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Early Learning and Digital Media

Click here to read Lisa Guernsey's report, Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture for Early Education, which is being released today.

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o read a summary of the research cited at the Research Roundtable on Digital Media and Early Learning, held at New America on October 15, 2013.

The vast majority of children today are growing up hearing, seeing and interacting with digital media and communications technologies of all kinds. This brings a profusion of new challenges and opportunities to early education through age eight.  What are researchers, educators and parents discovering at the intersection of digital media and early learning? How do their discoveries stack up against current policies to support quality interactions at home and in classrooms?

New America hosted an afternoon of moderated discussion, innovative exhibits and networking that explore a world beyond “screen time,” recognizing technology as more than an electronic babysitter and pushing for high standards in how it is used.

This event was made possible by a grant from the Grable Foundation. 

Join the conversation online using #BeyondScreenTime and following @NewAmericaEd. 


1:00 pm: Welcome, Introductory Remarks, and Recap of Research Roundtable in October
          Lisa Guernsey
          Director, Early Education Initiative, New America
          Members of Alliance for Early Learning in a Digital Age
          Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College,
          Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Public Broadcasting Service,
          Sesame Workshop, TEC Center at Erikson Institute 

1:15 pm: Fostering Relationships and Building Skills: The Potential and Pitfalls of TV, Video, and Interactive Games
          Illah Nourbakhsh
          Professor of Robotics, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
          Lauren Rubenzahl
          Program Coordinator, Center on Media and Child Health, Children’s Hospital Boston
          Lesli Rotenberg
          General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS
          Shelley Pasnik
          Director, Center for Children and Technology, Education Development Center
          Lisa Guernsey
          Director, Early Education Initiative, New America                              
2:30 pm: Break and Innovation Showcase
          Coffee and tea provided

3:00 pm: Proposal for new policy framework
          Presentation by New America
3:10 pm: Toward Mindful Media Environments for Children: Modernizing Policies to Reflect New Realities
          Ann Hanson
          Manager of Research and Policy Initiatives, Ounce of Prevention Fund
          Chip Donohue
          Director, Technology in Early Childhood Center, Erikson Institute
          Michelle Figlar
          Executive Director, Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children
          Lori Romero
          Supervisor and Coordinator, Arapahoe Library District Child and Family Library Services,
          Sara Mead
          Senior Associate, Bellwether Education Partners

4:10 pm: Concluding remarks
          Michael Levine
          Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
          Ellen Wartella
          Professor of Psychology and Professor of Human Development and Social Policy,
          Northwestern University
4:30 pm: Innovation Showcase and Wine-and-Cheese Reception


Children’s Innovation Project, Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab, Pittsburgh
  • Jeremy Boyle, Assistant Professor of Art, Clarion University
  • Melissa Butler, Kindergarten Teacher, Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Junlei Li, Associate Professor at Fred Rogers Center, Saint Vincent College
Talk to the innovators behind a kindergarten project that incorporates hands-on block play, take-apart toys, and even screwdrivers as part of a new way to introduce technology.

Research Findings from the “Baby Elmo” project
  • Rachel F Barr, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University
Learn about an intervention that examined how to use video modeling to increase the bond between young incarcerated parents and their children and evolved into much more. Inmates, mothers, children, and even juvenile hall staff reported improvements in emotional responses between fathers and babies.

New Approaches: Apps that Foster Joint Learning Between Adults and Children
The Early Learning Environment (ELE)
  • Michael Robb, Director of Education and Research, Fred Rogers Center
Meet the forces behind a new genre of apps designed to spark curiosity and conversation and stimulate simple, joyful games that parents, caregivers, teachers and children play together.
Also on Exhibit:
New apps from PBS and Sesame Workshop that promote joint engagement between parents and their children.

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 1:00pm - 5:30pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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