PBS LearningMedia

I just came across PBS LearningMedia, a very cool website partnership between PBS and WGBH Boston. They’re taking free PBS media content and adding a great discovery and filtering layer on the web that allows educators (or anyone, for that matter) to find compelling assets to compliment or supplement academic learning. The dorky side of me gets excited about this because I like PBS and I love learning. … Continue reading PBS LearningMedia

Frontline: digital_nation

Douglas Rushkoff is back with another Frontline. A man who’s made a name for himself as a “ponderer” of all things mass media, Rushkoff’s work is usually intriguing (Merchants of Cool), if not pedantic (Growing Up Online). The latest, Digital Nation, deals with the effects technology has on development and education. It then touches on the effects “virtual” worlds have on real-life relationships and culture. … Continue reading Frontline: digital_nation

Selling fame to kids

The LA Times has an article about an emerging trend in television programming for kids and teens: depicting teenagers who “get discovered” and become famous, usually as actors and/or singer. Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” 2009’s most-watched TV show among kids 2-11, according to the Nielsen Co., is about a girl who has attained a certain level of celebrity by producing and starring in her own Web series. … Continue reading Selling fame to kids

Frontline: Al Qaeda’s New Front

Two posts in a row about television, but this one is much more timely and important. Frontline, my favorite show on television, ran an episode back in the early part of this year called Al Qaeda’s New Front–about the “threat radical jihadists pose to Western Europe and its allies–including the United States.” With yesterday’s tragic news, this seems quite topical. As with most great episodes … Continue reading Frontline: Al Qaeda’s New Front