Marina Umaschi Bers

Marina Umaschi Bers is affiliated with Tufts University.[1]She is a member of Eliot - Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.[2]

Dr. Bers has written multiple books, articles, and research studies based on her decades of work with young children and their development.[3]Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers is a professor and department chair at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University.[3]She also heads the interdisciplinary Developmental Research Group at the University.[3]She is the author of the book Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom, and is the co-founder and chief scientist at KinderLab Robotics, Inc.[4]Dr. Bers has designed several programs for children in pre-K through 2nd grade, including the KIBO robot and ScratchJr, a visual, block-based programming language for tablets.[5]She is hardly a newcomer to the youth-coding landscape, having been involved in the development of the extremely popular, graphics-based coding language ScratchJr.[2]

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Parents: Don't worry about how much screen time kids have right now

"When the screen is needed—which it will be—find the most creative uses for those screens,” said Marina Umaschi Bers, chair at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Bers has a strong metaphor that may help: Think of a screen as either a playground or a playpen. Lastly, Bers said, since children learn by watching, parents should try to create a schedule for themselves for screen use during the day. With a schedule and a reframed view on screen time given the COVID-19 pandemic, parents can relax when kids are engaged in a "playpen" screen activity, Bers said.[6]


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