In-Class Activities

Children’s Television: Cognitive Development

Author: Sara Lindey, Ph.D.

Related Videos:
Angela Santomero:  Imagination and Attention (PDF Transcript)
Angela Santomero:  The Development of Blue’s Clues (PDF Transcript)
Angela Santomero: Repetition as the Key to Learning (PDF Transcript)

Show the video clip, “Angela Santomero: Imagination and Attention,” from the Fred Rogers Oral History Project interview of Angela Santomero, founding partner for Out of the Blue Enterprises, the production and creative head of Nick Jr.’s landmark series Blue’s Clues, as well as creator, executive producer and head writer for the PBS literacy series Super Why!  Here, Santomero differentiates between imaginative play and watching television, arguing that television’s formal features, especially visual representation, can be employed toward cognitive development.

Show the video clip, “Angela Santomero: The Development of Blue’s Clues,” from the Fred Rogers Oral History Project interview of Angela Santomero, founding partner for Out of the Blue Enterprises, the production and creative head of Nick Jr.’s landmark series Blue’s Clues, as well as creator, executive producer and head writer for the PBS literacy series Super Why!  Here, Santomero discusses the values and formal features of Blue’s Clues, including scaffolding kindergarten preparedness skills, encouraging children’s participation, talking directly to children, using an actor within an animated world, and including an imaginative world.

Show the video clip, “Angela Santomero: Repetition as the Key to Learning,” from the Fred Rogers Oral History Project interview of Angela Santomero, founding partner for Out of the Blue Enterprises, the production and creative head of Nick Jr.’s landmark series Blue’s Clues, as well as creator, executive producer and head writer for the PBS literacy series Super Why!  Here, Santomero discusses the decision to repeat each episode of Blue’s Clues every day for one week, arguing that repetition is the key to mastery.

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