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Posted June 8, 2016

Content in Context Conference

Lisa Guernsey  and Michael H. Levine will be hosting a session titled, “Screens Aren’t the Issue – Understanding 21st Century Literacy,” at the 2016 Content in Context conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lisa and Michael will discuss the new vision and techniques the digital reading revolution requires from learning resource creators — and define what they think are best practices for creating effective educational content in any environment.  


Posted April 24, 2016

“Dust or Magic” Highlights Foundation Retreat

 Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine will be speaking at the “Dust or Magic” Highlights Foundation retreat in Boyds Mills, Pennsylvania April 24 – 26, 2016.  During the 3-day retreat participants review the latest in children’s digital products from the recent Bologna Children’s Book Fair, with live demos and in-depth discussions of the products that won the 2016 BolognaRagazzi digital prize. The digital products that will be reviewed have an emphasis on language, children’s literacy, and digital storytelling.              


Posted March 29, 2016

Common Sense Education webinar

Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine will be speaking during a webinar with Common Sense Education, a partnership with edWeb, about their research on children’s screen time and early literacy, including findings from “Tap, Click, Read.”


Posted March 13, 2016

2016 SXSW Interactive Festival

Lisa Guernsey will be a panelist at the “Screen Time, Real Talk” session on March 13, 2016 at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. In this session the panel will discuss how screen time should be addressed in the modern age, including the impact technology has in children’s literacy.  


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Posted January 20, 2016

Getting the InTEL: Interactive Map Highlights Tech-Integrated Early Literacy Programs

Last month, New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop released Integrating Technology in Early Literacy, an interactive map showing more than 30 parenting and early education programs across the country that are embedding new technologies in their efforts to support language development and early literacy.


Posted January 12, 2016

Early Learning Summit at FETC 2016

Lisa Guernsey will share insights from her new book Tap, Click, Read during the Early Learning Summit at the 2016 Future of Education Technology Conference.


Posted December 10, 2015

Breakthroughs in Parent Engagement and Early Literacy

Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine will be featured speakers at a half-day forum hosted by New America, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center and The Erikson Institute on December 10, 2015 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.


Posted December 9, 2015

Tap, Click, Read – And Connect: Early Literacy in the Digital Age

  The Joyce Foundation will be holding a cocktail reception to celebrate the book, “Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens,” and a new project that maps the most innovative digital tools used for childhood development. During the event, co-hosted by LEAP Innovations, authors Michael H. Levine, the Founding Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Lisa Guernsey, Director, Learning Technologies Project at New America, will discuss the project and sign copies of the new book.   Event Schedule: 6:00 pm –  Cocktail reception 6:30 pm –  Program Welcome – Phyllis Lockett, CEO, LEAP Innovations Introduction – Jeff Schoenberg, advisor to The J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, which funded the book. Panel discussion and Q & A with Michael Levine and Lisa Guernsey, led by Stephanie Banchero, Joyce Foundation Education Senior Program Officer    


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Posted September 24, 2015

Mapping the Landscape of Readialand: Michael Levine at The Governance Lab

This post was written by The GovLab and originally appeared on the Joan Ganz Cooney Center website in July 2015. Televisions, touchscreens, and smartphones are now almost ubiquitous in homes. Many young children are watching, listening to, or interacting with two to three hours of screen media per day. In a recent installment of the Ideas Lunch series at the Governance Lab, a Brooklyn-based action research lab focused on the use of new technology to govern better, the Cooney Center’s Michael Levine explained that rather than portending the death of reading, devices, apps, and tools can help children learn by fostering a conversation with kids about what they are seeing. In his talk, Levine discussed his new book Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screen (and other Cooney Center publications), in which he and co-author Lisa Guernsey of New America lay out the contours and landscape of what they call “Readialand,” a place where adults have the...Read More >


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Posted September 14, 2015

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

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 across the early childhood field to think through what would be of most help. At least three needs became apparent throughout the day: Educators and parents need  succinct, research-based messages about what works best. Teachers and leaders need professional development on how to skillfully integrate technology into their teaching. And the app marketplace needs markers of quality informed by the science of child development. The roundtable strategy session, hosted by the Office of Early Learning and the Office of Educational Technology, drew in experts from across the country, including developmental scientists, family engagement specialists, education school faculty, public media leaders, and philanthropic foundations. It opened with remarks from U.S. Secretary...Read More >