Written by: Hannah Litz
Date: March 26, 2020
Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in Ohio, WOSU Public Media has been dedicated to keeping communities across the state informed and engaged with educational resources. WOSU News has kept you informed with breaking news updates regarding the outbreak and the Governor’s response, and here at WOSU Classroom, we’ve worked tirelessly to create resources for educators and families to continue their children’s education at home.
We’re happy to announce a new way you can keep your students engaged and inspired at home – All new WOSU TV Educational Programming! We’re partnered with the WOSU TV team to curate an all-new schedule for our main channel for PreK-12 viewers. You can view the new schedule here. Check out the press release below for more info.
WOSU Public Media Launches
Broadcast Learning Service to Help Bridge Digital Divide
WOSU TV is changing its weekday schedule to help with at-home learning
COLUMBUS, OHIO, MARCH 26, 2020 – WOSU TV is responding to the statewide school closures by changing its weekday schedule to help students, teachers, and families with at-home learning. WOSU’s primary channel 34.1 daytime schedule will unveil a new broadcast learning service beginning Monday, March 30. The changes will include a full schedule of curated daily educational programming geared to serve students in grades Pre-K–12.
“Not every student or teacher has access to robust internet at home, so WOSU is stepping up to assist the teachers and students of Central Ohio. Our team has reacted quickly to the coronavirus crisis and built this project in collaboration with public stations in Ohio, the Department of Education and regional educators,” said WOSU general manager Tom Rieland.
“In this unprecedented time, Ohio’s educators, parents, and caregivers are doing their best to keep learning going for students in the midst of the coronavirus crisis,” said state superintendent of public instruction Paolo DeMaria. “I am humbled and grateful that all eight of Ohio’s public broadcasting stations have stepped up as major partners committed to delivering high-quality, grade-appropriate learning to students, complementing the amazing effort being made by Ohio’s schools and districts.”
Programming will range from the PBS KIDS series Peg + Cat and Cyberchase focused on math skills for early elementary kids to NOVA and American Experience programming for older students. The schedule will provide age- and grade-level appropriate, standards-based programs so Ohio students can continue to learn with limited or no internet access.
The WOSU Classroom educational team will provide additional teacher resources related to the new programming schedule. Teachers and students also have access to free online resources from PBS LearningMedia™ to support the programming.
The new WOSU TV schedule will air from 7:00am to 5:30pm each weekday and will be updated each week until further notice. A running schedule will be available on wosu.org. The first week’s schedule is attached.
Governor Mike DeWine’s daily live press conferences will continue to be broadcast on WOSU TV at 2:00 pm so Central Ohio can receive the latest information on the coronavirus in Ohio. WOSU viewers can still find PBS KIDS programming on the WOSU Kids 24/7 channel available over-the-air at digital channel 34.4, Spectrum Cable channel 993/193, streaming at wosu.org/wosukids or on YouTube TV.