Being a Friend

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A major suite of interactive ARTHUR comics just launched at PBS KIDS with terrific support materials at PBS LearningMedia.

With a formal name of the AIM Buddy Project, this is a supplemental social, emotional, and character development curriculum that uses interactive media, the characters from the PBS series ARTHUR, and cross-grade buddy pairs. Students partner with a buddy to work on interactive comics and games that focus on five important topics –empathy, honesty, forgiveness, generosity, and learning from others. As buddy pairs engage with the ARTHUR characters they talk about and reflect on things like feelings, perspective-taking, and problem-solving. Begin learning all about the AIM program by watching the Welcome to AIM video.

Use the Educator’s Guide & Videos resources to find everything you need to plan and implement the AIM program with your students. The Educator’s Guide will point you to the students’ Classroom Media (interactive stories and games).

Read the AIM Buddy Project Summary of Research Findings from the AIM research study conducted throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Congratulations to Gentry and his team*, Mary and hers as well as to the many across WGBH and The Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University who made this project happen.

The Arthur Interactive Media (AIM) Buddy Project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

That Team: Gentry, Bill, Jolin, Caz, Dennis, Jeff, Jesse, Frank, Tara, Rick, Stefan, Laura, Lizzie, Hilary, Alan, Belinda & Andrew.

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Bugball!

The latest ARTHUR game, D.W.’s Island Bugball, is now live!

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You can find it on the ARTHUR web site, and in the PBS Kids games app as the featured game.

 D.W.’s Island Bugball is a minigolf-style game celebrating D.W.’s birthday! In PLAY mode, players can enjoy the nine-hole bugball course, with the ability to adjust the difficulty level. In MAKE mode, players can create their own hole, customizing it however they want. Full of variability, and fun and challenging gameplay, D.W’s Island Bugball gives players the chance to experiment and test levels — and even offer challenges to their friends and family!

 Mad “Monster Island” props go out to Gentry (Senior Producer), Jeff (designer), Jolin (developer), and Mollie (production coordinator) for all their skill and creativity in bringing this game to life. Also, a big thanks to Tara (designer) and Alan for their support and guidance; and to Carol, Nicole, Deb and Tolon for providing great feedback along the way.

So, head on over to D.W.’s Island Bugball, and play a few rounds! 🙂

Teaching Tolerance with ARTHUR

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Here’s a great feature at the Southern Poverty Law Center on teaching tolerance with our new ARTHUR AIM project.

The AIM Buddy Project is a supplemental social and emotional learning curriculum that uses interactive media, the characters from ARTHUR, and cross-grade buddy pairs. Students partner with a buddy to work on interactive comics and games that focus on five important topics –empathy, honesty, forgiveness, generosity, and learning from others.

As buddy pairs engage with the ARTHUR characters they talk about and reflect on things like feelings, perspective-taking, and problem-solving.

To discover the ARTHUR AIM project for yourself, go to PBS LearningMedia.

 

Moral Education!

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Our very own Gentry and Cyrisse, along with Lacey Hilliard from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University, showed off our latest collaborative work for ARTHUR at the 42nd Association for Moral Education Annual Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

This presentation showed the creation, implementation, and evaluation of a supplemental elementary school curriculum designed to promote character and civic engagement through interactive media and cross-age buddy pairs.

The project has five interactive games and comics based on characters and storylines from the television series Arthur and focused on promoting empathy, honesty, forgiveness, generosity, and learning from others, validated with an evaluation in a nine-school comparative and longitudinal research study.

The content will be published very soon at PBS LearningMedia and is led at GBH by Mary Haggerty, Director of Media Engagement.