Tune into PBS this weekend to see Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s Executive Director Michael H. Levine, PhD on Richard Heffner’s The Open Mind. The program airs on Channel 13 in New York (check your local listings) this Saturday, April 23rd at 12:00 p.m. Together, Michael and Richard discuss some of the top concerns about kids, who are “Growing Up Digital.” The episode raises a question doubtlessly on many people’s minds: Is growing up digital good for kids, or bad?
Amid recent headlines like “Wired for Distraction” and “Hooked on Gadgets,” the Cooney Center continues to look at digital media as potential tools for children’s learning. In a fascinating discussion on various “elements of digital promise,” Michael describes the current relationship between digital media and children across the fields of educational policy, the media and technology industry and research. He suggests that we’re in need of a “new learning equation” where innovations in digital media result in research-based products built on educational standards. We hope you’ll tune in to hear how the Cooney Center is currently working towards that goal, and for a more in-depth look at how we can move towards this new learning equation and hopefully “turn distraction to unlimited potential.”