Resources > A look at Annenberg Media Learner

by Kara L.C. Jones
KotaPress Editor

The Annenberg Media Learner website totally floors me! You have to sign up for a free account to get into the materials, but the wealth of information you will find there is astounding.

Let me be clear: this isn't just reading material, but on-demand video training for FREE! I'm on cable broadband in my home office and the videos stream seamlessly, the sound is perfect, and content of the trainings is worth its weight in gold.

In particular, they have a training module available called Death: a personal understanding. This is a *most* interesting series of 10, half-hour, on-demand videos! Let me say again: available for free! The series is an online training for teachers -- or anyone for that matter-- interested in learning more about North American cultural perspectives on death and dying. Topic cover everything and include things like "Fear of death and dying" and "A Child's View of Death" and "Death Rituals". Each topic is explored with people experiencing death, dying, and grief under different circumstances. It's amazing to have such a frank and honest resource at the finger tips.

Though created in 1999, it doesn't seem dated very much, if it all. There is a printable copy of the program descriptions, plus link to buy materials like the study guide, faculty guide, and textbooks that go along with the series. But honestly, even without those things, you will find treasure in the videos alone. You'll find that particular module online at:

Be sure to surf around while you are there, too. You'll be amazing at the amount of training content and materials they have. Like I said, you have to sign up for a free account to get into the meat of the site, but it is well worth the few moments it takes to do that!

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