Many researchers have studied the effects of extended screen time in children and many recommendations have been put in place. On the other hand, age-appropriate media supported by proper co-viewing practices can be beneficial to early learners. It has also been documented that young children learn through play. In light of children learning through play, playful learning experiences have served as an opportunity for educators to learn about playful learning. Educators recently gathered at MPB for the Playful Learning for Educators session to learn more about integrating media into playful learning. When used intentionally media and technology can be used to support learning in early childhood environments.
It is important for educators to learn how to effectively use media to support their students’ learning and development. During the session, staff members instructed early childhood professionals on how to integrate media in appropriate ways. The Early Childhood staff modeled how to utilize media in a variety of learning communities, from giving tips on best practices in active viewing to engaging the educators in hands-on interactions using technology.
Educators enjoyed learning more about the PBS KIDS resources as they visited three different exploration stations. They were glad to hear that media can be used in their learning environments to spark creatively, model behaviors, foster exploration, encourage self-expression, along with capturing and documenting learning using media. Those who attended gained the skills necessary to develop a lesson plan using media to achieve their learning goals and objectives. Educators showed great excitement to utilize the gained information in their learning settings. This project is funded by a Ready To Learn grant provided by the Department of Education to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.