Media

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia is 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.

Lending a Hand for a Living

I’m not alone in my inability to consider hand modeling without thinking back to Seinfeld. But for a few people in the country, modeling palms and fingers isn’t a source of humor–it’s a source of income. Rather than go on and on with wicked puns about the profession, I’ll hand off the conversation to Newsweek:

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 …

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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 …

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