A new tech tool developed at the CMU Create Lab is now in all Pittsburgh Public School preschool programs, and it’s helping kids connect outside the classroom. The program, called Message from Me, uses an iPad to help kids connect directly with their family and friends while they’re at preschool. Since the kids can’t read yet, programmers created a way for them to do it on their own.
While welcoming children in the morning, some of them greet me with a friendly “Hi, Dr. Carver!” Because my name rarely fits their idea of “doctor,” they occasionally pause after saying it and ask whether I am a doctor… Then I say that I am a doctor who helps people learn. For the past 25 years, I have been privileged to help learners of all ages at the Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School.
One of the projects that the school has is “Message from Me,” which is an age appropriate adaptation of technology that allows the children to record the activities of their day using kiosks and send them to their parents’ mobile phones or emails.
The CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University has developed an app that is enabling area preschoolers to digitally share their days with loved ones at home.