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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.

Learning: Is there an app for that?

Learning: Is there an app for that?

A mobile media revolution that is changing the lives of adults, and now children of all ages, is under way across the globe. This report focuses on how new forms of digital media are influencing very young children and their families in the United States and how we can deploy … 







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Always Connected

Always Connected: The new digital media habits of young children

Today’s parents, academics, policymakers and practitioners are scrambling to keep up with the rapid expansion of media use by children and youth for ever-larger portions of their waking hours. This report by Sesame Workshop and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center takes a fresh look at data emerging from studies undertaken … 







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Families Matter

Families Matter: Designing Media for a Digital Age

Families Matter focuses on two complementary studies that document how families with young children are integrating digital media into the rhythm of daily life. Results from a survey of more than 800 parents of children ages 3 through 10 reveal how parents nationwide feel about raising children in a digital … 







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Technology for developing early literacy

Technology for Developing Children’s Language and Literacy: Bringing Speech Recognition to the Classroom

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), about fifty percent of low-income fourth graders in our nation’s schools are unable to read at a basic level.  In this report, Brown University’s Marilyn Jager Adams, a pioneer in literacy research and practice, points to evidence that speech recognition technology … 







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Take a Giant Step

Take a Giant Step: A Blueprint for Teaching Young Children in a Digital Age

In January 2010, the Cooney Center, in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, convened a Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council, co-chaired by Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University and Michael H. Levine, the Cooney Center’s Executive Director, at Sesame Workshop. The Council’s eighteen members from academia, industry, and policy assessed … 







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The New Coviewing

The New Coviewing: Designing for Learning through Joint Media Engagement

Produced by the Joan Ganz Cooney and LIFE Centers, the report features case studies written by researchers and producers on the challenges and successes of bringing families together around newer forms of media. The design guide that follows offers essential advice to media producers also interested in engaging children, parents, … 







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iLearn II

iLearn II: An Analysis of the Education Category on Apple’s App Store

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center has released iLearn II: An Analysis of the Education Category of Apple’s App Store, an examination of nearly 200 top-selling education category apps for Apple’s iPad and iPhone with the goal of understanding this market’s dynamics and trends. The analysis highlights industry best practices and … 







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National Survey and Video Case Studies: Teacher Attitudes about Digital Games in the Classroom

Combining the breadth of a national survey with the depth that case studies can provide, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and BrainPop have used these two research tools to gauge teacher’s attitudes and beliefs about the effect classroom video game use has on student learning, developmental growth and social behavior. … 







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Print Books vs. E-Books

QuickReport: Print Books vs. E-books

Comparing parent-child co-reading on print, basic, and enhanced e-book platforms This QuickReport presents the results of our first QuickStudy exploring parent-child interactions as they read print and digital books together.  We conducted this exploratory study with our SciPlay partners at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York … 







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Parent Survey QuickReport

QuickReport: Parent Co-Reading Survey

To follow up on insights revealed in our Print vs. E-books QuickStudy, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center conducted a second QuickStudy to survey parents about reading books with their 2-to-6-year-old children.  In this survey we assessed family ownership of devices on which e-books can be read and included a set … 







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