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April 13, 2015

Babies Need Real Interaction

New York Times

When my daughters were toddlers, they became wide-eyed with wonder whenever they could make somethi?ng happen on a screen. But what were they learning exactly?

October 11, 2013

Focusing on the ‘Word Gap’ With Help from Hillary Clinton

Early Ed Watch

Help babies and toddlers learn words. This seemingly simple task has become a rallying cry for early childhood advocates over the past decade. Well-trained preschool teachers can cite chapter and verse on why it is important to immerse children in environments where they hear new words and are encouraged to speak and engage in conversation.

September 03, 2013

Very Young Programmers

The New York Times

But who says that 8 is the youngest you can teach children how to program? Now there is Scratch Jr. for children still learning to read and tie their shoes.

September 03, 2013

Field-Testing the Math Apps

The New York Times

With the advent of interactive touch screens, educational apps have taken off. Until recently, there has been little research into their effectiveness, but that is starting to change.

July 22, 2013

To Develop Tomorrow's Engineers, Start Before They Can Tie Their Shoes

Ramps, roller coasters and other constructions investigated by 5- and 6-year-olds.

April 15, 2013

The Smart Way to Use iPads in the Classroom


It's not about the games or educational apps.

March 05, 2013

Here's What's Smart About the Obama Preschool Proposal

Huffington Post

The President's plan to provide children with more access to preschool will build on programs already underway in many states. 

March 01, 2013

Toddlers, Electronic Media, and Language Development

Zero to Three Journal

Debate continues to circle around the age of 2: Could children so young possibly learn from digital media without also having a parent interacting with them while they watch? Research is mixed.

December 13, 2012

Educational Apps Alone Won't Teach Your Child to Read


Most of the top-selling reading apps appear to teach only the most basic of literacy skills.

December 01, 2012

Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Apps for learning to read: Do they work?  A report from the New America Foundation and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop scans the market and shares promising programs.

June 22, 2012

UVA's Ouster: A Symptom of Our Reboot Culture

We seem to expect today's schools to power down and restart at a faster speed, but educational institutions don't work like machines.

October 25, 2011

Screen Time, Young Kids and Literacy: New Data Begs Questions

Huffington Post

The snapshot offered by today's data on children's media should prompt questions about intersections between socio-economic status, families' screen routines, and how children are exposed to the building blocks of literacy.

June 01, 2011

Are E-Books Any Good?

School Library Journal

Do digital books help young kids learn to read, or are they mostly fun and games?

May 15, 2011

Learning to Read: How Young is Too Young?

The Huffington Post

Should reading be taught in first grade or in kindergarten? Maybe preschool? How about even younger?

January 07, 2011

High-Tech Help

The New York Times

From pens that can remember to text that can talk, technologies are now being held up as important tools for students with learning disabilities like dyslexia, dysgraphia (trouble writing) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

November 17, 2010

Transforming Education in the Primary Years

Issues in Science and Technology

This is more than a repeat of the argument for creating universal pre-K. We need a much broader and deeper transformation of the educational system that starts, if parents choose, when children are as young as three years old and continues through the first few grades of elementary school.

January 28, 2010

Shape the Media

New York Times

Remember the boy named Mike Teavee in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” -- poor, ridiculous Mike Teavee who was so sucked into television that he was literally sucked into television, miniaturized and carried away by the Oompa Loompas?

November 06, 2009

If Bedtime is Book Time, Let's Make Morning Time for Math

Reading is part of the raising-kids routine. Math – not so much. Maybe it should be.

September 10, 2009

Kindergarten Need Not Be A Pressure Cooker

USA Today

Play and education are not mutually exclusive. We have to find ways to relieve the pressure on kindergarten without reaching back futilely to the early 20th century, when expectations were lower and the urban and rural poor were virtually ignored.

March 09, 2009

TV Research: Let's Get Smarter about What Children See, Hear and Experience

Early Ed Watch

Oh, parents. Oh, researchers. What are we going to do with you two?

January 23, 2009

Computers Track the Elusive Metaphor

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Aristotle was famous for his love of metaphors and applauded writers who could harness their power, saying "It is the mark of genius." Some 2,400 years later, computers may not be able to master poetics like Aristotle, but they have become smart enough to know a metaphor when they see one.

January 04, 2009

Tracking Buying Patterns With Surveillance Cameras

The New York Times

Most large retail stores have surveillance cameras to spot shoplifters. Why not use that video to zoom in on what your customers are drawn to and how much time they spend mulling their options before deciding to buy?

January 04, 2009

Leaving the Information Superhighway for Jet Streams of Images

The New York Times

No more gasps about the wonders of the Web. Twenty-somethings see lots of room for improvement, what with the hassles of searching for multimedia content, the inefficiencies of shopping sites, the maze-like feel of social networks.

December 12, 2008

Bringing Tenure into the Digital Age

New tools for analyzing information are arriving every day, but that doesn't mean scholars who use them well are being rewarded, says Christine L. Borgman, a professor of information studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.

September 14, 2008

Limiting, and Watching, What Your Children Watch

The New York Times

Instead of talking only about time limits, researchers are zeroing in on trouble spots and taking television content into account.

July 01, 2008

Baby Steps: Barriers to Bonding

Babytalk Magazine

Forming a strong attachment with your newborn has benefits that can last her lifetime. But developing that emotional closeness may not come easily to mothers with postpartum depression (PPD).

July 27, 2008

Facebook in College: Picture Your Name Here

New York Times

It's Sunday morning on college campuses, and party photographs from the night before are already posted on Not surprisingly, they may reveal a little too much.

April 20, 2008

On Kids' TV, Get With the Program

The Washington Post Outlook Section

Turn it off! That's what parents always hear. What we seldom get -- and need -- is solid, research-based advice about when to turn the TV on.

March 01, 2008

Changing Channels: A Year Without the Tube

Brain, Child Magazine

After reading The Big Turnoff by Ellen Currey-Wilson, I have to ask: Is TV really so bad that you need to keep your children away for a full year?

January 31, 2008

A Site to Bring Parents Up to Speed on Video Games

The New York Times

A new site called aims to give parents an inside scoop by going beyond the ratings and offering evaluations written by knowledgeable gamers — many of them parents.

October 16, 2007

Background Noise Can Cause Harm

It turns out that background television -- even simple background noise -- can affect young children more than we might think.

December 07, 2005

Tech-Inspired but Toys All the Same

The New York Times

If this month's pressing question for parents is what to get the children for Christmas, it may come with the caveat "just don't tell us to buy a Game Boy or an iPod."

September 05, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: The Newspaper: Reporting, and Living Out, a Calamity

The New York Times

As the water crept up another riser, Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss made his decision. ''We needed to leave while the leaving was possible,'' he said.

August 03, 2005

Where's Johnny? Smart Cards and Satellites Help Keep Track

The New York TImes

The 120 buses of the Washington Township school district in Indianapolis have been fitted with a Global Positioning System unit and a video camera in an effort to improve security.

July 22, 2005

Soaring Through Ancient Rome, Virtually

A professor at the University of Virginia uses virtual reality and expertise in ancient Roman architecture to fly students through a 3-D learning space.

June 24, 2005

Teach in Many Locations at Once

Chronicle of Higher Education

Five professors, multiple locations, one class: Students and professors connect with each other using Internet and video.

November 09, 2004

Tuning into a Problem

Washington Post

A Worried Mom Pursues the Facts About What TV Does to Its Youngest Viewers.

Screen Time

How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child

Screen Time

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