Monday, March 29, 2010

Creative Curiosity and New Media

Exciting news over here at Please Touch Museum! Last week, a few of our staff members, including Brian Rafter, Literacy Coordinator, attended the “Creative Curiosity and New Media” conference in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Check out what Brian had to say about the conference, and be sure to say hi to him next time you’re in the Story Castle for a Storytime!

Brian: Last week, Please Touch Museum was invited to participate in the first ever “Fred Forward Conference” at the Fred Rogers Center in Latrobe, PA. The conference’s subject was ‘Creative Curiosity and New Media’, and we joined a variety of other organizations and individuals in the education, research, technology, policy and children’s media sectors, to talk about some of the challenges and exciting opportunities that technology offers for early education and young children.

Technological change is progressing at an unpredictable and enormously quick pace. Unsurprisingly, these advancements are changing childhood and transforming how and what we teach our children. These new media opportunities (which include TV, the internet, and digital toys) are exciting, but it is important to use them in a considered and engaging way.

It is important to remember that children should be exposed to a variety of media, and that they should receive a balance of new and traditional educational materials. It is our responsibility as parents and caregivers to ensure that our children have the same reverence for and facility with books as they do with television and the internet. Although it is frequently derided as such, new media does not have to be a passive experience. TV and the internet provide a great opportunity to sit down with your child and interact with them and share something together. What you get out of it always depends on what you put into it!

For more information on the Fred Rogers Center and their conventions, click here!

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