Category Archives: Commentary

Kids Learning Math & Learning from Kids: Lessons from User Tests

by G. Adauto & J. Klein
October 15, 2010

Today we bring you the first in a series of STEM related blog posts — starting with last year’s Cooney Center Prize finalists for the Motion Math — Gabriel Adauto and Jacob Klein. Throughout the process of creating Motion Math, our bouncing star fraction game for the iPhone and iPad, … 







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Stop Waiting: A New Day for Learning

by Michael H. Levine
October 5, 2010

Reprinted from Huffington Post This teacher bashing must stop! It is an unwise diversion from what matters most: teaching children to love learning and be creative right from the start. As an unabashed ally in the moral outrage that animates Davis Guggenheim’s powerful film “Waiting for ‘Superman’ “, count me … 







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Putting Children First – Reflections on Education Nation

by Ellen Galinsky
October 4, 2010

The past few weeks have been big for our industry — conferences from EdNet to Engage, the expansion announcement of E-Rate, a stellar New York Times article on Learning by Playing, the release of Waiting for Superman, and NBC’s Education Nation. Guest blogger, Ellen Galinsky, offers her perspective on Education … 







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The Changing Views of the Online Experience-from Fears to Possibilities

by Scott Traylor
October 1, 2010

Last week I attended Back to School – Learning and Growing in a Digital Age, an event which explored federal policy, e-learning, and digital literacy, sponsored by Common Sense Media, PBS Kids, USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, and The Children’s Partnership. The session that impacted me most … 







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We are not Waiting for Superman, We are Empowering Superheroes

by Diana Rhoten
September 27, 2010

At last year’s Leadership Forum, Participant Media screened an early trailer for Waiting for Superman, which opens tomorrow. Here is some commentary on the film from Diana Rhoten, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Startl: I had the chance to attend the CUSP Conference in Chicago these last couple of days. … 







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Teaching for a Shared Future: American Educators Need to Think Globally

by Levine & Wojcicki
September 7, 2010

By Esther Wojcicki and Michael H. Levine, reprinted from the Huffington Post American students’ lack of knowledge about the world is unsettling. According to surveys by National Geographic and Asia Society, young Americans are next to last in their knowledge of geography and current affairs compared to peers in eight … 







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Interactive e-Books — we have the technology!

by Marj Kleinman
August 23, 2010

The truly engaging, participatory e-Book technology we’ve been waiting for is finally here. Inkling for the iPad is a great example of meeting today’s kids where they are. Students can engage in interactive digital textbooks that come alive with rich graphics, video, interactive quizzes, and other features that allow them … 







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Tech Supported Tools to Foster Kids Creativity

by Ann My Thai & Andy Russell
August 23, 2010

In our last post we described how theories of creativity and learning should be integrated with creative problem solving approaches to address our nation’s creativity crisis. Recent advances in technology are enabling creators of children’s digital media to design more experiences that foster children’s creativity and learning. Although children’s digital … 







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Public Media’s Impact on Young Readers

by Susan B. Neuman
August 20, 2010

Public Media’s Impact on Young Readers Time for a Fresh Look Reprinted from EdWeek with permission from Susan B. Neuman For the average middle-class American, it might be hard to comprehend just how devastating the effects of poverty are on children’s early literacy development. But the social and educational deficits … 







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Raising the Next Digital Generation

by Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges, Ph.D.
August 18, 2010

There is something wonderfully simple about my 5-month-old daughter’s inexperience in our digital universe. I was three years old when the nation watched a woman in runner’s uniform hurl a hammer at “Big Brother” during Super Bowl XVIII. The world was invited to watch in awe and wonder how new … 







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