Monthly Archives: March 2017

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The App Fairy Visits Sago Mini

by Carissa Christner
March 30, 2017

I’m so excited to bring you this interview with Sago Mini!  I’ve been a huge fan of their work since the early days of kids apps and after a chance to visit their offices in Toronto in the fall of 2015, I became even more impressed with the level of … 







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Families and Pokémon GO

by Kiley Sobel
March 28, 2017

On July 6, 2016, Niantic, Inc. released Pokémon GO, which quickly became one of the most popular mobile game apps in history. In this location-based mobile game, players use the GPS capabilities of their smartphones or tablets to navigate an avatar within a virtual world that is overlaid on top of the … 







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Five Tips for Reading E-Books with Young Children

by Katie Paciga and Mary Quest
March 27, 2017

This was originally published March 21, 2017 on the TEC Center blog and appears here with permission. Katie Paciga, a Fred Rogers Center and TEC Center Early Career Research Fellow, and Mary Quest, a doctoral student and instructor at Erikson Institute, recently published a study on e-book reading with young … 







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The App Fairy Interviews Ahoiii

by Carissa Christner
March 13, 2017

Episode two of the App Fairy podcast features an interview with app maker Wolfgang Schmitz of the app company Ahoiii. The Ahoiii apps feature an endearing sailor in blue and white stripes named Fiete. I first encountered Fiete in Ahoiii’s advent-calendar-esque Fiete Christmas app when I bought it for my family, and was soon charmed … 







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Reframing the Digital Divide: Immigrant Families Prioritize Tech for Learning

by Administrator
March 10, 2017

Our third and final installment of the “Reframing the Digital Divide” infographic series presents details about the disproportionate connectivity and access challenges that lower-income families face, particularly those of Hispanic origin headed by immigrant parents, when compared with higher-income families. Almost half (44%) of immigrant Hispanic parents never use computers, and … 







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New Brochure to Help Families Select—and Use—Children’s Apps Together

by Administrator
March 10, 2017

A few years ago, the Cooney Center released Family Time with Apps and Apps en familia, a guide that shares tips for parents and caregivers on finding and using apps to develop stronger connections and learning opportunities with young children. The original e-book, which is available for free on the iBook store in both English … 







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Meet the App Fairy

by Carissa Christner
March 6, 2017

Everyone knows that books have authors and artwork is made by artists, but have you ever stopped to think about the people working behind the scenes to create some of the best children’s apps? Allow me to introduce you to some of today’s cutting edge media creators in my new podcast, App Fairy ! For … 







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STEM from the START: Making the Most of Media As a Teaching Tool

by Dennis Neil Kleinman
March 2, 2017

A few years back, I was talking with a friend, a science specialist from the local elementary school, about the state of science education in the early grades.  Her assessment could be summed up in two words: not good. She explained that early elementary teachers were in a serious bind … 







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