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Children’s Media and Marketing – 5 Issues to Watch in 2013

by Linette Attai
January 22, 2013

This post originally appeared on Playwell’s website, and appears here with permission. As 2012 came to a close, the children’s media and marketing industries saw a flurry of activity from the Federal Trade Commission. In December alone, we saw reports on mobile apps (“Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not … 







Toontastic Jr. and the Brave New World of Online Creative Co-Play

by Andy Russell and Hannah Clemmons
December 13, 2012

Avast! Today marks an exciting day for our hornswoggling crew here at Launchpad Toys: Toontastic Jr. Pirates is LIVE in the App Store for iPhone and iPad! With 3 million cartoons created in over 150 countries, our first app – Toontastic – has been a great success for kids ages … 







Pilot Study: Creative Play With Toontastic

by Andy Russell and Alicia Chang
October 4, 2012

At Launchpad Toys, we’re working to inspire creativity in children through play with digital toys and tools like our flagship storytelling app, Toontastic. As tablet usage in young children increases year after year (NPD showed 13% growth between 2011 and 2012), it has become more important than ever to provide … 







An App Reviewer’s Wish List

by Cynthia Chong
May 15, 2012

In January, we introduced Cooney Center Research Associate Cynthia Chiong’s new website, A Matter of App, in which she rates educational apps for children. Fifty reviews later, she shares what she has learned along the way.   THE BIG 5-0. Fifty reviews, that is. Woo-hoo! This has been quite a learning process … 







iLearn More

by Carly Shuler
January 13, 2012

Carly Shuler is a researcher, developer, and author in the children’s media and toy industry. As our inaugural Fellow, Carly has researched and authored a number of Cooney Center reports, including D is for Digital, iLearn and Pockets of Potential. Since her fellowship, Carly has continued her work with the … 







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

by Carly Shuler
January 12, 2012

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 … 







A Matter of App: A New Website Rating Kids’ Apps

by Cynthia Chong
January 10, 2012

Cynthia Chong is an educational media researcher whose research focuses on how the design of educational media can affect young children’s learning and the way they interact with them, as well as how parents and teachers use these technologies to teach. She recently began reviewing educational apps for 3- to … 







A Mobile Manifesto: Let’s Keep Talking

by Carly Shuler
November 21, 2011

Here at the Cooney Center, we often talk about the importance of multi-disciplinary collaboration, and I love it when talented people from different sectors of the industry get together and do something great.  Last week, brilliant app developer Andy Russell of Launchpad Toys joined forces with one of my favorite … 







What Happens at App Camp

by Carly Shuler
June 14, 2011

… stays at App Camp?  I certainly hope not!  Because I was lucky enough to attend last month’s Dust or Magic Children’s App Design Institute, and the pure magic of this conference needs to be shared. For the second year in a row, an intimate group interested in children’s apps … 







iPhone Learning: A Mother’s Cautionary Tale

by Lisa Guernsey
April 25, 2011

I hate to admit it, but I’m the one who brought Pocket Frogs into my daughters’ lives. We were at the airport, awaiting our flight. I was loathing the idea of breaking into all the carefully packed-up pens and activity books before boarding in 20 minutes. Why not find a …