Sesame Street and Nokia Research Center explore story time for the 21st Century

The findings of a unique study Storyplay: Reading with Young Children (and Elmo) Over a Distance show the potential of combining a traditional paper book, video conferencing technology and filmed video segments to facilitate family literacy activities.  

The findings of the study conducted by Nokia Research Center, Sesame Workshop and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop were unveiled today at the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age forum by Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary E. Knell.

In the research, grandparents, parents and children used the Storyplay concept system together, enabling grandparents to read with their grandchildren from a distance. The full Storyplay report and video footage is available at


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