Category Archives: Commentary

Sean Dreilinger

Kids Need Truly Interactive Experiences

by Jason Boog
July 15, 2014

“Interactive” is one of the most overused words in the 21st Century, a label attached to thousands of digital devices, apps and TV shows for kids. Interactive tablet apps will read a book to your kid and interactive cartoon characters will invite your kid to dance during a TV show. … 

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We Stink at Playing with Our Kids: Thinking Differently About Playing Together

by Jens Peter de Pedro
July 7, 2014

Last week I almost wrecked the imaginary birthday party my daughter was throwing for Strawberry Shortcake. I was sitting on the floor in her room next to Plum Puddin’, Lemon Meringue, Orange Blossom and a few other three-inch-tall plastic guests, when she looked up and casually asked: “What’s more, daddy, … 

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Six Questions for the EdTech Field to Think About When Designing for the 0 to 8 Set

by Shelley Pasnik
June 26, 2014

When studying media for early learning, researchers must keep equity at the forefront, says Shelley Pasnik.  Pasnik, director of the Center for Children and Technology, was one of a group of media creators, scholars, and educators who met in Pittsburgh in early June for the 2014 Fred Forward Conference. Experts … 

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Pediatricians Use Video Tools to Help Children Get Ready to Read

by Sarah Jackson
June 23, 2014

The pediatrician’s office is becoming a new player in helping children learn foundational skills for communication, language development, and eventually reading. But a project in New York is taking this concept a step further, by bringing digital technology—specifically, video cameras and video players—into the doctor’s office. The Video Interaction Project … 

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Michael Levine

Introductory Remarks for Anytime, Anywhere Summer Learning

June 10, 2014

Remarks delivered by Michael Levine at the Anytime, Anywhere Summer Learning Forum co-hosted by New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading on June 10, 2014. Thanks Lisa, and thanks very much to … 

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How Do We Create a World Without Limits?

by Lital Marom
May 1, 2014

There’s no doubt we need companies and schools, and teachers that welcome female entrepreneurs and executives en masse. We also know that it takes a few unruly renegades to blaze a new trail, reshaping norms and role-models for those that follow. And before all that—how do we incubate all kids … 

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Girls and Boys Come Out to Play: Beyond to Make Digital Games for All

by Lital Marom
March 7, 2014

The poets of the early eighteenth century saw it as clearly as we do: “slugs, snails and puppy dog tails” delight all kids equally. But on International Womens’ Day 300 years later, despite all our advancements, “sugar and spice and everything nice” persists as our overwhelming message to girls—and the … 

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Lisa Guernsey

When Parents Define “Educational” Media, SpongeBob Sinks

by Lisa Guernsey
January 29, 2014

Lisa Guernsey, Director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, moderated the “Maximizing Impact” discussion at the Learning at Home Forum in New York on January 24.  Her commentary on the report appears on; an excerpt appears here with permission. Any self-respecting skeptic has to be … 

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Dale Kunkel

Missed Opportunities? Tweens and Educational Media

by Dale Kunkel
January 28, 2014

Dale Kunkel, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Communication at the University of Arizona. He spoke as a provocateur at the Learning at Home Forum on January 24, 2014 in New York. Here, he shares his thoughts on the dearth of quality educational content for older kids on various platforms, including … 

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David Kleeman

“Educational Media” vs. Learning from Media?

by Administrator
January 28, 2014

David Kleeman, SVP, Insights Programs and PlayVangelist, PlayCollective, delivered these provocative remarks at the Learning at Home Forum in New York on January 24. The text of his commentary is posted below the video. You can read his blog post, “Kids and Educational Media: Desire to Learn vs. Design to … 

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