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Mieke V.
Researcher
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, United States
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Mieke loves working with kids and is passionate about helping parents and teachers create healthy and educational media environments for their children. After teaching children of ages ranging from preschool to high school, she earned a doctorate degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia. While there, she co-led a seminal study that examined how much babies actually learn from "educational" baby media (answer: not much!) and explored ways to begin teaching preschoolers important media literacy skills. After graduation, Mieke helped develop Common Sense Media’s digital literacy and citizenship curriculum. As an Education Technology consultant for SRI International, she field- tested and revised an innovative media-rich preschool science curriculum and co-wrote multi-million dollar grant proposals for the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. When not thinking about kids and media, Mieke loves baking and cake decorating. She also feels very privileged to have the opportunity to test out all the theories and advice about child development and media practices on her unsuspecting toddler.

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Drawn to Discover
How-to-draw videos build motor skills and cross-curricular connections
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Khan Academy Kids
Creative, smart mix of pre-K to K activities is a breath of fresh air
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Me: A Kid's Diary
Unique take on self-exploration relies on prompts to guide reflection
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LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary School
Thorough lesson plans help teachers utilize an amazing digital library
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Word Runners - Touch Press Games
Clever combo of vocab and puzzle solving is a tad limited
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Kindergarten Math for School
Fancy drills, many topics make for an easy-to-use teaching supplement
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