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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Shiny Appy Children

by Natalia Kucirkova
December 16, 2014

Reprinted with permission from The Guardian. With Christmas holidays round the corner, many parents are considering the pros and cons of digital books. Storyapps are a hybrid of books, short films and digital games. In the Nosy Crow Cinderella app for example, children do not just hear and read the … 







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National STEM Video Game Design Workshops at Libraries and Museums

by Administrator
December 11, 2014

The fourth National STEM Video Game Challenge is well underway this year, with students from middle school and high school programs across the country creating their own video games. We can’t wait to see the results of their hard work as the submissions begin rolling in—we’ve always been blown away … 







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Remarks at the White House Summit on Early Education

by Administrator
December 10, 2014

On December 10, 2014, President Obama hosted the White House Summit on Early Education. Michael Levine was invited to participate in a panel on Equity and Excellence in the Earliest Years hosted by Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and Shannon Rudisill, Director of the Office of … 







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White House Summit on Early Education

by Catherine Jhee
December 10, 2014

Today, President Obama is hosting the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education, with a coalition of philanthropic, business, education, advocates, and elected officials committed to expanding access to high-quality early education. The Cooney Center’s Founding Director Michael Levine will deliver remarks on Equity and Excellence in the Earliest Years … 







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Parents Ask: Why Is It So Hard to Find Good Apps?

by Melissa Lee
December 9, 2014

We recently released a new guide for parents called Family Time with Apps that features several resources, including Moms with Apps, to help parents find quality apps for their children. We invited them to describe their efforts to help families find age-appropriate apps and games that protect their kids’ privacy. … 







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Disrupting Education, Playfully

by Zach Levine
December 8, 2014

On November 19th, I covered the biannual Social Innovation Summit held in San Francisco for the Cooney Center and my colleagues at the Disruptor Foundation.  The summit brought together over 1,000 leaders interested in identifying, exploring, and actualizing partnership opportunities across the Business, Technology and Community sectors. I came to … 







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Can You Turn Screen Time into Family Time?

by Michelle Miller
December 4, 2014

Can you turn screen time into family time?  Our new resource, Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids, provides tips on how apps can be a part of family learning, communication and connecting to one another.  Starting today, it is available to download for free … 







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What’s in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 3)

by Sarah Vaala, Ph.D., Anna Ly
December 2, 2014

Over the past few months, we’ve shared some highlights of the literacy app analysis that we are conducting with New America to learn more about the apps that families and educators are using to help children learn skills such as alphabet recognition, phonics, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. We have been … 







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Unlikely Ally: How ‘Orange is the New Black’ is Promoting Early Literacy

by Barbara Ray
November 26, 2014

It’s hard to imagine that script writers of “Criminal Minds,” a CBS TV drama about psychopaths, would include a storyline about the importance of reading and singing to your child. But that’s exactly what they are doing with the help of Too Small to Fail. As part of the Seeding … 







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An E-Free Holiday

by Sadaf Sajwani
November 25, 2014

As Thanksgiving approaches, many Americans have been petitioning retailers from opening on Thanksgiving Day, arguing that it is eroding traditional family values. Not only would retail workers have to show up to work and lose out on what has traditionally been a vacation day, bargain hunters would leave their family …