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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.

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 CEO Paula Kerger

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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