Monthly Archives: April 2012

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AERA 2012: To Go is Not Enough

by Meagan Bromley
April 25, 2012

Two weeks ago, I had the exciting opportunity to go to the AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting for the first time! For those of us in educational research, there is probably not a larger or more comprehensive event for researchers to come together and share their work. And from my … 







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Got Poem in Pocket?

by Laura Kirkpatrick
April 25, 2012

Is that a poem in your pocket? What was your favorite poem from childhood? Do you, like me, occasionally shudder with the echoes of an older brother who could recite “For Sale” from memory? Does a poem evoke fond childhood memories like a shared memory between siblings, as it does … 







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Experiences Rule Products at the Sandbox

by Michelle Miller
April 20, 2012

This year’s Sandbox Summit, hosted by MIT on April 17th and 18th, ranged from the very low tech (a live action card game) to very high tech FlickerLab’s new live (animation studio).  Despite the diversity of participants, there was one recurring theme: kids need and expect experiences rather than products.  … 







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Take a Survey About Reading with Your Child

by Cooney Center Team
April 19, 2012

Are you the parent or guardian of a child between 2 and 6 years of age? If so, you are eligible to take a survey about children’s books, sponsored by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Parents who complete the survey will have a chance to win a … 







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The 9th Annual Games for Change Festival

by Administrator
April 19, 2012

Through case studies, roundtables, lectures and demos, the Games for Change Festival (June 18­-20, NYC) highlights models for collaboration on game development and distribution, bridging the gap between commercial and issue driven games. Featured presentations include game designer and author of Reality is Broken, Jane McGonigal, leading researcher, Dr. James Paul Gee, Valve Software, Navid Khonsari (Grand … 







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The 9th Annual Games for Change Festival

by Cooney Center Team
April 19, 2012

Through case studies, roundtables, lectures and demos, the Games for Change Festival (June 18­-20, NYC) highlights models for collaboration on game development and distribution, bridging the gap between commercial and issue driven games. Featured presentations include game designer and author of Reality is Broken, Jane McGonigal, leading researcher, Dr. James … 







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Report from the Annenberg Public Policy Conference

by Allison Mishkin
April 18, 2012

Last week I had the chance to head back to my home turf to attend the “Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents” conference at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) at the University of Pennsylvania.  The conference was organized, hosted, and moderated by Dr. Amy Jordan, director of … 







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BYOT: Bring your own technology

by Laura Kirkpatrick
April 18, 2012

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released “Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media.”  While the title is just barely tweetable at 110 characters, the report could essentially be boiled down to just four letters: BYOT:  Bring your own technology (twitter hashtag … 







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Welcome New Rating System for Kids Digital Media Products

by Pam Abrams
April 16, 2012

Here at the Cooney Center, we have seen the need to provide research-based guidance to help sift through the mountains of kids’ media that is out there (see our reports Always Connected and D Is for Digital) — so we are thrilled that Common Sense Media (CSM), the almost 10-year-old … 







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Inside Caine’s Arcade: Celebrating A Young Boy’s Handcrafted, Analog World

by Meryl Alper
April 11, 2012

This past fall, I wrote a blog post for the Cooney Center about my experiences at the annual DIY Days conference at UCLA.  In that post, I wrote [emphasis added in bold]: “Many of the people I met are deeply invested in new ways to approach the role of media … 







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