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Digital Education Tool Launched for Spanish-Speaking Preschoolers

March 20, 2013

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness

Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to President Obama on education policy.
Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to President Obama on education policy.

Today, the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) unveiled its mobile application for Spanish-Speaking preschoolers at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum.

The Pocoyo PlaySet application, which is funded by a grant from the Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement, features Pocoyo, the main character in the popular animated television series, according to a press release.

Panelists, including Roberto Rodriguez from the White House, will discuss "Child Development, Early Learning and Digital Media Environments: What Do We Know and What Should We Do?"

The panel includes Rodriguez, special assistant to President Obama on education policy; Barbara Bowman, founder of Erikson Institute; Warren Buckleitner, staff writer for the New York Times; and Yolanda Garcia, director of excellence in Early Education Institute at WestEd.

According to Twitter chatter, Rodriguez said Obama has "a very ambitious plan to invest in early childhood. To get in on the conversation, log on to Twitter and use the hashtag #elc_launch.

"It's important for young children to feel powerful through technology" said Buckleitner, according to Twitter user @Gripcase.

Established in 1983, the HITN is the first Latino noncommercial Spanish-language media company in the U.S. HITN reaches more than 40 million households in the U.S., providing a wide range of programming on TV, online, and in the community, to address its mission of advancing the educational, socioeconomic and cultural aspirations of Hispanics.

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