle appears as your students will see it (Figure 8.2).
        • - Click the expand button to view your puzzle in full screen (Figure 8.3).

        Figure 8


        How to print your puzzle

        • - From your main Puzzle dashboard, click the eyeball "preview" icon next to the puzzle you want to print (Figure 1).

        Figure 1

        • - At the top of the page, click Print Assignment (Figure 2).

        Figure 2


        How to share your puzzle

        You can share your puzzle with the entire PBS LearningMedia community and allow other teachers to use your puzzle in their classroom by following the steps below.

        • - From your main Puzzle dashboard, click the pencil icon next to the puzzle you want to share (Figure 1).

        Figure 1

        • - Click Public to make your puzzle searchable by everyone (Figure 2.1).
        • - Add a Description and select Subjects and Grades that are relevant to your puzzle (Figure 2.2).
        • - Click the checkbox stating that you have read the Privacy Policy (Figure 2.3).
        • - Click Save Assignment (Figure 2.4).

        Figure 2

        • - When someone conducts a keyword search on words from your puzzle title (Figure 3.1) and clicks the Include Teacher-Built Resources checkbox (Figure 3.2), the puzzle shows up in the results (Figure 3.3) and can be used by anyone. The blue Teacher-Built banner in the upper left corner of the resource denotes that it is a Teacher Tools object.

        Figure 3


        How do I delete a puzzle?

        • - From your main Puzzle Builder page, click the three dots located to the right of the title of the puzzle you want to delete (Figure 1.1).
        • - Click Delete (Figure 1.2).

        • - Click Yes, Delete (Figure 2).

        • - The puzzle is deleted and cannot be recovered.

        Storyboards

        What is a Storyboard?

        The PBSLM storyboard allows educators to demonstrate complex concepts to students, allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of a complex subject, and engages students in learning in a way that paper and static images cannot. Learn how to create a Storyboard on the Student Help page!


        What can I do with the storyboard?

        • - Educators and students over the age of 13 can create a web page in minutes using up to 20 elements including images, videos, and audio files as well as text, clipart, and backgrounds.
        • - A public URL is available to educators who want to share their storyboard with students.
        • - Educators can create a storyboard Project that allows students to create and submit their own storyboard to demonstrate what they have learned.

        How many items can I include on my storyboard?

        • - You can include up to 20 items on your storyboard. Available items include images, videos, audio files, text, clipart, and backgrounds.

        How to print your storyboard

            • - From edit mode, click Preview (Figure 1).

        Figure 1

            • - Click Print (Figure 2.1).
            • - To continue editing or share your storyboard, click Return to Edit Mode (Figure 2.2).

        Figure 2


        How do I delete a Storyboard?

        You can delete Storyboards from both My Storyboards and Storyboard Assignments.

        • - From your main Storyboard page, click the three dots located to the right of the title of the Storyboard you want to delete (Figure 1.1).
        • - Click Delete (Figure 1.2).

        • - Click Yes, Delete (Figure 2).

        • - The Storyboard is deleted and cannot be recovered.

        Can I combine Lesson Builders and Storyboards all on one lesson?

        No.  Each is a completely separate function in PBS LearningMedia.


        How do I let students know how much time they have to complete an assignment?

        You can verbally convey a time limit to students. PBS LearningMedia does not programmatically specify time limits on assignments. 

        Assignments are designed to be self-paced allowing the student to retake any part as many times as needed.


        How do I assign my class a Lesson or Storyboard Project?

        You can assign a storyboard to your students by emailing them the Assignment URL or giving them the Assignment Code.


        How can I find the Assignment URL or Code to give to my students?

        Find the Assignment URL or Code by doing the following:

            • - From the Tools page, click Storyboard.
            • - Click the Storyboard Assignments tab (Figure 1.1).
            • - Click the Storyboard for which you want to obtain the Assignment information (Figure 1.2).
            • - Email the Assignment URL (Figure 1.3).
            • - Write the Assignment Code on the board (Figure 1.4).


        How do my students complete an assigned Storyboard?

        • - Similar to assignments, students can complete a student storyboard with or without an account.
        • - If a student is not signed in and clicks Turn In Assignment the student can still make changes to the assignment and resubmit it.
        • - Each time a student submits the same assignment, only one copy of the submitted assignment is generated on the teacher's View Results page; a separate link for each iteration is not generated.

