Category Archives: Commentary

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 … 

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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, … 

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Common Challenges, Varied Solutions

July 20, 2017

Earlier this spring, I had dinner with some new friends who, like my husband and me, are parents of a toddler. Between bites of guacamole, I briefly described the nature of our ongoing research at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center regarding children’s educational apps—and a common interest was ignited. We … 

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Diversity: Brought to you by the letter E: Exposure & Empathy

by Jennifer Kotler Clarke
July 11, 2017

Thanks to the wonderful Dr. Jessica Piotrowski on behalf of the Center for Research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media in Amsterdam as well as Northwestern’s Center for Media & Human Development and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, I was fortunate to be part of a preconference of the International … 

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Can Typical Educational Games Support Learning Within Curriculum?

by Douglas Clark
June 21, 2017

The potential of digital games for education is enhanced by the fact that digital games are everywhere. In 2008, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 97 percent of those ages 12–17 played computer, web, portable, or console games, and 50 percent of them reported daily or near-daily gameplay. Another Pew … 

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Introducing the Diversity Sauce Podcast

by Kabir Seth
June 20, 2017

Recently, with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, the Kids’ Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project (KIDMAP) relaunched the former Diversity in Apps podcast under a new name: “Diversity Sauce.” Twice a month on Diversity Sauce, we discuss the latest on diversity and inclusion, and interview key players in the children’s media … 

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The App Fairy Interviews Ahoiii

by Carissa Christner
March 13, 2017

Episode two of the App Fairy podcast features an interview with app maker Wolfgang Schmitz of the app company Ahoiii. The Ahoiii apps feature an endearing sailor in blue and white stripes named Fiete. I first encountered Fiete in Ahoiii’s advent-calendar-esque Fiete Christmas app when I bought it for my family, and was soon charmed … 

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New Brochure to Help Families Select—and Use—Children’s Apps Together

by Administrator
March 10, 2017

A few years ago, the Cooney Center released Family Time with Apps and Apps en familia, a guide that shares tips for parents and caregivers on finding and using apps to develop stronger connections and learning opportunities with young children. The original e-book, which is available for free on the iBook store in both English … 

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A STEM Story for Early STEM Learning

by Susan Nall Bales
February 6, 2017

Watch a group of young children in a community garden. They’ll dig in the soil, find and play with earthworms and insects, plant seeds in patches of sunlight, and come back to watch them sprout, grow, and bear fruit. With a little help, these kids can be doing more than … 

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