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What is Edutainment?

by Rolin Moe

Edutainment is a term coined by Walt Disney to explain his approach to providing instructional resources -- through the disney lens of entertainment but with the contents of an educational curriculum. One critique of edutainment is the close relationship with private industry that can turn into propaganda; the science in this clip is seriously compromised as a narrator holds a block of uranium ore in his bare hands.

Uranium - the Genie in the Bottle

From an early edutainment filmstrip, this clip from Our Friend the Atom posits that the energy within uranium is like the genie in Aladdin's bottle - needs to be taken care of, but can grant wishes.

from Our Friend the Atom (1957)
Creator: Disney
Distributor: YouTube
Posted by Rolin Moe
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