Monthly Archives: November 2014

Unlikely Ally: How ‘Orange is the New Black’ is Promoting Early Literacy

by Barbara Ray
November 26, 2014

It’s hard to imagine that script writers of “Criminal Minds,” a CBS TV drama about psychopaths, would include a storyline about the importance of reading and singing to your child. But that’s exactly what they are doing with the help of Too Small to Fail. As part of the Seeding Reading project, we sat down […]

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An E-Free Holiday

by Sadaf Sajwani
November 25, 2014

As Thanksgiving approaches, many Americans have been petitioning retailers from opening on Thanksgiving Day, arguing that it is eroding traditional family values. Not only would retail workers have to show up to work and lose out on what has traditionally been a vacation day, bargain hunters would leave their family meals early in order to […]

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MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

Available Now: The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

by Administrator
November 18, 2014

How can games unlock a rich world of learning? That is the key question behind a new resource that aims to help teachers successfully incorporate games in the classroom. The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning is the culmination of a series of blog posts authored by Forbes contributor and professor Jordan Shapiro, and […]

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Can You Caption How to Get, How to Get to Sesame Street?

by Meryl Alper
November 17, 2014

“Introduce your hearing-impaired child to a world of new friends,” reads the above 1986 advertisement in Exceptional Parent magazine for the TeleCaption II, a closed-captioning decoder system produced by the National Captioning Institute that could be hooked up to a standard television set.  By “a world of new friends,” the ad alludes to the cast […]

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Q&A with Sago Sago’s Jason Krogh

by Catherine Jhee
November 14, 2014

Sago Sago‘s apps are charming interactive experiences that aim to engage the youngest players. We recently had the opportunity to ask CEO Jason Krogh to share the story behind the company and to tell us more about their most recent game, “Friends,” which encourages young children to go on a digital play date.   Can […]

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Happy Anniversary, Sesame Street!

by Catherine Jhee
November 10, 2014

Forty five years ago today, the first episode of Sesame Street aired on PBS. As we celebrate the many ways that our friends Grover, Big Bird, and the rest of the gang have changed the landscape of children’s media for so many generations, all of us at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center would like to […]

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