NEWS

OETA cooperates with educators on distance learning

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) is collaborating with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to provide in-home learning opportunities for students. The goal is to bring parents, students and teachers together with content and curriculum to meet educational needs while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

Beginning Monday, March 30, OETA adjusted its daytime schedule to provide curriculum-based programming for students over the air on its broadcast channel, OETA WORLD.

Programs will include PBS favorites like NOVA, Nature, American Experience as well as PBS KIDS programming. Each episode or series directly correlates to lessons and resources available through PBS LearningMedia, a free, digital curriculum service. Assets in PBS Learning Media have been designed to meet federal and state standards for grades PreK through 12.

Programming changes to OETA WORLD will take place Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. which will last until the end of the school year. OETA’s other channels will not be affected.

Teachers and parents are encouraged to visit OETA.tv/LearninqAtHome to view an updated program schedule, OETA’s statewide channel list, curriculum and activities. There is also more information about PBS LearningMedia which provides videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. It is free for students, teachers and parents, however users must sign up for an account. Additionally, OETA is curating a list of Oklahoma-based digital field trips. If an educational organization wishes to add their resources to the list, please email education@oeta.tv for consideration.

This special project has been coordinated with State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, who also serves as chair of the OETA board of directors.