Monthly Archives: December 2012

Exploring Digital Games with Teacher Voice Leaders

December 20, 2012

One of the most exciting things about receiving a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the opportunites the foundation provides to connect and collaborate with other organizations.  Last week, Michael Levine and I had the chance to attend the Gates Foundation’s annual convening of organizations working on Teacher Effectiveness.  The groups who […]

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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 6-12. Now, with the launch […]

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NYC DOE Connected Foundations

Is it a class, or is it a game? A badging system for mastery in New York City high schools.

by Joy Nolan and Michael Preston
December 12, 2012

How can you use technology to grab a struggling student? How does access to high-speed Internet open a world of learning? What combination of pedagogy and curriculum can deliver the magic blend of fun, interest, academic content, and the many component skills that lead to academic success—especially for students who need to make up for […]

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National STEM Video Game Challenge

Are You Ready for the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge?

by Administrator
December 11, 2012

The Cooney Center and E-Line Media are preparing for the third year of the National STEM Video Game Challenge. This year’s competition is open to middle and high school youth, who are invited original game designs beginning in January 2013 for the opportunity to earn recognition and prizes for themselves, as well as monetary prizes […]

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Happy Birthday to Us!

by Administrator
December 7, 2012

This is a big week for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. It’s our fifth birthday! To celebrate, we’ve given our website a fresh new look. You’ll find it even easier to find the great content that we’ve got — our publications are now directly available from the top level navigation, and you can find related […]

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Daphne Bavelier

Your Brain on Video Games

by Administrator
December 5, 2012

Did you know that research shows that people who play video games tend to have better vision than those who don’t? According to cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier, who studies the impact of video games on the brain, gamers have quite a few advantages over those who don’t play often. Check out her TED Talk to […]

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