WELCOME TO THE MEDIA AND DEVELOPMENT LAB!

Looking for the Child and Technology Survey? Click HERE if you are the parent of a child between the ages of 3-5 and would like to participate. Thank you!!

In the Media and Development (MAD) Lab, we explore issues related to children's and adults' learning from others and from technology. In this technological age, it seems like new gadgets, from tablets to smart phones to computers, are constantly emerging. We seek to shed light on how this technology can aid in child development, how it compares to acquiring knowledge from other people, and what we can do to improve the effectiveness of screen media for learning. Our current generation of children are often referred to as "Generation M" given that they are inundated with media and technology. Just think about how many gadgets are available now that were not available 10, even 5, years ago, that could aid in children's learning and knowledge acquistion! Numerous tablet/phone applications and software programs for computers make educational claims; researchers (including our lab!) seek to verify these claims by determining what aspects of such programs are beneficial for child learners. If you have a child between the ages of 2 and 6, we encourage you to click the "participate" link to sign up for our research.