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WKAR and MSU Team Up with Lansing School District to Study Literacy, Math and Tablet-Based Learning

November 24, 2018


All kindergartners in the Lansing School District will receive interactive learning tablets as part of the Michigan State University and WKAR Playtime Pad Research Project. The project distributes more than 1,000 tablets to all current kindergartners to learn more about how interactive learning impacts early childhood education.


On Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1:00 p.m., Riddle Elementary School will receive a visit from WKAR TV as well as university and school district leadership to mark the second year of the Playtime Pad Research Project. The project brings the latest educational technology to the classroom, ensuring that every kindergartener has access to interactive tools for proficiency in reading and math.


New in 2018, the iRead literacy app has been added to tablets distributed to Riddle Elementary School and Dwight Rich School of the Arts, as a way to test the effectiveness of reading apps on literacy. 


Initiated by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, the Playtime Pad Research Project is a unique partnership connecting PBS KIDS, the College of Education at MSU, and the Lansing School District. Researchers at Michigan State will study how the Math Games and iRead apps are used and their effects on learning.


Media are invited to attend the school assembly, which will include appearances by:

  • Prabu David, Dean, MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences

  • Yvonne Caamal Canul, Superintendent, Lansing School District

  • Nicole Beard, Principal, Riddle Elementary

  • Bryan Beverly, Secretary, Lansing School Board

  • Susi Elkins, General Manager, WKAR Public Media


Playtime Pad Research Project

1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

Riddle Elementary School

221 Huron St.

Lansing, MI 48915


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