Category Archives: Learning Together

FamLAB

Announcing the 2018-2018 FamLAB Spark Grant Recipients

by Catherine Jhee
October 18, 2018

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is thrilled to announce the recipients of the Families Learning Across Boundaries (FamLAB) Spark Grants, a program designed to identify, support, and promote innovative approaches to help children and youth ages 3-12 learn more deeply across home, community, and school settings. These … 







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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 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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New Report Helps STEM Advocates Make a Stronger Case for Informal Learning

by Allison Stevens and Kevin Levay
May 29, 2018

Ask Americans where kids are learning the skills they’ll need to participate in the 21st-century workforce, and you’ll likely hear the same answer over and over again: home or school. That’s how most members of the U.S. public respond when asked about where learning takes place, according to the work … 







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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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Podcast Transcript: App Fairy Talks to Tinybop

by Carissa Christner
May 7, 2018

This partial transcript of the App Fairy podcast has been edited for length and clarity. Visit appfairy.org for more information about Tinybop. Carissa Christner: Hello and welcome to the App Fairy podcast! Today we’re going to be talking with the makers of Tinybop. These guys make great apps for school-age kids, a slightly older … 







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Wow in the World

Podcasts for Families: Meet the Makers of Wow in the World!

by Carissa Christner
March 13, 2018

In this second installment of the Podcasts for Families series, I was thrilled to be able to interview the enthusiastic Mindy Thomas, co-host of Wow in the World, a show featuring cool science and technology. If you haven’t listened to their show yet, this interview will give you a pretty good … 







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The App Fairy Talks With Toca Boca

by Carissa Christner
March 2, 2018

I’m so excited to end this first season of the App Fairy podcast with an interview featuring children’s app giant, Toca Boca. I have loved their creations since my very first exploration into the world of children’s apps. With quirky illustrations, open-ended play, sense of humor, and deeply thoughtful respect for children’s … 







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Preparing Early Learners for Future Success Through STEM

by Helen Hadani, PhD
February 28, 2018

If you follow the news or have a child in school, it’s easy to believe that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts are more prominent than ever before. And certainly, the importance of STEM learning and STEM experiences are enjoying a renaissance of media coverage. The reality is, however, … 







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Podcast Transcript: The App Fairy Talks to Nosy Crow

by Carissa Christner
February 22, 2018

This partial transcript of the App Fairy podcast has been edited for length and clarity. Visit appfairy.org for more information about Nosy Crow. Carissa Christner: Hello and welcome to the App Fairy podcast. My name is Carissa Christner, and I’m a children’s librarian from Madison, Wisconsin. Each time that we have an … 







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