Category Archives: Commentary

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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Michael Levine

Happy New Year from the Cooney Center

January 3, 2014

On behalf of our team at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, I wanted to simply say thanks for your wonderful support during 2013.  The Center’s fifth anniversary year has been one of new accomplishments and challenges in the children’s digital media space—from record sales this holiday season in the tech … 







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Learning Games in the UK: Success and Challenges.

by Martha Henson
November 19, 2013

The London Educational Games Meetup group (or LEGup, as it’s become known), was started just over two years ago by Kirsten Campbell Howes, an educational specialist and game designer. At first, it was a small gathering in a room above a pub, where a few like-minded games makers and enthusiasts … 







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Revisiting the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

by Sara M. Grimes, PhD
March 25, 2013

Last December, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the results of its two-year review of the Children’s Online Privacy Protections Act (COPPA), including a series of amendments and rule changes aimed at updating the Act in light of recent technological and social developments. This was the first time COPPA had … 







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Milton Chen

Games & The Common Core: Two Movements That Need Each Other

by Milton Chen
March 19, 2013

Recently in one day, I witnessed two expert panels discussing critical issues for our educational system: the first one was on implementing the Common Core for English-language learners, the second was on how games offer an exciting new frontier for student learning and engagement. In the morning, I listened in … 







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Running on STEAM

by Pandit F. Wright
March 12, 2013

Over the past decade, the steady increase in the accessibility of the Internet has put new technologies at the fingertips of many. This evolving platform presents a niche for the development of digital literacy and a growing market for information technologies. With deep commitment to a mission serving the youth … 







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Tech Toy Magic at Toy Fair

by Scott Traylor
February 21, 2013

This post was originally published on 360kid’s blog and appears here with permission. For more than a decade I’ve been going to the annual NY Toy Fair, and I go primarily for one reason. To check out the latest technology toys. I’ve seen some amazing toys over the years, as … 







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The Risks of Launching a Research Project at a Time of Moral Panic

by Christopher J. Ferguson
January 23, 2013

Every parent and concerned citizen in the U.S. has been following the national conversation about the need for a balanced response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. One area of concern that the President and Vice President highlighted in the action plan they presented last … 







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Children’s Media and Marketing – 5 Issues to Watch in 2013

by Linette Attai
January 22, 2013

This post originally appeared on Playwell’s website, and appears here with permission. As 2012 came to a close, the children’s media and marketing industries saw a flurry of activity from the Federal Trade Commission. In December alone, we saw reports on mobile apps (“Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not … 







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What We Don’t Know, and What We Need to Know, About the Effects of Video Game Violence

by Cheryl K. Olson, Sc.D.
January 18, 2013

Every parent and concerned citizen in the U.S. has been following the national conversation about the need for an urgent and balanced response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  One area of concern that the President and Vice President highlighted in the action plan they … 







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