Research by EDC and SRI International
finds that the literacy skills of preschoolers increased when classrooms
incorporated public TV programs, video, and games. The study was funded by
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
EDC and SRI International have released a study of educational programming and activities from the PBS Ready to Learn initiative. The study found preschoolers’ literacy skills increased when classrooms incorporated video and games.
Low-income children were better prepared for success in kindergarten when their preschool teachers incorporated educational video and games from public media, according to a new study conducted by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and SRI International.
EDC’s Cornelia Brunner says girls prefer video games with lots of interaction between characters and their environment, and these games require much more sophisticated technology and take longer to develop.
EDC worked with historians, interactive media designers, TV producers, and teachers to understand and analyze how educators can harness young people’s interest in video games, digital storytelling, and sharing to deepen students’ grasp of U.S. History.
An EDC project will bring together students, teachers, and game developers to design and evaluate digital games and learning tools, built around the Nintendo DS, for classroom science and literacy lessons.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) has been awarded $9.2 million by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a National R&D Center on Instructional Technology, investigating how video games can be used in middle school classrooms.