Tag Archives: literacy

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Mapping the Landscape of Readialand: Michael Levine at The Governance Lab

by The GovLab
July 21, 2015

Televisions, touchscreens, and smartphones are now almost ubiquitous in homes. Many young children are watching, listening to, or interacting with two to three hours of screen media per day. In the latest installment of the Ideas Lunch series at the Governance Lab, a Brooklyn-based action research lab focused on the … 

Four ways to tell if an educational app will actually help your child learn

by Jennifer M. Zosh, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Roberta Golinkof
May 7, 2015

Imagine someone telling you that a new technology would be available in five years that has the potential to revolutionise childhood and early education. But the downside is that you will have to choose from among 80,000 possible options. This is the problem currently facing many parents. Following the invention … 

What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 2)

by Anna Ly, Sarah Vaala, Ph.D.
October 2, 2014

About a month ago, we released a sneak preview of the literacy app analysis that we’re conducting with New America to discover more about the apps that families and educators are using to help children learn to read and communicate. As part of this preview, we provided a quick summary … 

What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 1)

by Sarah Vaala, Ph.D., Anna Ly
August 15, 2014

Apps for social communication, learning, and play are a prominent part of nearly every family’s life today. Are they having a similar impact on how families and educators help their children learn to read? And if so, what kinds of apps are they using? As part of Seeding Reading: Investing … 

Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West: Empowering Parents and Educators

by Lisa Guernsey, Michael H. Levine, Cynthia Chiong & Maggie Stevens
August 10, 2014

Digital apps designed to teach young children to read are an increasingly large share of the market, but parents and educators have little to no information about whether and how they work. Produced as part of a collaboration between the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the New America Foundation, and the … 

Using a Digital Recording Device to Encourage Talk with Children

by Maureen Kelleher
July 22, 2014

LENA technology is helping researchers and low-income parents better understand how adult-child conversation affects language and literacy. Recent efforts to reduce the “word gap” between affluent and low-income families in Providence, Rhode Island, and Chicago have garnered high-profile headlines and big bucks. Much of the media attention has focused on … 

Kids Need Truly Interactive Experiences

by Jason Boog
July 15, 2014

“Interactive” is one of the most overused words in the 21st Century, a label attached to thousands of digital devices, apps and TV shows for kids. Interactive tablet apps will read a book to your kid and interactive cartoon characters will invite your kid to dance during a TV show. … 

Q-and-A with Alexis Lauricella on Parenting Texts and Language Development

by Barbara Ray
July 14, 2014

Can text messages to low-income parents help close the word gap? It’s not an idle question. Last month, the advocacy group Too Small to Fail announced plans to experiment with text messages to parents in a new partnership with Kaiser Permanente, Sesame Workshop,* and Text4Baby. In a recent blog post for Seeding Reading we reported … 

Parent Voices: Doubts, then Excitement on Texts to Promote Literacy

by Heidi Moore
July 14, 2014

When Alexiss Evans enrolled in the Ounce of Prevention Fund’s Parent University literacy program, she did so because she believed in the organization and because she wanted to give her daughter every possible opportunity to learn. “I’m one of those parents who, if [the Ounce says] something, I’ll do it,” she … 

Pediatricians Use Video Tools to Help Children Get Ready to Read

by Sarah Jackson
June 23, 2014

The pediatrician’s office is becoming a new player in helping children learn foundational skills for communication, language development, and eventually reading. But a project in New York is taking this concept a step further, by bringing digital technology—specifically, video cameras and video players—into the doctor’s office. The Video Interaction Project …