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Mind the (Diversity) Gap in Kids’ Digital Media

by Sandhya Nankani
January 27, 2015

Despite the fact that 37 percent of the U.S. population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published over the past 18 years contain multicultural content. Today’s celebration of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) is a direct response to this diversity gap that exists in the world of children’s … 

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Designing Apps for Co-Play: Can Research and Analysis Make Learning More Fun for Parents and Kids?

by Dylan Arena
January 20, 2015

A few weeks ago, the Cooney Center released Family Time with Apps, which helps parents think carefully about how (if at all) they want to support their children’s app use.  A central theme of that guide is “joint media engagement”: the entire family benefits when parents and children explore the … 

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Four Surprises in Scholastic’s National Survey of Children’s Reading

by Lisa Guernsey
January 13, 2015

Last week Scholastic released the Kids and Family Reading Report,  its annual survey of children’s reading, and some of the results run counter to conventional wisdom about how much children love electronic books and desire independence. The responses provide hints of nostalgia for cuddling up on the couch turning pages … 

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Ten for ’15: Education Reform for A Shared Future

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post. It’s that time again. New commitments and new resolutions to make…and hopefully keep. As educators and children’s advocates we are involved in many initiatives whose goals are reimagining education and providing equal opportunity to all children. We are board members and advisors … 

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App Reviews to Help Choose Ed Tech this Holiday Season

by Kathleen Costanza
December 19, 2014

If you’re a parent or educator thinking of purchasing some apps this holiday season, you may decide to consult one of a growing number of lists and websites highlighting educational apps for young children. It makes sense to consult the reviews: With thousands of educational apps filtering into the market, … 

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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. …