Education Week: Virtual Learning for Little Ones Raises Developmental Questions

Given that the youngest schoolchildren are part of the touch-screen generation, the question of whether they're too wet behind the ears for online learning has shifted to a more complex concern: making sure the technology they're using in school is developmentally appropriate. In the Kyrene school district in Tempe, Ariz., which serves 18,000 students in kindergarten through 8th grade, educators first...

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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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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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Slate: The History of Mister Rogers’ Powerful Message

In the wake of yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombings, many took to social media to comment on the tragedy. One of the sentiments repeated again and again came from Mister Rogers. When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are...

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Pop City: Teacher development, healthy eating app, more coming from Early Learning Environment

A year after the Early Learning Environment website debuted from the Fred Rogers Center, it is poised to grow with new activities, directions and apps. The Rogers Center and the "ELE" focus on children's media for kids through five years old, and digital media-based learning in particular. Too often in years past, notes Michael Robb, the Center's director of education and research,...

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Choosing Tech Toys for Tots: No Small Parent Feat

Digital media has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, how we communicate, shop, organize and get our news. It’s also invading the world of play as touch screen tablets, eBooks, smartphones and mobile apps are defining virtual toy chests for children as young as tots learning to walk and talk. [q_button type='transparent_button' size='medium' text='Read More' icon_pack='font_awesome' fa_icon='' fe_icon='' icon_color='' link='http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/02/15/choosing-tech-toys-for-tots-no-small-parent-feat/' target='_self'...

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