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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!

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

So many of today’s parents complain that their children spend too much time staring at “addictive screens.” According to the grownups, kids never want to do anything else and therefore, they’re losing out on the real joy of childhood. But the statistics tell a different story. On average, today’s kids … 







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 … 







Remembering 2018 and Looking Forward to an Exciting Year Ahead

by Catherine Jhee
January 2, 2019

Happy New Year! We hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with loved ones, and that you are as rested and ready to take on new opportunities and challenges in 2019 as we are! As we begin the new year, we wanted to take some time to reflect … 







Iridescent’s AI Family Challenge Finds Parents’ Interest Outweighs Insecurity

by Iridescent
December 11, 2018

A recent study commissioned by Iridescent revealed 78% of underrepresented families want to learn more about technologies like AI despite their mixed emotions about how these technologies work and their potential impact on jobs. The online study, conducted by VeraQuest, found that while 80% of low-income families believe technologies like … 







Kicking off Science in the Park

by Christina Cantrill
December 5, 2018

If you happened to be visiting Independence National Historical Park in late October, you might have seen some of us educators and park rangers walking around with cell phones and taking pictures of things not normally featured on the postcards sold in the Park’s gift store. In addition to the … 







The Time is Now: Investing Early in Our Children’s Future

by Isabelle Hau, US Education Investment Partner, Omidyar
Network Michael H. Levine, Chief Knowledge Officer, Sesame Workshop
Matt Glickman, President of Promise Venture Studio
November 26, 2018

Innovation in meeting the needs of young children is not a new thing. Head Start and Sesame Street were both born out of the War on Poverty in the 1960s, and Mister Rogers Neighborhood celebrated its 50th year anniversary this year. Notable progress in developing new practice and policy models has … 







Immersive Media and Child Development

by Kiley Sobel, PhD
November 21, 2018

This past November 7 and 8, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Center for Science and the Imagination and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and Dubit convened about 60 field leaders at the inaugural Future of Childhood Salon on Immersive Media and Child … 







Computational Thinking in Storytime with Robots

by Claudia Haines
November 20, 2018

Claudia Haines, librarian at Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska, describes a recent Storytime with Robots event that she hosted in which children and their parents had the opportunity to think about computational thinking along with early literacy. This post was originally published on Claudia’s blog, Never Shushed, and appears … 







How Latino children in the U.S. engage in collaborative online information problem solving with their families

by Wendy Roldan
November 13, 2018

This guest post summarizes a research paper discussing how Latino children collaboratively search the internet with their adult family members to solve family needs. The research for this project began while Jason Yip was a Research Fellow at the Cooney Center in 2013-14, and has just been presented at the ACM Computer …