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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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Joan Freese

RTL Project Executive Producer, Twin Cities Public Television
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 girlsin STEM, and principle investigator... Read More →
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Momoko Hayakawa

Researcher, Twin Cities PBS
Momo Hayakawa is a Education Research and Analytics Associate for the Ready to Learn (RTL) project at Twin Cities PBS (TPT). She oversees RTL’s external evaluation conducted by WestEd and manages the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program. Her research interests lie... Read More →
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Dennis Ramirez

Digital Program Manager - Ready To Learn, Twin Cities Public Television
Dennis Ramirez is the Digital Program Manager at Twin Cities Public Television, and an award winning educational game designer. Dennis is interested in how new technologies are used in, and out, of the classroom to support learning. His main area of research focuses on how failure... Read More →

Wednesday August 1, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Whitaker College, E25-111 Classroom, Building E25 45 Carleton St Cambridge, MA 02142