Edina High School in Minneapolis was the final stop last week for the production crew of a new television series for teen-agers and their families. During a three-month filming schedule, the crew had dropped in at 22 public high schools across the country to hear what students had to say about the problems of growing up in 1980's America.
"The Power of Choice,'' which will air next fall in 10 half-hour segments on national public television, is designed, its producers say, "to open the lines of communication between teens and their parents.''
Hosted by Michael Pritchard, a San Francisco comedian who also works as a juvenile probation officer, the series introduces themes and topics in comedy routines performed at student assemblies, then explores them more fully in group discussions.
Filming for the series, which is underwritten by the Nestle Company, began in January at San Rafael (Calif.) High School.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has launched a national advertising campaign to boost the interest of elementary and junior high-school science teachers in educational television.
Ads placed in several education publications this month urge teachers to send for "Science Textbook Correlations,'' a free booklet from the CPB that matches the latest editions of popular science textbooks with programs from instructional-television series.
Copies are available from the CPB Office of Education, 1111 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; (202) 955-5100.
For those seeking further creative applications of instructional television, station KQED in San Francisco is offering a report containing 13 detailed case studies from California classrooms.
The studies chronicle the experiences--good and bad--of teachers in seven elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools. They include discussions of equipment needs, scheduling and previewing concerns, and the available materials and resources.
Copies of "Case Studies of Exemplary Instructional Television Use'' are available for $2, prepaid, from Instructional Television, KQED, 500 Eighth St., San Francisco, Calif. 94103; (415) 553-2140.
The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has issued its annual list of Notable Children's Films and Videos.
The winners include: "The Great Fig Tree,'' Benchmark Films; "Cathedral,'' P.B.S. Video; "Chicken Thing,'' Direct Cinema; "Chinese Word for Horse,'' Media Guild; "Get Ready, Get Set, Grow!'' Bullfrog Films; "Grant Wood's America,'' International Film Bureau; "Intertidal Zone,'' Bullfrog Films; "The Mouse and the Motorcycle,'' Churchill Films; "Rainbow War,'' Pyramid Film & Video; and "Red Shoes,'' Beacon Films Inc.
The cable-television network C-SPAN has expanded its educational-services program to introduce more high schools and colleges to its public-affairs programming.
Educators interested in using C-SPAN programming may register free of charge in the network's C-SPAN in the Classroom program. Members receive newsletter discounts, direct access to the Purdue Video Archives, and a special toll-free educators' hotline number.
The nonprofit network also has a special copyright policy that allows teachers to record telecasts for later use, edit videotapes of programs, and duplicate tapes without prior permission.
Further information is C-SPAN available from C-SPAN in the Classroom, 444 North Capitol St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001; (202) 737-3220.
The Information Center for Special Education Media and Materials in Columbus, Ohio, also has a new toll-free telephone number: (800) 772-7372
Operated by LINC Resources Inc., with funding from the U.S. Education Department, the center provides a variety of services, including computer searches of the center's database on media, information on marketing and legal issues, help in locating nonprofit special-education publishers, and reports synthesizing current research on instructional technologies.
Turner Educational Services Inc. and the Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Foundation are distributing four packages of educational materials this month on the Soviet Union. The distribution coincides with the airing last week of the Turner Broadcasting System's seven-hour television series, "Portrait of the Soviet Union.''
The packages consist of curriculum materials targeted for all age groups, providing information on the country's geography, people, and culture.
For further information, contact Turner Broadcasting at 1 CNN Center, Box 105366, Atlanta, Ga. 30348; (404) 827-1245.
The last of this year's National Geographic Specials--"Mysteries of Mankind,'' airing April 20 on P.B.S. stations--can be taped for use in educational settings. The free taping rights have been accompanied this year by a teachers' resource guide to the specials, made possible with funding from Chevron.
To request the guide, write National Geographic Specials, c/o Chevron, 742 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, Calif. 94710.