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.
So computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s Create Lab partnered with early childhood advocates at Trying Together to adapt existing classroom technologies to enable children to better communicate with their parents about what they did at school.
From hands-on circuitry projects for kindergartners to “maker spaces” inside local museums, this former steel town has quietly emerged as a national model for supporting fresh approaches to technology-infused education, especially for young children.