What’s it take to go from 'Rec Center' to 'Tech Center'?
Cities gather in Washington, DC to trade insights on efforts to enhance municipal recreation centers with maker and tech-enhanced learning
App Opens New Chapter in Childhood Literacy
The Obama administration’s partnership with publishers and nonprofits is letting low-income kids and teachers access thousands of ebooks for free. But books are only one piece of the early literacy puzzle.
Catching up with the Literary Arts Boom
The Literary Arts Boom is a place where Pittsburgh kids can explode with creative expression
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.
How Museums and Libraries Are Creating Lifelong Learners
From acting as children’s first teachers to providing access to digital technologies, museums and libraries are a crucial part of early education.
Pennsylvania corporate tax credit will pay for private-school scholarships [Philadelphia Inquirer]
PA Legislators and Governor Tom Corbett expanded tax breaks to corporations in return for donations made for private school scholarships.
Read.Share.Give. and The Future of Children's Literature
The idea of using a rewards system to encourage reluctant readers is nothing new. When trying to foster excitement over reading, parents and teachers will offer everything from gold stickers to free pizza. Read.Share.Give. is a program that puts a new twist on an old idea. By integrating technology, philanthropy, and education, Read.Share.Give. is making […]
Take a Walk Down Sesame Street with Xbox Kinect
Do you have a child that watches Sesame Street? If you do, you’ve probably watched them respond to questions or commands from their favorite characters. Children naturally want to interact with what they see on screen, but the depth of that interaction has always had strict limitations–until now. Enter the Xbox Kinect, Microsoft’s answer to […]
YOUMedia Chicago: Digital Media Library of the Future?
Our nation’s libraries are in a crisis. Massive budget cuts and lack of support have led to libraries in several states closing their doors. Those that manage to remain open struggle to retain relevance in a society who’s main forms of information are increasingly digital in nature. So it’s no surprise that many libraries are […]