Category Archives: Policy

Does My Child Need a Multivitamin? Commentary on the AAP policy statement from a media professional

by Carly Shuler
October 31, 2011

I wasn’t going to blog about the American Academy of Pediatrics recent update to its 1999 policy statement, which discouraged media use for children under the age of 2.  Why not?  Because numerous experts much more knowledgeable than I already provided excellent commentary on the report.  Both Warren Buckleitner and … 







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Policy Brief: The Digital Teachers Corps: Closing Americas Literacy Gap

by M. Levine and J. P. Gee
September 15, 2011

The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) has just published a policy brief authored by Michael Levine, the executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and James Paul Gee, the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University. Reed an excerpt of the brief below and download … 







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Protecting the Sticky Fingers

by Carly Shuler
April 4, 2011

A few weeks ago I blogged about Fisher Price’s new iPhone case, a plastic case that protects the devices from the poking, prodding, and sticky fingers of young children. I commented on how we’ve figured out how to protect the device from sticky fingers, but questioned who’s protecting those sticky … 







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The Reformers Are Leaving Our Schools in the 20th Century

by Marc Prensky
March 1, 2011

Why most U.S. school reformers are on the wrong track, and how to get our kids’ education right for the future What President Obama said: “We need to out-educate.” What Obama should have said: “We can’t win the future with the education of the past.”   This is an unprecedented … 







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Congress Launches Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology

by Michael H. Levine, PhD
February 24, 2011

A funny thing happened at a Capitol Hill Caucus Event in  D.C.  last month–a moment of bipartisan agreement!  The sighting of this rare bird seems well worth noting–everyone who has been following the debate over painful budget cuts has been wondering if and when consensus might ever break out. So I was delightfully … 







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The iTot Challenge: Getting Young Children Ready in the Jetsonian Age

by Michael H. Levine, Ph.D.
January 26, 2011

Reprinted from Huffington Post. As President Obama discusses our State of the Union with a much needed focus on innovation, education and investment in America’s future, let’s focus on one area that is ripe for radical change: how digital media can be used for education and hands-on, lifelong learning beginning … 







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New National Digital Learning Plan for the Everywhere Kids

by Marj Kleinman
November 18, 2010

The final version of the National Education Technology Plan was unveiled on Tuesday, outlining the transition from digital classrooms to other platforms–long overdue.  Read Fred Belmont’s HuffPo piece, Obama’s New Digital Learning Plan: A Killer App. A few excerpts are shared below:  Education Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled the final version … 







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Stop Waiting: A New Day for Learning

by Michael H. Levine
October 5, 2010

Reprinted from Huffington Post This teacher bashing must stop! It is an unwise diversion from what matters most: teaching children to love learning and be creative right from the start. As an unabashed ally in the moral outrage that animates Davis Guggenheim’s powerful film “Waiting for ‘Superman’ “, count me … 







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Teaching for a Shared Future: American Educators Need to Think Globally

by Levine & Wojcicki
September 7, 2010

By Esther Wojcicki and Michael H. Levine, reprinted from the Huffington Post American students’ lack of knowledge about the world is unsettling. According to surveys by National Geographic and Asia Society, young Americans are next to last in their knowledge of geography and current affairs compared to peers in eight … 







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Revolution Needed for Teaching Literacy in a Digital Age

by Michael H. Levine
July 14, 2010

Reprinted from Huffington Post, July 5, 2010. Written together with Esther Wojcicki, Creative Commons Board Chair America is celebrating. The Fourth of July is a time for parades, parties, BBQs, fireworks—we certainly have much to be thankful for here in America, the most innovative country on earth. But one area … 







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