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        PBS LearningMedia resources and supplemental materials such as lesson plans, discussion questions, and background essays can consist of five different media asset types:

        1. 1. Audio
        2. 2. Documents
        3. 3. Images
        4. 4. Interactives
        5. 5. Videos

        This section illustrates how these media types, as well as Collections, are viewed on PBS LearningMedia.

        How to view a media resource

          • - Click the media resource title or thumbnail image from your search results (Figure 1.1).
          • - The icon located in the lower left side of each resource indicates the type of resource it is (Figure 1.2).

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        • - Click the large arrow to play an audio, video, or interactive, or, to enlarge a document or image resource (Figure 2).

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        • - Click the double arrow icon to the right of the volume control below the media image to enlarge media to full screen (Figure 3).

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        How to view an image

        • - In the search results, click anywhere on the resource (Figure 1).

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        • - Click Expand located in the lower left side of the page (Figure 2).

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        • - The image appears in a larger popup window (Figure 3). Click the "x" in the upper right corner of the popup to close and return to the main PBS LearningMedia site.

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        How to view collections

        Collections are comprised of individual resources and groups of related resources designed for use with one another. 

        • - An overview of the collection appears at the top of the page (Figure 1.1).  The overview provides a summary of the content that is included in the collection.
        • - The resources appear beneath the overview.  Click the resource title or thumbnail image to view an individual resource within the group (Figure 1.2).

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        • - The individual resource from the collection appears on the page (Figure 2.1). 
        • - Related resources appear beneath the resource (Figure 2.2). 
        • - Click the back button on your browser to return to the main collection page.

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        How to view closed captioning

        Many PBS LearningMedia resources are available with closed captioning. Closed captioning is the audio portion of a program displayed as text on the screen. If a closed captioning file is available a CC icon appears in toolbar located at the bottom of the video. You are in control of turning the functionality on and off. This section shows you how.

        • - When viewing a resource that has an available closed captioning file, click the CC icon to turn the functionality on and off.  This can be done at any time while the video is playing or paused (Figure 1). The default state for closed captions is OFF.

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        When closed captioning is enabled, you can customize how the captions appear on your screen.

        • - In the top left corner of a video containing closed captions, click the Closed Captions Settings icon (Figure 2).

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        • - A box opens with multiple formatting options (Figure 3) including:
          • - Text size (1), color (2), opacity (3), and font family (4)
          • - Edge style (5)
          • - Background opacity (6)
          • - Window opacity (7)
        • - Drag the sliders or click the dropdown menus to adjust the appearance. A real time preview at the top of the popup box displays each adjustment (8).
        • - When finished formatting, click Save Settings to save the changes (9). * Each time Save Settings is clicked, the video starts back at the beginning.
        • - You can format the captions as many different times and ways as you like. They will remain changed until you clear the cookies on your computer or click Reset (10).
        • - If you have changed your mind and do not want to change the settings, simply click the X in the upper right side of the popup box (11).

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        • - After saving the changes, the popup box closes and the video appears. Click the play button to view the closed captions.

        How to download media

        Please note that Interactives cannot be downloaded.

        Many PBS LearningMedia resources are available to download.  You can open and view the files immediately or save the files to your computer and open later.  This section demonstrates how.

        * This option is available only when you are logged on to

        • - After searching for a resource that has been assigned download permissions, click Download (Figure 1.1).
        • - Click the checkbox to the left of I accept the terms and conditions outlined in this license (Figure 1.2).
        • - As soon as you've clicked the checkbox, your download options appear (Figure 1.3). Keep in mind that the download options appear in different places according to the browser you are using.
        • - Click outlined in this license if you wish to review the license text (Figure 1.4).

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        • - If using Chrome, the download link appears at the bottom of the page (Figure 2). Click the downward-facing arrow to view options to open.

