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The Cooney Center catalyzes change by disseminating research that informs the national debate, stimulating investment in effective reforms. It does so through its publications on timely topics, including the landscape of children’s interactive media, mobile learning, and the debates over media multitasking — all of which have received national media attention.

QuickReport: Discovering Kids’ Apps: Do Family Strategies Vary by Income?

by Elisabeth McClure, Sarah Vaala, and Tamara Spiewak Toub

Almost all young children today have access to mobile devices, regardless of family income. So while the question of whether they have access to digital media  is becoming less pressing, researchers are turning their focus to developmentally appropriate use of mobile apps, and to understanding how children gain access to … 







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How to Bring Family Engagement and Early Learning into the Digital Age

by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine

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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AJC Research2Practice: Digital Connections to Link Home and School

by Amber Levinson and Alexia Raynal

This second Research2Practice tipsheet from the Aprendiendo Juntos Council presents shares research-based suggestions for educators that can help bridge the home-school connection for Hispanic-Latino students. Digital Connections to Link Home and School provides a quick glance at the most pressing digital equity issues facing lower-income families with suggestions that teachers can … 







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STEM Starts Early: Grounding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Early Childhood

by Elisabeth McClure, Lisa Guernsey, Doug Clements, Susan Nall Bales, Jennifer Nichols, Nat Kendall-Taylor, and Michael Levine

Tomorrow’s inventors and scientists are today’s curious young children—as long as those children are given ample chances to explore and are guided by adults equipped to support them. STEM Starts Early is the culmination of a deep inquiry supported by the National Science Foundation that aims to better understand the … 







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AJC Research2Practice Series: Calling All Producers

by Aaron Morris, EdM

The Aprendiendo Juntos Council (AJC) is a multi-disciplinary consortium of researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and producers who are working to better understand how Hispanic-Latino families with young children use media and technology in their daily lives for work, education, and play. The AJC is proud to present the Research2Practice (R2P) series, … 







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Opportunity for All? Technology and Learning in Lower-Income Families

by Victoria Rideout and Vikki Katz

Recent research on digital media use points to two important gaps in educational opportunity for low-income families with young children. First, there is an access gap. Second, there is what scholars refer to as a participation gap, in which digital resources are not well guided or supported to ensure educational … 







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Getting a Read on the App Stores : A Market Scan and Analysis of Children’s Literacy Apps

by Sarah Vaala, Anna Ly, and Michael H. Levine

In 2014, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America conducted a scan of the market for language and literacy apps targeted for young children in the Apple, Google Play, and Amazon app stores. Getting a Read on the App Stores analyzes the descriptions of the apps as well as … 







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Diverse Families and Media: Using Research to Inspire Design

by Amber Levinson, Sinem Siyahhan, Briana Pressey, and Katie Headrick Taylor

For the past two years, Families and Media project researchers have been studying low-income and language-minority communities in California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Illinois. This research-based guide is created for educators and media designers who create programs for children and families. Diverse Families and Media offers stories of family … 







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

by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine

In Tap, Click, Read authors Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine envision a future that is human-centered first and tech-assisted second. They document how educators and parents can lead a new path to a place they call “Readialand”—a literacy-rich world that marries reading and digital media to bring knowledge, skills, … 







Apps en familia: Guía para usar apps con tus hijos

Cuando pensamos en apps para niños, frecuentemente pensamos en dos opciones: juegos entretenidos o educativos. Pero las apps no sólo son juegos o libros, las apps también pueden aportar importantes experiencias sociales, emocionales y físicas. Apps en Familia está diseñada para ayudar a los padres de familia a entender mejor …