Peep!

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After nearly two years of production, under a grant from NSF, Peep and the Big Wide World has launched a completely redesigned site — and it’s bilingual, too: the content for both grown-ups and children is available in both English and Spanish with a single-button toggle between the two. No other set of educator and family resources on the Web offers the same depth and breadth of content in both English and Spanish.

Congratulations to a massive team from across the foundation (22 from the Digital department alone) for all the hard work and innovation that has gone into this project!

The new site includes a full six-unit preschool science curriculum for family childcare educators; a set of over 100 standalone activities that can be incorporated into the existing curricula of more experienced educators; as well as a collection of 72 professional development videos for both family childcare and center-based educators.

Targeting families, we’ve added a set of parenting videos for children ages birth to five to complement the more than 100 Anywhere Science and Math activities that relate directly to every episode from the show. Parents can now find simple kid-ready science and math activities; recommendations for other related activities; plus relevant books and games — all reinforced by video interstitials from the show related to each activity’s topic.

While all this content for grownups is unprecedented, Peep is primarily a site for children. Children coming to the new Peep site can now play 16 games (with six more to launch in the new year) and watch over 50 videos while exploring six themes of content all designed to allow children to dig into a variety of subjects on their own. The scope of this project firmly puts WGBH at the forefront in the field of bilingual early childhood education, and is something of which every individual involved should be proud.

You can explore Peep’s Big Wide World right here: http://peepandthebigwideworld.com

A True Birthday Celebration for Gracie & Friends™

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After four years of National Science Foundation-funded research and development, the Next Generation Preschool Math team launches the first of eight game apps today. The iPad app Gracie & Friends Birthday Café is now available in the Apple App Store.

A randomized control trial demonstrated significant learning gains among the children who used the apps. The app is part of Early Math with Gracie & Friends™— a new, mobile app series and math curriculum supplement developed by the First 8 Studios at WGBH team.

First 8 Studios at WGBH partnered with the Education Development Center (EDC) and SRI International to  iteratively development the Early Math with Gracie & Friends apps, curriculum that integrates the technology, 46 original hands-on activities, and the digital Teacher’s Guide that will be released in early 2015, all with the goal to explore developmentally appropriate uses of tablet technology in preschool classrooms.

Christine Zanchi, Executive Producer, says, “The Gracie & Friends apps are laying the research foundation for how to use technology with young children. Our research and preschool partners, the teachers and children, are integral to this process. As this and other projects demonstrate, public media has an incredible role to play in setting the bar for mobile learning.”

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