Public broadcasting in Oklahoma touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s five public television and 17 public radio stations play a vital role in Oklahoma education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Oklahoma:
- Offers the OETA Digital Learning Library, a free repository of digital media learning objects including videos, images, interactives, audio and documents to Oklahoma teachers. The service provides thousands of lesson plans, interactive games and simulations, maps, photos, essays and more on all major educational topics.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Will Rogers & American Politics, a documentary exploring the life and influential political persuasion of Will Rogers through some of America’s difficult times in the 1920s and 1930s and how his efforts on the political landscape still have a powerful effect today.
- Three statewide debates, five forums for city and county races and three debates for Cherokee Nation candidates on RSU Public TV.
- Oklahoma State Questions, whichcovered all 11 state questions, ranging from education funding to term limits.
- Healthcare and Future Generations, which discussed the case for reform, the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and critique of the new law.
- A daily national news update on American Indian issues on public radio stations.
- Made professional development for educators available through PBS TeacherLine, a high-quality online service enabling teacher connections and sharing of best practices, as well as graduate-level courses.
- Provides paid positions and internships in public radio for students to learn radio journalism skills.
- Plays a critical role by airing a series of live broadcasts, Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips, on OETA. They provide Oklahoma students an opportunity to call toll-free and speak directly to historians and character interpreters. Currently,112 Oklahoma elementary schools participate in the program.
- Participates in PBS’ annual Young Writers Contest, encouraging kindergartners through third-graders statewide to create and write their own storybooks, culminating in an awards celebration at the state Capitol.
- Works through the Ready To Learn initiative with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries to train Oklahoma teachers, parents, homeschoolers and day-care providers on how to use OETA programming as an educational tool.