I'm trying to remember a series of shows broadcast in the late 1970s or maybe as late as 1980 or so. It explained science topics through the lens of recent discoveries or advancements. It might have been PBS but I think it was a "special broadcast" on network tv. I loved them and got all excited when one would be on, so I don't think it was regular or weekly. The only one I specifically remember was on the brain, told through the story of a little girl (?) who needed brain surgery.
It wasn't for specifically for kids, but I recall them being very upbeat and "yay science!" They were broadcast in prime time, probably 8 PM.
Also: it's definitely not Connections.
Apologies - this may the the vaguest TV-related AskMe yet!
posted by JoanArkham
on Apr 27, 2014 -
On late night tv earlier this month I saw a 50s or 60s educational documentary about bees that was made in affiliation with a christian college in America. And it was hilarious. The first half was sort of straight-forward science about how bees work, and then toward the end it takes this turn about how we should all follow the old testament which would make us happy and productive like bees. And now I can't remember the name of the film company (which was named after the college) which apparently did many such educational shorts in that time (either 50s or 60s I don't remember which). Does this ring any bells with anyone?
posted by supercrayon
on Mar 30, 2014 -
I have spent several hundred hours over the last six months creating A2 charts (420X594mm). They are about 50 in total, covering topics taught in Maths in Primary School. They are displayed in the Maths room in my school and I'm proud of the fact that the children constantly refer to them during lessons. I have been told by colleagues and visitors that they are very appealing. Unlike the laminated, commercial posters on the market which are rather tacky, these hand-made posters capture the essence of upper primary topics in very digestible chunks. I would love these posters to have a wider audience. How do I do this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ashawill
on Mar 7, 2014 -
Around 1995 I played a game on the Mac in school that was for educational purposes, supposedly for the purposes of drilling math skills, and had Mozart Symphony no. 40 (1st movement and but I think 3rd as well), Bach BWV 999, and possibly some Paganini as well, as background music. Do you know what it was?
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on Oct 10, 2013 -
I'm looking for the best marine biology summer camp for my sibling who will be 14 in the summer of 2014. Or the resources to find one. [more inside]
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on Jun 3, 2013 -
I'm gifting my laptop to my far-away sister, and want to pre-load it with some fun, free, friendly games she can use to entertain her live-in grandkids (ages 4 and 2). Any suggestions? [more inside]
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on Apr 27, 2013 -
Looking to learn the name of a BBC Micro (?) game where you went inside a computer and solved various puzzles to free (?) the computer from bugs or aliens. [more inside]
posted by Jehan
on Apr 17, 2013 -
Educational Internet scavenger hunt game from the late 1990s, with new questions and websites to explore each round. What early multiplayer web-based treasure hunt game thing was I playing? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself
on Mar 27, 2013 -
We're about to have yet another spell of very cold weather in the south east so time to find more activies for school age children (11-15) that are either indoors or in sheltered areas outdoors. Can you recommend any? [more inside]
posted by humph
on Mar 10, 2013 -
I'm looking for websites that have cool, educational, entertaining and kid-safe stuff I can share with my two 4 year olds, perhaps similar to the kids should see this
, and/or sites that suggest neat projects and how-to's my wife and I can work on with them to open their eyes to the wonders of the world around them. All suggestions welcome!
posted by zarq
on Jun 10, 2012 -
What educational children's shows have an episode about the internet and or computers in general? Episode name or number a bonus! [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes
on Apr 10, 2012 -
Please help me come up with a clever name for my 9 year old's geology-related web site which will feature his gem and mineral collection. THANKS!
posted by punkfloyd
on Feb 26, 2012 -
Grad school (or possibly career)-related question: Do you know about research involving e-textbooks and how students and educators might best use them? [more inside]
posted by graphnerd
on Feb 7, 2012 -
Is there some legitimate way to get discounts for software like Ableton Live or Photoshop? I was thinking I could take some online courses and get an educational discount this way. Any suggestions for such courses? Or other suggestions?
