Category Archives: Research

Immersive Media and Child Development

by Kiley Sobel, PhD
November 21, 2018

This past November 7 and 8, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Center for Science and the Imagination and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and Dubit convened about 60 field leaders at the inaugural Future of Childhood Salon on Immersive Media and Child … 







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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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More Than a Foundation: Young Children Are Capable STEM Learners

by Elisabeth McClure
January 16, 2018

The following excerpt from “More Than a Foundation: Young Children Are Capable STEM Learners” by Elisabeth McClure was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Young Children. It appears here courtesy of NAEYC.     Two second-graders sit on their knees with quiet intensity, stacking unit blocks on a … 







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Exploring How “Digital Families” Shape Children’s Learning

by Jason Yip, PhD
December 11, 2017

How did I become a researcher on children, families, and digital media? In September 2013, I started as a Cooney Center Research Fellow, trying to find my way in the world. I was just completing my Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park and had done a dissertation on the … 







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A Mosaic of Insights Into Families’ Engagement with Digital Media

by Elisabeth Gee
November 28, 2017

Children and Families in the Digital Age: Learning Together in a Media Saturated Culture brings together insights from several years of work by a multidisciplinary team of scholars who comprise the Families and Media Project (FAM). As members of FAM as well as co-editors of the volume, we’re delighted to … 







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More Mobile, Fewer Divides: New Common Sense Study Tracks Kids Media Use from 2011 to 2017

by Michael Robb
October 19, 2017

My kitchen counter has changed a lot over the last six years. What used to be dedicated to a bowl of fruit, a coffee maker, various papers, and mail that I hadn’t gotten around to throwing away yet has since become a mess of wires coiling back to one put-upon … 







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A Survey of Programs Using Digital-Age Approaches to Family Engagement & Early Learning

by Shayna Cook
October 18, 2017

Promoting early learning through the support and empowerment of families—especially those who are under-resourced—has become an imperative for education leaders nationwide. In 2014, New America published Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture for Early Education to help leaders visualize success in this media-infused environment. Since then, New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center … 







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Celebrating High Chair Philosophers

June 22, 2017

What do sippy cups have to do with STEM learning? Definitely more than you might think, says Elisabeth McClure, recent Cooney Center fellow and lead author of STEM Starts Early, a 2017 report produced by New America and the Cooney Center. Every day, early learners lay groundwork for more advanced science, technology, engineering, and … 







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5 Tips for Using Family Time with Apps to Promote Learning

by Katy Svehaug
November 23, 2016

When we think of apps for kids, we often think of games for either entertainment or learning. But apps aren’t limited to just games or books—they can also provide important social, emotional, and physical experiences too. In Family Time With Apps, we explore how to find the best apps to fit your … 







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Using Technology to Support Early STEM

by Elisabeth McClure
July 29, 2016

In April, the White House hosted an Early STEM Learning Symposium with the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and Invest in US to discuss the importance of active science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning for our youngest children. Just a few months later, the Joan … 







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