The documentary is the centerpiece of an ongoing, multiplatform initiative exploring the impact of the Web and digital media on life in the 21st century, and also includes streaming video reports, user-submitted photos and a series of interactive roundtable discussions. The project is funded through a $1 million grant from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon. "Digital Nation" will be available on FiOS TV VOD until Sunday (April 4).
In addition, viewers can examine a series of free online workshops for parents and teachers, created by PBS Frontline in conjunction with the documentary at Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org).
Verizon Thinkfinity is a free educational Web site for teachers, parents, students and after-school programs. It contains thousands of engaging educational resources, podcasts and videos that make learning fun.
Digital Nation workshops include:
- Digital Parenting: Protecting and Empowering Kids - Parents explore resources on how to balance concerns about safety with a teen's healthy need for independence. http://www.thinkfinity.org/digital_nation.aspx?type=parents
- 21st Century Schools: Learning in the Digital Age - Workshop for teachers to discuss the hype and the hopes for improving education through technology. http://www.thinkfinity.org/digital_nation.aspx?type=teachers
- The Digital You: Attention, Multitasking and Addiction - Learn how to keep a balanced relationship with the technology in your life. http://www.thinkfinity.org/digital_nation.aspx?type=multitasking
- Learning in Virtual Worlds - Explore the remarkable power of alternate realities to do much more than just entertain. http://www.thinkfinity.org/digital_nation.aspx?type=virtuallearning
Verizon's industry-leading FiOS TV VOD service offers about 18,000 monthly titles, including 2,800 in high definition (HD). FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 565 all-digital channels, including up to 138 HD channels. FiOS also provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; social TV, news and entertainment widgets; remote DVR management; multi-room DVR; and more.
The Verizon Foundation supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational Web site, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2009, the Verizon Foundation awarded $67.9 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in an additional $26.1 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 5 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 91 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.