Category Archives: Commentary

Common Challenges, Varied Solutions

by Sarah Vaala, Ph.D.
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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Welcome 2017: The Center’s Tenth!

by Michael H. Levine, Ph.D.
January 4, 2017

Welcome 2017!  For the Joan Ganz Cooney Center team, this is a very special year.  In December, we will celebrate our tenth year as an organization dedicated to advancing learning for children in the digital age. For those who follow our work closely, you will recall our first report—an analysis … 







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An Increasing Number of Children in American Schools Need to Learn English. Let Them Play!

by Jens Peter de Pedro
November 7, 2016

When I was nine years old, an American boy named Kyle moved to our neighborhood in suburban Stockholm. When we met him, my best friend Gustaf immediately switched to English. I had never heard him speak much English before, but Gustaf had spent a couple of years in an American … 







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