Category Archives: Literacy by 10

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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Sparking a Love of Lifelong Learning Early at the Public Library

by Claudia Haines
October 24, 2016

During a recent visit to a local public library, a kindergarten class took over the children’s room. Many in the group were already familiar with the space thanks to storytimes and regular visits with family members to check out books or DVDs. For others, this visit was not just fun, … 







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A New 21st-Century Job: The Media Mentor

by Lisa Guernsey
October 24, 2016

The following is an excerpt from an article originally published on EdCentral.org and appears here with permission. New job descriptions are born in the wake of new technologies. Now, as humankind absorbs two decades with the web and one decade of touchscreens and on-the-go internet, many new positions are taking … 







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Announcing a Tap, Click, Read Toolkit to Promote Early Literacy in a World of Screens

by Lisa Guernsey
October 3, 2016

Over the past several years, New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop have become known for our book Tap, Click, Read and for our joint research and analysis on how digital technologies could be used to improve, instead of impede, early literacy.  Now our two organizations … 







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What Happens When Storytime is Over?

by Claudia Haines and Cen Campbell
September 19, 2016

This month we’re kicking off a series of posts on media mentorship, a term coined by Lisa Guernsey in 2014. We’re thrilled to have Claudia Haines and Cen Campbell, authors of the recently released Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families, share their expertise as … 







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Children's Book Week Poster

The Best Children’s Books from Our Childhood

May 5, 2016

In celebration of Children’s Book Week and the power of storytelling throughout generations, we asked Cooney Center staff members to reflect on their favorite children’s books, along with the new stories they’re excited to share with their own children. We hope you’ll share your favorites, new and old, in the comments. Executive Director … 







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Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens

by Catherine Jhee
October 1, 2015

We’re very excited to announce that Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, a new book by Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine,  is now available for purchase online and in bookstores. In Tap, Click, Read, Lisa and Michael argue that in order to build strong literacy skills … 







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Tech and Young Children: U.S. Dept. of Ed Elevates Need for Guidance and PD

by Lisa Guernsey
September 14, 2015

Now that digital technologies—and touch-screen tablets in particular—are finding their way into preschool and kindergarten classrooms, educators are faced with multiple questions about if, how, and when it is best to introduce them to young children. On September 3rd, the U.S. Department of Education brought together nearly 60 people from … 







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A Map in Progress: Integrating Technology in Early Literacy

by Shayna Cook
June 16, 2015

Today, young children have access to more technology than ever, and families of almost all socio-economic backgrounds are making smartphones and other Internet-enabled devices part of their daily lives. Many early education programs around the country are beginning to determine how they might harness these tools to engage with parents, improve … 







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What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 3)

by Anna Ly
December 2, 2014

Over the past few months, we’ve shared some highlights of the literacy app analysis that we are conducting with New America to learn more about the apps that families and educators are using to help children learn skills such as alphabet recognition, phonics, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. We have been … 







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