Technology

The Rise of Social Networking

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In this video segment from FRONTLINE: "Digital Nation," teens talk about why they use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

Is Facebook Changing Our Identity? | PBS Idea Channel

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With 955,000,000 worldwide users, it seems like just about everyone makes use of the social media giant Facebook to connect with friends, share photos, and update everyone they've ever met since grade school about their dinner plans. But, what you may not realize is that Facebook's new timeline layout is enhancing the ability to construct our self identity by super-charging our memory. Philosophers have been arguing about the link between identity and memory since John Locke first proposed the idea in the 17th Century, but human memory has always been deeply flawed and limited. Now with Facebook's incredibly easy interface and ability to remember anything and everyone we want, people have a whole new way to understand their past and thus understand themselves. 

Be Kind Online

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How do we act when we are on the Internet? Here are some good manners for when we are on the Internet. Use good words, not rude or bad words. Be patient with others. Sometimes others are beginners and are just learning how to use the Internet.

West Virginia | Nurse: the Frontline of Family History

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A nurse scientist explains why she entered this field, what the career entails, and how she uses genetic research and family health histories to assist patients in this video from WV Steam.

Great States | Montana Economy

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European fur-trappers, and later silver and gold prospectors, disrupted the lives of Montana’s Cheyenne, Crow, and Blackfeet Indian Nations. Learn how Montana’s economy has evolved since those early times to include timber, banking, high-tech industry, and tourism.

What is Programming? | Ready Jet Go!

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How do people talk to computers? In this clip from Ready Jet Go!, Jet and his friends learn about computer programming from Dr. Rafferty. They demonstrate how it works by using colored playing blocks to signify different computer commands.

Teachable Moment: Logistics | Fast Forward

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We explain the concept of logistics, why it's important, and how it impacts your wallet!

America Revealed | Clear Skies

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Support your History, Geography, and Science curriculum with this video which takes a close look at how policy and technology improvements in the planning and procedure of air traffic control systems can guide the future of air transportation. Then, use the accompanying lesson plan, "Crowded Skies: Imagining the Future of Air Transportation," to have students write proposals for improving the state of transportation in the United States.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

When Do Memes Stop Being Funny? | PBS Idea Channel

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"Old meme is old." But why is this such a bad thing? Once the height of internetiness, the sight of a LOLCat is now unforgivable. Memes become passe very quickly: after just months or even weeks of a new meme, we tire of the once hugely popular joke. Why does this happen, and so rapidly? Is it a reflection of the sheer volume of visual information we absorb from the internet? Or, does it say something about this specific visual culture? 

Students Using E-mail

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Consider how elementary students use e-mail as a tool that empowers them to voice their concerns and take action about issues that matter to them.

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