Playtime Pad Research

Project News and Updates

The PBS KIDS Playtime Pad Research Project investigates the effectiveness of tablet-based learning initiatives in early childhood math literacy, while providing access to the latest digital learning tools for students, teachers, and parents.

Russ White MSU Today

Congratulations are in order for WKAR Public Media. Recently, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters named WKAR Michigan Public Television Station of the Year and Public Radio Group One Station of the Year for 2018.


WKAR TV Takes Home National Award for 2018

Jan 30, 2019
Award winners with trophy
Courtesy / NETA

WKAR TV was honored to receive a national award during the 2018 National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Awards gala on Jan. 21, 2019.

On this week's Current State - lame duck in the Michigan legislature: protection or power grab? Plus, mayor Karen Weaver of Flint updates us on pipeline replacement & what's next. Smoking is on the decline, except e-cigarettes. And meet WKAR's newest reporter!


Riddle Elementary School classroom
McKenna Ross / WKAR File Photo

Kindergarteners at two Lansing elementary schools got a new gadget to learn how to read. WKAR’s education intern McKenna Ross reports.


Current State for Nov. 10-11, 2018

Nov 9, 2018

On November 10-11 edition of Current State: recapping the pink & blue wave from Election 2018; passage of legalization of marijuana in Michigan; PBS Playtime expanding their role in Lansing schools & the growing demographic of anglers in the U.P.

boy with tablet
Kevin Lavery / WKAR/MSU

In Lansing, a unique learning project is helping some of the city’s youngest students build their digital skills.  They’re using Android tablets provided by WKAR to learn educational concepts based on public television programming. 


kids sitting with Playtime Pads
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

More than 1,000 Lansing School District kindergartners now have a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad! The final deliveries were made on Wednesday, December 20 under sunny skies and with hundreds of smiling, excited kindergartners seated on colored carpet squares.

Kindergartners holding their PSB Kids Playtime Pad at school
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

A new, fun, engaging way for kindergartners to learn math and for researchers to explore how students learn launched this week in the Lansing School District.

On Monday, Nov. 13, kindergartners at Lansing's Kendon Elementary School each received a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad loaded with educational games.

Smiling children holding tablets
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Soon, a thousand Lansing kindergartners will literally have an exciting new education tool in their hands thanks to WKAR and MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences.