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Nebraska groups to offer educational programming for kids at home
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Nebraska groups to offer educational programming for kids at home

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The Nebraska State Education Association will offer educational programming for elementary and secondary students available free to all Nebraska children beginning Monday.

Jenni Benson, president of the statewide teacher’s union, said four hours of daily live programming will be available through nearly every video and cable TV service, as well as online or via mobile app from Flood Communications News Channel Nebraska.

“Our 28,000 members care deeply about their students and want them to continue their learning during these school closures,” Benson said. “We are pleased to partner with News Channel Nebraska and Lincoln Public Schools to make this educational programming available statewide.”

The effort is in response to school closings across the state in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Programming for elementary students will air from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and for secondary students from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. All live content will be captured and available for on-line demand playback.

NSEA Executive Director Maddie Fennell said the organization is working with its teachers to coordinate the programming.

“From read-alouds to learning games to instructional lessons with teachers, we will work to support our students and their families as we navigate this pandemic together,” she said.

Families can live stream from News Channel Nebraska at www.newschannelnebraska.com, download the NCN app on any mobile device, or access the programming through their local cable provider, NCN on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Roku apps.

Those living in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Beatrice, Norfolk, Columbus and South Sioux City can also use an over-the-air antenna to access the live presentations. NCN will share the programming with its 300,000 social followers.

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Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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