Category Archives: Educators

Kicking off Science in the Park

by Christina Cantrill
December 5, 2018

If you happened to be visiting Independence National Historical Park in late October, you might have seen some of us educators and park rangers walking around with cell phones and taking pictures of things not normally featured on the postcards sold in the Park’s gift store. In addition to the … 







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Computational Thinking in Storytime with Robots

by Claudia Haines
November 20, 2018

Claudia Haines, librarian at Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska, describes a recent Storytime with Robots event that she hosted in which children and their parents had the opportunity to think about computational thinking along with early literacy. This post was originally published on Claudia’s blog, Never Shushed, and appears … 







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“Digital Play for Global Citizens” as a Framework for a Family Engagement Workshop at the Library

by Anne Bensfield and Naomi Priddy
October 17, 2018

This summer, Oak Park Public librarians Anne Bensfield and Naomi Priddy hosted two workshops inspired by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s Digital Play for Global Citizens guide. As Multicultural Learning Librarian, Naomi manages the Multicultural Collection, a circulating collection of books and artifacts from around the world. Her goals are to … 







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Making the iPad a Friend – Instead of Foe – for Summer Reading

by Carly Shuler
August 15, 2018

It’s August. August? How did that happen? We are facing a new school year, which as a parent of a 6- and 8-year-old I am simultaneously saddened about (where has the time gone?) and relieved by (these kids need to get back to school!). As the end of summer approaches, … 







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A Piece of the Puzzle: How Media Can Support the Development of Empathy, Tolerance, and Prosocial Values in the Classroom

by AnneMarie McClain and Lacey Hilliard
June 25, 2018

Last month, researchers AnneMarie McClain and Lacey Hilliard presented some exciting findings from a a study they conducted around classroom media and socio-emotional learning among elementary school students at the International Communication Association Conference in Prague. We invited them to share details of the project as well as the findings that … 







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Podcast Transcript: The App Fairy Talks to Originator

by Carissa Christner
April 16, 2018

This partial transcript of the App Fairy podcast has been edited for length and clarity. Visit appfairy.org for more information about Originator. Carissa Christner: Hello and welcome to the App Fairy podcast. My name is Carissa Christner and today I’m very excited to bring to you an interview with Rex Ishibashi of … 







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20+ Years of Research Shows Ready To Learn Media Improves Young Children’s Literacy

by Lisa Hurwitz
April 11, 2018

If you were born after 1990, are the parent or grandparent of someone born after 1990, or a children’s media producer of any age, Ready To Learn (RTL) has probably touched your life. Launched in 1994, RTL is a U.S. Department of Education-funded initiative that provides about $25 million annually … 







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Family Coding Night with English-Language Learning Families

by Rahul Banerjee
March 19, 2018

Imagine a room full of families gathered together around laptops. They’re making animations and games using computer programming. Many of the children or their parents are pointing at or touching the screens as they discuss storylines and game mechanics. As is often the case with technology, the children appear to … 







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From Innovative Ideas to Igniting Implementation

by Jerry Wayne Newson
January 24, 2018

Necessity is the mother of invention. When Mind Meets Music was awarded an Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant through the United States Department of Education in 2014, one of the grant requirements was to utilize technology as a vehicle to support learning. This mandate sparked an idea, … 







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More Than a Foundation: Young Children Are Capable STEM Learners

by Elisabeth McClure
January 16, 2018

The following excerpt from “More Than a Foundation: Young Children Are Capable STEM Learners” by Elisabeth McClure was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Young Children. It appears here courtesy of NAEYC.     Two second-graders sit on their knees with quiet intensity, stacking unit blocks on a … 







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