Beyond Counting: Encouraging Preschool Teachers to Help Young Children Think Math
Many may think preschool is too young to learn any “real math.” Not so, according to the National Science Foundation, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), and the Fred Rogers Company.
Fred Rogers’ Legacy in the Digital Age
The Fred Rogers Center marks their 10th anniversary this week as media creators, scholars, educators, and advocates meet in Pittsburgh for the 2014 Fred Forward Conference. We spoke with the Center’s new executive director, Rick Fernandes, about their work to build the next generation of “Freds.”
How Can Adults Help Young Children Learn From Screens?
In Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, experts gather to help educators, parents, and media developers make better decisions on kids and media.
Do the Building Blocks of Computer Coding Begin in Preschool?
How educators and technologists are coming together to introduce coding to young children in developmentally appropriate ways.
Beyond Screen Time
Lisa Guernsey says national leaders have a lot to learn from practitioners on the ground in Pittsburgh, who are using technology to put kids in charge of their own learning.
Growing the Innovation Economy, One Young Technologist at a Time
In Pittsburgh’s East End, building a new generation of technology entrepreneurs.
How Early Childhood Educators Use Technology in the Classroom
A new survey of early childhood educators shows they think technology can play a positive role in children’s learning. But they need support in order to make use of new tools in their classrooms.
Remaking Math Education for Young Children
Making math concepts click with students is more important today than ever before. We take a look at innovations in teaching mathematics for today’s younger learners.
In Pittsburgh, Young Children Learn While They Wait
A new public art project at transit stops aims to teach early literacy skills and improve communication between young children and their parents.
Happy Birthday Mister Rogers
"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life," wrote Fred Rogers, “is a hero to me.” At the core of Fred’s 40-year career in public television was the understanding of how critical the support of caring adults is to the lives of really young children.
An Exploration Into Inquiry-Based Learning
Melissa Butler writes a guest post for the Spark blog on her use of inquiry-based learning in her Kindergarten classroom at Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5.
Serious Play: How Early Childhood Innovators are Changing the Technology Game
Educators, researchers, and scientists in Pittsburgh are using technology as a powerful tool that awakens the imagination and fosters the cognitive development of young children.
Guest Post: Junlei Li considers the possibilities of the tail wagging the dog
“I wonder to what extent your technology ‘tail’ is wagging the dog.” wrote the reviewer in the rejection letter of my first grant proposal.
Sandbox Summit Lunch & Learn Recap
Seema Patel and Patrick Mittereder joined K+C Network members today for a luncheon of learning at The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center to discuss information from the Sandbox Summit
Spark: Measuring Network Impact Report-Out
Spark, Kids+Creativity Network members joined IFVP participants and Activation Lab researchers in an interactive conversation about Activation.
Are Smart Devices a Smart Decision?
BBC News writer, Jane Wakefield, discusses children's use of smart devices in her online article.
Activation Lab Seeks to Turn Young Students on to Science, Technology, and the Arts
What does it take to ignite a child’s interest in learning? How do you transition these early interests into college and career choices? Activation Lab is looking for answers.
Fisher-Price takes Interactive Play to a New Level
Fisher-Price recently announced its new product, the Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case, available for iPads, iPhones, and iPods. This case serves as a protection against toddler damange, while doubling as a teething toy. “At Fisher-Price, ‘we bring babies in with their moms and watch them at play with different types of apps, different types of […]
iQ Kids Radio Gains JLP Support
iQ KidsRadio announces support of the Junior League of Pittsburgh. Developed through the partnership of WQEDand SLB Radio Productions, iQ KidsRadio serves the purpose of providing a content driven radio station to educate youth and their parents alike.
5 Ways to Improve Your Teaching Strategies Over the Summer
Are you a teacher hoping to make the most of your summer "vacation?" If so, use one, or all, of these tips to make the next school year your most successful one yet.
4 Apps for Children with Autism
Explore these 4 autism apps to help the children in your life learn and grow.
Recap of FredForward 2012
The Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College hosted the 2012 FredForward conference Sunday, June 3rd to Tuesday, June 5th.