Category Archives: Commentary

iPad and Skills: Not Just A Cool Toy

by Sarah Vaala
April 3, 2012

Part Two of Cooney Center Fellow Sarah Vaala’s day spent observing children with developmental disabilities and iPads. Part One focused on the affordances of the iPad. Part Two focuses on specific skills that are fostered through using an iPad. Part Three addresses the limitations. During my day at the Mary … 







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iPad Affordances for Teaching Children with Developmental Disabilities

by Sarah Vaala
April 2, 2012

This is the first of three posts by Sarah Vaala, the 2011-2012 Cooney Center Fellow, reflecting on a recent visit to the Mary Cariola Children Center to learn how iPads are being used by children with developmental disabilities. Part Two focuses on specific skills that are fostered through using an … 







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A Competition Against Teen Cyberbullying

by Cooney Center Team
March 22, 2012

More and more kids are involved in digital networking, to the point where mastery of this is a crucial 21st century skill. Which means more and more kids online are being exposed to cyberbullying – with, according to PEW Internet’s August 2011 Tracking Survey, 21 percent even admitting to joining … 







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Megatrends in Education

by Ingrid Erickson, Ph.D.
March 19, 2012

A Communique on the Horizon Project’s Recent Communique. Many of you may have heard of the annual Horizon Report, the report put out by the New Media Consortium that tracking the most important trends technology for education over the last decade. To celebrate ten years of producing what has become … 







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Writer’s Quest – Explore New Worlds. Read.

by The Cooney Center
March 2, 2012

A brief message from our friends at Reading Rockets and AdLit.org who are working with the Library of Congress and the Ad Council to help support the Explore New Worlds. Read. It has been 100 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs first introduced readers to Tarzan and “John Carter” — a hero whose … 







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Generation STEM

by Laura E Kirkpatrick
February 29, 2012

Right now, here at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, we are all about STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. There are only two weeks left to enter the National STEM Video Game Challenge, which we are proud to present along with our partner E-Line Media. But we’re not the … 







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Platform Diving

by Carly Shuler
February 15, 2012

I just returned from Kidscreen Summit and its new digital offspring iKids, where I had the rare opportunity to participate in a platform diving competition. OK – that makes me sound way cooler than I actually am. By platform I’m referring to software on a mobile device, and by diving … 







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Swipe, tap, flick and read?

February 15, 2012

 This post was originally submitted to Edutopia and is reprinted with their permission. Mixed reactions to children’s e-books and the digitization of story time The news media and blogosphere were abuzz last month with the news that Apple is “reinventing the textbook” through the introduction of digital textbooks available for the … 







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Action! An update from TASC on its Action Group.

by Susan Brenna
February 15, 2012

In 2011, The Cooney Center formed six action team, based on geographical location.  The teams were charged with building promising practices and scalable models of the ways that media, and particularly digital media, can promote children’s learning in environments outside of school. These teams were an integral part of the … 







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Life After a Cooney Center Research Fellowship

by Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges
February 8, 2012

Editor’s Note: Want to join the Joan Ganz Cooney Center team? Apply to be the 2016-2017 Cooney Center Fellow! We are accepting fellowship applications now through April 4, 2016. We’ve all been there many times: “go around the table and introduce yourselves.”  There are certain times in our lives when this happens at an extremely … 







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