Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Some Struggles Teachers Face Using Games in the Classroom

Some Struggles Teachers Face Using Games in the Classroom

| November 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

Lack of time and administrative support are just some of the obstacles to using games in the classroom.

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How Digital Games Help Teachers Make Connections to Lessons and Students

How Digital Games Help Teachers Make Connections to Lessons and Students

| November 7, 2014 | 6 Comments

Teachers finding the most success are good at creatively connecting the game back to the curriculum, while allowing it to maintain the qualities of a good game.

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Report Finds Teachers Underutilize Resources for Digital Games in the Classroom

Report Finds Teachers Underutilize Resources for Digital Games in the Classroom

| October 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

A survey reports that most teachers are finding digital games in the classroom through informal means and could benefit from improved training and exposure to resources.

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Surprising Insights: How Teachers Use Games in the Classroom

Surprising Insights: How Teachers Use Games in the Classroom

| June 9, 2014 | 4 Comments

More teachers are using digital games in the classroom, and they’re using them more frequently, according to a new teacher survey just released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. But more surprisingly, the study reveals that teachers are finding that one of the most impactful use of games is for motivating and rewarding students, specifically those who are low-performing.

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How Do Parents Think ‘Educational’ Screen Time Affects Learning?

How Do Parents Think ‘Educational’ Screen Time Affects Learning?

| January 23, 2014 | 8 Comments

As media becomes more prevalent in kids’ lives, parents are grappling with the potential benefits and pitfalls of screen time — what’s just the right amount, what’s truly educational, what’s beneficial, and what’s detrimental. To get a better understanding of parents’ attitudes around kids’ educational media, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center surveyed 1,577 parents of kids ages 2 to 10 years old, including a representative group of African American and Latino parents.

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Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology?

Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology?

| October 11, 2013 | 9 Comments

This review of recent surveys highlights some of the benefits and obstacles of using different kinds of technology in the classroom, but it also raises some great questions that have yet to be explored with thorough surveys.

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Who Needs Grownups to Make Video Games?

Who Needs Grownups to Make Video Games?

| July 10, 2013 | 2 Comments

Students create incredibly creative, thoughtful and unique projects when challenged and supported to do so. The National STEM Video Game Challenge sponsored by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and E-Line Media received 4,000 entries this year and announced 16 winners this week. The growing success of the challenge demonstrates not only how capable middle and high school students can be when passionate, but also reflects an increasingly diverse group, in terms of geography, race and gender, of the participants.

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Money, Time, and Tactics: Can Games Be Effective in Schools?

Money, Time, and Tactics: Can Games Be Effective in Schools?

| January 28, 2013 | 15 Comments

If it’s true that 97 percent of teens in the U.S. are playing digital games, then the focus on how games can fit into the shifting education system becomes that much more important. Schools, districts, and individual educators are trying to figure out how games and learning can fit into the current complicated landscape. The […]

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Survey: Parents Prefer Reading Print Books to Young Kids

Survey: Parents Prefer Reading Print Books to Young Kids

| September 18, 2012 | 6 Comments

Don’t count print books obsolete just yet — especially when it comes to younger kids. A study released today by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center shows that even among parents who like reading e-books with their kids, the majority still prefer to read print books over e-books with their children. The survey, which included 1,200 […]

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For Young Readers, Print or Digital Books?

For Young Readers, Print or Digital Books?

| May 29, 2012 | 11 Comments

Thinkstock Print or digital? Adults grapple with which is the best way to read — not only for themselves, but especially when it comes to their kids. Whether or not parents prefer print books over interactive e-books for their kids, the question is, what’s actually better for them? Depends on what you’re trying to achieve. […]

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