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Smart Talk: Early childhood learning in the digital age: "Together in Song" community event

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 10, 2014 2:29 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, March 11, 2014:

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The children's program Sesame Street was a pioneer when it debuted in 1969.  It was one of the first TV programs directed at three-to five year old children that mixed entertainment and education to teach the alphabet and numbers.

Millions of children from around the world have watched the show and learned the basics from the program.

A lot has changed in the past 45 years.  Today's kids are not just watching TV but are already using computers or other devices.

Technology is making a big difference in how children learn.

On Tuesday's Smart Talk, we'll learn just much how has changed from Dr. Michael Levine, Founding Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.  Dr. Levine addresses early childhood learning in the digital age.

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Maggie Wheeler as Janice on Friends

Also, you may know her as Janice from the hit TV show Friends, but Maggie Wheeler is also an accomplished musician with an wide-ranging repertoire. Wheeler appears on Smart Talk to discuss the "Together in Song" concert, scheduled for Thursday in Harrisburg.

Joining Wheeler with a mixture of West African, aborigine, Australian, and Native American music is percussionist Emile Hassan Dyer.

The concert will benefit the REMember Foundation.  The Foundation's Donna Orbach also joins us.  For more information or to register for the event, visit http://rememberfund.org/rememberfest-2013/

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Donna Orbach, REMember Foundation

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Comments: 3

  • DonnaP img 2014-03-11 04:19

    To be honest, I hate the fact that children are using so much technology at an early age. You know, more and more I see kids of 3-5 playing computer games and parents giving them IPhones while it should not be like this. Children have to play outside with different toys and I can’t say that devices are good to play with. Yes, there are many games that sort of cause children early development, but devices harm and no one can prove me wrong. Sadly, bad looks like there is not much we can do about it. Children faster learn how to type, instead of how to write on actual paper and as a result they need to look for help with writing essays when they are in a college.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-03-11 08:30

    Bill emails:

    Please discuss any connection between technology and children who may not be able to focus in school. And possibly the connection between ADHD and the manic nature of TV and using apps on iPad -Bill, a father of a 4 year old who loves her "apps"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-03-11 08:35

    Jim emails:

    A psychologist in England, I believe, has identified a condition he calls , "ipad addiction" in which the children actually suffer withdrawal symptoms when the iPad is taken away. Does dr Levine believe that it can get to an addiction stage like that?

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