Fred Rogers is known as a pioneer in using television to help children and families. Today, the landscape of technology and media available to families is more expansive than it has ever been. The Fred Rogers Center is dedicated to helping children and adults thrive in this digital age, and to ensuring that technology use complements children’s social interactions, play, and other activities with the caring friends and family in their lives.
What Did Fred Rogers Say? Everyday Reminders for Early Educators about Children, Technology and Learning
Students of the Incubator 143 Lab and staff of the Fred Rogers Center compiled this tool from source materials in the Fred Rogers Archive.
You can download the poster here.
Joint Position Statement of 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
Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8
In 2012, less than 2 years after Apple released the iPad, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College (FRC) released the joint position statement, Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 to provide guidance to the field. With the rapid emergence of tablet computers, media were designed, developed, and created for young children for use on mobile platforms at break neck speed, often backed with very little or no cognitive and educational research. At the time of the literature review, there was little empirical research about how these new technologies and media could/would impact young children’s lives.
Technology and Interactive Media for Young Children: A Whole Child Approach Connecting the Vision of Fred Rogers with Research and Practice
The Fred Rogers Center partnered with the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, under the leadership of Dr. Chip Donohue, to extend the messages of the NAEYC-Fred Rogers Center position statement with a report exploring the key issues, latest research, and best practices for using technology and interactive media to support whole-child development, and especially children’s social-emotional skills. This work empowers educators and families to use the technology available to them in their schools, homes, or pockets to help children develop the social-emotional skills they need in the digital age. It may also help technology and media developers to create and market evidence-based content that support healthy social-emotional development, relationships, and prosocial behaviors.
Technology Integration in the Early Grades. Through a project funded by the Grable Foundation, the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College spent two years learning from teachers across Western PA about how they use technology in their classrooms. We conducted interviews, focus groups, classroom observations, and hosted a convening with a total of 103 educators from 43 organizations across 7 counties in the region. Check them out below…