Joan Ganz Cooney Center Report: Effective Use of Emerging Digital Technologies

Take a Giant Step

Take a Giant Step Report

The Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council, established by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, recently released a report called Take a Giant Step that examines how emerging digital technologies can be used effectively for teaching and learning, with a specific focus on kids ages 3-8.  The report sets several goals for the nation to meet by 2020, including:

  • Advancing technology integration and infrastructure
  •  A more robust professional training program for early educational professionals
  • The expanded use of public media as cost-effective assets for teachers
  • The establishment of a Digital Teacher Corps

Zoom is one of the PBS Kids programs cited within the new report as an example of what works in the digital age for both formal and informal education of young children.  At the Zoom website for teachers and parents, you’ll find Zoom videos and activities from the show and many other resources such as:

  • Zoom sciTraining, a guide with learn-to-lead science activities such as getting kids ages 8 to 11 exploring the world around them as well as activities, field trip ideas, an event-planning guide, training tools, and more.
  • Zoom into science, where you can make the most of ZOOM’s science and math activities.

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