Category Archives: Publications and reports

Learning About How Families Connect Learning Across Boundaries

by Sarah Vaala, PhD
July 2, 2019

This summer, my High Point University colleagues and I are hosting a video game camp with twenty 9- to 11-year-olds in our local Boys and Girls Club. Across a series of five sessions, the students are learning some basic video game design principles and coding. Alternating their roles each session—from … 







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Lost Connections: Tech Use Among Young Kids in Silicon Valley

by Lisa Guernsey
March 7, 2018

This post was originally published on EdCentral. Even in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of online innovation, families with young children are experiencing a digital divide. Hispanic families in particular saying that they experience slower connections, more data limits, and more broken computers and devices than their white and Asian-Pacific Islander … 







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These Are The Digital Playgrounds Where Tomorrow’s Global Citizens Can Build Social Skills

by Jordan Shapiro
March 5, 2018

Early this morning, I spoke to a friend in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through my webcam, the Skype video was still a little choppy, but clear enough to recognize that we were each settled into different parts our daily routines (the time difference is six hours). I took sips from a … 







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Sonia Livingstone

Learning Together in a Media Saturated Culture

by Sonia Livingstone
February 5, 2018

Sonia Livingstone was recently asked to write the foreword for Children and Families in the Digital Age: Learning Together in a Media Saturated Culture edited by Elisabeth Gee, Lori M. Takeuchi, and Ellen Wartella. Here’s what she had to say. Where shall we start, and where shall we focus our gaze, … 







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Jason Yip

Exploring How “Digital Families” Shape Children’s Learning

by Jason Yip
December 11, 2017

How did I become a researcher on children, families, and digital media? In September 2013, I started as a Cooney Center Research Fellow, trying to find my way in the world. I was just completing my Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park and had done a dissertation on the … 







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Michael Levine

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 … 







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Designing for Diverse Families

October 30, 2015

Today, we are thrilled to release the latest publication from the Families and Media Project at an event at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Diverse Families and Media: Using Research to Inspire Design,  by Amber Levinson, Sinem Siyahhan, Briana Pressey, and Katie Headrick Taylor, is a casebook and design … 







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Preparing for New Experiences

by Jason Boog
April 30, 2015

Family Time with Apps is a free interactive guide for parents and caregivers that highlights some ways that families can use technology together. The book features comic strips that parents and children can enjoy together, as well as tips on selecting apps that can help turn screen time into family … 







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Playing Games in School: When games make a difference in education

by Allison Mishkin
August 23, 2013

EdSurge has assembled a great primer on  games and learning Playing Games in School: When games make a difference in education. This online resource takes a high-level look at Games and Learning and features insights from leading scholars and practitioners in the field, including James Paul Gee and Joel Levin. … 







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Digital Games: A Context for Cognitive Development

by Allison Mishkin
April 9, 2013

Executive Director Michael Levine and former Cooney Center fellow Sarah Vaala have co-authored Games for Learning: Vast Wasteland or a Digital Promise?, the conclusion to the new anthology Digital Games: A Context for Cognitive Development, edited by Fran C. Blumberg and Shalom M. Fisch. The volume takes a broad look … 







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