Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Television as #RemoteLearning Tool During School Closures

Television can provide a great way for everyone to learn. It is especially useful as a learning tool, when using laptops may not be the best option. 

This may be the case for a few reasons, such as:  
  • A student has a disability that makes using a laptop difficult
  • A student may not have access to a laptop
  • A student may not have WiFi 
If you are planning to incorporate television viewing into your child's learning experiences WNET and PBS have put some tips together.

Elementary Students

  • Read reviews to ensure you are choosing the right shows.
  • Have questions for you child to consider such as:
    • Do you think what happened in the show is something that might happen in your life or the life of someone you know? Why?
    • How would you have handled what happened in the show?
  • Enhance listening skills by asking your child questions about what they're watching
  • Make connections to what your child is watching to books, articles, and research
  • Use television characters in learning activities
  • Make a family screen time plan

Learn more by visiting Tips for Enhancing TV Learning Experiences

Child holding a remote and pointing it toward a television
View Parenting Minutes from WNET Education

Secondary Students


Engaging in discussion or related activities before, during, and/or after the show can help you remember what you've learned. WNET has discussion questions and activities for any show you watch on PBS - no internet needed! - to take what you just watched to the next level. 


There are lots of activities you can do while watching a program such as taking the role of reporter or journalist, reenacting what you saw, and thinking like a producer.

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