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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.

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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Games for a Digital Age

Games for a Digital Age: K-12 Market Map and Investment Analysis

by John Richards, Leslie Stebbins and Kurt Moellering

Games for a Digital Age: K-12 Market Map and Investment Analysis includes a sector analysis and market map of game‐based learning initiatives with an analysis of relevant trends in education and digital technology that are likely to impact development of a robust game-based learning market segment. By formulating a new … 







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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 … 







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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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 … 







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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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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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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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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Comparative Analysis of Teacher Surveys

Comparative Analysis of National Teacher Surveys

As technologies gain an increasingly strong foothold in the classroom, there are more and more surveys seeking to gauge teachers’ interests and attitudes towards integrating devices, software, and tools into their practice. We’ve noticed that while each of the major surveys that have been announced over the past year and … 







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