Monthly Archives: March 2011

National STEM Video Game Challenge Winners Announced!

by Catherine Jhee
March 31, 2011

It’s hard to believe that the National STEM Video Game Challenge has come to a close. The Cooney Center team has just returned from D.C., where we invited the six finalists of the Collegiate and Developer streams of the competition to the Quick-Pitch Competition on Tuesday, March 29. Each team … 







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Joan Ganz Cooney

A Note from Joan Ganz Cooney

by Administrator
March 31, 2011

Kudos to the Center for the exciting and impressive line-up for the “Learning from Hollywood” Forum this coming May at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. I cannot imagine a more influential group in shaping our nation’s future than the media producers who are reaching our youngest children every day … 







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DML 2011: Designing Learning Futures

The New Coviewing Workshop at DML 2011

by Meagan Bromley
March 30, 2011

How can technology allow us to provide teachable moments and meaningful interactions across challenges of everyday life? How can a single parent who works until 9:00 at night help a child with homework assignments after school? Is there a way for distant relatives to read story books together with young … 







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A Cooney Center Fellow’s Confession: I Came for the Muppets

by Becky Herr Stephenson, PhD
March 28, 2011

Editor’s Note: Want to join the Joan Ganz Cooney Center team? Apply to be the 2016-2017 Cooney Center Fellow! We are accepting fellowship applications now through April 4, 2016. I’ll be honest—I applied for the Cooney Center Fellowship for the Muppets. As a lifelong fan of Sesame Street, the idea … 







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The iPad According to Twitter

by Carly Shuler
March 23, 2011

With the recent release of the iPad 2, I was not at all surprised when Catherine suggested that I write this week’s blog about kids and the iPad. Considering the bulk of work we’ve been doing in the area of kids and apps, I thought this would be an easy … 







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Making Games Can Contribute to Learning

by Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges, PhD
March 22, 2011

Last week, our colleagues at Microsoft announced the full availability of the Kodu Game Lab for the PC and the launch of a nationwide Kodu Cup competition. The competition invites students, aged nine to 17 to design, build and submit their own video games. This post by Cooney Center Research … 







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Toontastic: Father and daughter playing with Toontastic

Why Mobile is the Future of Playful Learning

by Andy Russell
March 21, 2011

I recently had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning conference to discuss mobile learning. As our good friends at Project Noah and other games/apps like The Hidden Park have shown, mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad present incredible opportunities for … 







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Always Connected: Corrections

by Cooney Center Team
March 17, 2011

On Monday, March 14, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Sesame Workshop released Always Connected, a report about the digital media habits of young children. It has come to our attention that the statistic cited regarding children under age 5 and their use of the Internet was stated incorrectly in … 







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Technology, Activity, Content & Context: Reflections on Always Connected

by Jennifer Kotler, PhD
March 14, 2011

Today, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Sesame Workshop are releasing a new report entitled Always Connected. The report is a synthesis of data from seven studies and presents a comprehensive look at young children’s media use over the past five years. As someone who is interested in research methodology, … 







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Top Trends from KidScreen Summit 2011

by Carly Shuler
March 7, 2011

Every February, children’s entertainment professionals from around the world converge in New York as the overlap of Toy Fair, Engage Expo and KidScreen Summit turn the city into a veritable stomping ground for those of us in the kids business. And every year, I can hardly wait to hear about … 







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