April 2014

Why the Screen Debate Needs to Happen at App Level

To engage in real debate, critics of screen time need to name the apps they are concerned about, argues Children's Technology Review Editor Warren Buckleitner, a presenter at the 2014 Fred Forward Conference. He names 10 specific research questions about kids and apps. The Great Screen Debate is stuck. Despite the forward thinking of the joint position statement on children and...

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Children’s Librarians as Digital Media Mentors

There are approximately 16,000 public library branches and bookmobiles in the United States, most of them with staff trained specifically to serve young children and their families. One of the mainstays of library services to children is storytime, where library professionals plan and implement early learning experiences designed to expose families with young children to high quality content (reader’s advisory) and...

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Tribune-Review: Yo-Yo Ma to receive first Fred Rogers Legacy Award

In a 1985 episode of “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,” Yo-Yo Ma, the world-renowned cellist, performs two Bach movements before the show's host tells his audience; “Do you know what a present that is? When you play something for somebody, it's just like giving them a present.” Ma will be the first recipient of a Fred Rogers Legacy Award, developed by the Fred...

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Staying Connected: April 2014

The Fred Forward Conference is quickly approaching, and we are excited to announce a new addition to the program, a special forum called Fred Chats. Fred Chats will serve as a platform for fresh voices, 15-25 years old, to speak to one of the many areas of talent Fred Rogers exemplified to improve the lives of children. We believe kicking...

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Technology that Supports Early Learning – Three Examples

Digital storytelling for dual language learners; e-books about empathy; deep diving on a virtual Titanic; and more innovative uses of technology for early learning. Computers, tablets, smartphones, apps, and other digital tools are part of our everyday lives. When used appropriately, technology can help children explore their world, express and make sense of what they know, and interact with other children....

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