How I Use It
I had a flipped classroom model with my middle school students and found that I could find content that I could have the kids use as extension activities in class in groups. They always seemed to be able to take my standard that I had video content on and spin it in a way to tweak kids' interest and expertise. I would walk around and just respond to their questions. Their new online self paced blended literacy lessons are wonderful for blended classrooms. Each are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8. All of the lessons use videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with all content areas as topics. I love the personalized learning emphasis! I had no negatives with this sites use.
I adore PBS Learning!! I have to say that I took a role as a Program Specialist for the Professional Learning Department of my large county last year and one of the single most appreciated resources that I discuss/share with teachers is this site. Most teachers had no idea what this site is really capable of doing for both themselves in the form of aggregated resources and common core aligned lessons. Lessons I might add that all give suggestions on how they might be differentiated for various groups of students such as enrichment opportunities. All of the necessary video segments, worksheets, and lesson support materials are all readily attached to each lesson. The units are all well thought out by amazing educators that understand the necessity for kids to think critically. I also love that most of the lessons have a clear message that teachers should be facilitators as opposed to "sages on stages!"