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Distance Learning with MontanaPBS

During this time of uncertainty and school closures, we want our teachers and families to feel empowered and easily locate free educational resources. MontanaPBS is proud to provide meaningful media resources for educators, parents and families at school, via distance learning, or at home. We have collected a list of virtual and professional development assets for educators, as well as a list of educational resources for all grade levels.

If you have questions about taking your class online or want to learn more about specific resources, please contact our education team:

  • Nikki Vradenburg | Director of Education |
  • Deanna Mydland | Early Learning Specialist |

Distance Learning with MontanaPBS

Montana's Largest Classroom is here to support your distance learning efforts!

Curriculum-Related Programming Begins March 30

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Schools are closed around the state, but Montana’s Largest Classroom is in session!

Starting Monday, March 30, we’re picking up where school left off by scheduling K-8 programming, Monday through Friday, during regular school hours. We will have a Social Studies block from 8:30 to 10:30am, a STEM block from noon to 2pm, and special Montana History block from 2pm to 3pm.

This schedule will be updated weekly, so we invite you to check back each week for a new programming PDF

Unplugged Learning Menus for Grades 1-12

These fun unplugged activities will help keep you and your family busy and active while your school is closed or while practicing social distancing. Click on the poster image below to download the PDF. Questions? Contact Deanna, our Early Learning Specialist, at

Unplugged Learning with MontanaPBS Grades 1-2
Unplugged Learning with MontanaPBS Grades 7-8
Unplugged Learning with MontanaPBS Grades 3-4
Unplugged Learning with MontanaPBS Grades 9-10
Unplugged Learning with MontanaPBS Grades 5-6
Unplugged Learning with MontanaPBS Grades 11-12

Virtual Learning & Professional Development for Educators

MTPBS Learning Media: PBS LearningMedia is a FREE resource for teachers and students to access video, images, games and more. Search by topic, grade level or standard to find resources to enrich learning for PreK-12 students

Watch MTPBS Online: MontanaPBS programs and films are FREE to stream. Enjoy a robust selection of our educational programming rich with Montana history and unique storytelling.

PBS KIDS Apps: These apps are free and aligned to learning goals for literacy, STEM, Social Studies and Social Emotional Learning. Once they are downloaded, most of the apps do not require an internet connection.

PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings:PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area.

3 Ways to Turn Your Classroom Remote in a Hurry: Need to bring your class online in a hurry? This post shares a variety of resources teachers can use as they plan for distance learning.

How Teachers Can Navigate School Closures: Use these trusted resources to continue to provide meaningful learning experiences for students during school closures.

Below are a few learning experiences, organized by grade level, that you may be able to implement in your classroom or from a remote environment. If you have any questions about these resources, we urge you to contact our education director, Nikki Vradenburg at

Nikki Vradenburg

Going the Distance: Supporting Students to Learn at Home

This webinar was recorded March 27 as a collaboration between MontanaPBS and Idaho Public Television to support teachers as they implement distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers from Montana and Idaho shared strategies and tools for implementing distance learning in the K-12 setting.

Grades PreK-5

PBS Kids

Watch and Play Online

Watch full episodes and songs or access videos, games, activities and more! Best of all, it's free!


Design Squad Global

Hands-on activities and videos that connect students from around the globe! Lesson plans provided!


Sesame Street in the Communities

Explore FREE digital and print activities for early childhood settings developed by Sesame Street.

Grades 6-8

Student Reporting Labs

Online Learning Unit

View this special unit that covers the basics of local community journalism, storytelling, scripting & more.

Virtual Learning Series

Our Planet

In this 3 part series, we’ll use the show, Life from Above, to explore new ways to teach students about our planet.

Grades 9-12

KQED Learn

Online Learning

Middle and high school students tackle big issues and build their media literacy and critical thinking skills.

NPR Student

Create a Podcast

Creators of NPR's Student Podcast Challenge share how to make a podcast with your class.

Learning Media

Recorded Virtual PD Series

Explore recorded webinars about a variety of teaching topics for teachers of PreK-12 students.

Press Releases

MontanaPBS Partners with OPI to Support Students at Home

MontanaPBS partners with OPI to support students learning at home with free online resources and a revised broadcast TV schedule of educational programs beginning Monday, March 30.