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Check out what the Cooney Center staff are covering in the realm of digital kids’ learning. Do you have an idea you’d like to see covered? Let us know!

Will AI Make Our Kids More Human? (or Steal Their Humanity?)

by Grant Hosford
July 15, 2019

If we don’t plan our AI future, we risk handing our kids a world where machines make decisions for them and bias influences everything from routine policing to insurance decisions.  To prepare this generation for what is coming, we must equip them with the ability to understand, question and manage … 







Learning About How Families Connect Learning Across Boundaries

by Sarah Vaala, PhD
July 2, 2019

This summer, my High Point University colleagues and I are hosting a video game camp with twenty 9- to 11-year-olds in our local Boys and Girls Club. Across a series of five sessions, the students are learning some basic video game design principles and coding. Alternating their roles each session—from … 







The Potential and Perils of VR and AR for Children

by Michael Rich, MD, MPH
June 25, 2019

In designing VR/AR devices and applications for children, it is critical to keep in mind the active and inquisitive nature of children, the key developmental tasks of each age and stage, and the profound influence of environmental stimuli and challenges on their physical, mental, and social development and health.  

My Child, Media, and Technology: Providing Guidance to Working Parents

by Maria Alvarez
June 12, 2019

As media and technology have an increasing presence in our lives, more parents are seeking guidance in how to select the best media for their little ones. That has been the case for many parents who have participated in the national Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors program. They have expressed their worries … 







El Círculo Familiar: Programming Robots is a Family Activity

by Katie Mills, PhD
May 29, 2019

“Mama, look at how I make the robot move!” “Papa, let me show you how to make the robot turn.” First- and second-graders were the computer science experts at University of Southern California when 35 families gathered to face two dozen robotics challenges. Over 225 children have been learning all year to code … 







Education, Equity, and Empathy: A Brighter Vision of the Future of VR

by Chris Chin
May 21, 2019

Before the Future of Childhood: Immersive Media and Child Development salon took place in November 2018, we invited experts to share their visions about the ways VR and AR might impact childhood 10 years from now. Chris Chin, Executive Director of VR Content at HTC Vive, believes VR has the … 







The Promise of Game-Based Assessment in Early Childhood Education

by Anusha Subramanyam, PhD, BCBA-D and Tammy Kwan
May 17, 2019

This guest post by Anusha Subramanyam, PhD, BCBA-D and Tammy Kwan of Cognitive Toybox describes results from a pilot study in which Cognitive ToyBox, a game-based assessment program, was implemented in preschool classrooms to help teachers monitor their students’ progress.   Early childhood education programs require accurate, ongoing assessment to … 







Can We Build Strength and Empathy Through Games?

by Sandhya Nankani
May 14, 2019

The stories that have emerged from the STEM School Highlands Ranch and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte shootings over the past few weeks have been heartbreaking. There is the story of sixth grader Nate Holley, who put his hand on a metal baseball bat, “just in case … … 







Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality and Kids: Planning Ahead for a Positive Future

by Kiley Sobel, PhD
May 6, 2019

Do you remember when Niantic’s Pokémon GO was released in summer 2016 and how a craze with kids and families ensued? Are you excited for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to be released sometime later this year and expect it to be a similar hit? Perhaps you’ve heard of Google Expeditions, … 







Preschool Science at Home: PEEP Family Science Apps Help Low-Income Families Engage in Digital Learning

by Megan Silander, PhD, and Gay Mohrbacher
May 1, 2019

A growing body of research points to the importance of engaging children in science from an early age, for both their future trajectories in science careers and school readiness. For some children, preschool provides the chance to engage in meaningful science learning. But, for the 46% of American 3- and …