PBS chief on child education platforms (podcast)

CEO Paula Kerger talks about how educational materials based on the public television network's famed children's programs can now be accessed on the Web and iOS devices.

Many of PBS' popular shows are also now learning games. PBSKids.org

PBS has long provided programming for children along with "viewers like you." It's famous programs, such as "Sesame Street" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," reach millions of children each day. But like other media companies, PBS is also on the Web and mobile devices, providing videos, songs, and learning games for kids to use at home and school.

Dinosaur Train "Hatching Party Game" uses augmented reality. PBS.org
PBS CEO Paula Kerger PBS.org

The extensive classroom material the nonprofit broadcaster provides includes this lesson on explorer Henry Hudson, aimed at grades 3 through 12.

I recently spent an afternoon at PBS headquarters in Arlington, Va., where, in addition to interviewing PBS' chief executive, Paula Kerger (scroll down to listen), I sat down with curriculum developers to learn more about the extensive resources they are developing for mobile devices.

One project that impressed me is the Hatching Party learning game, which uses augmented reality to enable kids to use a Webcam to interact with printed pictures of dinosaur eggs. PBS is also working on augmented-reality games for Apple's iOS devices.

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About the author

Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He's been writing and speaking about Internet safety since he wrote Internet safety guide "Child Safety on the Information Highway" in 1994. He is co-director of ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Larry's technology analysis and commentary can be heard on CBS News and CBS affiliates, and read on CBSNews.com. He also writes a personal-tech column for the San Jose Mercury News. You can e-mail Larry.


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