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Wednesday, August 1 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Ready To Learn With Twin Cities PBS: Science + Literacy Digital Playlists For K-2 Learners

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The Twin Cities PBS (TPT) Ready To Learn (RTL) project is a broad and engaging educational media initiative focused on early learning for elementary school children and their families. Funded by a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Education, the program aims to improve the school readiness and academic achievement in science and literacy of children in grades K-2 nationwide. Project content centers on an innovative learning platform featuring thematic playlists comprised of: animated segments from the new PBS Kids television series (based on Aaron Reynold’s New York Times best-selling children’s book Superhero School and available in English and Spanish); complementary live-action videos; digital games, hands-on activities; non-fiction e-books; a digital science notebook for student writing and drawing; and embedded learning analytics and assessment dashboards (and hero themed badging system) that provide feedback to learners, educators, and parents. This approach integrates science and literacy to ignite children’s natural curiosity, engage them as scientists and communicators, and broaden their understanding of how the world works— specifically in life, earth and physical science. Our extensive outreach effort supports program dissemination nationally. Based on TPT’s successful SciGirls model, this train-the-trainer program engages children in tech-integrated informal science learning at libraries, Hispanic-serving organizations, afterschool providers, and community based organizations. Blended professional development workshops prepare educators for effective implementation in their communities. Parent engagement centers on a Family Science App, which encourages collaborative play between children and their parents. Developed using co-design methods, the Family Science App enhances science and literacy learning for children by involving the whole family. This kind of family co-play can help grow academic learning in school and after-school settings. Two playlists (including digital games), the learning platform, and the Family Science App will be in Beta for the Connected Learning Conference.

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Laura Beukema

Game Designer, Twin Cities PBS
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Joan Freese

RTL Project Executive Producer, Twin Cities PBS
Joan Freese is an Emmy Award winning educational technologist at Twin Cities PBS, | in St. Paul, Minnesota, focusing on projects for K-8 students, parents, and educators. | She is digital producer of SciGirls, a transmedia enterprise that encourages tween girls | in STEM, and principle... Read More →

Dr. Momoko Hayakawa

Ed Research & Analytic Specialist, Twin Cities PBS

Dennis Ramirez

Digital Program Manager, Twin Cities PBS

Wednesday August 1, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
MIT Tang Center, E51-345 - Lecture Hall, Building E51 2 Amherst St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA
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