Study Shows Tech in the Classroom Boosts Math Skills for Youngest Learners

This week my colleagues at Education Development Center and SRI International and I are releasing findings from our Prekindergarten Transmedia Mathematics Study. This research is part of Ready to Learn, a partnership between the US Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS. The basic premise of Ready to Learn is that it marshals public media resources in...

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Media as a Prompt for Play

Recently, I gave a talk at the World Congress of Play in San Francisco. I chose the topic “Media as a Prompt for Play” for a number of reasons: First, from the earliest days of children’s TV, screens have brought young people ideas for playful games and activities, whether through direct instruction or simply modeling. I began my talk with a...

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Diversity in Children’s Media Is More Than Just Race or Gender

Diversity is more than demographics. Media designer and professor of learning technologies Kevin Clark says we need to think about diversity holistically—being aware of what children hear, see, and do. A speaker at a last year’s Fred Forward conference said, “To create diversity, you have to be diverse.” That is an amazing statement. As a media designer, I’m constantly striving to...

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Can Apps Encourage Parents and Kids to Use Media Together?

Whether watching TV, playing games online, or using apps on mom’s iPad, we know that younger children are likely to get more out of a media experience when they play or watch alongside another person. A new survey from Northwestern University finds that family media environment has a big impact on how young children interact with media and on whether...

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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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Raising Readers in the Digital Age: Under the Hood of Scholastic’s E-book Platform Storia

Scholastic is the world’s largest children’s book publisher, especially familiar to generations of parents and kids via its book clubs and fairs.  Scholastic’s Media Group is also a leading producer of children’s and family film, TV, and interactive media. Its eReading platform, Storia, launched in 2012. I spoke with Deborah Forte, President of Scholastic Media, about the company’s expertise in fostering...

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