Category Archives: Guest Posts

Iridescent’s AI Family Challenge Finds Parents’ Interest Outweighs Insecurity

by Iridescent
December 11, 2018

A recent study commissioned by Iridescent revealed 78% of underrepresented families want to learn more about technologies like AI despite their mixed emotions about how these technologies work and their potential impact on jobs. The online study, conducted by VeraQuest, found that while 80% of low-income families believe technologies like … 







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The Time is Now: Investing Early in Our Children’s Future

by Isabelle Hau, US Education Investment Partner, Omidyar
Network Michael H. Levine, Chief Knowledge Officer, Sesame Workshop
Matt Glickman, President of Promise Venture Studio
November 26, 2018

Innovation in meeting the needs of young children is not a new thing. Head Start and Sesame Street were both born out of the War on Poverty in the 1960s, and Mister Rogers Neighborhood celebrated its 50th year anniversary this year. Notable progress in developing new practice and policy models has … 







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How Latino children in the U.S. engage in collaborative online information problem solving with their families

by Wendy Roldan
November 13, 2018

This guest post summarizes a research paper discussing how Latino children collaboratively search the internet with their adult family members to solve family needs. The research for this project began while Jason Yip was a Research Fellow at the Cooney Center in 2013-14, and has just been presented at the ACM Computer … 







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“Digital Play for Global Citizens” as a Framework for a Family Engagement Workshop at the Library

by Anne Bensfield and Naomi Priddy
October 17, 2018

This summer, Oak Park Public librarians Anne Bensfield and Naomi Priddy hosted two workshops inspired by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s Digital Play for Global Citizens guide. As Multicultural Learning Librarian, Naomi manages the Multicultural Collection, a circulating collection of books and artifacts from around the world. Her goals are to … 







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Making the iPad a Friend – Instead of Foe – for Summer Reading

by Carly Shuler
August 15, 2018

It’s August. August? How did that happen? We are facing a new school year, which as a parent of a 6- and 8-year-old I am simultaneously saddened about (where has the time gone?) and relieved by (these kids need to get back to school!). As the end of summer approaches, … 







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Why does the rain fall down instead of up? How parents support science learning, and how media can help.

by Claire Christensen, Megan Silander, Tiffany Maxon, and Jaime Gutierrez
July 24, 2018

In Jackson, Mississippi, researchers visited a family of seven (including a niece and nephew), headed by a stay-at-home mom in her 20s. During the visit, the children sat around the mom as she described their latest learning activities, including 1-on-1 homework time and making “slime.” One activity—planting a seed in … 







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Podcasts for Families: Meet the Makers of Finn Caspian

by Carissa Christner
July 9, 2018

Finn Caspian is a human boy living in outer space.  He and his friends (both human and robot) have lots of incredible adventures across the galaxy in this serially-told podcast, but the big personality of the robot co-host steals the show. The show also has brilliant ways of incorporating listeners’ … 







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Podcasts for Families: Meet the Makers of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

by Carissa Christner
June 4, 2018

When we first encountered The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, I was a little nervous about sharing it with my 7-year-old since the recommended age range is 9-12.  The storyline and music score do make this story the most intense of any that we listen to, but my 7-year-old couldn’t get … 







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Research Suggests Well-Designed Preschool Apps Can Encourage Family Engagement and Self-Regulation

by Alexis Hiniker, PhD
May 21, 2018

Researchers and practitioners have long known that when it comes to digital media for kids, quality is key. But what does it mean for a children’s app to be good or bad? How do specific features and design decisions affect the children who engage with them? If parents want to … 







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20+ Years of Research Shows Ready To Learn Media Improves Young Children’s Literacy

by Lisa Hurwitz
April 11, 2018

If you were born after 1990, are the parent or grandparent of someone born after 1990, or a children’s media producer of any age, Ready To Learn (RTL) has probably touched your life. Launched in 1994, RTL is a U.S. Department of Education-funded initiative that provides about $25 million annually … 







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