Monthly Archives: May 2011

8th Annual Games for Change Festival, June 20-22, 2011

by Cooney Center Team
May 23, 2011

Games for Change is the leading global advocate for supporting and making games for social impact. The annual Games for Change Festival is the largest gaming event in New York City and the only international event uniting “games for change” creators, the public, civil society, academia, the gaming industry and media. The 8th Annual Festival […]

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Learning from Learning from Hollywood

by Meryl Alper
May 20, 2011

While managing the @cooneycenter Twitter feed and live blog during this week’s Learning From Hollywood Forum, my mental gears were continuously whirring.  Rich threads of conversation spun back and forth online and in face-to-face conversation, through the #cooneyforum hashtag and the generous physical space provided by the USC School of Cinematic Arts (even the terrific […]

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Video: Joan Ganz Cooney Center Leadership Forum: Learning from Hollywood

by Catherine Jhee
May 17, 2011

These videos are courtesy of Scott Traylor,

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Pittsburgh’s Ecosystem for Kids+Creativity

by Administrator
May 15, 2011

Merriam Webster defines an ecosystem as “the complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit.” The Kids+Creativity movement in Pittsburgh is creating a new kind of ecosystem for learning in and out of school, beginning with children in the earliest years and continuing through higher education at institutions that […]

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Meeting Kids Wherever They Are

by Francie Alexander
May 15, 2011

Scholastic has a 90-year history of helping kids learn to read and encouraging them to love to read. A recent New York Times editorial asks, “Should we be alarmed?” about the availability of e-books. I would respond, quickly and succinctly, no — and yes. No—because at Scholastic, we are committed to meeting kids where they […]

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The Thin Line Between Education and Entertainment

by Scott Traylor
May 13, 2011

If you were challenged to define what math is, what would you say? How about science? What makes the two different, or maybe even the same? I started exploring the idea of what makes up these educational disciplines as a result of hearing the term STEM more and more in the news. STEM is a […]

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Synergy: Creative Vision and Curriculum: What does it take to bring them together?

by Alice Wilder
May 12, 2011

Bringing together a creative vision with a strong curriculum is a dance, not a science! You can have it all – a true synergy between creative vision and education but success is in the balance of the two. Let me first say, as a creative researcher, I consider myself very lucky. I have always worked […]

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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

An Ode to QR Codes

by Administrator, by Carly Shuler
May 11, 2011

When I was in Toronto a few weeks ago for the Sprockets panel on transmedia, I had the chance to walk (ok, run) through the Tim Burton exhibit in the new TIFF building. This exhibit reminded me of a few things. First, that I am way overdue for a re-viewing of Edward Scissorhands. Second, that […]

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Q&A: Susan Hildreth

by Administrator
May 10, 2011

Susan Hildreth is the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She was appointed to the position by President Obama, and has previously served as the city librarian in Seattle, California’s state librarian, deputy director and city librarian of San Francisco Public Library, as well as on staff at Sacramento Public Library, the […]

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50th Anniversary Celebration of Jerome Bruners The Process of Education

by Meagan Bromley
May 5, 2011

Last Wednesday, April 27th, New York University held a special event to celebrate the work of University Professor Jerome Bruner. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his landmark publication, The Process of Education. Panel discussions between leading researchers who worked with Bruner in the 1960s and notable authors and academics working in education today, […]

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