Dr. Melissa Morgenlander is a researcher and curriculum designer who is passionate about leveraging the power of television, games, video, and mobile technology for learning experiences for children. With a PhD in Cognitive Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, she always takes a user’s perspective to figure out how they learn best from any particular medium. Sub-specialties include early childhood math learning and special education technology usage.
Currently, Melissa is the Director of Learning at InteractAble, a company that makes social skills apps. In addition, Melissa is an Educational Consultant to a variety of educational television shows, apps, after-school programs and educational start-ups. She has served as Research Manager at the Insitutue of Play, Director of Curriculum for Scoyo.com (Bertelsmann), the Curriculum Developer for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (a Disney show that focuses on math), and as a Math Content Consultant for Scholastic Magazine Group. She was also a key researcher for the landmark Big Math for Little Kids project, an innovative math curriculum for preschool classrooms. Over the years, Melissa has done research stints for several children’s media powerhouses such as Sesame Workshop, Cyberchase, Word World, and Little Einsteins.
Most importantly, Melissa possesses super-powers that influences all of her work: She is the mother of preschool twins. While this alone might seem like an incredible feat of strength, there is more – One of these twins is also on the Autism Spectrum. She takes great pride in both of them, and enjoys watching them grow up around the curriculum, media and tech projects that she has worked on.
Melissa’s first blog was The Co-Viewing Connection; it was born out of the research she conducted for her doctoral dissertation. The iQ Journals (what you are reading now) is a more up-to-date reflection of her new-found passion to link media and learning technologies with the phenomenon of Autism.
More about Melissa’s career can be found on her professional website: MelissaMorgenlander.com