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New PBS Web Site Opens Programming Database

13 Nov, 2002 By: Hive News

PBS will launch a free online service from PBS VIDEO provides teachers and students with an easy way to locate people, places, events, issues and other topics captured in more than 500 hours of PBS content in American and world history, science, economics, government and the arts.

"Video has an unparalleled ability to bring a moment in history, a creative idea or a scientific concept to life for the student," said Jon Cecil, senior director of PBS Video. "This new Web site can help teachers and students identify the PBS video content more easily and to obtain the videos that best meet their needs to improve understanding and encourage learning."

The PBS Videoindex at pbsvideodb.pbs.org also will offer downloadable educational resources like primary source documents, lesson plans, maps and timelines as well as state and national curriculum standards correlators and an index-generating tool that lets users create customized directories for their own video collections when it goes live Nov. 30.

The new site works in conjunction with PBS VHS titles. Each tape includes a small on-screen clock that lets uses identify every segment of a program through a minute-and-second time code. The online index makes it possible to search for video clips by keyword, date range, academic area, grade level and other criteria. The site's database also includes program, chapter and segment descriptions.

The collection boasts a repertoire of PBS programs exploring history from the early-Egyptians to the events and people in the news today; scientific concepts and theories in astronomy, biology and brain theory; and the breadth of the arts in music, dance, the visual arts and architecture.

The films have earned numerous Emmy, duPont- Columbia and Peabody Awards, as well as popular and critical acclaim. The videos include such documentary series as Africans in America, American Experience, The Civil War, Eyes on the Prize, Frontline and Liberty! The American Revolution, Jazz, I'll Make Me a World, American Visions, Stephen Hawking's Universe, Triumph of Life, and The Secret Life of the Brain -- works by historical interpreters such as Ken Burns, Henry Hampton and David Grubin.

An added feature of the PBS VIDEOindex Web site is access to other PBS online services for educators, including the PBS TeacherSource (www.pbs.org/teachersource), an online neighborhood for preK-12 educators that help teachers learn effective ways to incorporate video and Web in the classroom.

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