Category Archives: Educators

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Calling All K-8 Teachers: Digital Games Survey

by Administrator
April 22, 2014

Are you a K-8 teacher who lives and teaches in the United States? If so, you are eligible to participate in a Joan Ganz Cooney Center survey about using digital media—including games—in the classroom. Teachers who complete this 15-minute survey will receive no payment, but will instead have the chance … 







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Top 5 GOOD things about SXSWedu 2014

March 10, 2014

This year the Cooney Center attended SXSWedu in full force, with three separate opportunities to share our work on how teachers, researchers, game developers, and investors are bringing true games-based learning to K-12 classrooms.  After presenting with Allisyn Levy of BrainPOP and Julie Evans of Project Tomorrow on Monday, I … 







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Exploring New Technologies and Learning Envirionments at the New York Hall of Science

by Jason Yip
March 3, 2014

One of the great opportunities I’ve had here at the Cooney Center is being able to meet a diverse group of people from academia, industry, and non-profits that really cares about the question, “How can digital media help children learn?”  I’ve recently had the privilege of sharing my work and … 







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Project Penpal

Project Pen Pal: Connecting Classrooms through Sharing Science

by Joel Knopf
February 27, 2014

When twelve-year-old Amy O’Toole spoke at TED last fall, she took the stage as one of the youngest people ever to have published a peer-reviewed science article. Amy’s inspiring article, which she wrote with her classmates as part of a playful participatory science program, is perhaps the only peer-reviewed science … 







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How do Teachers Use the Assessment Features of Video Games?

by Barry Fishman
December 2, 2013

A new study, called A-GAMES (Analyzing Games for Assessment in Math, ELA/Social Studies, and Science) has been funded by the Gates Foundation to study how video games support teachers’ classroom formative assessment practice. If you are a K-12 teacher, you can help shape and inform the research by completing a … 







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What Tech Works for Students?

by Anna Ly
October 22, 2013

In late September, more than 60 constituents from various sectors including research, policy, government, technology and investment gathered in Washington, D.C. for the “What Tech Works for Students? Using Data to Determine What Technology is Driving Outcomes” symposium hosted by the Department of Education, Battelle Memorial Institute, and Tucker Capital. … 







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What Can We Learn from Teacher Surveys?

October 8, 2013

This fall, students across the country walked back through school doors. Each child undoubtedly had his or her own unique summer, possibly filled with camps, vacations, or just time to relax with friends and family. However, it is very likely that one shared element of each child’s summer vacation was … 







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How Museums and Libraries Support Early Learning

by Administrator
June 27, 2013

Far too often, children, and particularly low-income children, show up for school already behind, lacking the cognitive and social-emotional tools in their toolbox that make them ready to learn. In this highly competitive world, where education increasingly means greater security, falling behind so early in life can lead to disastrous consequences. 

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#LaunchpadEDU: An App is Not Enough

by Hannah Clemmons and Andy Russell
May 22, 2013

In the last few years, I’ve worked with a lot of teachers using mobile devices in the classroom. The first week is always exciting – “There are SO many apps to choose from!” Yet, two weeks later, teachers’ attitudes have shifted from optimistic to overwhelmed. “There are SO many apps … 







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ESA Foundation

The Education Software Association Foundation’s Education Challenge Grant

by Administrator
March 5, 2013

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center is proud to partner with the Education Software Association (ESA) Foundation on a number of initiatives, including our very own National STEM Video Game Challenge. We are especially excited about the ESA Foundation for the Education Challenge Grant, which launched this winter.  The program recognizes and … 







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