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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.

The Potential Uses of Television in Preschool Education

by Joan Ganz Cooney

In 1966, Joan Ganz Cooney was a documentary producer at Channel 13 when Lloyd Morrisett, then Vice President at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, offered her an opportunity that would change the landscape of children’s media forever. The Carnegie Corporation provided funding for a three-month study during which Joan … 







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Learning Across Boundaries: How Parents and Teachers are Bridging Learning Across Settings

by Lori Takeuchi, Sarah Vaala, and June Ahn

When a young person discovers something that sparks an interest, opportunities to unlock even deeper levels of learning emerge as she becomes motivated to master her knowledge about a particular subject. For younger children, however, the opportunities to connect learning beyond home and school into the community depend on the … 







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Immersive Media and Child Development: Synthesis of a Cross-Sectoral Meeting on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality and Young Children

by Kiley Sobel, PhD

What do we know about immersive media—virtual, augmented, mixed, and cross realities (VR, AR, MR, and XR)—and young children? So far, designers, developers, and media producers have been focusing on creating hardware, software, and content for and conducting studies with adolescents and adults—but children find these technologies incredibly appealing. How … 







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Crossing the Boundaries: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Bridging STEM Learning Environments

by Kevin Levay, PhD, Andrew Volmert, PhD, and Nat Kendall-Taylor, PhD

To prepare for a 21st-century workforce, students across the country are developing skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). But STEM learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom; it also happens at home, at the library, in museums, and in afterschool and summer programs. Informal settings like these are … 







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Digital Play for Global Citizens

Digital Play for Global Citizens

In this publication from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, Cooney Center Senior Fellow Jordan Shapiro leads educators, youth development leaders, and parents through a vast landscape of digital resources – some of which may already be familiar tools – … 







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Children and Families in the Digital Age: Learning Together in a Media Saturated Culture

by Elisabeth Gee,‎ Lori Takeuchi,‎ and Ellen Wartella (eds)

Children and Families in the Digital Age (Routledge Press)  offers a fresh, nuanced, and empirically-based perspective on how families are using digital media to enhance learning, routines, and relationships. Edited by Elisabeth Gee,‎ Lori Takeuchi,‎ and Ellen Wartella, the book is based on research conducted by the Families and Media Project (FAM), a … 







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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