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Apps, Gaps, and the Digital Divide

Season 2 | Episode 201 | Length: 26:48

This episode explores the accessibility of broadband and mobile technology to different socioeconomic groups, and whether the digital divide also impacts access to educational content for children in the U.S. and globally.

Our Guests

Angela Santomero

Angela Santomero is best known as the Creator and Executive Producer of acclaimed children’s television hits such as Blue’s Clues on Nick Jr., and Super Why! and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS. She is the Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer of Out of the Blue Enterprises, LLC, and oversees the creative development and research of all the company’s projects, with a mission and vision to bring educational entertainment to a whole new level.

Dr. Michael H. Levine

Dr. Michael H. Levine is the Founding Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent non-profit organization based at Sesame Workshop. The Center conducts research and builds multi-sector partnerships to scale innovation and investment in promising educational media technologies for children.

Derek Lomas

Derek Lomas is a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interactions Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is researching the underpinnings of fun and learning within commercial video games and helping to develop new design processes for building effective computer-aided learning games.

Nicolas Jaramillo

Nicolas Jaramillo is the Director of the Hilltop YMCA Computer Center in Pittsburgh, PA. While working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Nicolas developed an interest in working with youth. Upon graduation, still yearning for a global experience, Nicolas went to El Salvador as a Peace Corps volunteer where he worked with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, as well as leaders of provincial governments to help them utilize technology to solve real world problems.

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