Author: FRC

Staying Connected February 2016

There has been much talk lately about the issue of the digital divide and equity. Recently, The New York Times published an article,  Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves Schoolchildren Behind, about how some school children are being left behind due to their lack of access to internet at home, which is needed to complete assignments. Kids are forced to stand outside...

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Staying Connected December 2015

The end of the year always feels like a whirlwind. Between November and December, we've been busy with presentations at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Dr. Junlei Li's visit to China to provide professional development on the Simple Interactions approach, and connecting with our partners on a recent trip to the TEC Center at...

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Study Finds Early Childhood Education Not Reliant On Classroom Technology

LATROBE, PA – The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College contributed to a new report “Technology in the Lives of Educators and Early Childhood Programs: Trends in Access, Use and Professional Development from 2012 to 2014,” announced executive director Rick Fernandes. The study, conducted by Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development in...

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Staying Connected: November 2015

I just got off of a call with Dr. Chip Donohue of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute, and Dr. Kathleen Paciga, our Early Career Research Fellow, regarding progress on our report on digital media and social emotional development. Though we are still early in the stages, I can see that this report is more relevant than ever as we...

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Fred Rogers Center Names Early Career Research Fellow

LATROBE, PA – Dr. Kathleen (Katie) A. Paciga has been named Early Career Research Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, it was announced by executive director, Rick Fernandes. The fellowship, in conjunction with the Technology and Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute, will support the development of a report exploring key...

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Fred Rogers Center Kicks Off Digital Library Initiative

LATROBE, PA -- Tanya Baronti, left, digital media and learning project manager for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, shared tips with Gilbert Cardenas, an early childhood educator interested in the Center’s new digital mentoring and lending partnership with the Westmoreland Library Network. Baronti and Cardenas were among the educators who attended...

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Staying Connected: October 2015

Throughout my life I have been very fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. I will say it again as I raise two young children and have the incredible good fortune to work at the Fred Rogers Center. You can't help but feel inspired by Fred's words and actions. Working with and meeting some of the most...

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Fred Rogers Center Names First Pittsburgh Community Fellow

Latrobe, PA – Shimira Williams has been named the first Community Fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, it was announced by executive director, Rick Fernandes. Williams joins the Fred Rogers Center to work on micro-credentialing for early childhood educators. Through this project, Williams will create a small pilot program focused on digital badges as...

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Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Creates App

LATROBE, PA – The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College has launched ChromaKids, a new free iPad app for children and families to nurture children’s ability to connect and develop relationships through a visual arts activity. This app was designed through the Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellows program. Brian Puerling, the Early Career Fellow creator of...

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Fred Rogers Center’s Michael Robb Contributes To Journal Article

LATROBE, PA – Dr. Michael Robb, director of digital learning and research at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, co-authored an article, “Putting Education in ‘Educational’ Apps: Lessons from the Science of Learning” in the current issue (vol. 16, no. 1, April 13, 2015) of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a unique journal featuring...

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