Critical Thinking

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much? | Above the Noise

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Even by conservative estimates, the average American spends over 6 hours per day staring at a screen. That’s a lot of time. What does the scientific research say about it? Is it good or bad for us? Co-produced with Common Sense Education. 

Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

YouTube Algorithms: How to Avoid the Rabbit Hole | Above the Noise

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We all know how easy it is to spend hours watching videos on YouTube. Why do we go down that rabbit hole? Mostly because of a combination of computer programming and marketing know-how called ALGORITHMS. Co-produced with Data & Society Research Institute. 

Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

Deepfakes: Can You Spot a Phony Video? | Above the Noise

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Recently, a doctored video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi got millions of views on social media. Deepfakes are becoming easier to make and spread, and Above the Noise is here to help people understand this new phenomenon and what to do about it. 

Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

 

 

Dusty Davidson: Co-Founder and CEO of Flywheel | What If – Innovator Insights

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NOTE: Spanish version is captions only.

Omaha web hosting start-up Flywheel is changing how and where people work, with dogs in the workplace to beer coolers to tearing down walls and different attitudes and ideas about what a workplace should be. 

Innovation Insights features short video interviews with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions, and mistakes, and offering advice for the next generation of innovators.

Caleb Pollard: President/Co-Founder of Scratchtown Brewery | What If – Innovator Insights

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NOTE: Spanish version is captions only.

Caleb Pollard opened Scratchtown Brewing Company in Ord, NE in 2013. Ord is a rural community of 2,000 on the edge of Nebraska’s Sandhills. Scratchtown is dedicated to brewing and serving an assortment of premium-quality handcrafted beer. Scratchtown Brewery’s  beer is made with some of the freshest, purest water on the planet – drawn from the Ogalala aquifer.

Innovation Insights features short video interviews with innovators and creators answering questions about things like influences, passions, and mistakes, and offering advice for the next generation of innovators.

Coding is a Kind of Storytelling | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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Explore how coding and storytelling can go hand-in-hand as children create projects utilizing their favorite PBS KIDS characters in the app.

Can You Trust Influencers on YouTube? | Above the Noise

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YouTube has been around for over a decade now, and it dominates as the top place for video content. Because of that, it’s way more of a business now than anyone could have imagined. The advertising world refers to many of the stars on YouTube, Instagram, and other social media platforms as influencers, because they have their own, home-grown fanbase that they have been interacting with for years. To capitalize on that fanbase, companies pay these influencers to promote their product or service. Watch the latest Above the Noise video to find out whether you can trust what's on YouTube and what are the rules about influencers advertising products in their videos.

Learning Resources | PBS KIDS ScratchJr

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With PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters. The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app for children ages 5-8. Below you can find resources and activities designed for educators to support the use of the app in both formal and informal learning settings.

Go Straight to the Source

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Go straight to the Source provides students with practical information on how to use primary sources. Readers are encouraged to think critically as they conduct research, collaborate with fellow students and present their findings in new and different ways.

Go Straight to the Source

Hit the Books

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Hit the Books provides students with practical information on using print and ebooks. Readers are encouraged to think critically as they conduct research, collaborate with fellow students and present their findings in new and different ways.

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