Sarah Vaala

Sarah Vaala is a research associate at Vanderbilt University, where she is currently focused on developing mobile and internet tools to boost problem-solving skills among teens living with chronic illness. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. As a graduate student Sarah worked on an RTL-funded research team which examined young children’s television-viewing and language learning. She is interested in the diverse educational and health implications of media in the lives of children and adolescents, as well as the ways caregivers perceive and make decisions about their children’s media use.

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New Stakes in the Market: A Researcher and New Parent “Gets a Read on” the App Stores

Today, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America are releasing a report of our recent market scan of language- and literacy-focused apps.

A Snapshot of Kids' Language and Literacy Apps (Part 3)

We dug into the app store, looking at the lists of “top 50 educational” paid and free apps to examine the of skills they aim to develop.

A Snapshot of Kids’ Language and Literacy Apps (Part 2)

New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center are analyzing the marketplace of apps that say they help children learn to read and communicate.

A Snapshot of Kids’ Language & Literacy Apps (Part 1)

A sneak peek at early findings from our analysis of the marketplace for literacy apps. From Seeding Reading by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.