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The Progress of Education Reform: Technology in Early Education PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform looks at technology and how it has an essential role to play as a connector and content disseminator in the service of these collaborations—and ultimately in service of the families who are setting the foundation for their children's success in school and life. (Lisa Guernsey, Director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation)...

Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide - Policy researchers argue that exposing children in early childhood programs to technology will help them succeed in school and later life. However, many children in low-income families have lower rates of access and are less likely to use technology for educational purposes. How technology is implemented is crucial, they said. Schools need high-quality Internet connectivity, appropriate software, smart and portable devices, but most important, teachers to guide young children. (Lindsay Daugherty et al., Rand, March 2014)...

Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture for Early Education - Online learning for kids from birth to age 8 may bridge the achievement gap, but more needs to be known about what works best for young children. This brief proposes five actions for early childhood policymakers and educators to reap the new technology's benefits and withstand challenges. Aim high, using technology to promote hands-on learning. Send teachers back to school for getting up to speed with using new media. Encourage collaboration between libraries, educators and producers of children's media. Expand Internet connectivity and make it cheaper. Encourage research. (Lisa Guernsey, New America: Education Policy Program, March 2014) ...

Learning at Home: Families Educational Media Use in America - Instead of companies that produce children's media declaring them to be educational, this study asks parents whether the media their children peruse is good for learning or growth. Researchers found nearly half of screen media 2- to 10-year-olds use is considered educational by their parents. Further, educational media use occurs most frequently among very young children. (Victoria Rideout, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, January 2014)...

Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America - Zero to Eight is a nationally representative survey of parents of U.S. children ages zero to eight, conducted to understand the patterns of media use among young American children. Covering TV, other video, reading, music, computers, video games, and mobile digital devices, the authors examine time spent and frequency of use; differences in children’s media use by gender, race, or socio-economic status; the home media environment; educational media use; and access to the newest mobile media platforms like smart phones and tablets. (Common Sense Media, October 2011)...


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