Martha Has Touch Licked

Good to see our first app for PBS, Martha’s Dog Party highlighted in Mark Schlichting’s new book “Understanding Kids, Play and Interactive Design.”

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Izz Green Grows Up

The inspiration for  — and voice of — Izz Green of our environmental project Meet the Greens is just completing her real-life degree in Marine Science.

In this new interview, you can read about how the real Izz Green traveled across the world to help understand and conserve mangrove trees.

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For more mangrove fun check out Plum Landing:

Mangroovin’ game

Water Safari game

Make a Mangrove game

Mangrove videos

Mangrove activities

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Plum’s Latest App!

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In time for Earth Day, we launch Outdoor Family Fun with Plum for iOS and Android.

Does your family have a few minutes at the bus stop or 15 minutes to play outside? Try a mission from Plum and start building a healthy habit! Spending time outdoors has many benefits and nature is all around – you just have to look!

This app offers daily activities that will get your family outside, exploring your neighborhood and learning about nature. It’s part of PLUM LANDING, a PBS KIDS project that helps kids develop a love for this amazing and beautiful planet we call home.

 

Features

  • 150+ unique missions to explore your neighborhood’s plants, animals, weather, and more
  • Hundreds of tips to help your family talk about nature and science
  • New missions and achievement badges that unlock as you use the app
  • Digital tools to help your family observe and interact with nature
  • Daily sets of suggested missions to try
  • Progress tracker to look back on missions and achievements

For more learning adventures with Plum, visit pbskids.org/plumlanding

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071XWTD2X/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1492799831&sr=1-1&keywords=family+fun+plum

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.pbskids.outdoorfamilyfunwithplum&hl=en

iOS App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/outdoor-family-fun-with-plum/id1218401498?mt=8

Children, Adolescents, and Media – The future of research and action

Bill has written a chapter for this weighty tome.

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Other chapters include ones from our friends at PBS, CPB, EDC, SRI and Boston Children’s Hospital.

About the Book

Bringing together the leading researchers on children, adolescents, and the media, this books offers their cutting-edge, ‘big picture’ ideas for the future of research and scholarship in the field. Individual chapters focus on topics such as the role of big data in media research, digital literacy, parenting in the era of mobile media, media diversity in the digital age, the impact of media on child development, children’s digital rights, the implications of ‘intelligent’ characters and parasocial relationships, and the effectiveness of transmedia for informal education. Several chapters also explore the theoretical and methodological challenges facing children’s media researchers. Offering new directions for research, the contributors consider the implications of the changing media landscape for parents, educators, advocates, and producers. Leading scholars from North America, Europe and Asia, grounded in different theoretical and methodological traditions, join forces to discuss the impact of growing up in a media- saturated world, and to stimulate thinking about the field of children and media in unexpected ways. This book was originally published as two special issues of the Journal of Children and Media.