NET Offers Online Resources for Kids, Families and Educators

News Release Date: 
March 18, 2020

For Immediate Release

NET Offers Online Resources for Kids, Families and Educators

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 18, 2020) – As Nebraskans plan for a variety of scenarios in response to COVID-19, here are some resources teachers, parents and others can use from NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Station.

Even though children may not be in a formal learning environment, there are several high-quality educational resources to continue providing quality educational activities to kids. Sign up for NET’s education newsletter, “Smart Scoop” at netNebraska.org/educationsignup.

Follow the latest news on COVID-19 in Nebraska, plus details about its spread and resources for reducing the risk of infection, by visiting NET’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) News and Resources page at netNebraska.org/coronavirus. In addition to getting daily updates online, listen on radio weekdays at 5:32 p.m. and 6:32 p.m. CT during “All Things Considered” or watch nightly on television following “PBS NewsHour” at 6:56 p.m. CT.

NET PBS LearningMedia at net.pbslearningmedia.org is a free website with thousands of classroom-ready resources for pre K-12 educators and students. Lesson plans, videos, maps and curated collections are easy to use and matched to state and national educational standards.

PBS LearningMedia offers award-winning content from NET and other public media stations across the nation. It is easily searchable by subject, grade or standard. It also is compatible with Google Classroom, Schoology, Clever and Remind.

Teacher tools include class rosters, quizzes, puzzles, fun history facts, lesson builders, videos and more.

Some resources in the PBS LearningMedia library from NET include:

-- Nebraska’s Virtual Capitol – This interactive website at nebraskavirtualcapitol.org is a resource for students and visitors of all ages. Discover more about Nebraska and learn about the history, arts and architecture of the building.

-- nebraskastudies.org – This collection of resources puts the history of the state at your fingertips from its very beginning to the 21st century.

-- Watershed – Explore the Platte River Watershed in 360 degrees and discover the important ways people are connected by water.

-- Nebraska History Moments – Fast, fun facts and information for Nebraska teachers, students and the public. These videos feature famous people, places and events told in two minutes or less.

-- What If… Innovator Insights – Learn what drives Nebraska’s innovators, big thinkers and risk takers.

-- Medicine Woman – This collection looks at the story of Susan La Flesche Picotte. She was a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and the first Native American to graduate from medical school.

-- Paleo Sleuths – These lesson plans and activities allow the educator and student to understand and interpret the study of Paleontology as it uncovers the book of time on earth.

-- 360 Video Collection – View agriculture, science and humanities-related content in full 360 degrees.

Video games and fun content are also available from PBS programs such as “NOVA,” “FRONTLINE,” “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE” and PBS KIDS programs like “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Curious George,” “Nature Cat” and “Sesame Street.”

Parents can find resources from PBS for Parents at pbs.org/parents on subjects like how to talk to your kids about coronavirus.

Kids, families and educators can also find resources at netNebraska.org/kids that include activity pages, adventures in books, information about the NET PBS KIDS Writers Contest, movies and information about the 24/7 NET PBS KIDS channel.

The NET PBS KIDS 24/7 channel offers anytime access to trusted educational series for kids ages 2-8. It is available on television (check your local listings), online at pbskids.org/video and mobile with the PBS KIDS Video App.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578, skarstens@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.