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.

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

From 2013-2015, Families and Media project researchers studied 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 media use that were documented … 

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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 … 

Aprendiendo en casa

Aprendiendo en Casa: Media as a Learning Tool among Hispanic-Latino Families

by June Lee and Brigid Barron

The Hispanic-Latino population is one of the largest—and most diverse—demographics in the U.S. Aprendiendo en casa reveals findings from a national survey of Hispanic parents about their home media environments and practices, and their perceptions of their children’s use of educational media across a range of different platforms. The report … 

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Digital Media and Latino Families

Digital Media and Latino Families: New Channels for Learning, Parenting, and Organizing

by Bruce Fuller, José Ramón Lizárraga, James H. Gray

Latino families in America increasingly enjoy access to a dizzying array of content on a variety of electronic devices, from televisions and video games to personal computers and mobile devices. Bruce Fuller, José Ramón Lizárraga, James H. Gray raise pressing questions that face Latino families as they adopt technologies that … 

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Connecting to Learn: Promoting Digital Equity for America’s Hispanic Families

by Vikki S. Katz and Michael H. Levine

This brief combines original research and policy analysis to examine a key issue that is often overlooked in debates about the proliferation of new technologies, education, and equity: the potential for digital media investments to support a promising learning pathway for children in our nation’s increasingly diverse, low-income families. A … 

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Family Time with Apps

Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids

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—apps can provide important social, emotional, and physical experiences too. Family Time with Apps — also available in Spanish as Apps en Familia— is designed to help … 

Level up learning: A national survey on teaching with digital games

Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games

Digital games have the potential to transform K-12 education as we know it. But what has been the real experience among teachers who use games in the classroom?  In 2013, the Games and Learning Publishing Council conducted a national survey among nearly 700 K-8 teachers. The report reveals key findings … 

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