Digital Media & Learning Resources

The Fred Rogers Center supports the fields of child development, early education, and children’s media through research and reporting efforts on critical issues. Our reports provide needed context to discussions about life in the digital age, and the role of technology in homes and classrooms. Here are some selected resources.

Publications

Checklist for Identifying Exemplary Uses (PDF)
The Pennsylvania Digital Media Literacy Project – 2014

 

NAEYC-FRC Position Statement (PDF)
A joint position statement issued by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College – 2012

 

Technology in the Lives of Educators and Early Childhood Programs (PDF)
Ellen Wartella, Ph.D., Courtney K. Blackwell, Ed.M., Alexis R. Lauricella, Ph.D., and Michael B. Robb, Ph.D. – 2013

 

Technology in the Lives of Educators and Early Childhood Programs: Trends in Access, Use, and Professional Development from 2012 to 2014 (PDF)
Courtney K. Blackwell, Ph.D., Ellen Wartella, Ph.D., Alexis R. Lauricella, Ph.D., and Michael B. Robb, Ph.D. – 2015

 

Blog: How Am I Doing? Exemplary Uses of Technology in Early Learning

 

Blog: For Infants and Toddlers in the Digital Age, Time with Adults Still Matters Most

 

Blog: Helping Young Children Develop a Healthy Media Diet

 

Videos

The Fred Rogers Center creates videos that highlight the intersections of child development and media, and the power of human interactions.

 

Selected Resources

Using Digital Frames to Support Home-School Connections

 

Creating a Talk Show to Meet Community Members

 

A Good Fit

 

Using Technology Tools

Video

Using Technology Tools (PDF)

 

Talking With Babies

Video

Talking With Babies

 

To access all of the Fred Rogers Center’s videos, please visit us on our YouTube channel.

 

Apps

The Fred Rogers Center creates mobile apps that recognize the importance of early literacy and healthy social and emotional development for young children, as well as the importance of positive engagement, conversation, and social interaction between parents, teachers, caregivers, and children.

 

Alien Assignment

 

Alien Assignment app iconiPad Apps for Kid for Dummies icon

Greetings from the Gloop family! Alien Assignment is a fun game that encourages problem solving and discovery. The Gloop family’s spaceship has crashed and they need your help to repair their spaceship! Take pictures of your world to help the spaceship computer remember how to fix the ship and fly this lovable family of aliens back to their home planet. Follow a simple Scavenger Hunt and snap photos of everyday items using the camera on your mobile device. Listen closely as Gleep and Glop give you fun clues that will have you up on your feet and searching for that perfect item to photograph. Then, review your photos with a grown-up to fix broken parts of the spaceship with each picture! Have fun!

 

Alien Assignment Crash Landing

 

 

Alien Assignment provides a lot of chances for adults and children to play together. When children show-off their photos or hand the phone to their grown-up, adults can use that moment as a chance to talk about what their children took photographs of, and why. You may be surprised by some of the creative answers!

 

Developed by Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Craig Schatten

 

 

ChromaKids

 

Chroma Kids app iconChromaKids invites young children to become storytellers! Discover an interactive artistic experience for children ages three and older.

 

ChromaKids ignites fun and excitement in a creative and collaborative exchange of stories. Storytellers are invited to develop a story by creating a picture using drawing tools and stickers. They can record themselves telling a story that goes with the illustration.

 

 

The illustration and recording can be shared with buddies. Buddies who receive drawings and recordings can add to the drawing and record their own part of the story. The buddy can then send it back to the original creator.

Developed by Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Brian Puerling.

 

Download ChromaKids through iTunes.

 

Everyday Grooves

 

Everyday Grooves app iconEveryday Grooves are musical alarms that help to establish routines and structure in the everyday lives of parents and young children for daily events such as reading, brushing teeth, and getting dressed.

 

Using Everyday Grooves is simple—the app helps users set up musical prompts throughout the day to help children transition to new activities. When the alarm goes off, turn the volume up so your child can hear and sing along. Or, just play the songs when it is convenient for you!

 

Everyday Grooves routinesEach piece is an original song in the style of popular music on the radio, and lyrically walks families through suggested steps for the routine.

 

Twelve songs are included for these everyday routines: Wake Up!; Brush Your Teeth!; Get Dressed; Get Ready, Let’s Go; Let’s Read!; Love You!; Clean Up; Say Goodbye; I’m Thankful; Let’s Eat!; Bath Time!; and Let’s Rest.

 

Developed by Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Adam Blau.

 

Nina & Peanut

 

Nina and Peanut app iconMeet four-year old Nina and her best friend Peanut! Nina & Peanut: Make the Animal Sounds is an interactive storybook that can help young children develop English and Spanish vocabulary. Nina is visiting her grandparents’ ranch where everyone speaks Spanish, including the animals. Nina needs your help to learn all the animal sounds in Spanish!

 

Nina and Peanut on the RanchRead with your child and help her recognize the animals on a ranch and how to make their sounds in Spanish. Children can participate by recording and playing their own animal sounds to call the animals! Learning about sounds in different languages is a unique way to introduce children to bilingual language learning.

 

Developed by Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Belinda Arredondo.

 

Museum Mix-Up

 

Museum Mix-up app iconMuseum Mix-Up is a game for children ages four and older and their caregivers to play together to re-create and discover great works of art. Children help sort a mixed-up delivery to the museum by following clues to take photos, make videos and record silly sounds, unlocking beautiful paintings and sculptures from museums in the United States
Museum Mix-Up starterChildren and parents can have a great time playing Museum Mix Up anytime, but playing can also be great way to prepare for a visit to a museum. The app also supports early literacy skills by promoting dialogue around artwork.

 

Developed by Fred Rogers Center Early Career Fellow Gavin Pouliot.

 

For a full listing of Fred Rogers Center apps, please visit us on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.