        Publishing and sharing your work

        PBS LearningMedia encourages all contributors to share lessons and storyboards to help build the teaching community and see what other people are doing with the tools. This section shows you how to publish your content and then allow other users to find it when conducting a search in PBS LearningMedia.

        • - From your main storyboard or lesson page, click the edit button next to the item you want to share (Figure 1).

        • - In the Sharing Preferences section, click Public to make your content visible to any user searching PBS LearningMedia (Figure 2). The Public button will be highlighted in orange indicating it is active and your content can be found in search results.
        • - In the Description textbox, type a short description of your lesson or storyboard. This is what a user will see in the search results and should be written to give people an idea of the content of your lesson or storyboard.
        • - Select the Subjects and Grades that apply to the lesson or storyboard. You must select at least one.
        • - When you’re finished, Save the page.

        • - The lessons and storyboards that you make public are searchable and can be found by performing a keyword search using the search bar on each page of the PBS LearningMedia site. You must click the Include Teacher-Built Resources checkbox at the top of the search results in order to display all shared lessons and storyboards.
        • - Each lesson and storyboard that is shared from Teacher Tools is designated by a blue “TEACHER-BUILT” banner located at the top of the thumbnail image.

        • - The name and organization of the person who created the content is displayed in the upper right corner (Figure 4). If there is nothing displayed, the content was created by PBS LearningMedia.

        • - To view ONLY Teacher-Built resources, click the Teacher-Built checkbox in the left side navigation menu under the Resource Type section (Figure 5).


        Student results

        How do I know if my students have completed an assignment?

        For both lessons and storyboards you can click on the assignment you want to review and click View Results.  This shows who has completed the activity and provides a summary with more detailed information about each student’s performance.


        How can I assign a lesson to a large group of students?

        To assign a lesson to a group of students, simply send the lesson URL to the group. The lesson URL can be found by going to your main Lessons page and clicking the plus sign next to the lesson you want to use. The URL is displayed under Assignment URL and can be copied and sent to your students (Figure 1).


        If students do not need an account to complete an assignment, how will I see what they submitted for the assignment?

        When a student starts an assignment he or she will be prompted to enter their name. The name the student entered and the student's responses are displayed on the teacher's "View Results" page for the assignment. To see the results page for the assignment, go to your Assignments page and click View Results for one of your assignments. If you don't have an assignment yet, go to the Tools page and create one!


        Are there guidelines students must follow when answering lesson questions?

        Answers are not case sensitive, however, word separation is important.  For instance, if an answer to a question is earthworm, the student may write earth and worm as two separate words.  You must carefully check answers to be sure the submissions are acceptable.


        Can I view individual student results?

        • - Yes. From your lessons page, click View Results (Figure 1.1). You can also click the three dots to the right of the name of the lesson you are checking (Figure 1.2) and click View Results from the dropdown menu.

        Figure 1

        • - The number of students who have completed the lesson appears. Click the number of students link (Figure 2).

        Figure 2

        • - The name and email address of each student appears (Figure 3).

        Figure 3

        Can I export student results?

        • - Yes. From your lessons page, click View Results (Figure 1).

        Figure 1

        • - Click the Export Results dropdown menu and click Export to Excel, Export to Google Spreadsheets, or Export to CSV (Figure 2).

        Figure 2

        • - The results appear in an Excel spreadsheet and include (Figure 3):
          • - Title of the lesson (1).
          • - Date that the export was initiated (2).
          • - Assignment Code (3).
          • - Names of the students who completed the lesson and submitted answers (4).
          • - Each question with color coded "right" or "wrong" answer (5).
          • - Number of correct answers by each student (6).
          • - The date the student submitted their work (7).

        Figure 3



        Can I grade my students in the PBS LearningMedia site?

        No. Grading is separate from PBS LearningMedia and must be done outside of the tool.  You can, however, base your grading on the results produced in PBS LearningMedia.


        As a parent, I’d like to request that my child’s assignment data be deleted from the PBS LearningMedia system. How do I make that request?

        Parents can send an email to LearningMediaContact@pbs.org and provide their child’s teacher’s name, email address, school, and the reason they want the content removed. The request will go to PBS who in turn will let the teacher know. The teacher then has 48 hours to respond and let PBS know if they want to contact the parent to find out the reasons behind the request. If PBS does not receive a response within 48 hours the data will be deleted.

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