Category Archives: Leadership Forum

Digital Literacy and the Enculturation of the Young

by Judith J. Pickens
May 3, 2011

The art and science of storytelling has been at the heart of all good education from the beginning of the humanity. Since before technology, before media, before printing or even writing, education was passed from generation to generation through storytelling. The stories told around the fire before written histories may … 







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From Slide Projectors to Touch Screens

by Frances Nankin
May 2, 2011

Frances Nankin, Executive Producer and Editorial Director of Cyberchase, has been developing children’s media for 30 years. She is both an educator and a media producer who sees great potential in emerging media platforms to boost kids’ learning. Cooney Center: What excites you about the potential of new technologies to … 







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Who’s Leading the Way: Digital Natives or Ex-Pats?

by Susan Crown
April 29, 2011

To put my thoughts into context, I offer the following assertions: Our public education system is failing; Incremental change to a failing system is the same as making no change at all; Kids today spend—on average—seven hours each day interacting with and through digital media; The digital world has become … 







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Achieving e-Quality

by David Kleeman
April 27, 2011

As long as media have created content for children, there have been debates about what defines “quality.” From the “penny dreadfuls” to radio to comic books to music, and onward to TV and digital media, parents have been cautioned about wasted time, moral decay or learning delays. At the same … 







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iPhone Learning: A Mother’s Cautionary Tale

by Lisa Guernsey
April 25, 2011

I hate to admit it, but I’m the one who brought Pocket Frogs into my daughters’ lives. We were at the airport, awaiting our flight. I was loathing the idea of breaking into all the carefully packed-up pens and activity books before boarding in 20 minutes. Why not find a … 







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Where Will Digital Learning’s Killer Apps Come From?

by Ryan Blitstein
April 22, 2011

At SCE, we aim to support and influence the emerging world of anywhere, anytime, any-device, access-for-all learning. Our vision, of course, relies heavily on high-quality digital media, and on aiding the people and organizations with the potential to create tomorrow’s innovative digital learning products. But we (and the field) have … 







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Use Technology to Encourage Creativity and Build Skills

by Administrator
April 20, 2011

We are thrilled to have an outstanding lineup of speakers who will be participating in the Learning from Hollywood Forum. Here, Carla Sanger, President and CEO of LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, highlights uses of digital media for expanding kids’ experiences of the world, developing understanding and empathy for … 







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The Wall Must Come Down

by Gary E. Knell
April 14, 2011

This May, a group of leaders from the creative media industries, education, research, policy, and philanthropy will come together at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s Leadership Forum, where we will spend two days considering innovative ways to support young people’s learning with and through … 







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Using Entertainment Media to Empower a Generation

by Alice Cahn
April 11, 2011

On April 5, 2009, 11-year-old Carl Walker-Hoover hanged himself after enduring constant bullying at school, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. It was the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to bullying that year. That same spring, Cartoon Network’s audience research with … 







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Joan Ganz Cooney

A Note from Joan Ganz Cooney

by Administrator
March 31, 2011

Kudos to the Center for the exciting and impressive line-up for the “Learning from Hollywood” Forum this coming May at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. I cannot imagine a more influential group in shaping our nation’s future than the media producers who are reaching our youngest children every day … 







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