Category Archives: In the News

Celebrating High Chair Philosophers

June 22, 2017

What do sippy cups have to do with STEM learning? Definitely more than you might think, says Elisabeth McClure, recent Cooney Center fellow and lead author of STEM Starts Early, a 2017 report produced by New America and the Cooney Center. Every day, early learners lay groundwork for more advanced science, technology, engineering, and … 







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Doctors Prescribe More Big Bird, Less Brainless “Screen Time” for Young Kids

by Michael H. Levine and Lisa Guernsey
October 26, 2016

This post was originally published on The Hechinger Report and appears here with permission. Over the past several years, at the same time that the words “screen time” became shorthand for children zoning out, several researchers and educational experts have been taking an entirely different track. They have been studying how … 







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Moving Beyond the Screen Time Debate: The Road Out of the Digital Wild West

by Michael H. Levine, Ph.D.
October 21, 2016

Today’s announcement by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the joint statement of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on “media use and young minds” is a timely response to a hot debate in parenting and early childhood circles: When and how … 







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Jeffrey D. Dunn

Farewell to One of Our Founders, Mel Ming, and a Warm Welcome to Our New Chairman, Jeffrey Dunn

by Administrator
September 29, 2014

At the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, we are constantly documenting the rapid changes in the digital media landscape, and we are now getting ready to embrace changes in our own neighborhood. This summer, Mel Ming, one of the Founders of the Cooney Center (along with former CEO Gary Knell) announced … 







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Nic Badila at White House Science Fair

STEM Challenge Winner Nic Badila Attends White House Science Fair

by Allison Mishkin
June 5, 2014

Like most teenagers, Nicolas Badila, 15, spent Memorial Day playing video games. But, unlike his friends, he was playing games at the White House. Nic, one of the winners of the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge, had been invited to showcase his winning game at the White House Science … 







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Golden Rockefeller and Wilfried Hounyo at the White House Science Fair

National STEM Video Game Winners at the White House Science Fair

by Christa Avampato
April 24, 2013

From a water filtration system powered by a stationary bike to a writing system that aids those afflicted by neurological hand tremors, the White House was brimming with the creations of young innovators at the third annual White House Science Fair. One hundred students from 40 different states attended the … 







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Swipe, tap, flick and read?

by Sarah Vaala, Ph.D.
February 15, 2012

 This post was originally submitted to Edutopia and is reprinted with their permission. Mixed reactions to children’s e-books and the digitization of story time The news media and blogosphere were abuzz last month with the news that Apple is “reinventing the textbook” through the introduction of digital textbooks available for the … 







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Green Machines and Hackasaurus Jams

by Susan Brenna
November 3, 2011

This post originally appeared in TASC’s “The ExpandED Exchange” blog. Read more to find out what our New York Action Team members have been up to! Wouldn’t you love to be a kid in one of these two new pilot after-school programs at Quest to Learn, a tech-powered public middle … 







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What We Can Learn from Steve Jobs

by Glenda Revelle, Ph.D.
October 6, 2011

I actually knew Steve Jobs. I am not telling you this to try to impress you, but to impress upon you that he was a human being with strengths and weaknesses just like you and me. He contacted me at Sesame Workshop when Pixar was just beginning. The original Toy … 







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The SpongeBob Hoopla

by Jennifer Kotler, PhD
September 22, 2011

Yes, this is another piece about the SpongeBob study. I wanted to provide my thoughts on it both from a scientific research perspective, but also as someone who has to help make production decisions even when there is not enough time and resources to do a thorough scientific study. Often … 







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