About the Center

Lori Takeuchi, Ph.D.

Senior Director & Research Scientist

Lori conducts research on how children use digital media across the various settings of their lives, and the implications these tools hold for their learning and development. Lori started at the Cooney Center as a postdoctoral fellow in 2008. Since then, she has instigated and directed several of the Center’s distinguishing initiatives, including Print vs. E-books, The New Coviewing, Networked Participation, and Aprendiendo Juntos, and the multi-institution Families and Media Project. Lori has published reports, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles on a range of topics in the digital media and learning space, and presented her research to educator, designer, and policymaker audiences both nationally and abroad. Before earning her PhD in the Learning Sciences from Stanford, she spent over a decade designing science simulation and visualization software for companies including BBN Educational Technologies, Logal Software, and WorldLink Media. Lori began her career managing the Instructional Television Department at Thirteen/WNET. She currently holds a Visiting Scholar appointment at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.



Recently posted by this author:

Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games

October 20, 2014

Digital games have the potential to transform K-12 education as we know it. But what has been the real experience among teachers who use games in the classroom?  In 2013, the Games and Learning Publishing Council conducted a national survey among nearly 700 K-8 teachers. The report reveals key findings … 

Slideshow: Playing and Learning at the 2014 LEGO Idea Conference

April 25, 2014

A few weeks ago, the Cooney Center’s own Lori Takeuchi made the long journey out to Billund, Denmark to participate in the LEGO Foundation’s 2014 Idea Conference. The slideshow below documents the two-and-a-half days she spent dreaming, debating, planning, and (perhaps most importantly) playing with thought leaders from around the … 

QuickReport: Parent Co-Reading Survey

September 13, 2012

To follow up on insights revealed in our Print vs. E-books QuickStudy, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center conducted a second QuickStudy to survey parents about reading books with their 2-to-6-year-old children.  In this survey we assessed family ownership of devices on which e-books can be read and included a set … 

QuickReport: Print Books vs. E-books

May 15, 2012

Comparing parent-child co-reading on print, basic, and enhanced e-book platforms This QuickReport presents the results of our first QuickStudy exploring parent-child interactions as they read print and digital books together.  We conducted this exploratory study with our SciPlay partners at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York … 

Extreme Makeover DML Edition: Rethinking Design

February 22, 2012

Join us at DML 2012: Extreme Makeover DML Edition: Rethinking designs for younger and older users | March 2, 2012 Attending the DML 2012 Conference next week in San Francisco? Don’t miss our panel: Extreme Makeover DML Edition: Rethinking designs for younger and older users, Friday, March 2, at 2:30 … 

Cooney Center Fellows Program Application

February 1, 2012

The Cooney Center Fellows Program encourages research, innovation, and dissemination to promote children’s learning. Fellows participate in a wide range of projects and, in doing so, develop broad exposure to scholarship, policy, and practice in the field of digital media and learning. This professional development program offers opportunities to:  – … 

Engaging Students and Families in a Digital Age: Lessons for Educators and Practitioners

December 12, 2011

This article originally appeared in the Harvard Family Research Project’s December issue of the FINE: Family Involvement Network of Educators newsletter. Lori Takeuchi, Director of Research for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and author of the recent report Families Matter: Engaging Families in a Digital Age, discusses her research on … 

The New Coviewing: Designing for Learning through Joint Media Engagement

December 8, 2011

Produced by the Joan Ganz Cooney and LIFE Centers, the report features case studies written by researchers and producers on the challenges and successes of bringing families together around newer forms of media. The design guide that follows offers essential advice to media producers also interested in engaging children, parents, … 

The more things change Extending the shelf life of case studies in a digital age

October 3, 2011

In Families Matter, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop’s most recent research report (released May 2011), I take an ecological approach to chronicling how digital media are shaping childhood, parenting, and family life (Bronfenbrenner, 1977). I do so by sharing findings from two complementary studies: a national survey … 

Families Matter: Designing Media for a Digital Age

June 1, 2011

Families Matter focuses on two complementary studies that document how families with young children are integrating digital media into the rhythm of daily life. Results from a survey of more than 800 parents of children ages 3 through 10 reveal how parents nationwide feel about raising children in a digital …