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Connecting Across Worlds: How Empathy and Play Can Support Connection

by Dr. Karen Schrier
March 12, 2018

How do we live together in a connected world? How do we cultivate “global citizens” who can relate to others—across international borders and Internet forums, or political aisles and bus aisles? These are increasingly pressing questions, and ones that are considered by two recent publications: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s … 







Lost Connections: Tech Use Among Young Kids in Silicon Valley

by Lisa Guernsey
March 7, 2018

This post was originally published on EdCentral. Even in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of online innovation, families with young children are experiencing a digital divide. Hispanic families in particular saying that they experience slower connections, more data limits, and more broken computers and devices than their white and Asian-Pacific Islander … 







These Are The Digital Playgrounds Where Tomorrow’s Global Citizens Can Build Social Skills

by Jordan Shapiro
March 5, 2018

Early this morning, I spoke to a friend in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through my webcam, the Skype video was still a little choppy, but clear enough to recognize that we were each settled into different parts our daily routines (the time difference is six hours). I took sips from a … 







The App Fairy Talks With Toca Boca

by Carissa Christner
March 2, 2018

I’m so excited to end this first season of the App Fairy podcast with an interview featuring children’s app giant, Toca Boca. I have loved their creations since my very first exploration into the world of children’s apps. With quirky illustrations, open-ended play, sense of humor, and deeply thoughtful respect for children’s … 







Preparing Early Learners for Future Success Through STEM

by Helen Hadani, PhD
February 28, 2018

If you follow the news or have a child in school, it’s easy to believe that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts are more prominent than ever before. And certainly, the importance of STEM learning and STEM experiences are enjoying a renaissance of media coverage. The reality is, however, … 







Podcast Transcript: The App Fairy Talks to Nosy Crow

by Carissa Christner
February 22, 2018

This partial transcript of the App Fairy podcast has been edited for length and clarity. Visit appfairy.org for more information about Nosy Crow. Carissa Christner: Hello and welcome to the App Fairy podcast. My name is Carissa Christner, and I’m a children’s librarian from Madison, Wisconsin. Each time that we have an … 







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Learning Together in a Media Saturated Culture

by Sonia Livingstone
February 5, 2018

Sonia Livingstone was recently asked to write the foreword for Children and Families in the Digital Age: Learning Together in a Media Saturated Culture edited by Elisabeth Gee, Lori M. Takeuchi, and Ellen Wartella. Here’s what she had to say. Where shall we start, and where shall we focus our gaze, … 







Podcasts for Families: Meet the Makers of Eleanor Amplified

by Carissa Christner
January 29, 2018

Are you looking for some good podcasts for children? We’re thrilled to introduce Podcasts for Families, a new series by Carissa Christner, a youth services librarian in Madison, Wisconsin. You’ll meet the producers of some of the liveliest podcasts for kids and learn more about the craft of creating engaging audio … 







From Innovative Ideas to Igniting Implementation

by Jerry Wayne Newson
January 24, 2018

Necessity is the mother of invention. When Mind Meets Music was awarded an Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant through the United States Department of Education in 2014, one of the grant requirements was to utilize technology as a vehicle to support learning. This mandate sparked an idea, … 







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More Than a Foundation: Young Children Are Capable STEM Learners

by Elisabeth McClure
January 16, 2018

The following excerpt from “More Than a Foundation: Young Children Are Capable STEM Learners” by Elisabeth McClure was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Young Children. It appears here courtesy of NAEYC.     Two second-graders sit on their knees with quiet intensity, stacking unit blocks on a …