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        How to find downloadable media

        Please note that Interactives cannot be downloaded.
        • - After conducting a search in PBS LearningMedia, scroll down to the Permitted Use section in the left side navigation menu and click the plus sign to expand the menu. Click a link that includes the term Download to find all downloadable files related to your search (Figure 1).

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        How to share media

        • - After opening a resource, click any of the social sharing icons located on the top right side of the resource (Figure 1). You can share a resource via:
          • - Web link
          • - Email
          • - Facebook
          • - Twitter
          • - Pinterest
          • - Google Classroom
        • - A new window opens with the social media site you have chosen.  When you are finished, close the window to return to PBS LearningMedia.

        * You must have an active account with each social media site you want to use.

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        How to view Spanish language video

        PBS LearningMedia offers hundreds of resources that have been translated to Spanish.  Hearing a resource that has been translated to Spanish involves simply clicking a link beneath the video.

        • - In the bottom right corner of the screen, click Spanish (Figure 1). To switch back to English, click English.

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        How to comment on a resource

        To further promote collaboration in PBS LearningMedia, we have introduced the ability to leave comments on each resource available on the site through a tool called Disqus. If you have a Disqus account and are already signed in, your username automatically shows up on the right side of the comments section and you can begin reading and leaving comments. If you do not have a Disqus account, you can see comments but you cannot leave a comment. If you are not logged in to you do not have the option to comment and the commenting tool is hidden from view.

        This section demonstrates how to leave comments on PBS LearningMedia resources.

        * You must be logged in to to comment on resources.

        • - At the bottom of each resource, click Add a comment (Figure 1). If you are not logged in to you will not see this button.

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        • - In the textbox provided, type your comment (Figure 2.1).
        • - Click the image icon to add an image from your computer (Figure 2.2).

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        • - Choose an image from your computer (Figure 3.1) and add it (Figure 3.2).

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        • - The image shows up beneath your comment. Hover over the image and click the X to remove it (Figure 4.1).
        • - You cannot post your comment until you are signed in to Disqus. You can sign in using a social media account such as Facebook, Twitter, or Google (Figure 4.2). Click the icon that represents the social media site you want to use.
        • - Alternatively, you can create a Disqus account right on the page by providing your name and email address and creating a password (Figure 4.3).

        * In this example we are signing into Disqus with our Google account.

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        • - Disqus requests access to your information. To continue, click Accept (Figure 5).

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        • - You are now signed in and can view and comment on any resource in PBS LearningMedia. To the left of your login name you might see a number. Click the number to view any special notes from Disqus such as product updates or alerts (Figure 6.1).
        • - The number of comments on the resource appears in the top left (Figure 6.2).
        • - Click the Post button to post your comment (Figure 6.3).

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        • - Your comment is posted on the resource page and a note informing you that your comment must first be approved by PBS appears (Figure 7.1).
        • - Click the up and down arrows to vote on a comment (Figure 7.2). Learn more about voting
        • - Click Edit to edit your comment (Figure 7.3).
        • - Click Reply to reply to your own comment or someone else's comment (Figure 7.4).
        • - Click Share to share a comment on social media (Figure 7.5).
        • - Delete your comment by clicking the downward facing arrow to the right of the comment and click Delete (Figure 7.6).

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        If users have already commented on a resource, the number of comments appears at the bottom of the resource in the comments tab (Figure 8).

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        How to rate a resource

        Let users know what you think of a resource by providing a rating.  Rating a resource is one way you can let other PBS LearningMedia users know which resources you believe have a high value and are most useful.  You can assign a rating between one and five stars.  Five stars is the highest rating.

        * You must be logged in to to rate resources.

        • - At the top of every resource, click one of the series of hollow yellow stars (Figure 1).

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        • - If you are not logged in to, you will be prompted to log in to continue (Figure 2). Click the green Log In button or, if you do not have a PBS LearningMedia account, you can click Register Now and create one.

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        • - After a resource has been rated, the number of users who have rated it appears along with the average rating, which is denoted by solid yellow stars (Figure 3). You can change your rating at any time.

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