Check out what the Cooney Center staff are covering in the realm of digital kids’ learning. Do you have an idea you’d like to see covered? Let us know!


Tech Is Tech, but Teachers Are Artists

by Tanner Higgin
February 8, 2016

We recently released Getting a Read on the App Stores: A Market Scan and Analysis of Children’s Literacy Apps, in which we discuss the challenges facing parents and educators who are looking for quality literacy apps for young children. We invited our colleagues at Common Sense Media—whom we cite as … 

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To Ensure a Right Start, We Need Digital Equity

by James Steyer
February 4, 2016

This post was originally published on the Common Sense Media Kids Action blog and appears here with permission. Read in Spanish here. In today’s society, access to technology is the path to academic and economic opportunity. This is especially true for kids, who increasingly need access to computers, printers and … 

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Para asegurar un comienzo justo, necesitamos equidad digital.

by Administrator
February 4, 2016

Este post ha sido publicado originalmente por Common Sense Media y aparece aquí con permiso. Lea la versión en Inglés aquí. En la sociedad de hoy, el acceso a la tecnología es la puerta a las oportunidades académicas y económicas. Esto es especialmente cierto en el caso de los niños, … 


Digital Equity: Technology and Learning in the Lives of Lower-Income Families

by Administrator
February 3, 2016

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Parents! Please Take Our Survey About Games and Family Life

by Kristen Kohm
February 2, 2016

Are you the parent or guardian of a child between 4 and 13 years of age?  Does your child play video games?  If so, you are eligible to take a survey about digital games and family life by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.  Parents who complete the … 

Former Fellows Jason Yip and Anna Ly with Briana Pressey and Lori Takeuchi (L-R).

Cooney Center 2016-17 Fellowship: Now Accepting Applications

by Briana Pressey
February 1, 2016

Want to join the Joan Ganz Cooney Center team? Apply to be the 2016-2017 Cooney Center Fellow! 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 … 

Where’s the Evidence on Evidence? My Beef with the Lack of Efficacy Data on Apps

by Jennifer Kotler Clarke
February 1, 2016

The latest report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Getting a Read on the App Stores, provides an overview of what parents are most likely to encounter when they are looking for “educational apps.” The apps the team reviewed are ones that parents are likely to find on a variety … 


D is for Developer

by Carly Shuler
January 19, 2016

Last month, we released Getting a Read on the App Stores, a market scan of literacy apps aimed at young children. We are thrilled to share this commentary from former Cooney Center fellow Carly Shuler, who is the co-founder and CEO of Kindoma, whose apps connect families through video and … 

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Five Questions Everyone Should Ask Before Choosing Early Literacy Apps

by Barbara Culatta, Kendra Hall-Kenyon, Gary Bingham
January 7, 2016

Developing solid reading and writing skills are critical to children’s success in all learning activities and can be a determining factor for their success in life.  There are thousands of apps claiming to help support early literacy, but few—if any—have any research to support their claims. Selecting effective early literacy … 

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How Do You Find the Best Educational Apps?

by Catherine Jhee
December 21, 2015

Earlier this month the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released the latest in a line of tracking studies of the educational apps marketplace in collaboration with our colleagues at New America.  What we found was—to be blunt—worrisome.  Progress in the development of scientifically-informed early learning apps that parents and educators can …