Behind the Screens: Meet Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen recently graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and joined PBS KIDS as a production associate. As such, Jennifer is in charge of numerous online experiences for the PBS KIDS brand. When she's not hard at work, Jennifer occupies her time by baking and watching her favorite shows on Netflix.

1. Describe your role on the PBS KIDS team.
I work on a variety of things. My main responsibilities include managing the online community for our upcoming virtual world, supporting the development of PBS KIDS' webpages, and coming up with content for our stations' KIDS pages.

2. What’s the best lesson you’ve learned so far working in public media?
Public media has the potential to have a transformative impact on education because it naturally engages audiences of all ages. Still, it is important to remember that we cannot simply package all educational content into a video or game. We need to think deeply about how the games we develop really serve the educational objectives we want to achieve.

3. What's your favorite mobile app?
Pocket. I can “pocket” articles and videos I find on the web through a Chrome plug-in, and browse them on the app afterwards when I am bored on the metro!

4. What’s the one website you can’t go a day without?
If doesn’t count, then I tend to visit a lot. It has some really cool videos!

5. In your opinion, what are the upcoming digital trends as they pertain to kids?
I think as more and more classrooms begin to adopt Chromebooks, it becomes vitally important for kids to learn how to manage their time and integrate their learning styles into the digital world.

6. What’s one fact about you that would surprise most people?
I swallowed mercury once. I had a fever and accidentally bit through a glass thermometer with my teeth and the mercury slipped down my throat. I survived!

7. Describe PBS KIDS in a word.

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