Tech in the Early Years

Author Profile: Lisa Guernsey

Lisa Guernsey

Lisa Guernsey

Lisa Guernsey
Director, Early Education Initiative and Director, Learning Technologies Project
New America


Lisa Guernsey is Director of the Early Education Initiative and Director of the Learning Technologies Project at New America, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, DC. She focuses on elevating dialogue about early childhood education by contributing to the Ed Central blog, writing papers and commentary on innovations in education, and spotlighting new approaches for helping disadvantaged children succeed. A journalist by training, Lisa has been a technology and education writer at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education and has contributed to Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, and USA TODAY. Her most recent book is Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child. She won a 2012 gold Eddie magazine award for a School Library Journalarticle on e-books. A mother of two, she holds a master’s degree in English/American Studies and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia.


Excerpt from Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning

We are at an opportune moment for harnessing digital media to support parents, educators and children in building the next generation’s reading skills. It’s time for new roadmaps and new roles for educators and families, especially given the growing numbers of young children already swimming in digital media. Tech tools and social networking are becoming a bigger part of parents’ and educators’ daily lives, and pioneering programs are already thinking outside the box by using technology to promote literacy. But as we have discovered in our research, technology’s potential to be a game changer across the country will not be reached unless technology is tapped to provide vital new supports for parents and educa­tors. At its best, the technology complements the work of trained teachers and parents. It should not and cannot effectively replace it.

From Chapter 8, Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Age by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine

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TEC Center Webinar Author Series: Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Age with Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine

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Selected Videos

How the iPad affects young children, and what we can do about it: Lisa Guernsey at TEDxMidAtlantic, April 28, 2014

Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America A Breakthrough Learning Forum, Joan Ganz Cooney Center, January 26, 2014

Lisa Guernsey Talks About “Screen Time”, etopianews, November 30, 2012

Recent Publications

Envisioning a Digital Age Architecture for Early Education, New America, March 26, 2014

Garbled in Translation: Getting Media Research to the Press and Public, Journal of Children and Media, 8(1), 2014

Introduction to Seeding Reading, New America, Ed Central blog, June 27, 2014

More than E-book vs. Print: The Concept of ‘Media Mentors’Joan Ganz Cooney Center blog, September 4, 2014

Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West: Empowering Parents and Educators by Lisa Guernsey, Michael H. Levine, Cynthia Chiong & Maggie Stevens, Joan Ganz Cooney Center, December 10, 2012.

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

What New Technologies Could Mean for Home Visiting and Early Literacy, Joan Ganz Coney blog, August 5, 2014

Why all screen time is not created equally, Heichinger Report, May 23, 2014

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