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Catherine Jhee

Director of Web and Strategic Communications
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Ms. Jhee is Director of Web and Strategic Communications at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, where she leads its digital media and publication efforts.

She is a writer, editor, and interactive producer with more than 10 years of experience creating and distributing educational and documentary content for organizations including POV Interactive, the award-winning website for the independent documentary series on PBS, the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Science Bulletins at the American Museum of Natural History, and Picture Projects. Catherine’s interest in children’s media research began as an undergraduate at Duke University. She received an MAH from the University at Buffalo in Comparative Literature and Media Studies and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has taught courses on documentary video production and filmmaking at the University at Buffalo and interactive design at the Cooper Union School of Art.

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Raising Digitally Healthy Children

January 2, 2014

Many kids received new tablets, smartphones or video games over the holidays. And now that the holiday break is coming to an end and students are preparing to return to school, it’s a good time to evaluate the way they are using these new media tools. While most parents we … 







Game Design for Kids: Exploring Opportunities for Connectivity

August 27, 2012

Since my post a couple of weeks ago about Scratch, Meagan Bromley has contributed two really wonderful posts about her work with Gamestar Mechanic and their Online Learning Program where she is currently serving as a mentor/teacher.  Between Gamestar Mechanic, Scratch, Meagan’s posts and mine, one very clear throughline that … 







Designing Games for Students

July 25, 2012

Hello again! When I wrote my blog post on my experiences as one of the Educator Winners from the 2012 STEM Video Game Challenge, I didn’t have a chance to discuss my method for designing games for students. I’ve thought about this quite a bit, and wanted to share some of … 







Lessons Learned Leading a Creative Jam

July 23, 2012

Mark Rabo recently led a Creative Jam as part of the TIFF Nexus New Media Literacies Conferences that took place in Toronto this spring. We asked him to share some tips for producers interested in collaborating with others in this innovative format that inspires creativity while harnessing the talents of its participants. … 







Math Teacher Designs Winning Game for Students

July 16, 2012

Hello everyone! My name is Marty Esterman and I am the Educator Grand Prize winner for the PBS Kids stream in this year’s STEM Video Game Challenge event for my entry, AdditionBlocks. I have been quite humbled by this whole experience-and I want to thank The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, PBS … 







Food for Thought: Towards a Deeper Dialogue on Print Books, E-books, and Learning

June 18, 2012

Last month, we released the results of our first QuickStudy on e-books. This report, “Teacher Attitude about Digital Games in the Classroom,” was inspired by the continued growth of e-readers — the Kindles, Nooks, and iPads that are almost ubiquitous now — and the exploding popularity of e-books for children. … 







Calling All Girls: Their Future, Our Responsibility

June 8, 2012

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, President and Founder of the World Wide Workshop, is passionate about getting more young girls and women excited about becoming leaders in STEM-related fields.This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is reprinted here with permission. This is the second of two posts about integrating … 







ANNOUNCING: A Spooooooky Toooooons Story Contest!

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 … 







2012 National STEM VIdeo Game Challenge Announced at White House Today

September 15, 2011

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center and E-Line Media were at the White House today, where  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the launch of the new Digital Promise Initiative. First established as a non-profit organization created by the President and. Congress through the Department of Education as an effort … 







Teaching Harry Potter

August 25, 2011

Rebecca Herr Stephenson, Cooney Center fellow, has been in the New York office for a few days this week working with the Research team on the e-book QuickStudy out at the New York Hall of Science. We were thrilled that she brought a copy of her newly released book, Teaching …