Excellent connections to favorite PBS shows and educational games and videos.
Community Review for PBS Kids
Students can easily access learning games that feature their favorite PBS characters in a variety of curricular areas. Very simple to use--but monitor if game play is your goal and not simply video viewing. Most games use the mouse or very few keyboard keys (arrows, space bar, etc.) to operate. All of the sections do require sound, so headphones may be necessary if you have multiple nearby stations or are using for centers. The loading time may also be a problem for slower machines. Students may also need help finding the games area for each show in the beginning as there are several sections to each one.
Great for Pre-K and primary grade levels as skills review. All of the games relate to an academic or social skill--and are also good for teaching basic mouse and keyboard skills.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood focuses on social skills.
Super Why and Word Girl work on literacy skills.
Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Cat in the Hat each deal with math and science concepts.
Cat in the Hat and Wild Kratts are great for animal lovers.
The Electric Company covers a wide variety of topics including literacy, math, and problem solving.
How I Use It
Individual computer time and skills review. This site would be hard to do as a whole group and would work best if students were working on a computer individually.