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LEGO Idea Conference 2020

LEGO Idea Conference 2020

Cancelled The LEGO Idea Conference invites thought leaders, practitioners, researchers, government representatives and social innovators to share their insights on new ways of learning that will equip and empower children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners. Each LEGO Idea Conference features some of the most inspiring and influential speakers on topics related to learning, education and early childhood development. From young protagonists trying to change the system to established voices who are part of a deep-rooted way of thinking about…

ASU GSV 2020

ASU GSV 2020

GSV takes on society’s greatest challenge: Ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in the future. Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual ASU GSV Summit is the industry catalyst for elevating dialogue and driving action around raising learning and career outcomes through scaled innovation. ASUGSV website

NYAS COVID screentime webinar

New York Academy of Sciences Webinar: COVID-19: Screen Time and the Developing Brain

During COVID-19, children are spending more time in front of screens than ever before, with virtual school, video streaming, social media, and multiplayer games. Given that kids’ brains are still developing, should parents be concerned? What are the long-term effects? Is there such a thing as too much screen time? What will happen to kids and teens in a post-COVID world? How will they adjust to a life with less screen time? This panel will bring together experts in pediatrics,…

Parenting for a Digital Future

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET / 5pm BST Please join the Joan Ganz Cooney Center in celebrating the release of Parenting for a Digital Future, a new book by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross that offers a balanced, in-depth exploration of the realities of parenting today. The authors will be joined by Anya Kamenetz, an education correspondent for NPR and author of The Art of Screen Time in a conversation hosted by Michael Preston, Executive Director…

FOSI 2020 Annual Conference

This year’s Family Online Safety Institute’s Annual Conference, “Building Resilience,” will cover the many changing elements of online life, for ourselves, our families, and our world. The inherent obstacles and vast benefits of the digital world have become apparent to all of us now more than ever, and we look forward to the new challenge of examining these issues against the backdrop of a quickly changing social and cultural landscape. Join Cooney Center Senior Fellow Mary Madden in a fireside…

5 rights foundation

The Future of Free Play in the Digital World

On World Children’s Day, November 20, 2020, the Digital Futures Commission will launch ‘The future of free play in the digital world.’ The work of the Digital Futures Commission will be introduced by Baroness Beeban Kidron, 5Rights Foundation, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, London School of Economics, with Ann Phoenix, Kate Cowan, and Chris Batemen, to mark #WorldChildrensDay. They will introduce Digital Futures with a panel exploring the future of free play in the…



The Joan Ganz Cooney Center is thrilled to share our work at SXSW EDU this year. Michael Preston and Senior Fellow Mary Madden will present highlights from our research on youth media practices in this conversation with Debra Sanchez (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) and Milton Chen (, Sesame Workshop, Kellogg Foundation). Tweens, Teens, & Public Media: The Missing Middle. While most young kids watch PBS, they leave public media behind in their tween and teen years. But youth still need…

Future of Childhood Reframing Education for the 22nd Century

Reframing Education for the 22nd Century

2020 was a year unlike any we have experienced before … until 2021. We have witnessed the “hoaxification” of the COVID-19 pandemic, massive civic unrest in response to long-tolerated systemic racism and injustice, continued denial of climate change in spite of an increasingly inhospitable natural environment, and most recently, a violent insurrection seeking to disrupt democracy and encourage authoritarianism. At the root of these issues is more than a conflict between change and the status quo: it’s the difference between…

The Missing Middle event

The Missing Middle: Reimagining a Future for Tweens, Teens, and Public Media

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 1:00 PM ET Today’s tweens and teens feel they have outgrown the programming offered by public media as they begin to discover a world of information and entertainment at their fingertips. Yet even though they have access to an abundance of options for watching, listening, playing, and communicating, they are often underserved by quality content appropriate to their developmental stages and needs. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have partnered to…

connected learning summit

Studying Youth and Family Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic at Connected Learning Summit 2021

As schools around the United States were forced to turn to remote learning methods last spring, research teams around the country mobilized to study how families were adjusting to the pandemic. Join the Cooney Center, Stanford University, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan at the Connected Learning Summit for a discussion about family learning as aided by technology during the pandemic, as well as how we as researchers can study such learning remotely. The symposium will take…