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Learning at Home While Under-Connected and the Role of Public Media

Learning at Home While Under-Connected: Lower-Income Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic follows up on 2016’s Opportunity for All? Technology and Learning in Lower-Income Families to uncover the perspectives of lower-income parents with children ages 3 to 13.  In March and April 2021, researchers Vikki Katz and Victoria Rideout led a national survey of more than 1,000 […]

S is for Science: The Making of 3-2-1 Contact

This article appeared in Physics Today, January 2021, page 26 and appears here with permission. From Elinor Wonders Why to Emily’s Wonder Lab, a multitude of fresh, dynamic programs have recently premiered that encourage children to channel their inner scientists. Between streaming services and television, today’s young people have more access to quality science programming than ever. But […]

An Experiment to Understand Children’s Digital Literacy Skills

The importance of literacy skills in our lives is clear – reading and language skills allow us to read signs, menus, and participate in everyday encounters. As adults, we rely on our literacy skills in the workplace to write reports, emails, or lesson plans. But it is also clear that critical “literacy” skills extend into […]

It’s time to make the digital world playful by design!

This post originally appeared on the Digital Futures Commission website and appears here with permission. Like everything else in their life, children’s play has shifted online almost by default due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents, teachers and professionals who work with children, on the other hand, have scrambled to advise children on play with digital technologies; […]

Studying Youth and Family Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic at CLS 2021

When schools shuttered in early 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers from dozens of institutions leaped at the opportunity to investigate how the sudden lockdown would alter formal and informal learning as we had come to know it in the United States. Many were as eager to figure out how to study the evolution […]

Voices from the Missing Middle

In the 1960s, Joan Ganz Cooney published The Potential Uses of Television in Preschool Education, a report that would revolutionize television for children. Where others saw a “vast wasteland,” Cooney saw possibility, and from it, educational programming for children, like Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, was born. Half a century later, the Joan Ganz […]

The Psychology of Video Games: Current Research on the Impact of Playing Games

Billions of people around the world play video games, making gaming one of the most popular forms of entertainment today. Yet while we know there are many positive aspects to video games for learning and play, many still worry that they could also be bad for us. Video games have been accused of making players […]

Please Vote for Our SXSWEdu 2021 Panel!

It’s that time of year again – time to vote for your favorite SXSW EDU 2021 panels. We’re disappointed not to be able to share tacos with you in Austin, but we’re very excited to talk about why tweens and teens are public media’s “missing middle” audience, the challenges of reaching these kids, and potential […]

Let’s Talk About Public Media and the Next Generation

It seems like we’re having a lot of conversations about teens and tweens these days. Or youth? Young people? All of these terms get used by various disciplines, and some even get used by the young people themselves. However you talk about it, it’s clear that public media needs to be ready for the next […]

Kids at Home During School Closure: Is Virtual Reality Helping Them?

Our colleagues at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab are conducting a research survey to investigate the role of VR in educational strategies catered to children while families are sheltering at home as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses. If you are a parent or guardian of a child in grades K-12 and you have a VR […]