Category Archives: Commentary

Augmented Reality: The What-If Game

by Mindy Brooks and Emily Reardon
February 7, 2012

Most of us have had experiences playing with traditional playsets. In fact, many of us have fond memories and attachments to particular figurines or characters. Reminiscing about these experiences may bring up memories of your childhood imagination, your love to create stories and explore imaginary worlds, or even a desire … 







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Cynthia Chong

A Matter of App: A New Website Rating Kids’ Apps

by Cynthia Chong
January 10, 2012

Cynthia Chong is an educational media researcher whose research focuses on how the design of educational media can affect young children’s learning and the way they interact with them, as well as how parents and teachers use these technologies to teach. She recently began reviewing educational apps for 3- to … 







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An Empirical Wish-list

by Jennifer Kotler
December 30, 2011

For the second year in a row, the iPad is the most popular item that children are asking for as a holiday gift.  Given that it is the season for making wish-lists, it is in this spirit that I offer my own iPad research wish-list for 2012. The items on … 







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Bringing Speech Recognition to Reading Instruction

by Marilyn Jager Adams
December 5, 2011

Marilyn Jager Adams’s report, “Technology for Developing Children’s Language and Literacy: Bringing Speech Recognition to the Classroom,” was released this fall by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. This commentary was recently published by Education Week.   As everyone who follows such things knows, U.S. students, as a group, do not … 







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Inventing (Playful) Invention: Four Steps to Designing Toys for Creative Play

by Andy Russell
October 12, 2011

Picture for a second the first thing you ever constructed, designed, prototyped, or invented. If you’re like most of us, there’s a pretty good chance that you built your idea using toys like LEGOs, Play-Doh, Lincoln Logs, or perhaps, to your parents’ dismay, a mix of all of the above … 







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Policy Brief: The Digital Teachers Corps: Closing Americas Literacy Gap

by M. Levine and J. P. Gee
September 15, 2011

The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) has just published a policy brief authored by Michael Levine, the executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and James Paul Gee, the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University. Reed an excerpt of the brief below and download … 







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Michael Levine

Education Tech: Its a Whole New Game

by Robert L. Lindstrom
September 14, 2011

This interview with Michael Levine originally appeared in Literacy 2.0 in August, 2011. It appears here with the permission of the author, Robert L. Lindstrom.   In 2007, the year the iPhone was introduced, the venerable children’s TV programmer Children’s Television Workshop (now named Sesame Workshop) spun off a nonprofit … 







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Sesame Workshop and 9/11

by Carly Shuler
September 12, 2011

“There was a lot of emotion around 9/11, but of course there was no clear path on what to do with this.  But we had this show, this incredible entryway into homes that had credibility amongst parents and children.  How could we best use it?” -Dr. Lewis Bernstein, Executive Vice … 







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Michael Levine

Gaming Ed Reform?

August 20, 2011

This post originally appeared on the Education Nation Learning Curve Blog. Last week, President Obama announced an innovation and competitiveness initiative designed to stimulate children’s interest in math and science careers. It was filled with solid ideas for engaging both struggling and advanced students in rigorous and relevant science and … 







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We All Need a Little Hope: Organizational Spotlight on HopeLab

by Carly Shuler
July 5, 2011

One of the perks of working with The Cooney Center and Sesame Workshop is getting to meet people doing amazing things.  The industry is full of passionate organizations and individuals that are using digital media to promote children’s healthy development and learning in a multitude of ways I never would … 







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