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The Creation, Destruction, and Legacy of Penn Station

posted on October 16, 2014 at 7:10 AM

The Creation, Destruction, and Legacy of Penn Station

The original Penn Station was considered an architectural jewel of the Big Apple in its heyday, but how did it get built? And why was it ultimately demolished?

“For most people, it wasn’t until that station was torn down that they understood what was taken from them,” said author Lorraine B. Diehl, who was interviewed for The Rise and Fall of Penn Station, the PBS American Experience documentary featured in this series of educational video segments that highlight innovation in the 21st century.

Use this media gallery to teach your class about the engineering challenges involved in bringing railroad service to Manhattan at the beginning of the 20th century. The project, which involved creating rail tunnels under two rivers as well as the construction of what was then the world’s largest steel arch bridge and fourth-largest building, took over a decade to complete and involved solving several engineering problems. While Penn Station was seen as a symbol of modern engineering, the decline of the railroads over the next half century led to the building’s demolition.

“Penn Station was really the great martyr of historic preservation – the building that died so that we might save others in the future. Penn Station was the tipping point, something that people simply wouldn’t accept anymore,” said architecture critic Paul Goldberger. 

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New Tools for Students + Teachers

posted on September 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM

New Tools for Students + Teachers

You may have heard about our expanded digital resources! Today, PBS launches a NEW student experience at and new teacher tools at! Plus, PBS LearningMedia now offers over 87,000 digital resources, including more than 700 Spanish language videos!

Students will love the new website, where you can send your kids to interact with media, engage with resources and complete assignments. The PBS LearningMedia online student experience allows students of any age or grade level to browse and search educational and inspiring resources for not only homework but also lifelong personal learning.

To help you work better and more effectively, PBS LearningMedia now features even more productivity tools, including a lesson builder, quiz maker and storyboard tools. These features will make it easier for you to implement personalized learning objectives for individual students by giving them media and quizzes that are appropriate for their grade or skill level.  Take some time today to get acquainted with and what’s new at!

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Iowa Public Television Announces 26 Ready for School Communities for 2014-2015

posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Iowa Public Television Announces 26 Ready for School Communities for 2014-2015

Education specialists work to strengthen math and literacy skills of young Iowa children

Iowa Public Television’s (IPTV) commitment to early childhood education continues with the expansion of its Ready for School initiative. Educational specialists will work with educators, parents, care providers and community partners in 26 Iowa communities to implement literacy-based activities for children ages 2–8.

“Iowa Public Television’s Ready for School initiative makes a big difference in communities by providing resources and services designed to enhance early reading and math skills for young children,” said Terry Rinehart, director of Educational Services at IPTV. “These fun, engaging and educationally sound activities are a part of Iowa Public Television’s ongoing 45-year commitment to lifelong learning in Iowa.” 

IPTV’s second year of Ready for School will focus specifically on serving children from low-income families. IPTV will provide access to high-quality educational media resources including online games, instructional materials and educational activities that help children increase their school readiness and success. The multimedia content and related activities are based upon the work of educational children’s programming from PBS such as The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!, The Electric Company, Fetch with Ruff Ruffman, Martha Speaks, Sid the Science Kid! and Super WHY!.

The program builds from the successful pilot testing of these methods and resources in Storm Lake, Perry and Waterloo that IPTV began in 2008. The initiative has been validated by scientifically based research funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The 26 Ready for School communities for 2014-2015 are: 

  • CAL Community School District...
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Posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:51 PM Comments

Introducing Math Adventures!

posted on September 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Introducing Math Adventures!


Math Adventures: A Math Engagement Program is based on the Iowa Core Standards for Kindergarten.  The goal of the program is to help Kindergarteners improve their math skills. Studies have shown that early math skills are consistently associated with higher academic performance in later grades. To do this, participants will use content from PBS KIDS LAB, and PBS Learning Media, as well as hands-on math activities to practice math skills.  Framework can be expanded to include books or more activities as needed.


Kindergarten students are paired with an older student or an adult. There are 11 sessions and one optional session; each one is aligned with a piece of the mathematics core for kindergarten. The fun doesn’t have to stop at school! This is an excellent way for parents to play the games and practice these skills at home as well.

Click the link below to explore this exciting resource:

A big buddy guide is also available:


New Editions

First and Second grade editions are being created in the fall of 2014, and should be ready by the end of the year. Check back here for new updates!



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