2014 Conference Program

Connections by Design: Creating Media, Children, and Family Partnerships through Research, Collaboration, and Advocacy

June 1-3, 2014

The Senator John Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Fred Chats
Sponsored by Schell Games and The Sprout Fund
As a writer, educator, innovator, musician, puppeteer, minister, producer and beloved children’s television host, Fred Rogers made a profound impact on everyone he encountered with his gentle and authentic self.  A trusted source of timeless wisdom, Fred used his diverse talents to inspire, nurture, and teach generations. With no background in media, a young Fred Rogers decided to work in television because he thought he could make better programming for a young audience. Fast forward nearly 60 years, and the Fred Chats will highlight passionate students and young professionals, ages 15 to 25, who imagine, believe, create, and trailblaze to improve the lives of children.

Reception and Dinner

Keynote Speaker
    LeVar Burton, Reading Rainbow

Monday, June 2, 2014

Early Childhood Education, Technology, and the Role of NAEYC - Envisioning the Future
    Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Research-based Design in Children’s Media
This session will summarize essential ingredients for effective collaborations or partnerships that link media developers with researchers and early childhood educators, some of the issues and challenges surrounding putting research-based design into practice, and key research findings that will serve as examples for discussion by the panelists in the session.
      Carla Fisher, No Crusts Interactive
      Barbara Chamberlin, New Mexico State University
      Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University
      Frances Judd, Mrs. Judd’s Games
      Paul Siefken, The Fred Rogers Company
Technology and Digital Media for Engaging and Supporting Families
Sponsored by ReadyRosie
This session will explore components of effective collaborations and partnerships for family engagement and support, and explore how digital media and technology can be used to support families.
      Emily Kirkpatrick, National Center for Families Learning
      Sabrina Connell, Northwestern University
      Lisa Guernsey, New America Foundation
      Michael Robbins, Span Learning

From the PRIX JEUNESSE: International Perspective on Media and Education
How is a nation or region’s view of children reflected in its media? Are there differences in content, formats, genres or presentation depending on societal view of childhood, including choices about education, play and family structure? What about when choices are removed, such as in countries at war or struggling with child poverty? This panel – brought in live from PRIX JEUNESSE, the international children’s television festival in Munich – will include children’s TV producers from diverse lands, exploring how children are entertained, taught, and welcomed to the culture by TV.
      David Kleeman, PlayCollective
      Sevilay Bozdemir, Manager, TRT COCUK, Turkish Radio& TV Kids’ Channel, Turkey
      Firdoze Bulbulia, Director, Moments Entertainment, President, CIFEJ, South Africa
      Aldana Duhalde, Independent Director/International Advisor in Kids Content ALA, Argentina
      Hitoshi Furukawa, Senior Producer, Children’s Programming Division, NHK Educational Corporation, Japan
      Arild Halvorsen, Executive Producer, Fabelaktiv, Norway
Makerspaces: Intersecting the Digital and Physical in Informal Learning Environments
The Maker Movement is growing across the country with Maker Faires attracting hundreds of thousands of people, schools setting aside rooms for making, and church basements becoming hubs of “diy” activity. Maker spaces are popping up in museums, libraries, universities and storefronts. It’s the next level of evolution in the intersection of the digital and the physical. A framework for what makes a good maker space is now being pursued by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This session will look at this burgeoning movement with an eye on what we can learn from maker spaces and its implications for early childhood education.
      Jane Werner, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
      Cen Campbell, LittleeLit
      Claudia French, Institute for Museum and Library Services
      Donna Walker, Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood, Colorado

Ten Affordances of Multi-touch Every Educator Must Know, 2014 Edition
Sponsored by Waterford Institute
This session will examine ten recent, noteworthy interactive media products. Together, we’ll explore the specific affordances they offer, consider their limitations, and discuss what the techniques they employ mean for media creators, parents, and educators.
    Session Presenter:
      Warren Buckleitner, Children’s Technology Review

Making Innovation Attractive - A Communication Strategy Workshop
How do we talk about innovative learning and new media in ways that connect with educators, parents, funders, and policymakers? How do we avoid message “potholes” that distance our stakeholders from innovative approaches? This workshop is designed for those who serve as advocates and ambassadors for the positive use of media and technology in children’s development. We briefly review the latest research findings pertaining to how the public perceive education, new media, and technology issues. Based on the results, the attendees will work together to analyze examples of current communication materials, including video, press articles, and brochures. We intend the workshop to help all of us become more effective, consistent, and disciplined communicators.
    Session Presenters and Facilitators:
      Junlei Li, Fred Rogers Center
      Ryan Coon, The Sprout Fund
      Sarah McCluan, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Saint Vincent College Threshold Lecture
    Allison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Too Small to Fail: Working to Close the Word Gap
    Patti Miller, Too Small to Fail

Professional Development: Early Childhood-Media Partnerships
This session will explore issues, and provide examples, of effective collaborations or partnerships for professional development, strategies for collective impact within and beyond partnerships, plans for involving partners from underrepresented sectors, communication plans for generating awareness and sustaining audiences of stakeholders.
      Chip Donohue, TEC Center, Erikson Institute
      An Me Chung, Mozilla Foundation
      Rebecca Randall, Common Sense Media
      Valora Washington, Council for Professional Recognition

Simple Connection as the Active Ingredient
Sponsored by Highlights for Children
Fred valued “simple and deep” over “shallow and complex” in all of his work with children.  How do we make visible the simple and deep in children’s development? In this brief session, we propose an “active ingredient” approach to capture and amplify the idea that simple and ordinary interactions between children and adults (with or without technology) are the building blocks of confidence, competence, and caring.
    Session Presenter:
      Junlei Li, Fred Rogers Center

What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know? A New Research Agenda
      Michael Levine, Joan Ganz Cooney Center
      Heather Kirkorian, University of Wisconsin at Madison
      Shelley Pasnik, Center for Children and Technology
      Michael Robb, Fred Rogers Center

Wrap-up and Adjournment

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