Category Archives: Commentary

The Power of Storytelling

by Gary Knell
June 27, 2011

According to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the typical American child — age 8 to 18 — spends no less than seven and a half hours a day engaged with media. According to research from Sesame Workshop and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, younger children are also consuming media … 







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Reflections on the Learning from Hollywood Forum: Storytelling and Collaboration

by Makeda Mays Green
June 22, 2011

Makeda Mays Green is the Director of Education and Research for Digital Media at Sesame Workshop. We were lucky to have her join us in LA for the Leadership Forum in May. She shares her thoughts on the event and some of her favorite takeaways.   The “Learning from Hollywood” … 







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Families Matter

Heads-Up, Media Producers: Families Still Matter Most in a Digital Age

by Michael H. Levine, Ph.D.
June 7, 2011

This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post.   On Tuesday, June 7, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop will present a report at the E 3 Expo in Los Angeles that may surprise media designers and cause policymakers to step back from their current concerns about kids’ … 







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Digital Games as Assessment?

by Jennifer Kotler, Ph.D.
June 1, 2011

In January, I attended a workshop dedicated to games, assessment and learning hosted by the MacArthur and Gates Foundations and the USC Game Innovation Lab. The workshop brought together game designers, educators, and researchers to work together on designing games around various curricula topics that would be engaging, educational, and … 







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Learning from Learning from Hollywood

by Meryl Alper
May 20, 2011

While managing the @cooneycenter Twitter feed and live blog during this week’s Learning From Hollywood Forum, my mental gears were continuously whirring.  Rich threads of conversation spun back and forth online and in face-to-face conversation, through the #cooneyforum hashtag and the generous physical space provided by the USC School of … 







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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

An Ode to QR Codes

by Administrator, Carly Shuler
May 11, 2011

When I was in Toronto a few weeks ago for the Sprockets panel on transmedia, I had the chance to walk (ok, run) through the Tim Burton exhibit in the new TIFF building. This exhibit reminded me of a few things. First, that I am way overdue for a re-viewing … 







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Digital Literacy and the Enculturation of the Young

by Judith J. Pickens
May 3, 2011

The art and science of storytelling has been at the heart of all good education from the beginning of the humanity. Since before technology, before media, before printing or even writing, education was passed from generation to generation through storytelling. The stories told around the fire before written histories may … 







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From Slide Projectors to Touch Screens

by Frances Nankin
May 2, 2011

Frances Nankin, Executive Producer and Editorial Director of Cyberchase, has been developing children’s media for 30 years. She is both an educator and a media producer who sees great potential in emerging media platforms to boost kids’ learning. Cooney Center: What excites you about the potential of new technologies to … 







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Who’s Leading the Way: Digital Natives or Ex-Pats?

by Susan Crown
April 29, 2011

To put my thoughts into context, I offer the following assertions: Our public education system is failing; Incremental change to a failing system is the same as making no change at all; Kids today spend—on average—seven hours each day interacting with and through digital media; The digital world has become … 







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De-Buzzifying a Buzz Word

by Carly Shuler
April 27, 2011

Last week I had the opportunity participate in a panel discussion at Sprockets, Toronto’s International Film Festival for Children and Youth (which, by the way, is a FANTASTIC event held in the new and equally fantastic TIFF building). The topic of the panel? Transmedia. Well of course. It seems that … 







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