Monthly Archives: October 2010

Halloween On-Screen — too scary or too safe?

by Marj Kleinman
October 29, 2010

I heard a great interview this morning on NPR’s Morning Addition: For Halloween, TV Scares That Are Still Kid-Friendly, addressing the question of how scary is too scary? Elizabeth Blair spoke to folks from Nickelodeon and PBS Kids, who are both airing specials this week, including an Arthur episode guest … 







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Getting (More) Girls into (More) Games

by Sara M. Grimes, PhD
October 22, 2010

Guest post by Sara M. Grimes, PhD Years ago, when the idea of “games for learning” was still a relatively new concept, a small but important movement emerged around issues of gender in gaming. Led by scholars, designers and members of the game community, the primary objective was to address … 







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Rapping Math Teachers Bring It

by Cooney Center Team
October 21, 2010

Great piece by Edutopia, Rapping Math Teachers Bring It, featuring the Rapping Mathematician Also check out these instructions to learn how to write your own math rap!      







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iHelp — How the iPad is Assisting Disabled Children

by Marj Kleinman
October 20, 2010

Check out this recent Wall Street Journal article: Using the iPad to Connect: Parents, Therapists Use Apple Tablet to Communicate With Special Needs Kids The iPad is quickly being utilized for kids with speech and communication issues and can have real breakthrough effects for this population. Apple CEO Steve Jobs … 







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The Word on the Street is Research

by Jennifer Kotler, Ph.D.
October 18, 2010

The domestic educational research group here at Sesame Workshop gets to have really fun conversations. We talk to experts. By experts, we mean the 3- to 9-year-old children for whom we create content. We explain to them that we’re grown ups and don’t remember what it was like to be … 







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DOE gives CPB & PBS 72m towards Ready To Learn

by Cooney Center Team
October 18, 2010

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS received notification today of a Ready to Learn grant for nearly $72 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. CPB and PBS submitted a joint application in June in response to an RFP designed to fund research, … 







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Kids Learning Math & Learning from Kids: Lessons from User Tests

by G. Adauto & J. Klein
October 15, 2010

Today we bring you the first in a series of STEM related blog posts — starting with last year’s Cooney Center Prize finalists for the Motion Math — Gabriel Adauto and Jacob Klein. Throughout the process of creating Motion Math, our bouncing star fraction game for the iPhone and iPad, … 







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National STEM Video Game Challenge OPEN for Applications!

by Marj Kleinman
October 14, 2010

The first annual National STEM Video Game Challenge is now open for applications. This nationwide challenge invites game makers big and small to show their passion for playing and making video games. This competition aims to motivate children’s interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The Developer Prize challenges … 







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Stop Waiting: A New Day for Learning

by Michael H. Levine
October 5, 2010

Reprinted from Huffington Post This teacher bashing must stop! It is an unwise diversion from what matters most: teaching children to love learning and be creative right from the start. As an unabashed ally in the moral outrage that animates Davis Guggenheim’s powerful film “Waiting for ‘Superman’ “, count me … 







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Putting Children First – Reflections on Education Nation

by Ellen Galinsky
October 4, 2010

The past few weeks have been big for our industry — conferences from EdNet to Engage, the expansion announcement of E-Rate, a stellar New York Times article on Learning by Playing, the release of Waiting for Superman, and NBC’s Education Nation. Guest blogger, Ellen Galinsky, offers her perspective on Education … 







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