Great write-up of our new Molly of Denali podcast in Fast Company, “While everyone loves a good mystery, what makes this podcast (and TV series) truly groundbreaking is that all the indigenous characters are voiced by indigenous actors, and Alaska Native voices are featured across the production, including in story development and creative direction. The theme song, which is featured in the PBS KIDS series and podcast, is sung by members of the Yupik Alaska Native band Pamyua, with music from Gwich’in fiddler Brennan Firth.”
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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.”
This free app has seen over 100,000 downloads and is part of our larger Plum Landing project at PBS KIDS.
This year Plum and her friends will be kicking into high gear with animation and digital shenanigans aimed at getting families in urban settings to find and enjoy nature, even in the bustling-est of towns and cities. Meanwhile, here are some highlights from that review:
Leave it to PBS Kids to create a fun way to spark kids’ imaginations, encourage creative and critical thinking, and get them outside. Other apps let kids get creative putting together whimsical creatures, monsters, or robots, but this one extends that creative fun, letting kids create a narrative around their creature.
They’ll think critically about where their creature would sleep, raise babies, keep warm, and more — as prompted by the missions — and then they can get out and about, observing the world around them. The commands are easy for kids to complete, and each mission can be completed pretty quickly.
Without any explicit instruction or vocabulary, kids learn about animals and their habitats. They’ll think about the creature they’ve made and decide where it lives, what it eats, and what it does, even tying physical traits (what does it do with its saw teeth?) into the missions.