Monthly Archives: May 2014

Joan Ganz Cooney at Sesame Gala

Joan Ganz Cooney: Our Founder and Mentor Is Honored at Sesame Workshop’s Gala

May 29, 2014

Last night, Joan Ganz Cooney was honored at Sesame Workshop’s Annual Gala.  This is the first time that Joan, who co-founded the Children’s Television Workshop 45 years ago and remains Chair of the Workshop’s Executive Committee, was honored by her colleagues.  It won’t be the last honor conferred—though Joan, who … 







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Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents Edited by Amy B. Jordan and Daniel Romer

Available Now: Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents

by Administrator
May 27, 2014

This spring, Oxford University Press released an important new contribution to the literature of media and developmental psychology with Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents, edited by Amy B. Jordan and Daniel Romer. The volume examines the role that media play in the daily lives of families with … 







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Social And Emotional Benefits Of Video Games: Metacognition and Relationships

by Jordan Shapiro
May 23, 2014

Part 4 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning. For years, most people thought that video games were like candy: mostly bad, tempting to children, but okay in moderation. Now we understand that they can have more “nutritional” value than our parents ever imagined. My brothers and I played Space … 







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Disney Infinity and Skylanders SWAP Force

Open-ended Play for Young Children with Disney Infinity and Skylanders Swap Force

by Meredith Bak
May 21, 2014

This spring I’ve spent a fair amount of time playing two of last year’s most anticipated new games: Disney Infinity and SWAP Force, the latest iteration of the Skylanders franchise. I look at these two games as part of my broader interest in how contemporary toys bridge physical and digital … 







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GLPC members at the 2014 Games for Change Festival

Revisiting Games for Change 2014, Part 1

by Sam Zelitch
May 19, 2014

Are we living in a fantasy? Of the 70 or so panels, celebrations, play tests, and keynotes that took place last month at the 11th Annual Games for Change Festival in New York, nearly all made some mention of the potential for educational games. So what’s with all the hype? … 







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Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects

by Jordan Shapiro
May 15, 2014

Part 3 of MindShift’s Guide To Game-Based Learning. For far too long, school has organized learning into divided disciplines: English, science, history, math, and so on. It seems fine because we’re all used to it. The problem, however, is that students then internalize a divided conception of knowledge; they’re conditioned … 







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Henry Edwards and Kevin Kopczynski design their award-winning game "Etiquette Anarchy"

Meet the Winners: Henry Edwards and Kevin Kopczynski

by Sam Zelitch
May 13, 2014

In England at the turn of the last century, a young man named Jacob (whose last name is not known) was on his way to a society event dressed in his finest attire and carrying only his umbrella in case of rain. Naturally, his journey was beset with obstacles. A … 







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MindShift Guide to Games and Learning

How Games Lead Kids to the Good Stuff: Understanding Context

by Jordan Shapiro
May 8, 2014

Part 2 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning. Those who still think of content as the driving force of education may not be ready for game-based learning. What do we mean by “content”? In this age of digital media, “content” is what web designers, TV producers, and media moguls … 







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Meet the Winners: Sooraj Suresh

by Sam Zelitch
May 7, 2014

California high school student Sooraj Suresh was asleep when his father entered his room to tell him he had just won the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Sooraj was excited of course. But, like a typical teenager, he wasted no time in going back to sleep. The next day at … 







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CHI 2014

Reflections on CHI 2014

by Meryl Alper
May 5, 2014

Thanks to some fairly frequent conference travel over the past few years, my understanding of what makes up “the world of kids, media, and technology” is constantly expanding and changing.  I consider myself incredibly privileged to have the vantage point that comes from traversing many difference academic- and industry-focused circles … 







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