A new study evaluating the Ready To Learn initiative outlines how educational digital media will change to influence children and content producers.

While digital educational media can continue to have a substantial impact on children, the size of that impact is directly proportional to a commitment to equity, according to a study examining five years of the CPB-PBS Ready to Learn Initiative, which represents $72 million in taxpayer dollars.

Interviews with 26 prominent children’s media researchers, producers, and thought leaders were conducted as part of the study.

The study reflects on the initiative’s progress over time and offers examples of how digital educational media have influenced learning.

The article identifies change coming in the following areas:
1. Better understanding of the languages and cultures, along with the media and technology habits, of families across the country.
2. Adult support will be a major catalyst for children’s playful learning.
3. Families will become partners in the making of new public educational media.
4. Personalization will succeed only if it embraces the social nature of educational media.
5. Making connections to learning that is physical and outdoors will be essential.
6. Educational media innovations that focus on storytelling, character, and new forms of play will create powerful learning opportunities across content areas.
7. Delivery systems will continue to morph and multiply, which will place an even greater emphasis on the characteristics that contribute to high-quality media experiences.
8. Media producers who rely on educators and learning scientists will be more effective at creating captivating media that also support learning.

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