Category Archives: Commentary

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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Gaming for Behavior Change

by Marj Kleinman
August 18, 2010

Gaming for Behavior Change is a nice, brief publication addressing change making gaming. Design shop Method, that is doing some interesting things in this area, offers this description: “An estimated 3 billion hours are currently spent on gaming every week. By age 21, the average American will have spent more … 

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Learning Across Silos: An Integrated Approach to the Creativity Crisis

by Ann My Thai & Andy Russell
August 16, 2010

In our first post, we provided an overview of Newsweek’s coverage of America’s creativity crisis, which highlighted the crucial need for creativity and innovation in solving real-world problems. We began to explore skills and processes that have been associated with creativity and appreciate how your comments added to the discussion. … 

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Transforming Childrens Learning to Address Americas Creativity Crisis

by Ann My Thai
August 9, 2010

In today’s difficult job market, which candidate is most appealing, the one who received a perfect SAT score, or the one that can offer the most creative solutions to a complex problem, such as stopping the spread of oil along the Gulf Coast?   The July 10 Newsweek magazine cover story, … 

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It’s Not Just the Teacher, It’s What the Teacher Teaches, Including Life Skills!

by Ellen Galinsky
July 29, 2010

Reprinted from the Huffington Post, July 28, 2010, with permission from the author, Ellen Galinsky. A front-page story in the New York Times today (July 28) by David Leonhardt is provocatively titled “The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers”. In what is described as an “explosive” new study, Harvard economist Raj … 

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Revolution Needed for Teaching Literacy in a Digital Age

by Michael H. Levine
July 14, 2010

Reprinted from Huffington Post, July 5, 2010. Written together with Esther Wojcicki, Creative Commons Board Chair America is celebrating. The Fourth of July is a time for parades, parties, BBQs, fireworks—we certainly have much to be thankful for here in America, the most innovative country on earth. But one area … 

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You Say You Want a Revolution?

by Cooney Center Team
July 12, 2010

  Check out Esther Wojcicki and Michael H. Levine‘s Huff Post on Teaching Literacy in a Digital Age. Add your comments to the blog post or right here!  

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The Next Sesame Street Is Digital

by TechDrawl
June 2, 2010

TechDrawl‘s Dave Walters interviewed our Executive Director, Michael H. Levine on May 19, 2010: View video & read more!

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