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Judging a book by more than its cover: Exploring features of traditional and e-book reading experiences that support children’s learning

by Tamara Spiewak Toub, Ph.D.
July 26, 2017

Imagine: a young child looks up at an adult expectantly and hands them a book. It’s hard to say no to a simple request like that, so the adult settles down next to the child and dives into the story. When we break this adult-child book-reading interaction down, there are many elements … 







The App Fairy Interviews Originator

by Carissa Christner
May 15, 2017

The “Endless” apps by Originator (Endless Alphabet, Endless Numbers, etc.) all follow a reliable and effective formula: genuinely funny antics + solid educational content = learning that sticks.  Most of their apps feature a lovable and irreverent cast of cute monsters who help to illustrate the definition of words, the meanings of sentences … 







Welcome 2017: The Center’s Tenth!

by Michael H. Levine, Ph.D.
January 4, 2017

Welcome 2017!  For the Joan Ganz Cooney Center team, this is a very special year.  In December, we will celebrate our tenth year as an organization dedicated to advancing learning for children in the digital age. For those who follow our work closely, you will recall our first report—an analysis … 







5 Tips for Using Family Time with Apps to Promote Learning

by Katy Svehaug
November 23, 2016

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—they can also provide important social, emotional, and physical experiences too. In Family Time With Apps, we explore how to find the best apps to fit your … 







Announcing a Tap, Click, Read Toolkit to Promote Early Literacy in a World of Screens

by Lisa Guernsey
October 3, 2016

Over the past several years, New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop have become known for our book Tap, Click, Read and for our joint research and analysis on how digital technologies could be used to improve, instead of impede, early literacy.  Now our two organizations … 







What Happens When Storytime is Over?

by Claudia Haines and Cen Campbell
September 19, 2016

This month we’re kicking off a series of posts on media mentorship, a term coined by Lisa Guernsey in 2014. We’re thrilled to have Claudia Haines and Cen Campbell, authors of the recently released Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families, share their expertise as … 







Mapping the Landscape of Readialand: Michael Levine at The Governance Lab

by The GovLab
July 21, 2015

Televisions, touchscreens, and smartphones are now almost ubiquitous in homes. Many young children are watching, listening to, or interacting with two to three hours of screen media per day. In the latest installment of the Ideas Lunch series at the Governance Lab, a Brooklyn-based action research lab focused on the … 







Four ways to tell if an educational app will actually help your child learn

by Jennifer M. Zosh, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Roberta Golinkof
May 7, 2015

Imagine someone telling you that a new technology would be available in five years that has the potential to revolutionise childhood and early education. But the downside is that you will have to choose from among 80,000 possible options. This is the problem currently facing many parents. Following the invention … 







What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 2)

by Anna Ly, Sarah Vaala, Ph.D.
October 2, 2014

About a month ago, we released a sneak preview of the literacy app analysis that we’re conducting with New America to discover more about the apps that families and educators are using to help children learn to read and communicate. As part of this preview, we provided a quick summary … 







What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 1)

by Sarah Vaala, Ph.D., Anna Ly
August 15, 2014

Apps for social communication, learning, and play are a prominent part of nearly every family’s life today. Are they having a similar impact on how families and educators help their children learn to read? And if so, what kinds of apps are they using? As part of Seeding Reading: Investing …