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Media Partners Spotlight New Learning Initiatives
Multimedia Project Aims to Share Success Stories of People and Projects Within Growing Sector


Multimedia Project Aims to Share Success Stories of People and Projects Within Growing Sector

PITTSBURGH – Four of Pittsburgh’s leading media organizations (WQED Multimedia, Pop City, 90.5 WESA and Pittsburgh Magazine) have joined forces on a 12-month initiative dubbed “Spotlight on Learning Innovation.” Made possible through a grant from the Grable Foundation, the precedent-setting multimedia project will focus on Pittsburgh’s leadership in the international movement to “remake learning” and create educational opportunities designed for our times.

Spotlight on Learning Innovation focuses on the Pittsburgh region’s need to prepare its young people for college and the work force by building on the basics and connecting students with hands-on learning experiences that develop relevant skills.

The project will focus on leaders within this movement, such as the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU). Rosanne Javorsky, Assistant Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, said that students today have more opportunities than ever before to use technology in creative and innovative ways.

“Children today are different. As educators, we must foster an environment that allows our students to not only learn and grow, but also to create and build their own world,” she said.

The Sprout Fund is another local organization that is remaking learning for children and youth.

“Children now learn differently, they interact with their peers differently, and they engage with the world differently. At the same time, the world is changing rapidly and today’s students need opportunities to develop relevant skills that the new economy rewards. In Pittsburgh, we have a tremendous opportunity to remake learning for all children and youth in our region and raise a generation of lifelong learners,” said Cathy Lewis Long, Executive Director, The Sprout Fund.

WQED Multimedia, Pop City, 90.5 WESA and Pittsburgh Magazine will work together on a year-long series that showcases the people and projects involved in the learning innovation sector. The media partners will create an integrated content stream – on television and radio broadcasts and in print, web and social media – designed to build awareness among children, families and caregivers while sharing remarkable advances, including the following:

• How are video games and mobile apps being used for learning?
• Will robots become part of your child’s classroom?
• How important is computer science for today’s students?
• Where do art and creativity fit in with science, technology, engineering, and math skills?

The four media partners will collaborate on content and feature elements of the project through their distribution channels throughout the year:

• WQED will create and share content through its education portal at wqed.org/education, iQ Kids Radio, WQED-TV and on WQED Interactive at wqed.org.

• Pop City (popcitymedia.com), a weekly online magazine about the creators and influencers advancing Pittsburgh, will feature the people and projects leading the way in innovative learning.

• 90.5 WESA will produce and distribute on-air features, on-demand video and podcasts at wesa.fm.

• Pittsburgh Magazine will profile a person or project that demonstrates leadership in the remake learning space in the monthly magazine and online at pittsburghmagazine.com.

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