PBS KIDS Digital Product Update - October 2017
Take a peek at the updates from the PBS KIDS team this month!
In September, we had the Back to School event where kids got to earn rewards like the glue kart and bus kart by finding school supplies in the Kart Kingdom classroom. Now in October, a new event involving the Run-around Gang has users trying to figure out the mystery behind newcomers to Kart Kingdom.
The old station module was retired on September 20. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Cait Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ruff Ruffman Show, an all-new short-form animated digital series designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, game-play and hands-on activities, launched on September 28. It is available on all PBS KIDS digital platforms, including the free PBS KIDS Video App and pbskids.org.
The PBS KIDS Video team launched a playlist called Dot's Spot on September 29. This playlist will feature a variety of PBS KIDS content including the You, Me, Community shorts, sing-along videos, and Word of the Week.
The PBS KIDS Video team pushed a Halloween takeover on the national player and PBS KIDS Video app which features character icons in costume.
It's Halloween in the PBS KIDS Games App! Version 1.8.0 was released on all platforms on October 4, and is full of Halloween treats!
The update includes:
The Halloween App Icon
Full color scheme update for the holiday
Show icons dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes.
And lots of other Halloween surprises!
Be on the lookout for Arthur's Tricks and Treats launching ahead of the Arthur & the Haunted Treehouse movie later this month. All new games from Nature Cat and Cyberchase will also be rolling out in October.
PBS LearningMedia has officially integrated with Schoology, a learning management system used by thousands of K-12 schools across the country. Schoology users will now find PBS LearningMedia available in the internalapp center and will be able to log in with single-sign-on.
In content updates:
WNET has created a new collection called Founding Principles, with a series of videos accompanied by robust teacher support materials addressing topics in high school US government & politics, and especially useful for AP Government classrooms.
The Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Collection is up. It includes three media galleries combining clips from the program with a teacher’s guide, with seven more media galleries to come over the coming months. This complements our larger Teaching the Vietnam War Collection, which includes these resources, as well as others from station and independent contributors, and other GA programs covering the Vietnam War Era.
WGBH has published the The Ruff Ruffman Show Science Collection!
KET’s News Quiz began again with the start of the school year. Look out for a new episode to be added to their News Quiz Collection every Thursday until May.
The Crash Course US History Teacher Curriculum Collection is live. This includes support materials for US History teachers designed to help them integrate Crash Course US History videos into their curriculum.