I couldn’t believe what I heard; “Sesame Street will now be cut to thirty minutes in an effort to cater to shortened attention spans.” This was troubling news on so many levels. Suffering from a bad case of nostalgia and fondly recalling my 1980’s childhood, this news about Sesame Street was hard to handle. The very thought of a quality show like Sesame Street being shortened, which in my mind is the prelude to being cut, caused a momentary bout of depression to take root.
Thankfully, I learned that I did not hear the entire story. I came upon this report in the LA Times and began to feel much better. It turns out the 30 minute version of Sesame Street is in addition to the normal one hour episode aired weekly on PBS. Thank Goodness! The shortened version was created to accommodate the growing audience of mobile device viewers, which accounts for a major and growing segment of the audience. This makes sense as mobile devices are pervasive and are increasingly in the hands of people at all economic levels and geographic regions.
Better yet, my search led me to the Sesame Street webpage. The Sesame Street webpage is where I found great resources for parents and educators. They cover all the bases of early childhood development. What really caught my eye was the series of lessons for educators, entitled For Me, For You, For Later as they focus on the theme of financial literacy and making good choices. These great lessons were created in partnership with PNC Bank. If you read our last blog you would know how relevant and important this information is. Good news!
But wait; there is even more good news! PBS is a fantastic source of information and resources for teachers of all subjects. There is just so much good content that is free and available to those who want to enrich their lives. Since our focus is on K-12 teachers I will include one more useful link here. Well, I hope you found this blog useful and that it brought a smile to your face. In case that smile has not happened yet, here are two videos that should get the job done.
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