Examining the role that media plays in the lives of children and their families

first_imgTwenty Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) students recently spent the afternoon consulting with nearly 50 subject matter experts as part of their J-term course, Informal Learning for Children. The course, taught by HGSE Professor Joe Blatt, Faculty Director, Technology, Innovation, and Education, tasks his graduate students with examining the role that media can play in the lives of children and their families. The goal – to learn how to design more effective programs for learning.The graduate students were working on designs for a variety of educational projects that they hoped might appeal to middle school students. Their questions for the experts ranged from wondering if tweens might like an app that allows the user to take part in a scavenger hunt, to getting reactions to various story lines for a potential television show, to exploring what makes certain video games more addictive than others.The aforementioned subject matter experts were in fact a group of sixth grade students from the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) in Allston, who were eager to share their thoughts and honest opinions on the projects.One students suggested that an idea for a certain television show be focused more on story, and less on competition, because to him it would “feel more epic.”Another student questioned assumptions about the way in which students his age consumed media. “You mean you actually use Hulu? Only old people use Hulu,” explained one sixth grader.Yet another suggested any new games should follow the proven path of American Ninja Warrior, their “favorite show.”“The (HGSE) students read the research, but there is nothing like coming in and talking to kids and finding out what they think,” said Kara Brennan, a Teaching Fellow at HSGE. “It’s a marathon of a course, but to many it’s probably one of their most memorable experiences at HGSE. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a whole lot of fun.”The course exposes the graduate students to not only the research, but also the process of seeing a project through from start to finish. At the end of the two week course the HGSE students will present their findings to a group of industry leaders, including those at Sesame Street, with whom Professor Blatt has longtime relationship.This collaboration is part of ongoing partnership between the GPA and Harvard. Students from the school often take part in many Harvard run programs, including on the University’s Cambridge campus, or at the Ed Portal located just a short walk away. Harvard faculty, staff and students can often be found at the GPA, learning from the students themselves. This project was no exception. As one student so accurately said, “We know technology. We’re kids. What did you expect?”last_img read more

Routine Exercise at Naval Weapons Station Earle Running Through Feb. 14

first_imgThe article originally appeared in the February 6-12, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2020 is being conducted by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Navy Installations Command on all Navy installations in the continental U.S., according to a press release. But the “see something, say something,” rule still applies, even during exercises, according to the release. “Everyone should report suspicious activity if they witness something. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders.” “Exercise Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain is an important training opportunity designed to ensure our personnel and security forces are at peak readiness to deter and respond to potential security threats,” Rear Adm. Charles Rock, the commander of the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region, said in the release. “We test ourselves against an array of realistic scenarios and we conduct the exercise in coordination with our community partners.” By Allison Perrine | [email protected] For more information about potential impacts from the exercise, visit facebook.com/nwsearlenj or twitter.com/nwsearlenj.  NWSE’s main side is in Colts Neck and its waterfront is in the Leonardo section of Middletown Township. The two areas are connected by private and federally owned roadways, according to the NWSE website. Area neighbors may experience increased traffic or delays around the bases throughout the exercise, or they may hear or see security activities associated with the exercise. Measures have been taken to try to minimize the number of disruptions to nearby neighbors and to normal base operations. COLTS NECK – Naval Weapons Station Earle (NWSE) is currently participating in an annual force protection exercise from Feb. 3 through 14, the base announced.  The exercise is designed “to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency partners,” according to the release. The exercise is not being performed in response to any specific threats; it is a regularly scheduled exercise.last_img read more

Kinrade, B-Sens take 2-0 lead over Charlotte in AHL playoffs

first_imgIt’s been obvious from the start of the playoffs the Binghamton Senators enjoy starting on the road.For the second consecutive set the B-Sens stole the first to games of the best of seven AHL Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals and head home with a two-game lead.Ryan Potulny scored twice and Robin Lehner bounced back from a sub-par Game one to lead Binghamton to a 3-0 win over Charlotte on Friday night.Binghamton, opening the series Thursday with a 7-4 victory, now lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 heading home for Game three Tuesday at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.In the opening series against Manchester, Binghamton split the opening two games on the road.Friday’s win was Binghamton’s eighth in a row on the road, one shy of the AHL record.In the opener three Binghamton players – including Kaspars Daugavins – tallied a goal and two assists apiece as seven different B-Sens scored.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade, logging quality minutes for Binghamton in his second season as a professional, finished the two games a plus-3 — a plus-2 during the opening despite Charlotte scoring four times.SERIES NOTES: The Checkers outshot Binghamton 40-22 during game one, including 17-3 in the second period, and 35-31 in game two. . . . Ryan Potulny had scored 13 times in the playoffs and leads Binghamton in goals and points, with 22.last_img read more