Learning Media Classroom Resources
We're proud to contribute to the FREE PBS LearningMedia website for educators making high quality media resources for teaching available for Montana teachers. Search hundreds of thousands of videos, games, activities and more for learners in PK-12 classrooms including content created by local Montana teachers based on our local content like The Bozeman Trail.
MTPBS Media Labs
Join tech savvy media makers from across the state to learn the ins and outs of making media with students. MontanaPBS Media Lab is an interactive and hands-on virtual learning experience! Each session will focus on a single digital tool for making media projects with students and will begin with an introduction to the tool, some examples about how it can be used with students, step by step instructions for how to use the tool and time to explore and ask questions. Media Lab workshops are FREE and everyone who attends live has the chance to win cool prizes!
Tech Talk Tuesdays
Join IdahoPTV and MontanaPBS for “Tech Talk Tuesday”, a monthly virtual discussion about teaching and learning with technology. Hosted by Kari Wardle and Nikki Vradenburg, public media educators who are tech nerds and former classroom teachers! Webinars are held the last Tuesday of each month and feature teachers from both states sharing strategies, tips and tricks, and real world solutions for integrating technology in the classroom. This is NOT another boring webinar! Tech Talk Tuesdays are all about teachers talking about teaching and learning with technology! If you can’t join live, don’t worry, all Tech Talks will be recorded and archived on YouTube. Archived Tech Talks on YouTube.
Teacher Recognition Programs
Early Learning Champions
This new awards program recognizes committed educators who work with young children, from infants to second graders, and will offer a variety of community building, leadership and professional learning opportunities provided by PBS and member stations over the next two years. Learn More.
This program provides PK-12 educators with the opportunity to create customized high-quality content for the PBS LearningMedia platform. They'll improve their practice, share their unique stories and network with like-minded colleagues across the state. Contact Us.
PBS Digital Innovator
This program brings together a community of PreK-12 educators, who are thought-leaders and classroom change-makers, for ongoing professional development and opportunities to share strategies, empower peers and inspire students. Learn More.
PBS Media Literacy Certification Online Cohort
Are you a media savvy educator looking to develop your expertise in Media Literacy? Are you passionate about teaching kids how to think critically about their roles as media consumers and creators? Every school year MontanaPBS supports a group of teachers to participate in an online collaborative learning experience to earn the PBS Media Literacy Certification. Teachers who choose to participate in this program earn OPI renewal units and a stipend when funding is available. This group of teachers would work together over the course of a school year to earn the 8 micro-credentials required to be certified as a PBS Media Literacy Educator.
Participants would need to agree to:
- Attend live monthly webinars, (or watch the recordings if unable to attend in person)
- Participate in an online community sharing and learning from other educators
- Complete the work needed to earn 8 micro-credentials and become certified in the PBS Media Literacy program
- Provide feedback about the experience.
Virtual Teacher Trainings
Do you have a half an hour you can spend learning something new? Check out our collection of Virtual Teacher Training videos! Recorded by Nikki Vradenburg, our Teacher Ambassador, with the help of a variety of experts so you can learn wherever you are and whenever you have time about the latest trends in digital media instruction! Would you like to be featured in one of our Virtual Teacher Training videos? Do you have a suggestion for a video we need to create? Send an email to Nikki at email@example.com and we will get one going!
Ghost Forests Teacher Workshop
Ghost Forests is the newest film from Montana PBS. Watch this special virtual workshop for teachers to preview clips of the film and hear from the producer and the scientists featured in the film about the challenges of preserving this species of tree. Teachers will be invited to explore free teaching resources developed by MTPBS to be used in the classroom.
MTPBS Summer Media Lab | Procreate
Sketchnoting, or visual note-taking, is an effective and engaging way to take notes and to facilitate understanding and learning. Workshop participants will learn how to develop a doodling mentality with various fun and scaffolded drawing activities throughout the day.
PBS resources for Trauma Informed Instruction | Tech Talk Tuesday
Support students who have experienced trauma. This engaging Tech Talk Tuesday will guide you through how to find and implement FREE resources created by PBS stations including apps, websites and other digital resources for a variety of devices and learners. Make trusted PBS characters your co-teachers.