Education Development Center and SRI International's four-year, NSF-funded research project, "Next Generation Preschool Math" (NGPM), has contributed to the development of a new app for preschoolers--"Early Math with Gracie and Friends"--that is now available in the Apple App Store. This article notes: "The NGPM project offers the first substantive examination of the value tablets and other mobile technology can offer in early learning environments. WGBH partnered with the Education Development Center (EDC) and SRI International on the NGPM project. WGBH, EDC and SRI International all played vital roles to develop the Gracie and Friends apps, build a complementary curriculum that integrates the technology with 46 original hands-on and traditional classroom activities, and create a digital Teacher's Guide that will be released in early 2015...'Technology is becoming more and more prevalent, as the tools become smaller, more affordable, and include touch-screen technology,' said Ashley Lewis Presser, EDC's senior research associate. 'The key is being able to leverage the benefits of tablets in ways that remain developmentally appropriate for fostering young children's learning, developing other skills such as collaboration, and doing all this in a fun and engaging manner.'"
Thursday, October 30, 2014