Phineas & Ferb: Mission Marvel Looks AWESOME!

6 06 2013




Happy Star Wars Day!

4 05 2013

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EW: Futurama canceled. Again.

22 04 2013

ew logo‘Futurama’ to end seven-season run on Sept. 4

The Planet Express ship will soon make its final delivery.

Comedy Central has decided not to renew Futurama, which means that the 31st-century-set animated comedy will end its 140-episode run on Sept. 4. The final 13 episodes, which represent the second half of season 7, begin airing on June 19 at 10 p.m.

Comedy Central has declined to renew 'Futurama,' meaning the next 13 episodes will be the last. My wife is pissed.

Comedy Central has declined to renew ‘Futurama,’ meaning the next 13 episodes will be the last. My wife is pissed.

Futurama is no stranger to cancellation, of course: The series aired from 1999 to 2003 before Fox sent Fry & Co. into oblivion. After thriving in reruns on Adult Swim, Futurama was relaunched in 2007 with four-direct-to-DVD movies that Comedy Central ran in half-hour increments as a 16-episode fifth season in 2008-09. Comedy Central subsequently ordered a sixth season of 26 episodes, which aired in 2010-11, and a seventh season of 26 episodes, the first half of which debuted in 2012.

The news did not come as a shock to executive producer David X. Cohen and creator Matt Groening, who had thought their space explorations were ending three previous times (after the Fox run, after the four movies, and after Comedy Central’s first 26-episode order). “I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can’t say I was devastated by the news,” Cohen tells EW. “It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment’s notice.”

The series won the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program twice, in 2002 and 2011. It has declined in the ratings, though, averaging 2.6 million viewers in 2010, 2.3 million in 2011, and 1.7 million in 2012.

Comedy Central’s EVP of Programming Dave Bernath views the network’s decision as “the natural end” to the show’s improbable comeback. “That’s a helluva run that few shows achieve, and especially given the fact that it came back to life, it’s really an amazing story,” he says. “I’m more thankful and feel a sense of gratitude toward the whole process — and that we found a way to keep going for 52 more episodes — than I really am even thinking about the ending. It’s a blessing that it came back and lasted so long.”

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http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/04/22/futurama-not-renewed-comedy-central/?hpt=hp_t5





What happens when you look up Adam West in the phone book…

22 04 2013

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Originally posted on Twitter by @martinansin.

 





Film vs. Reality: The Cost of Exploring Space

16 04 2013

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Writing Contest: Be a Super Hero. Read!

5 04 2013

Here’s a great opportunity for students, especially those who love super heroes, courtesy of DC Comics and Capstone Publishing! The deadline for entries is coming up soon (April 15th), so there’s not a lot to spare. It’s open to grades 3 to 6, and prizes include a trip for four to tour both DC Comics offices and Warner Brothers Animation Studios. I may have to pretend that I’m a fifth grader so I can win this myself! Details for how to enter are below, and at the official site!

– dEV

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DC_SUPERHEROES_EBLASTWho Is A Hero In Your Life?

Super heroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman have super powers, like the ability to fly. They also have many human powers that make them heroic, like courage and imagination. Who is a super hero in your life? What makes that person special and what “super powers” does he or she have?

How It Works

If you’re in grades 3–6 , write about the real super hero in your life. Your submission should describe your hero and describe why that person is a hero in your eyes. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and heroism. The top five entries will be posted online, where kids from across the country will vote to determine the grand prize winner!

Official Contest Prize

A trip for four to:

    • An exclusive tour of DC Entertainment Offices
    • A VIP tour for four of Warner Bros. Animation Studios (including travel, lodging and transportation)
    • A collection of DC Comics and Capstone merchandise

Plus:

  • A collection of DC Comics and Capstone merchandise
  • The hero featured in the winning entry will win $2,500 to be donated to a charity of his or her choice
  • The top five finalists will win a set of Capstone’s Man of Steel chapter books!

(Full Details)

http://www.capstonesuperhero.com/contest.html?utm_source=Eblast&utm_medium=Announcement&utm_campaign=BeaSuperHero.READ





The Fantasy World Map

4 03 2013

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CNN: This is yoru brain on ‘Sesame Street’

19 01 2013
This is your brain on ‘Sesame Street’
January 3rd, 2013
05:01 PM ET
CNNScientists can’t really know what a child is thinking, but they are interested in the brain processes that happen in educational settings. To that end, a new study in PLOS Biology compares the brains of children and adults, using “Sesame Street” as a way to test what happens on a neurological level during a popular TV program aimed at learning.

“We’re kind of honing in on what brain regions are important for real-world mathematics learning in children,” said lead study author Jessica Cantlon, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester.

Methods:

Participants included 27 typically developing children, ages 4 to 10, and 20 adults between ages 18 and 25. Each participant took part in one or more of the three components to the study.

Researchers focused on what happens in the brain during mathematical lessons. They used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the neural activity in participants.

In one part of the experiment, children and adults watched the same 20-minute montage of clips from “Sesame Street,” and the fMRI scanner measured their brain activity for the duration of the video. Some clips were related to counting, while others were about colors, animals and other non-math topics. In a different task, participants had to determine whether the stimuli they were shown were the same or different, such as faces and numbers. Children were also given standardized IQ tests after the scanning.

Results:

Researchers found that adultlike brain responses tended to show up in kids who demonstrated higher math and verbal knowledge levels. A brain region called the interparietal sulcus appeared to be linked to mathematics, as activity in that area tended to increase during math-related “Sesame Street” segments.

This area of the brain has been linked to working memory in previous research, and there has been some debate about its role in mathematics learning.

The researchers do not have enough evidence to say that this is a causal factor, however. In other words, they do not know if these neural patterns are the cause or effect of learning.

A different brain region called Broca’s area was associated with verbal knowledge, which has been well established by other scientists.

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http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/03/this-is-your-brain-on-sesame-street/?hpt=hp_bn12





Happy New Year from EDUtainmentBLOG.com!

1 01 2013

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Merry Christmas from EDUtainmentBLOG!

25 12 2012

I thought this was sacrilegious until I saw Batman on the roof. I also appreciate the inclusion of Bill and Ted rocking out for the Newborn King.

Anyway, may you and yours have a happy holiday and a Merry Christmas!

– dEV

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