Arlington, Va. – PBS on Wednesday announced plans to launch a new broadband education service called PBS LearningMedia in time for the 2011-12 school year.

The service, designed for students in pre-kindergarten through college, will include classroom-ready content from 1,500 public media producers and more than 350 local PBS stations.

“Digital media content — so pervasive in the lives of children — has the potential to dramatically change the way students learn and participate in a global society,” said Paula Kerger, the president and CEO of PBS.

The platform will be available in two tiers — a free version available to teachers and a premium service developed and distributed in partnership with state education departments or local school districts.


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