Category Archives: Commentary

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 … 







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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 … 







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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 … 







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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 … … 







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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 … 







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Common Sense Media Invites Sesame Street to a #DeviceFreeDinner

by Diane Jones Lowrey
April 24, 2019

I remember so well the days when my now-grown daughter was a little girl learning to count and read and taking in life lessons from the beloved characters on Sesame Street about how to be a good, caring person. Back then, she could only watch Sesame Street on our one … 







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Ask the Author: Questions for Jordan Shapiro – Part 2

by Jordan Shapiro
April 16, 2019

Jordan Shapiro, author of The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World, recently took the time to answer questions that readers submitted about balancing screen time at home and school, data privacy, and games that families can play together.  

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Ask the Author: Questions for Jordan Shapiro – Part 1

by Jordan Shapiro
April 12, 2019

Jordan Shapiro, author of The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World, recently took the time to answer questions that readers submitted about his new book in the first of this two-part series. 

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Tapping the Magic of Childhood to Design Playful STEAM Experiences

by Rosanna Lopez
April 5, 2019

The experience of childhood During the initial phase of onboarding and professional development exercises with the SparkleLAB team, we spend a good part of our time remembering the experience of childhood. Growing up in the Philippines in the 80’s and 90’s, my fondest childhood memories are those of the rainy … 







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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 … 







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