The Cooney Center catalyzes change by disseminating research that informs the national debate, stimulating investment in effective reforms. It does so through its publications on timely topics, including the landscape of children’s interactive media, mobile learning, and the debates over media multitasking — all of which have received national media attention.

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

by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine

In Tap, Click, Read authors Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine envision a future that is human-centered first and tech-assisted second. They document how educators and parents can lead a new path to a place they call “Readialand”—a literacy-rich world that marries reading and digital media to bring knowledge, skills, … 


Apps en familia: Guía para usar apps con tus hijos

Cuando pensamos en apps para niños, frecuentemente pensamos en dos opciones: juegos entretenidos o educativos. Pero las apps no sólo son juegos o libros, las apps también pueden aportar importantes experiencias sociales, emocionales y físicas. Apps en Familia está diseñada para ayudar a los padres de familia a entender mejor … 

Aprendiendo en casa

Aprendiendo en Casa: Media as a Learning Tool among Hispanic-Latino Families

by June Lee and Brigid Barron

The Hispanic-Latino population is one of the largest—and most diverse—demographics in the U.S. Aprendiendo en casa reveals findings from a national survey of Hispanic parents about their home media environments and practices, and their perceptions of their children’s use of educational media across a range of different platforms. The report … 

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Digital Media and Latino Families

Digital Media and Latino Families: New Channels for Learning, Parenting, and Organizing

by Bruce Fuller, José Ramón Lizárraga, James H. Gray

Latino families in America increasingly enjoy access to a dizzying array of content on a variety of electronic devices, from televisions and video games to personal computers and mobile devices. Bruce Fuller, José Ramón Lizárraga, James H. Gray raise pressing questions that face Latino families as they adopt technologies that … 

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Connecting to Learn: Promoting Digital Equity for America’s Hispanic Families

by Vikki S. Katz and Michael H. Levine

This brief combines original research and policy analysis to examine a key issue that is often overlooked in debates about the proliferation of new technologies, education, and equity: the potential for digital media investments to support a promising learning pathway for children in our nation’s increasingly diverse, low-income families. A … 

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Family Time with Apps

Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids

When we think of apps for kids, we often think of games for either entertainment or learning. But apps aren’t limited to just games or books—apps can provide important social, emotional, and physical experiences too. Family Time with Apps is designed to help parents better understand the variety of ways … 

Level up learning: A national survey on teaching with digital games

Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games

Digital games have the potential to transform K-12 education as we know it. But what has been the real experience among teachers who use games in the classroom?  In 2013, the Games and Learning Publishing Council conducted a national survey among nearly 700 K-8 teachers. The report reveals key findings … 

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MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

The MindShift Guide to Games and Learning

by Jordan Shapiro

How can games unlock a rich world of learning? This is the big question at the heart of the growing games and learning movement that’s gaining momentum in education. The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning [PDF] explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide … 

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Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West: Empowering Parents and Educators

by Lisa Guernsey, Michael H. Levine, Cynthia Chiong & Maggie Stevens

Digital apps designed to teach young children to read are an increasingly large share of the market, but parents and educators have little to no information about whether and how they work. Produced as part of a collaboration between the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the New America Foundation, and the … 

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Learning at Home

Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America

by Victoria Rideout

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center has conducted a national survey of more than 1500 parents of children ages 2-10 to find out how much of children’s media time is devoted to educational content, platform by platform, age by age.  Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America is the … 

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