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(De)constructing Learning with Toontastic & MinecraftEdu

by Andy Russell
October 8, 2013

Educational psychology has long recognized the impact of informal learning in child development. In fact, most educators and psychologists believe that young students learn more from other kids with shared perspectives and experiences than from adults so far removed from childhood. Whether at home, on the playground, or in the … 







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 … 







Inventing (Playful) Invention: Four Steps to Designing Toys for Creative Play

by Andy Russell
October 12, 2011

Picture for a second the first thing you ever constructed, designed, prototyped, or invented. If you’re like most of us, there’s a pretty good chance that you built your idea using toys like LEGOs, Play-Doh, Lincoln Logs, or perhaps, to your parents’ dismay, a mix of all of the above … 







ANNOUNCING: A Spooooooky Toooooons Story Contest!

by Andy Russell & Catherine Jhee
October 5, 2011

The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp… and your teeth are hurting just LOOKING at all the candy stacked up in the grocery aisles. Yes, it’s October and Halloween is just around the corner! To celebrate this most playfully creative holiday, we’re very excited to announce that the … 







Why Mobile is the Future of Playful Learning

by Andy Russell
March 21, 2011

I recently had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning conference to discuss mobile learning. As our good friends at Project Noah and other games/apps like The Hidden Park have shown, mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad present incredible opportunities for … 







Storytelling, Creativity, and the New Frontier of Digital Play

by Andy Russell
January 18, 2011

Give a young child a couple of toys or a box of crayons and he or she is likely to play for hours, deeply engrossed in an imaginary world. In both art and dramatic play, children construct settings, create fictional characters, and act out fantastic storylines that would be the … 







Startl Design Boost–Deadline Sept 24th!

by Cooney Center Team
September 20, 2010

Applications for our November 2010 Mobile Design Boostare closing this Friday – September 24. We will select up to 15 3-4 person entrepreneurial teams to participate in the Boost. Developed in conjunction with IDEO, the Mobile Design Boost is a four day building, hacking, business and human centered design immersion …