Category Archives: Commentary

Your Children Need Real-Life Video Game Escapades

May 19, 2015

Family Time with Apps is a free interactive guide for parents and caregivers that highlights some ways that families can use technology together. The book features comic strips that parents and children can enjoy together, as well as tips on selecting apps that can help turn screen time into family … 







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Preparing for New Experiences

by Jason Boog
April 30, 2015

Family Time with Apps is a free interactive guide for parents and caregivers that highlights some ways that families can use technology together. The book features comic strips that parents and children can enjoy together, as well as tips on selecting apps that can help turn screen time into family … 







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Digital Nature for Digital Natives

by Melina Gerosa Bellows
April 1, 2015

We recently released Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids, a free interactive guide for parents and caregivers. The book features comic strips that parents and children can enjoy together, as well as tips on selecting apps that can help turn screen time into family … 







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Designing Apps for Co-Play: Can Research and Analysis Make Learning More Fun for Parents and Kids?

by Dylan Arena
January 20, 2015

A few weeks ago, the Cooney Center released Family Time with Apps, which helps parents think carefully about how (if at all) they want to support their children’s app use.  A central theme of that guide is “joint media engagement”: the entire family benefits when parents and children explore the … 







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Four Surprises in Scholastic’s National Survey of Children’s Reading

by Lisa Guernsey
January 13, 2015

Last week Scholastic released the Kids and Family Reading Report,  its annual survey of children’s reading, and some of the results run counter to conventional wisdom about how much children love electronic books and desire independence. The responses provide hints of nostalgia for cuddling up on the couch turning pages … 







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Ten for ’15: Education Reform for A Shared Future

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post. It’s that time again. New commitments and new resolutions to make…and hopefully keep. As educators and children’s advocates we are involved in many initiatives whose goals are reimagining education and providing equal opportunity to all children. We are board members and advisors … 







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Shiny Appy Children

by Natalia Kucirkova
December 16, 2014

Reprinted with permission from The Guardian. With Christmas holidays round the corner, many parents are considering the pros and cons of digital books. Storyapps are a hybrid of books, short films and digital games. In the Nosy Crow Cinderella app for example, children do not just hear and read the … 







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Remarks at the White House Summit on Early Education

by Administrator
December 10, 2014

On December 10, 2014, President Obama hosted the White House Summit on Early Education. Michael Levine was invited to participate in a panel on Equity and Excellence in the Earliest Years hosted by Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and Shannon Rudisill, Director of the Office of … 







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Parents Ask: Why Is It So Hard to Find Good Apps?

by Melissa Lee
December 9, 2014

We recently released a new guide for parents called Family Time with Apps that features several resources, including Moms with Apps, to help parents find quality apps for their children. We invited them to describe their efforts to help families find age-appropriate apps and games that protect their kids’ privacy. … 







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Disrupting Education, Playfully

by Zach Levine
December 8, 2014

On November 19th, I covered the biannual Social Innovation Summit held in San Francisco for the Cooney Center and my colleagues at the Disruptor Foundation.  The summit brought together over 1,000 leaders interested in identifying, exploring, and actualizing partnership opportunities across the Business, Technology and Community sectors. I came to … 







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