Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive

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Self Incorporated is a 15-program television/film series designed to stimulate classroom discussion of critical issues and problems of early adolescence. It aims at helping 11 to 13-year-olds cope with the physical, social, and emotional changes they are experiencing."Self In-corporated" was created under the management of the Agency for Instructional Television through the resources of a consortium of 42 state and provincial educational and broadcasting agencies,with additional assistance from Exxon Corporation.

It Figures

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It Figures is a 28-part mathematics series for fourth graders. Each episode introduces real-life situations involving math concepts that can, at times, prove difficult. Often a child gets caught in the problem that does not come out successfully, but experience proves the best teacher. Capsizing the information taught in each program is a cartoon sequence. These cartoons provide previews of what follows from a live-action sequence. The content of It Figures was developed by a consortium of 31 state and provincial education agencies. Managing the project were Ed Cohen and the late Larry Walcoff. Individual programs were produced by Larry Wood Productions (in the facilities of KLVX in Las Vegas), the Illinois State Board of Education, New Jersey Network (NJN), KLCS in Los Angeles, Maryland Instructional Television and South Carolina ETV.

Bread and Butterflies

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Bread and Butterflies is an educational project in career development for nine-to-twelve-year-olds. Based on two years of planning by educators and broadcasters, the project included 15-minute color television programs, a comprehensive Curriculum Guide, and in-service teacher's program, and international program, and workshop materials. Bread and Butterflies was created under the supervision of the Agency for Instructional Television, through the resources of a consortium of thirty-four educational and broadcasting agencies with assistance from Exxon Corporation.


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Trade-offs was an AIT program designed to improve economics instruction in the United States and Canadian schools. The series of fifteen lessons, for children from 9-13, helped students think their way through economic problems and increased their understanding of economics.On a broader scale, it helped them become more effective decision makers and ultimately more responsible citizens.

Each lesson consists of a 20-minute color television/film program plus teacher's guide material to facilitate classroom follow-up. Each program begins with a short segment that identifies key points that students and teachers should watch for. This is followed by the dramatization of a fundamental economic problem relevant to the daily life of the student. Special visuals emphasize the economic principles and reasoning processes involved. The last portion of the program introduces, but does not resolve, another problem, and ends by posing a question to the viewers.

In its first year, Trade-offs was used by approximately 500,000 students and their teachers in about 25.000 fifth and sixth grade classrooms. This more than quadrupled the amount of teaching of economics as a subject. Trade-offs was produced under the direction of AIT by the Educational Film Center (North Spring-field. Virginia), The Ontario Educational Communications Authority, and public television station KERA, Dallas. Programs were available on film, videocassette, and broadcast videotape. Trade-offs was developed cooperatively by the Joint Council on Economic Education, the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, the Agency for Instructional Television, and a consortium fifty-three state and provincial education and broadcasting agencies.


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Thinkabout is a series of sixty programs to help students in 5th and 6th grade become independent learners and problem solvers by strengthening their reasoning skills and reviewing and reinforcing their language arts, mathematics and study skills. The series is broken up into thirteen themes: Finding Alternative, Estimating & Approximating, Giving & Getting Meaning, Collecting Information, Finding Patterns, Generalizing, Sequence and Scheduling, Using Criteria, Reshaping Information, Judging Information, Communicating Effectively and Solving Problems.

Give & Take

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Give & Take is a an Agency for Instructional Television educational program on economics designed for grades 8-10.

Your Choice Our Chance

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Your Choice Our Chance is a series of drug abuse prevention programs to be viewed by students and community members in an effort to educate and prevent the use of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs before preteens start. The program targets children in the vulnerable pre-adolescent years, incorporating proven prevention strategies recommended by leading health educators. The school component focuses on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that influence drug use. The programs are designed to help students develop personal and social skills, learn to make decisions, and improve their self - concept. Dramatic episodes feature target-age students in realistic school, family, and peer group situations. The programs feature a variety of socioeconomic levels, family structures, and racial and ethnic backgrounds.


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Teletales is a program of charming folk tales told by Paul Lally with illustrations by Rae Owings from around the world that feature themes about outsmarting bullies to triumphing over adversity.

On the Level

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"On the Level" is designed to help young people understand what is happening to them as they grow up and to encourage their active participation in the hard work of adolescence-reaching maturity through social and personal growth. The twelve programs dramatize common teenage concerns like love, stress, conflict. and changing re­lationships with family and friends. The problem situations stimulate reflection and discussion about alternative courses of action for different individuals: the many approaches to problems. the many solutions. Programs objectify personal ex­periences and feelings so that you and your stu­dents can analyze and discuss them with no threats to individual privacy. Programs show the interactions of different aspects of the self-emotional, physical. intellectual, social. Look especially for the physical health implica­tions that have been built into each of the pro­grams. For example, Brad has an upset stomach. sweaty palms, and shortness of breath because of stress at work, school and home. David's preoccu­pation with his feelings result in a threat to his per­sonal safety. 


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The goals of this series, in order of priority, are: To expose children to basic Spanish ; to introduce children to Hispanic culture ; to create an interest in the geography of countries where Spanish is the primary language ; to reinforce skills and concepts taught in the regular elementary school curricula.