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!

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Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens

by Catherine Jhee
October 1, 2015

We’re very excited to announce that Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, a new book by Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine,  is now available for purchase online and in bookstores. In Tap, Click, Read, Lisa and Michael argue that in order to build strong literacy skills … 

Elisabeth McClure

Welcome Elisabeth McClure, Cooney Center Research Fellow

by Catherine Jhee
September 30, 2015

We’re pleased to introduce our newest Cooney Center Fellow, Elisabeth McClure.  She has just joined us this month from Georgetown University, where she is completing her PhD in Human Development and Public Policy. Elisabeth’s graduate work was inspired by research about the video deficit effect, which finds that children under … 

Photo: Matt Beard

Family Partnerships Are Key to Digital Equity

by Vikki S. Katz, Michael H. Levine, & Carmen Gonzalez
September 18, 2015

This commentary was originally published on on September 16, 2015.   This fall, 3.5 million children will start kindergarten in the United States. One-quarter of them will be Hispanic, more than 90 percent of whom are U.S.-born, and just over one-third of whom are growing up below the poverty … 


Tech and Young Children: U.S. Dept. of Ed Elevates Need for Guidance and PD

by Lisa Guernsey
September 14, 2015

Now that digital technologies—and touch-screen tablets in particular—are finding their way into preschool and kindergarten classrooms, educators are faced with multiple questions about if, how, and when it is best to introduce them to young children. On September 3rd, the U.S. Department of Education brought together nearly 60 people from … 

AJC Annual Meeting, August 2015. Photo by Lori Takeuchi

Catching Up with the Aprendiendo Juntos Council

by Briana Pressey
September 9, 2015

On August 12th, returning and new participants of the Aprendiendo Juntos Council gathered at Sesame Workshop for the 3rd annual working meeting of the consortium. The Aprendiendo Juntos (Learning Together) Council is a multi-sector group of researchers, practitioners, media producers, and policy experts who seek to identify new models and … 


Apps en familia ya está disponible en español

by Administrator
August 25, 2015

view English En diciembre del año pasado publicamos Family Time with Apps, un libro electrónico diseñado para ayudar a los padres a comprender mejor cómo las “apps” móviles (aplicaciones para teléfonos y tabletas) pueden apoyar el desarrollo saludable de los niños, como el aprendizaje, la comunicación y las conexiones en … 


Available now in Spanish: Apps en familia!

by Administrator
August 25, 2015

view Spanish translation Last December, we published Family Time with Apps, a free guide designed to help parents better understand the variety of ways that apps can support children’s healthy development and family learning, communication, and connection. The iBook aims to show parents how to find the best apps that … 

Lance Dugars

Meet the Winners: Lance Dugars

by Allison Mishkin
August 18, 2015

A long-distance runner, 13-year-old Lance Dugars knows how to go the distance. This very drive to cross the finish line helped him create The Brink Walker, the winning Middle School Gamestar Mechanic entry in the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Lance, from Katy, TX is an avid Gamestar Mechanic user … 

Cole Nutgeren

Meet the Winners: Cole Nutgeren

by Allison Mishkin
August 10, 2015

Like most 13 year old boys, Cole Nutgeren has diverse hobbies and interests, like playing the piano and fencing. But unlike many kids his age, he takes a systems thinking approach to everything he does and likes to think about the building blocks that make these systems run. It is … 

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Texting Parents to Get Kids Ready 4K!

by Shayna Cook
August 4, 2015

During my teaching career, I taught pre-K in high-poverty areas in the District of Columbia, but I also taught for a year in a high-income, suburban area in Maryland. There was a stark difference in students’ vocabulary and background knowledge. Most of my students from a low-income background didn’t have …