Search It Up!

feature_internetDiscover how everyday kids use technology with Search It Up! a delightful, new mini-series from WGBH and PBS Kids. Real kids talk about how they use the internet, navigate with GPS, keep in touch with family, and have endless fun with phones.

The series was produced with support provided by Internet Essentials from Comcast and is currently available through the Android and iOS versions of the PBS KIDS Video app as well as the other PBS KIDS video platforms including Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and PBSKids.org/video for desktop.

The first video is also here here and the remaining 8 follow once you start watching.

The full series can also be found at the PBS KIDS channel on YouTube.

The project was devised and produced by Senior Executive Producer Bill Shribman and it builds on his prior work in media literacy with the Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius project.

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Bill says, “This is a pilot and my first foray into live-action video production so I was delighted to be in the capable hands of videographer and editor Geoff Adams. We worked in a fairly unscripted fashion with the kids. Luckily, we had our third and final shoot complete in February before the virus hit. All post-production then took place under lockdown conditions.

The whimsical illustration and design was provided by Digital’s Jesse Haley, with editorial support from Gentry Menzel, Deb Frank, and Kimberlee Manora in Children’s Media and Education with Alan West holding up the business end of this maverick operation.

Molly of Denali!

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Ready for an adventure? Come along with Molly as she explores Qyah, her village in Alaska! Kids will use informational text to solve different challenges, interacting with text such as books, apps, diagrams, and tables of contents.

Be sure to tune in for Molly of Denali,TM the animated series premiering on your local PBS station July 15, 2019.

This brand new website features an immersive, interactive world where kids can meet members of Molly’s community and go on missions such as picking blueberries or throwing treats to Molly’s dog Suki. Kids can also learn and practice their informational text skills across four games: Fish Camp, Sled Dog Dash, Beading Art, and Denali Trading Post.

Molly of Denali is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. A foundational aspect of literacy education, informational texts are designed to convey information, and include written words, images, and oral language. 

The digital team who created this incredible experience is Melissa, Bill​, Anessa​, Lizzy ​, Sienna, Kimberlee​, Kit​, Eric​, ​Jolin​, Mike, Jesse​, Becca, Nolan, Amelia, and Kate. ​

Coming soon: an app and more games! Check out the podcast too!

MOLLY OF DENALI is produced by WGBH Kids and Atomic Cartoons in association with CBC Kids. Funding for MOLLY OF DENALI™ is provided by a Ready To Learn Grant from the Department of Education; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American People; and by public television viewers. The contents of this program were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. [PR/Award No. U295A150003, CFDA No. 84.295A]

We’re Live: All New Ruff!

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Everyone’s favorite canine returns this week to star in THE RUFF RUFFMAN SHOW, an all-new short-form animated PBS Kids multiplatform series designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, a new website with digital games, a new photo app, and hands-on activities as part of the Ready to Learn grant program from the Department of Education.

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In each video, Ruff, along with his assistants Blossom and Chet, answers questions from real kids, takes on challenges, and learns the value of perseverance—all while modeling science inquiry skills. All 20 videos of the show are available on PBS Kids digital platforms, including the free PBS KIDS Video App and pbskids.org.

The videos roll out on the PBS Kids YouTube channel has begun, and segments from the series are airing on the new PBS Kids 24/7 channel and live stream this fall.

The free app, Photo Stuff With Ruff, is available in the main app stores.

Resources for educators abound at PBS LearningMedia.

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Many were involved including Carol, Marcy, Jess, Nicole, Mia and Deb on the animation side with many more on the digital side: Bill, Melissa, Kit, Tara, Anessa, Elizabeth, Gentry, Louise, Jesse, Stefan, Sophie, Elles, Carlyn, Jolin, Kal, Colin, Kevin, Jay, Ken, Carl, Alan, Glen Berger, and Jim Conroy.