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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!

Hello, World

by Michael Preston, PhD
March 19, 2019

I’m deeply honored to join the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, an organization widely recognized for its work to advance learning for kids, educators, and families of all backgrounds. In 1966, Joan Ganz Cooney and her colleagues were determined to harness the power of television to address literacy … 







VR and AR for Children: The Eyes of the Next Generation

by Jesse Schell
March 5, 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. Jesse Schell is the CEO of Schell Games, the largest full-service education and entertainment game development company … 







Intentional Design for Digital Inclusion: Developing Energetic Alpha for Preschoolers

by Marianne Martens, Ph.D. and Gretchen Caldwell Rinnert, M.G.D.
February 28, 2019

Children’s literature is not known for its diversity—either in terms of diverse characters within books, diverse authors and illustrators, or diverse staff within the publishing industry. Nancy Larrick’s famous article, “The All White World of Children’s Books,” was published in 1965, and sadly, the situation is not that different today. … 







Call for Participation: Immersive Media and Child Development Workshop at IDC 2019

by Kiley Sobel, PhD
February 19, 2019

On June 15, 2019, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center and foundry10 will host the 2019 Interaction Design & Children conference workshop on Immersive Media and Child Development. The aim of this workshop is to bring together a community of researchers, designers, practitioners, and other experts who are interested in the … 







How Will VR and AR Shape Childhood in 10 Years?

by Jeremy Bailenson, PhD
February 12, 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. Jeremy Bailenson, PhD, is the founding director of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and … 







Summit Builds Network of Early STEM Advocates in Idaho

by Erica Compton
February 5, 2019

On October 26, 2018, over 50 key stakeholders in early education gathered at the Idaho Early STEM Summit in Boise. Led by the Idaho STEM Action Center (STEM AC), this convening of professionals—comprised of representatives from research institutions, government agencies, libraries, and community-based organizations—is the first of its kind in … 







What’s Past is Prologue: A Review of The New Childhood

by Paul Darvasi
January 30, 2019

I must confess, I’d never given much thought to the origin of sandboxes. I played in them, my kids play in them, and so I just assumed that children have been building crumbling castles and holes to China since time immemorial. After reading Jordan Shapiro’s The New Childhood: Raising Kids … 







Calling All Teachers!

by Administrator
January 29, 2019

Do you use immersive media like AR or VR with students in 1st through 8th grade? Are you interested, but haven’t been able to try it out yet? Or are these technologies not for you? The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop would like to know more about teachers’ … 







Modern Family Life Should Include Opportunities to Connect Through Digital Play

by Jordan Shapiro
January 16, 2019

Do you have a question about parenting in a digital age? Share it with us here! Jordan Shapiro will answer selected reader questions on the Cooney Center blog. If he answers your question, we’ll send you a copy of The New Childhood. So many of today’s parents complain that their … 







A Vision for VR in Classrooms in 10 Years

by Lisa Castaneda
January 9, 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. Lisa Castaneda, Co-Founder and CEO of foundry10, shares an optimistic view of VR’s potential …