Category Archives: Commentary

Caine's Arcade

Cardboard and Cultural Brokering at Caine’s Arcade

by Meryl Alper
October 9, 2012

This past Saturday, October 6, kids in over 30 countries in 6 continents participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge, the next chapter from the folks that brought you the short film “Caine’s Arcade.”  The fanfare around the film, featuring a 9 year-old Hispanic boy named Caine’s elaborate handmade cardboard arcade, … 







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co-reading

Reading with Young Children: Something Old and Something New?

September 18, 2012

Followers of the Center’s blog and research initiatives will know, we have been closely following the evolving, but not yet precisely documented transition from print to digital information that is impacting just about everyone these days. Our perspective on this phenomenon is to identify the ways in which digital books, … 







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Calling All Girls: Their Future, Our Responsibility

by Idit Harel Caperton
June 8, 2012

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, President and Founder of the World Wide Workshop, is passionate about getting more young girls and women excited about becoming leaders in STEM-related fields.This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is reprinted here with permission. This is the second of two posts about integrating … 







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No More Reading Wars! Getting Ahead of the Transition From Print to Digital Books

by Michael Levine
May 30, 2012

This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post on May 29, 2012. When it comes to learning to read well, the U.S. is locked in a stubborn cycle of conflict. Recall the infamous “reading wars” of the 1980’s and 90’s between advocates of phonics and those of the whole language … 







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Our latest video case study: Digital game DESIGN in the classroom!

May 17, 2012

We’re thrilled to release the newest addition to the series of video case studies put out by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, in collaboration with and support from BrainPOP. In this video, Steve Isaacs, a Technology Instructor at William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, shares how he integrates … 







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An App Reviewer’s Wish List

by Cynthia Chong
May 15, 2012

In January, we introduced Cooney Center Research Associate Cynthia Chiong’s new website, A Matter of App, in which she rates educational apps for children. Fifty reviews later, she shares what she has learned along the way.   THE BIG 5-0. Fifty reviews, that is. Woo-hoo! This has been quite a learning process … 







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Got Poem in Pocket?

by Laura Kirkpatrick
April 25, 2012

Is that a poem in your pocket? What was your favorite poem from childhood? Do you, like me, occasionally shudder with the echoes of an older brother who could recite “For Sale” from memory? Does a poem evoke fond childhood memories like a shared memory between siblings, as it does … 







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BYOT: Bring your own technology

by Laura Kirkpatrick
April 18, 2012

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released “Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media.”  While the title is just barely tweetable at 110 characters, the report could essentially be boiled down to just four letters: BYOT:  Bring your own technology (twitter hashtag … 







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Welcome New Rating System for Kids Digital Media Products

by Pam Abrams
April 16, 2012

Here at the Cooney Center, we have seen the need to provide research-based guidance to help sift through the mountains of kids’ media that is out there (see our reports Always Connected and D Is for Digital) — so we are thrilled that Common Sense Media (CSM), the almost 10-year-old … 







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iPad and Limitations in Teaching Children with Developmental Disabilities

by Sarah Vaala
April 5, 2012

Part Three of Cooney Center Fellow Sarah Vaala’s day spent observing children with developmental disabilities and iPads. Part One focused on the affordances of the iPad. Part Two focused on specific skills that are fostered through using an iPad.  This post addresses the limitations. Part One and Part Two of … 







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