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Dora the Explorer, “First Day of School”

Lessons from Dora the Explorer

by Amber Levinson
July 19, 2016

Two of the leading researchers involved with preschool television program Dora the Explorer, Head of Education Research Mariana Díaz-Wionczek and Creative/Cultural Advisor Carlos Cortés,  describe how the show evolved from merely featuring a Latina character to intentionally teaching Spanish, highlighting dual language capabilities, and promoting Latino culture. It was the … 







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Publications

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Opportunity for All? Technology and Learning in Lower-Income Families

by Victoria Rideout and Vikki Katz

Recent research on digital media use points to two important gaps in educational opportunity for low-income families with young children. First, there is an access gap. Second, there is what scholars refer to as a participation gap, in which digital resources are not well guided or supported to ensure educational … 







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Initiatives

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Spotlight on Hispanic-Latino Families and Digital Media

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center has always been interested in how children—especially those who are struggling—learn across both formal and informal environments, whether they are interacting with media on their own or together with teachers, family members, or their peers. In June 2012 we deepened our commitment to learning more … 







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Events

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Digital Media and Learning Conference 2016

5 - 7 Oct 2016

The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the UC Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine. The conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars … 







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