The Planet Classroom Network has launched its programming schedule with 28 cultural organizations committed to global programming. Organized by CMRubinWorld, the season 1 line-up presents a six-month World’s Fair of Learning on YouTube for youth by youth which includes original video programming.
The network’s programming focuses on Global Stewardship, Indigenous Voices, Celebrating the Identity Spectrum, Keeping Creativity Alive and Prescriptions for Global Unity.
Podcasts for the Planet Classroom Network will be hosted by Orb, who’ll be a virtual guide through the Planet Classroom shows in connection with VoiceAmerica.
Season 1 programming represents creators from over 50 countries and includes over 150 films, dance, music, video game, and art videos as well as VidOps and workshops featuring innovative youth start-ups, all of which have been created for youth or by youth.
Youth will discuss video programming on the network and share ideas for creating the future they want. Podcast themes include how youth are tackling societal challenges – How can empowered youth voices push our governing institutions to make choices that promote the wellbeing of the many, rather than the few? What are youth’s solutions to a polarized world? What are their solutions for strengthening the links between creativity and society at a time when art and artists are needed more than ever?
Film and video presentations
Season 1 includes Director Christopher Carpenter’s Stephen Hawking and Me. SIMA Classroom presents Lucan Guilkey’s BAFTA Award winning film, What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong. Eric Simon’s What to Do About Climate Disruption explores solutions for making progress on the climate crisis. Directed by Nicky Newman, From the Same Soil portrays the lives of two gay men and one transgender woman who left their home countries because of persecution. Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee’s Counter Mapping challenges western notions of geography and the arbitrary borders imposed on the Zuni World.
Audiences will have free access to a global collection of films which champion the voices of youth around the world.
Moreover, the network boasts workshops created exclusively for Planet Classroom including videos by Materials for the Arts that teach communities how to make use of everyday household items to produce original art.
“We also have the privilege of presenting Book Creator as a curator,” says co-founder and author C.M. Rubin (Cathy). Over 100 million ebooks have been created in 90+ countries on this platform. Book Creator’s Write a Story in One Page challenge will be seen on the Planet Classroom Network. Additionally, winners of the poetry awards for Scholastic’s Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, one of the most prestigious programs for talented youth, will recite and discuss their poems on Planet Classroom.
Planet Classroom will also be a channel committed to gaming. “Games have become a dominant form of entertainment worldwide,” notes Harry Rubin, Planet Classroom co-founder and former video game industry pioneer.
“Psyon Games is building a better world by gamifying scientific information. We look forward to sharing the powerful ways gamification can add incentives to any activity on Planet Classroom,” stated CEO of Pyson Games, Olli Rundgren.
Planet Classroom contributors include Global Nomads, Global Oneness, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Commffest, KIDS FIRST!, Dream a Dream Foundation, OddWorld Inhabitants, Psyon Games, Challenge 59, LXL Ideas, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers/Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Creative Visions Foundation, Battery Dance, SIMA Classroom, Young Voices for the Planet, Bard Conservatory, Taking It Global, Materials for the Arts, Book Creator, XTalks, NFFTY, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace, Ryan Wong Classroom, Global Search for Education, Voice America, Rocketium and Brandartica.