Education Station is a show that airs weekly on PBS Kids. The purpose of the show is to feature West Virginia educators delivering lessons to a target demographic of children in elementary school. The purpose of this guide is to help educators who are interested in submitting a video lesson to fulfill both the technical and content-related requirements to be featured on the show. From all of us at Education Station, we want to say thank you for getting involved, and we can’t wait to see your video submissions!

Education Station – Episode 23: Special Parent Edition

  • Your video should be 8:30 – 9:00.
    Getting your video to land between 8:30 – 9:00 might sound challenging, but with some rehearsing, you can achieve it. We can give a little grace on the time, but please treat 8:15 – 9:15 as an absolute boundary for your submission.

  • Your lesson should be appropriate for children in elementary school.
    Make sure that the topic of your lesson is directed at a younger demographic. It’s perfectly fine to pick any topic if you present it at a level suitable for kids age 4 – 11. For middle- and high-school teachers, feel free to teach about a topic in your curricula—just think about how you would deliver it to a grade school classroom.
  • Speak as though you are talking directly to the children.
    As you plan out what you want to say, remember that you should speak directly to the kids almost like you would if they were in the room with you. Be enthusiastic! Maybe even challenge them at the end of the video to do something with the information you’ve given them. The more fun you have with it, the more the audience will enjoy it!

  • Your video should be shot horizontally.
    If you’re filming on a phone, please turn the phone sideways since we can’t include vertical videos.

  • You should stay close to the camera while filming.
    In order to capture the best quality audio, please stay as close to your camera/phone as reasonable.

  • You should choose an environment that has plenty of light.
    If you can film near a window or large light source, that would be great. At the very least, turn on all the lights or put a household lamp near you so that you’re not in shadows.

  • Upload and share your submission.
    Videos are typically too big to email. So far, most participants have uploaded their videos to OneDrive, Google Drive, or YouTube and shared a link. Please forward all links to one of the following administrators:

    • Tim Elliot – tbelliott@k12.wv.us
    • James Coble – jcoble@k12.wv.us
    • Mike McCormick – mmccormick@k12.wv.us