Monthly Archives: October 2011

Does My Child Need a Multivitamin? Commentary on the AAP policy statement from a media professional

by Carly Shuler
October 31, 2011

I wasn’t going to blog about the American Academy of Pediatrics recent update to its 1999 policy statement, which discouraged media use for children under the age of 2.  Why not?  Because numerous experts much more knowledgeable than I already provided excellent commentary on the report.  Both Warren Buckleitner and … 







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Robot to Begin Cross-Continental Adventure Next Week

by Allison Mishkin
October 14, 2011

Numerous technology ventures aim to improve students’ scores in an increasingly test-focused educational landscape. Challenging that, the innovators behind the Robot Heart Stories project hope that modern technology can spark students’ imagination, fueling the resources needed to inspire better scores: creativity and passion. Starting Monday, October 17, two classrooms of … 







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Toontastic

Inventing (Playful) Invention: Four Steps to Designing Toys for Creative Play

by Andy Russell
October 12, 2011

Picture for a second the first thing you ever constructed, designed, prototyped, or invented. If you’re like most of us, there’s a pretty good chance that you built your idea using toys like LEGOs, Play-Doh, Lincoln Logs, or perhaps, to your parents’ dismay, a mix of all of the above … 







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What We Can Learn from Steve Jobs

by Glenda Revelle, Ph.D.
October 6, 2011

I actually knew Steve Jobs. I am not telling you this to try to impress you, but to impress upon you that he was a human being with strengths and weaknesses just like you and me. He contacted me at Sesame Workshop when Pixar was just beginning. The original Toy … 







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ANNOUNCING: A Spooooooky Toooooons Story Contest!

by Andy Russell & Catherine Jhee
October 5, 2011

The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp… and your teeth are hurting just LOOKING at all the candy stacked up in the grocery aisles. Yes, it’s October and Halloween is just around the corner! To celebrate this most playfully creative holiday, we’re very excited to announce that the … 







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Tune in to the Washington Post Live Early Education Conference

by Catherine Jhee
October 4, 2011

On Wednesday, October 5, the Washington Post Live will host “Investing in the Future through Early Childhood Education,” a conference that will focus on successful strategies for teaching preschoolers. The conference will bring together federal and local government officials, education experts, and teachers, including the Cooney Center’s Executive Director, Michael … 







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Families Matter

The more things change: Extending the shelf life of case studies in a digital age

by Lori Takeuchi, PhD
October 3, 2011

In Families Matter, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop’s most recent research report (released May 2011), I take an ecological approach to chronicling how digital media are shaping childhood, parenting, and family life (Bronfenbrenner, 1977). I do so by sharing findings from two complementary studies: a national survey … 







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