Category Archives: Education

Professors at CMU conducted a study on selfies

image1The study surveyed people who posted selfies on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. It found two common reasons.people post.

Patricia Williamson is an associate professor with the school of broadcast and cinematic arts at CMU. She started the study.

“The most common self disclosure goal people have is information storage and entertainment. The entertainment part is pretty simple, either they find it entertaining or they think other people will find it entertaining. The information storage is more about people posting selfies because they want to go back and see what they looked like at a certain time or what they were doing on a certain date. So that’s another self disclosure goal.”

Williamson says the study also shows a generational gap in selfie posting. Younger people tended to post on newer platforms like Snapchat. Older people tend to stick with the tried-and-true, Facebook.

24/7 PBS kids channel

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If you’re feeling frazzled because yours kids favorite tv show went off, relax. On Monday, PBS is launching a new 24/7 kids channel.


The new channel, which is strictly for kids, will include shows like Daniel Tiger, Sesame Street, and Ready, Jet, Go!

Tanya Schripsema is the program director for CMU Public Television. She said the new channel will keep the same educational mission as the primary channel.

“It is very exciting for us to give children the opportunity to watch quality programming with their families,during the primetime hours, after school, and during the weekend.”

Schripsema said improved technology allows CMU Public TV to offer the new children’s channel AND CONTINUE to offer the main channel – with shows like Poldark, Masterpiece and Nova, that they’ve been running for nearly 50-years.

For information on the new TV offerings, you can contact CMU PUblic TV at 800-727-9268. Or go online to WCMU dot org for the full program schedule.

24/7 PBS Kids Program Schedule

Michigan students to be trained in CPR before graduation

_DSC6201A new law requires Michigan schools to teach students how to perform hands-only CPR training as well as defibrillator use.

The training must be administered sometime between seventh and 12th grade.

Sarah Poole is with Michigan’s American Heart Association.

“This is legislation that we started talking with lawmakers about probably a year and a half ago, and a number of lawmakers at that point expressed support and really came on board in fact a number of them shared stories of using CPR to save somebody.”

Poole says Michigan is the 36th state to require CPR training in public schools.

Michigan State University has received a two-million dollar grant renewal to help improve Flint schools

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An improvement program for Flint schools will continue through a two-million dollar renewal grant.

Michigan State University received the grant funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint. Continue reading