Next Generation Preschool Science brings together educational researchers from SRI Education and EDC, public media producers from WGBH, and preschool teachers and children to create rich early science curricula that integrate tablet-based and traditional learning experiences. Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, the team…
This Thanksgiving week, First 8 Studios reflects with gratitude on the inspiring teachers who have collaborated with us.
One particular “Thank you!” goes to Efrain Ponce, for being a great role model to young children and their teachers, and for being a dedicated partner to First 8 Studios! Congrats on your recognition as an American Graduate Champion!
It has been such a joy to work with Head Start teacher Rania and her preschoolers on the Next Generation Preschool apps over the last two years! Here’s a short video from our last visit of the school year (thanks to a third party app called Magisto!):
We’re sad to see some of our young friends graduate from preschool, but excited for what their lives will bring! Good luck, and many thanks to Head Start, Rania, and her class!!
Our Early Math Teacher’s Guide is now available!
We are thankful to our teachers and researchers for helping us develop the web-based guide and curriculum supplement that provides support for the Gracie & Friends iPad apps (now available in the Apple App Store).
The free guide includes 3-week curriculum sequences for two math units: subitizing and equipartitioning. It shares pictures of real teachers in the classroom using each of the activities, including digital and hands-on games and activities, books, songs, snacks, and outdoor play!
Not familiar with subitizing and equipartitioning? The Early Math Teacher’s Guide helps to understand the math as well as how to teach it. More professional development videos and topics coming over the next few months.
We are thrilled to share this guide and look forward to hearing how you use it!
There are so many fun things to share in the park! Shake apples out of the tree and share them among Gracie and her friends, divide up pie to share with the birds, and give dancing kids the same number of hula hoops. Check out the Gracie & Friends Park Play app, now available in the Apple App Store!
Gracie & Friends Breakfast Time is now available in the App Store!
Children make fair shares of waffles, pancakes, watermelon and berries for Gracie and her friends as they learn to equipartion – or equally share – collections of objects and whole objects. Who knew math could be so yummy?
Grab a friend and try out the latest collaborative game from First 8 Studios!
Gracie & Friends Photo Friends is now available in the Apple App Store!
We’re thrilled to announce the third installment of our Gracie & Friends apps, Treasure Bubbles, has been released and is now available to download for the iPad from the Apple App Store!
We’re so happy to share the Gracie & Friends City Skate app with you all — now available for download to the iPad in the Apple App Store!
After four years of National Science Foundation-funded research and development, our team launched the first of the eight game apps last week! Our iPad app Gracie & Friends Birthday Café is now available in the Apple App Store!
The app is part of Early Math with Gracie & Friends™— our new, mobile app series and math curriculum supplement developed by the First 8 Studios at WGBH team under the Next Generation Preschool Math project. A randomized control trial demonstrated significant learning gains among the children who used the apps.
The hands-on activities are currently available at the First 8 Studios at WGBH Web site! The remaining apps will be released in the Apple App Store over the upcoming months, and the digital Teacher’s Guide will be released in early 2015.
Our own 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.”
We’re so excited to share our work with the world!