Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Participate In A Survey to Map Early Literacy Initiatives Assisted by New Technologies

If you are a Wisconsin public librarian who experiments with integrating tech tools with early literacy programs, considering adding your library to a national survey map!  

"We invite any program that promotes children’s language development, emergent literacy skills, basic reading skills, or reading comprehension skills to complete this survey."

Read on for more information from New America's Ed Central posted on February 2, 2015 at: http://www.edcentral.org/edtech-earlylit-survey/ 

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A growing number of children across the country are exposed to media and interactive technology on a daily basis, and more and more parents are accustomed to communicating via mobile phones and other tools. Many early learning initiatives are beginning to determine how they might harness these tools to engage with parents, work with teachers, or otherwise augment efforts to help children develop early literacy skills.

Over the next few months, New America’s Education Policy Program and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop are collecting information to create a map of where these programs may be located and how they are going about their work.  This map is part of a broader effort called Map, Link, and Rethink: Early Learning in a Digital Age, which aims to identify, categorize, and examine initiatives underway across the country targeted at supporting young children (ages 0 to 8).  This particular survey is focused on early literacy, and we are asking  early learning programs and literacy programs experimenting with tech tools to complete our questionnaire.

We invite any program that promotes children’s language development, emergent literacy skills, basic reading skills, or reading comprehension skills to complete this survey. We also encourage you to complete the survey if you are exposing children to specialized vocabulary through a science- or math- focused program. School districts are also encouraged to participate, if the district has a project or initiative that incorporates technological tools to serve families, educators, or young children. We are eager to hear from you!

To continue reading, visit: http://www.edcentral.org/edtech-earlylit-survey/