Category Archives: Commentary

I want one, therefore I have one.

by Jennifer Kotler, PhD
December 13, 2010

“Who has an email account?” we ask the second grade children sitting eagerly before us. Almost every hand goes up excitedly. “And who has an S-account?” I then ask (saying the first non-existent thing that pops into my head). Almost three-quarters of the hands go up excitedly. I only heard … 







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Tech Toys for Tots

by Marj Kleinman
November 18, 2010

It may come as no surprise that kids want gadgets over toys this holiday season. According to the Duracell Toy Report, the top 10 most wanted toys for Christmas among kids 5-16 are squarely focused on tech, with iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads topping the list. Read full article, Children … 







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The Confident Creator is the Anti-Copycat

by Mariel Goddu
November 18, 2010

This past August, the New York Times released an alarming article about plagiarism in U.S. higher education. Citing statistics from a Rutgers University study of 14,000 undergraduates, it reported that over 40 percent of students admitted to having copied text directly from the Internet. More frightening still, 34 percent said … 







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Does a book by any other platform still smell as sweet?

by Ann My Thai
November 16, 2010

In today’s information-obese world, book reading has become a refuge from my click-happy, easily distracted, multitask-ery. But as books extend their reach into the digital landscape through the Kindle, iPad and the new Barnes & Noble Nook, I have to wonder: Does a book by any other platform still smell … 







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Grantmakers for Education Remarks

by Gary E. Knell
November 5, 2010

The following remarks were delivered by Sesame Workshop CEO Gary E. Knell at the Grantmakers for Education annual conference last week. The end of World War II was a pivotal moment in our nation’s history – it was the first time in 150 years that the government made a serious … 







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Can Digital Hollywood Support Education & Innovation?

by Meryl Alper
November 2, 2010

This post originally appeared in New Media Literacies on October, 25, 2010. I recently attended Digital Hollywood, a digital media trade conference in Los Angeles for executives in the film, television, computer, music, and telecommunications fields. As a Ph.D. student in Communication at USC Annenberg, I attended four panels relevant … 







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Halloween On-Screen — too scary or too safe?

by Marj Kleinman
October 29, 2010

I heard a great interview this morning on NPR’s Morning Addition: For Halloween, TV Scares That Are Still Kid-Friendly, addressing the question of how scary is too scary? Elizabeth Blair spoke to folks from Nickelodeon and PBS Kids, who are both airing specials this week, including an Arthur episode guest … 







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Getting (More) Girls into (More) Games

by Sara M. Grimes, PhD
October 22, 2010

Guest post by Sara M. Grimes, PhD Years ago, when the idea of “games for learning” was still a relatively new concept, a small but important movement emerged around issues of gender in gaming. Led by scholars, designers and members of the game community, the primary objective was to address … 







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Rapping Math Teachers Bring It

by Cooney Center Team
October 21, 2010

Great piece by Edutopia, Rapping Math Teachers Bring It, featuring the Rapping Mathematician Also check out these instructions to learn how to write your own math rap!      







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The Word on the Street is Research

by Jennifer Kotler, Ph.D.
October 18, 2010

The domestic educational research group here at Sesame Workshop gets to have really fun conversations. We talk to experts. By experts, we mean the 3- to 9-year-old children for whom we create content. We explain to them that we’re grown ups and don’t remember what it was like to be … 







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