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on Jan 27, 2012 -
What are some good educational Android apps for a 5 year old? Particularly ones involving reading or number skills.
posted by Artw
on Jan 17, 2012 -
What are some successful, small organizations (with websites) that offer training to colleges and school districts in the U.S.? Looking for marketing inspiration, nothing specific subject-wise. [more inside]
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on Jan 12, 2012 -
I am interested in hearing some historical and educational audiobooks/audiocasts. Anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on Nov 23, 2011 -
What are some cool kids movies or television programs that are not
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on Sep 13, 2011 -
Educational videogames tend to be aimed at children and/or not much fun to play (and/or both). "Typing of the Dead" is a great exception. Are there other truly addictive videogames a grownup can enjoy while learning something? The subject being taught is irrelevant-- I'd just love for my gaming time to result in some sort of useful skill. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Jul 6, 2011 -
Help identify an educational computer game from the nineties involving cartoon aliens, racing, skateboards, and science trivia. [more inside]
posted by cmyk
on Dec 7, 2010 -
Calling All Current Middle School Teachers and Parents of Middle Schoolers For Technology Information [more inside]
posted by Elsie
on Sep 19, 2010 -
What are some great, informative TV series? Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Ken Burns's Jazz, Matthew Colling's This Is Modern Art, Robert Winston's The Human Body--what else is in this vein? I'd much rather a recommendation of a series, as opposed to a single one-off documentary. What should I watch that is captivating and teaches me something?
posted by surenoproblem
on Jul 26, 2010 -
What's a good video-hosting solution for a primary (elementary) school context? [more inside]
posted by klaatu
on May 15, 2010 -
Can you recommend any XBOX 360 (or PC/MAC/Linux for that matter) games that are more quiz / education oriented (not counting Trivial Pursuit).
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posted by tkbarbarian
on May 7, 2010 -
Looking for the name of a science program we watched in class in elementary school. It was about British kids taught basic science lessons by a robot. [more inside]
posted by distracts
on Feb 21, 2010 -
I've been teaching for a few years, and want to use my experience in technology, professional development, and education into a new job or career path. Here are the specifics... [more inside]
posted by jander03
on Feb 2, 2010 -
my kids (ages 3 and 6) are beginning to learn chinese. i am looking for useful materials and strategies to get them fluent. i don't speak chinese.
one thing that helped a lot in learning spanish (their second language) was spanish language education software that targets native spanish speakers ages 3 to 5. does anyone have any recommendations both for the chinese educational software of this type and how to buy it when you don't speak chinese. there is absolutely nothing more daunting than a chinese language web site.
posted by alcahofa
on Nov 21, 2009 -
I am trying to remember the name of a board game I played as a child. I got it free in the mail, and it was a travel/geography game. [more inside]
posted by sandraregina
on Jul 29, 2009 -
Where can I find the educational film called "Everybody Works" (I think that's the name)? Preferably a clip on the Internet or a place to order it on-line. [more inside]
posted by bertrandom
on Jul 17, 2009 -
My husband lucked in to a free iMac and we'd like to set it up for our neice who is 11. Can you help us trick it out? [more inside]
posted by amanda
on Dec 4, 2008 -
I would like to find a link for a short video clip of a video game that meets certain criteria. It will go into a presentation to elementary school teachers, as a quick backdrop to a point about interactive games that will be used in school, and that will be fun while challenging kids to think and learn. (It won't itself BE that game; it just has to plausibly look the part.) It needs to have some connection to an outer space theme. [more inside]
posted by daisyace
on Jun 2, 2008 -
On a recent trip to Kenya, we visited a school who is in need of simple French language instruction booklets for elementary-age children. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold
on May 23, 2008 -
About a year ago, I installed a freeware program onto my Dell Axim to aid with learning. Since then, the program has been removed and I've forgotten what it was called. I'm hoping someone out there can help me. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes
on May 14, 2008 -
I'm looking for a great short educational cartoon about oil and petroleum that may or may not have been posted in the blue a long time ago, definitely elsewhere on the net. My extensive searching has uncovered nothing and someone else may simply remember the title. It was 50's cartoony, obviously biased in favor of the industry, but seemed scientifically accurate. Any clue?
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Mar 17, 2008 -
Sonomama Rakubiki Jiten
, a DS lite "game," is apparently really useful for learning kanji. So much so that people in this thread
recommended it over dedicated electronic dictionaries. Any other DS software you'd consider that useful? [more inside]
posted by trig
on Feb 14, 2008 -
I like to learn stuff by watching videos. Please recommend informative documentaries or educational videos that can be found on-line. [more inside]
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on Dec 8, 2007 -
What's the best Christmas gift I could buy for my young nephew, who has shown an early interest in music? [more inside]
posted by mrkinla
on Nov 27, 2007 -