May 2013

Learning from Television—Kids Do (and so Can Media Developers)

In my prior post, I argued for thinking about a media “diet” rather than focusing only on the amount of time spent with media. Like food, media provide children with content that is both good and bad for healthy development.  Because television remains children’s most-used electronic medium, a good media diet for children includes educational television. By educational television, I mean...

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Sprout Fund accepting applications for 2013-2014 Remake Learning Fellowships

Connected learning is an approach to education that advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this...

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Can Media Help Create Family Conversation?

For very young children, talking is teaching. As we’ve written, the language-rich interaction between young children and their caregivers is most important for learning. Writing in the New York Times recently, Tina Rosenberg resurfaced some important research about the stark disparity that exists between the number of words lower income and higher income children hear at home, and the affect...

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Three Words for Digital-Age Parents: Access, Balance, and Support

Here’s a given about being the parent of a young child—it’s exhausting. Mix in some unknowns like your child’s seemingly unnatural attraction to glowing screens, and it can be bewildering. What’s the right mix of apps and grass stains? Here’s another given. There is no “correct” answer, and you’re probably too busy to read a 15-page research synopsis, like the Fred...

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Education Week: Proper Role of Ed-Tech in Pre-K a Rising Issue

Maren Herman's preschool classroom is filled with educational devices to entice a 3-year-old: toys, finger paints, books galore. And among the tools Ms. Herman uses in her classroom at Shady Lane School in Pittsburgh are two iPads and a laptop computer. On a given day, children might use a software app called Handwriting Without Tears to practice tracing letters. On other...

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Dr. Junlei Li Named Visiting Professor in Early Learning and Children’s Media

Dr. Junlei Li has been named to a new, three-year visiting professorship in early learning and children's media at Saint Vincent College, according to Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president. Li will serve as an associate professor of psychology in Saint Vincent College’s School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education, working with Saint Vincent faculty and the staff at the...

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How Teachers Are Using Digital Media with Kindergarteners

Paper, paint, crayons, blocks, yarn, scissors, chalk, buttons, trucks, books, dolls, masks, capes, and puzzles are among the many items you’d find walking into a high-quality early childhood classroom.  These materials provide children with the opportunity to explore and develop their creativity, socials skills, math concepts, a sense of inquiry, and much more. Increasingly, you’d also find digital cameras, touch-screen mobile...

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Children’s Museums: Spaces for 21st Century Play

This post orginally appeared at This week the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh welcomes museum professionals from around the country for InterActivity 2013: Reimagining Children’s Museums. This is part of a three-year exploration of what it means to experience a children’s museum in the 21st century. In addition to educational conference panels, the Association of Children’s Museums asked four interdisciplinary design...

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