Story of the Week

The International Children's Digital Library will begin issuing the "Story of the Week" newsletter discussing the International Children's Digital Library’s involvement in social and literacy improvement programs worldwide. Some of the stories in this newsletter discuss the International Children's Digital Library’s collaboration with individuals, and non-profit, and non-government organizations in efforts to provide advancements in the education and literacy of underprivileged children in impoverished, war-torn nations. In addition, the International Children's Digital Library would like to draw attention to the emphasis that the literature included within its digital library program places on uniting as a global community. We hope you enjoy the newsletter, and that it helps inform you about the difference that the International Children’s Digital Library is making in the lives of children in our world.

Week 1: June 18, 2008

Logging Into the Playground: How Digital Media Are Shaping Children's Learning
ICDL at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center Inaugural Symposium

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, headed by Joan Cooney, the visionary behind the Children's Television Workshop (CTW), and the educational children’s television show, Sesame Street, held its inaugural symposium in New York City this May. The event sponsored by McGraw-Hill and Electronic Arts brought together leaders from academia, industry, policy, philanthropy, and education to examine how recent research with interactive media can accelerate children's literacy learning. Organizations represented at the meeting included, among others, NPR, Time Magazine, Carnegie Melon University, Scholastic Publishing, New York Times, and of course, the ICDL. ICDL Directors Dr. Allison Druin and Dr. Ben Bederson presented the newest additions to the ICDL in both a panel discussion and demonstration, showing how the International Children’s Digital Library is influencing the way that children relate to digital media technology.