Tech in the Early Years
Author Profile: Dr. Alice Wilder
Dr. Alice Wilder
Blue’s Clues, Super Why, Cha-Ching, Speakaboos, Amazon Original Programming
Dr. Alice Wilder is the educational advisor responsible for developing the Amazon Originals curriculum for kids and is helping implement Amazon’s unique educational point of view into the development of new series. She also serves as the Chief Content Officer for Speakaboos, a kid-centric, cross-publisher literacy platform and is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids the “School House Rock” of financial literacy for 7-12 year olds, airing in Asia on Cartoon Network. Her work also includes being the co-creator and head of research and education for Super Why! on PBS Kids, and a Producer and the Director of Research and Development for Nick Jr.’s Blue’s Clues. She is also a proud senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. And she continues to advise the Kids & Creativity group in Pittsburgh, bringing kids and their point of view to help support educators, technologists, and makers as Kidsburgh creates a model and movement around the integration of the arts, sciences, and technology to inspire creative learning and play. Her groundbreaking work in formative research was cited in The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Alice bases her work in formative research on the philosophy that ‘the only way to understand what children are capable of doing, what appeals to them, and what they know, is to ask them!’
Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning
Fred Rogers wrote, “Where would any of us be without teachers – without people who have a passion for their art or their science or their craft and love it right in front of us?” (Life’s journeys according to Mister Rogers: Things to remember along the way, 2005, p. 94). Fred suggested that media had the potential to present children with enthusiastic teachers all the time. It is our responsibility to be the passionate teachers, or at least to bring teaching materials to life via media.
From Chapter 1 What Would Fred Rogers Say?