Learning in this Digital Age

Forty years after Joan Ganz Cooney’s landmark study stimulated the creation of Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop has established a new center devoted to accelerating children’s learning in a rapidly changing world.  The Joan Ganz Cooney Center will focus new attention on the challenges children face today, asking the 21st century equivalent of her original question, “How can emerging media help children learn?”

Joan Ganz Cooney Center – Advancing Children’s Learning in a digital age

Woo hoo!  Another organization taking on media & kids, to join the ranks of uber-awesome MacArthur Foundation. 

So… decades from now, when classrooms look back and study our time… will we be known as the Digital Age?  Like the Industrial Revolution and the Prehistoric Age?   Weird to contemplate, yes?  Indeed.

Now if only this organization can take a wee moment to fix Sesame Street (namely the insanity around Elmo and the ridiculous amounts of licensing projects attached to him > i still think that pizza is demented– you should see the parents staring at it in horror at Target when they press the button), I would be a happy camper.

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  1. Sara M. Grimes
    December 8, 2007 at 2:07 am

    I completely agree Izzy – Although Sesame holds a special place in my heart, I’m often troubled by the contradictions in their business practice (primarily the educational philosophy vs. hyper-commercial licensing extravaganza stuff you’ve pointed to). I’m pretty excited about the potential of this initiative – there are so many cool projects going on right now in the US, one can’t help but feel optimistic.

  1. December 18, 2007 at 8:59 am

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