Category Archives: Commentary

Can Typical Educational Games Support Learning Within Curriculum?

by Douglas Clark
June 21, 2017

The potential of digital games for education is enhanced by the fact that digital games are everywhere. In 2008, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 97 percent of those ages 12–17 played computer, web, portable, or console games, and 50 percent of them reported daily or near-daily gameplay. Another Pew … 







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Introducing the Diversity Sauce Podcast

by Kabir Seth
June 20, 2017

Recently, with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, the Kids’ Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project (KIDMAP) relaunched the former Diversity in Apps podcast under a new name: “Diversity Sauce.” Twice a month on Diversity Sauce, we discuss the latest on diversity and inclusion, and interview key players in the children’s media … 







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The App Fairy Interviews Ahoiii

by Carissa Christner
March 13, 2017

Episode two of the App Fairy podcast features an interview with app maker Wolfgang Schmitz of the app company Ahoiii. The Ahoiii apps feature an endearing sailor in blue and white stripes named Fiete. I first encountered Fiete in Ahoiii’s advent-calendar-esque Fiete Christmas app when I bought it for my family, and was soon charmed … 







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New Brochure to Help Families Select—and Use—Children’s Apps Together

by Administrator
March 10, 2017

A few years ago, the Cooney Center released Family Time with Apps and Apps en familia, a guide that shares tips for parents and caregivers on finding and using apps to develop stronger connections and learning opportunities with young children. The original e-book, which is available for free on the iBook store in both English … 







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A STEM Story for Early STEM Learning

by Susan Nall Bales
February 6, 2017

Watch a group of young children in a community garden. They’ll dig in the soil, find and play with earthworms and insects, plant seeds in patches of sunlight, and come back to watch them sprout, grow, and bear fruit. With a little help, these kids can be doing more than … 







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Welcome 2017: The Center’s Tenth!

by Michael H. Levine, Ph.D.
January 4, 2017

Welcome 2017!  For the Joan Ganz Cooney Center team, this is a very special year.  In December, we will celebrate our tenth year as an organization dedicated to advancing learning for children in the digital age. For those who follow our work closely, you will recall our first report—an analysis … 







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An Increasing Number of Children in American Schools Need to Learn English. Let Them Play!

by Jens Peter de Pedro
November 7, 2016

When I was nine years old, an American boy named Kyle moved to our neighborhood in suburban Stockholm. When we met him, my best friend Gustaf immediately switched to English. I had never heard him speak much English before, but Gustaf had spent a couple of years in an American … 







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LEGO’s Ideas Conference Is About More than Just Bricks

April 25, 2016

It seems like the older I get, the more time I spend with Lego bricks. Sure, I say that I buy the kits for my kids, but I’m always sitting on the floor next to them within minutes of opening the box. What’s more, the grown up part of me … 







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PEEP: Making Science and Math Fun for Young Learners in Spanish and English

by Jessica Rueter Andrews
April 19, 2016

In many ways, the audience for PEEP and the Big Wide World is what you might expect. Every day, thousands of preschoolers, parents, and educators log on to this award-winning public media project to explore math and science—by watching videos, playing games, and finding hands-on activities they can explore in … 







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Creating to Learn, One Story After Another

by Prune Lieutier
April 12, 2016

For several years now, children’s literature has been venturing step by step into the digital field, with all the creative force and originality that the domain has shown itself capable of. Beyond the simple digitalization of content in PDF or E-pub format, many producers (Nosy Crow, Tank & Bear, Camera … 







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