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About Us

Welcome to Thinkport -- your gateway to Maryland Public Television’s educational offerings for PreK-12 teachers and students, child care providers and families.  With hundreds of standards-aligned resources, ThInkport is a perfect destination for educators to access high-quality, trusted content that will inspire students and transform learning.   And a catalog of credit-bearing online courses supports early childhood and K-12 educators with opportunities to meet their 21st century professional learning needs.



Our Expertise in Digital Learning
MPT has a longstanding commitment to education.  Creating and sharing educational programs and services for Marylanders is central to our mission, whether it is online, in the classroom, in the community, or at home.

Thinkport was originally developed through a partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education under a U.S. Department of Education Star Schools Grant and launched in 2003.   

In the years since, as advances in technology soared, MPT produced a rich collection of innovative digital learning experiences proven to actively engage students in building knowledge and skills.  We take pride in continually pushing the digital envelope to make learning obtainable, equitable and fun.  You can find it all on Thinkport—online field trips, interactive student learning modules, games, videos and lessons. Resources cover subjects in math, literacy, science, social studies, technology, health and specialized topics such as climate change and financial literacy.  We partner with leading content experts and educational institutions to ensure each resource meets our high quality-standards.  An assurance you can always trust.

Early Childhood
Thinkport’s early childhood staff create hands-on and digital learning activities incorporating PBS KIDS  highly regarded broadcast and online resources.  The team shares effective strategies and methods with child care professions in early learning and afterschool programs, parents and families in the use of these rich resources to enhance opportunities for our youngest learners. 

Thinkport is the state’s primary source to access online courses for child care licensing and credentialing requirements. Courses were developed in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education/Early Childhood Development Division.

PreK-12
MPT has a long history of developing standards-aligned classroom resources that challenge students of all ages to deeper learning.  Equally, MPT facilitates many online courses from quality partners such as PBS Teacherline and the Maryland State Department of Education, as well as original Thinkport courses developed for continuing education credit.

MPT and PBS
Explore more. You will notice cross references to PBS LearningMedia throughout Thinkport.  We recommend that if you don’t find a needed resource on Thinkport, visit PBS LearningMedia where teachers across the country take advantage of more than 100K free resources and useful web tools.  MPT is a close collaborator with PBS education.

Community Connections
We would be remiss if not to mention the importance we place on outreach in the education community.  You will often find MPT at museums or public libraries, in classrooms or attending education conferences to share resources, train teachers or engage in education activities.  We strive to be a valued collaborative partner and support state and national learning initiatives.

Please check Thinkport frequently to share our education mission.