Beginning in 2016, the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College and Erikson’s TEC Center will release a biennial report exploring key issues, the latest research, and best practices for the use of technology and interactive media with young children.
“This is an important opportunity to address digital media literacy for children, families, and educators as an essential skill for 21st century learning,” said Rick Fernandes, executive director of the Fred Rogers Center.
Chip Donohue, director of the TEC Center added, “Together, we will provide guidance to the field about what we know, what we’re learning, and what matters most for young children, parents, families, and educators in the digital age.”
Report findings will be announced at the 2016 Fred Forward Conference.
Children, technology, and interactive media report
The report will provide practical, research-based information for educators and families as they consider how to use technology to support healthy child development. The report will explore:
- Selection, use, integration, and evaluation of technology and digital media used with young children
- Teacher workforce development
- Issues of access and equity
The report will take a whole-child approach to the research, with a special focus on social-emotional development. It will also build on the NAEYC-Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on children and technology, which TEC Center director Chip Donohue helped oversee.
Early Career Fellow in Research
This collaboration between the two centers also will create the position of early career fellow in research. Through the fellowship, a graduate student will assist with the research on the technology report on a two-year term.
The fellow, who will work under the supervision of Donohue, will be located in the TEC Center and work closely with the Fred Rogers Center.
About the partnership
The Fred Rogers Center and the TEC Center are natural partners, as both are leading voices for best practices for children and technology, as well as for quality professional development for early childhood educators.
The partnership is funded through the generous support of The Grable Foundation.