Category Archives: Learning Together

Family Engagement and Early Learning in a Digital Age

by Lisa Guernsey
April 25, 2017

Imagine these everyday scenes: A father and his two-year-old are in their library’s bookmobile, checking out electronic and print picture books they just enjoyed at story time. Kindergartners select photos and drawings for their school’s annual multimedia slideshow. A grandmother and teacher share a laptop, clicking on videos that demonstrate … 







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Forest: An App that Fosters Focus and Family Time

April 24, 2017

My kids and I recently downloaded a game for all three of our smartphones. Ever since, competition in the house has been fierce. The game is called Forest and the premise is simple. You plant trees to grow a forest. But trees only grow when Forest is the only app running. … 







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Unleashing the Benefits of Coviewing With Minecraft Videos

by Matthew Farber, Ed.D.
April 6, 2017

Both Minecraft and YouTube are ubiquitous in today’s children’s media culture. And like millions of other children, my six-year-old son loves to watch Minecraft videos on YouTube. He frequently watches Grian’s how-to-build-it Minecraft videos. He enjoys the silly antics from Pat and Jen of Gaming with Jen, the husband-and-wife team who … 







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Webinar: Engaging Communities of Practice with STEM Ecosystems

by Administrator
April 3, 2017

On March 29, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, New America, and the Erikson Institute presented a webinar on integrating STEM into early childhood education to the STEM Ecosystems group at TIES, The Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM. TIES focuses on STEM school design, STEM curriculum, and instructional support for schools. As … 







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The App Fairy Visits Sago Mini

by Carissa Christner
March 30, 2017

I’m so excited to bring you this interview with Sago Mini!  I’ve been a huge fan of their work since the early days of kids apps and after a chance to visit their offices in Toronto in the fall of 2015, I became even more impressed with the level of … 







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Five Tips for Reading E-Books with Young Children

by Katie Paciga and Mary Quest
March 27, 2017

This was originally published March 21, 2017 on the TEC Center blog and appears here with permission. Katie Paciga, a Fred Rogers Center and TEC Center Early Career Research Fellow, and Mary Quest, a doctoral student and instructor at Erikson Institute, recently published a study on e-book reading with young … 







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Reframing the Digital Divide: Immigrant Families Prioritize Tech for Learning

by Administrator
March 10, 2017

Our third and final installment of the “Reframing the Digital Divide” infographic series presents details about the disproportionate connectivity and access challenges that lower-income families face, particularly those of Hispanic origin headed by immigrant parents, when compared with higher-income families. Almost half (44%) of immigrant Hispanic parents never use computers, and … 







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STEM from the START: Making the Most of Media As a Teaching Tool

by Dennis Neil Kleinman
March 2, 2017

A few years back, I was talking with a friend, a science specialist from the local elementary school, about the state of science education in the early grades.  Her assessment could be summed up in two words: not good. She explained that early elementary teachers were in a serious bind … 







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Reframing the Digital Divide: Parents’ Hopes and Concerns About Classroom Technology

by Administrator
January 12, 2017

The Cooney Center’s second installment of the “Reframing the Digital Divide” infographic series presents lower-income parents’ responses to classroom technology use. Eighty percent of surveyed parents think technology improves the quality of education, but significant groups of parents—particularly those who belong to historically marginalized groups—don’t know how much time their … 







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Exploring Children’s Apps: A Course for Media Mentors

by Carissa Christner
November 29, 2016

Librarians are perfectly situated to become media mentors for families seeking help navigating the digital landscape, but not all librarians are comfortable in that realm themselves—yet. Perhaps you are (or know) a children’s librarian who would like to start using apps in the library, but you’re not sure how to … 







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