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FamLAB: Learning Across Boundaries

by Catherine Jhee
November 16, 2017

Children’s learning experiences in home, school, and community settings are often disconnected from one another, and this challenge particularly affects those who are already under-served. How might learning be better linked to support children’s development? How are some communities innovating to address this persistent challenge and how can digital technologies … 







Insights from an AMA with Video Game Writers

by Administrator
November 14, 2017

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Game Design Special Interest Group recently held a Mentor “Ask Me Anything (AMA)” with Game Writers in conjunction with the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Teachers and students throughout the United States contributed questions about the process of writing original video games. The expert panel … 







Media Literacy in Storytime

by Claudia Haines
November 7, 2017

This week, libraries, schools, and organizations across the country are highlighting the importance of media literacy. Regardless of the type of media, children and adults need to be savvy consumers. According to NAMLE, media literacy is defined as “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all forms … 







Playing together: Using Apps to Augment Relationships Between Adults and Children

by Catalina Naranjo-Bock and Jennie Ito
November 1, 2017

The Interaction Design and Children Conference took place in June 2017 at Stanford University. The conference brought together a multidisciplinary community, focused on multiple aspects related to the design of technology for children. As part of the conference, we put together a workshop to discuss Joint Media Engagement (JME) as … 







Podcast Transcript: The App Fairy Talks to Ahoiii

by Administrator
October 26, 2017

This partial transcript of the App Fairy podcast has been edited for length and clarity. Please listen to the full episode here, and visit appfairy.org for more information about Ahoii. Carissa Christner: In today’s App Fairy episode I’ll be interviewing Wolfgang Schmitz from an app company called Ahoiii. Most of … 







A STEM Challenge Winner Shares Her Passion for Game Design with Students

by Olivia Thomas
October 23, 2017

Olivia Thomas was one of the winners of the National STEM Video Game Challenge (2015-16). Now studying computer science and games, interactive media, and mobile development at Boise State University, Olivia has already gained teaching experience of her own as she developed and taught a game design workshop for middle school … 







M is for Mobile

by Michael H. Levine, Ph.D.
October 20, 2017

This piece was originally published in the Executive Summary of the 2017 Common Sense Census: Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight and appears here with permission.   You may have heard that Sesame Street’s beloved Cookie Monster has learned some valuable lessons in delaying his gratification and eating … 







More Mobile, Fewer Divides: New Common Sense Study Tracks Kids Media Use from 2011 to 2017

by Michael Robb
October 19, 2017

My kitchen counter has changed a lot over the last six years. What used to be dedicated to a bowl of fruit, a coffee maker, various papers, and mail that I hadn’t gotten around to throwing away yet has since become a mess of wires coiling back to one put-upon … 







A Survey of Programs Using Digital-Age Approaches to Family Engagement & Early Learning

by Shayna Cook
October 18, 2017

Promoting early learning through the support and empowerment of families—especially those who are under-resourced—has become an imperative for education leaders nationwide. In 2014, New America published Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture for Early Education to help leaders visualize success in this media-infused environment. Since then, New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center … 







No Such Thing: A New Podcast on Youth and Digital Learning

by Administrator
October 13, 2017

In his new podcast series, No Such Thing, host Marc Lesser surveys the current landscape of digital learning through lively interviews with students, practitioners, researchers, and more. To learn more about the show, we asked Marc to share how NST got its start—along with a few highlights from recent episodes.  Thanks …