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Calling All K-8 Teachers: Digital Games Survey

by Administrator
April 22, 2014

Are you a K-8 teacher who lives and teaches in the United States? If so, you are eligible to participate in a Joan Ganz Cooney Center survey about using digital media—including games—in the classroom. Teachers who complete this 15-minute survey will receive no payment, but will instead have the chance … 

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Lessons from Different Games

by Sam Zelitch
April 21, 2014

The Games for Change Festival starts bright and early tomorrow morning in New York City, where game designers, investors, journalists, and researchers will gather for a four-day investigation of the current state of serious gaming. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center will be there, hoping to engage with a community who we believe … 

Mariana Diaz-Wionczek addresses the audience at the AJC meeting in March 2014.

Also pictured, L-R: Andres Henriquez, Mariana, Lisa Tripp, Rick Fry, and Andrea Foster.

Update: The Aprendiendo Juntos Council Members Share Research and Progress

by Briana Pressey
April 16, 2014

The Aprendiendo Juntos (“Learning Together”) Council is a multi-sector group of researchers, practitioners, and policy experts who seek to identify new models and practical strategies to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic-Latino families, through the wise deployment of digital technologies. In June 2012, the National Center for Families Learning, the Joan … 

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Zooming in on Family Engagement with Media at AERA

by Jason Yip
April 15, 2014

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s Lori Takeuchi and Briana Pressey had the wonderful opportunity to be on a panel at the American Education Research Association 2014 (AERA 2014) annual conference in Philadelphia, PA. This panel was titled, “Learning With Technology: Different Perspectives From Low-Income Families” and held under the Special … 

Janice Tran

Meet the Winners: Janice Tran

by Allison Mishkin
April 14, 2014

A designer in many senses of the world, Janice Tran is the high school winner of the 2013 STEM Challenge Best Game Design Document. Although she was a high school senior when she won, Janice is now a freshman in college where she is studying graphic design.  She has been … 


Developers Look at Game-Based Learning in the UK

by Kirsten Campbell-Howes
April 10, 2014

At LEGup (the London Educational Games meet up) we recently hosted an event on gamification and its potential to improve educational outcomes in the classroom. Gamification is something of a hot potato at LEGup – many of our members dismiss it out of hand as nothing more than the “pointsification” … 


Research, Games, and Impact, Oh My!

by Anna Ly
March 26, 2014

This year, I had the great privilege to attend the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, where I had organized a panel called “Creating Youth Builders – Promoting a New Game Design Ecosystem to Engage Hard-to-Reach Youth in Learning.” The heavy hitters on the panel included Jennifer Groff, … 

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Björn Jeffrey on Why Toca Boca Won’t Be Selling to Schools

by Lee Banville
March 21, 2014

This post originally appeared on   Toca Boca has emerged as one of the most significant kids producer in the mobile app space. The Swedish-based company has about two dozen apps that have been downloaded 65 million times — and those are paid downloads. The company has found a … 

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Games for Change 2014

by Administrator
March 19, 2014

We’re thrilled to be working with our good friends at Games for Change this year as a content partner for the 11th annual Games for Change Festival. We’re particularly proud of the two panels that we’ve curated for Thursday, April 24, featuring some incredible speakers highlighting the innovative work that … 

Michael Levine at the Hourglass Foundation

Video: Michael Levine on Advancing Learning in a Digital Age

by Administrator
March 18, 2014

Last week Cooney Center Executive Director Michael Levine spoke at “Advancing Learning in the Digital Age,” a forum hosted by the Hourglass Foundation in Lancaster, PA. He spoke about the increasingly prominent role of digital technology in the lives and education of young children before an audience of more than …