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About Me: Melissa Morgenlander, PhD

melissa quentin fionaDr. 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.

Most recently, Melissa was the Research Manager at the Institute of Play, where she oversaw research at Quest to Learn, a middle school where game design and systems thinking are the core principles behind learning. She served as Director of Curriculum for Scoyo.com (Bertelsmann), as 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. She has done research stints for several children’s media powerhouses such as Sesame Workshop, Cyberchase, Word World, and Little Einsteins.

In addition, Melissa possesses an important super-power 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.

Feel free to leave a comment, or you can contact Melissa via email : coviewer [at] gmail [dot] com. (No spam, please!)

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  1. Sarah

    Fantastic story Melissa, having twins doesn't seem to slow you down one bit.

  2. Educator

    Inspiring story Melissa, the kids are sooo cute :) Your story filled me with strength and determination.

  3. Neville Scott

    Its a good thing to use games and technology for learning, it can turn something considered boring into a fun approach.

  4. Maths Tuition

    fantastic and inspirational Melissa I admire your approach to help children learn.

  5. Julia

    great accomplishments! I hope to begin working on my PhD soon.

  6. amazon

    Melissa is an amazing woman with some great work in her portfolio, but what makes her more amazing is her two twins who look way too gracious. Thank god for this. I might consider her an inspirational character for doing some hard and smart work and even with her family, she had achieved a lot. Thanks for the story.

  7. Nurses Australia

    Awesome Melissa. Love your kids

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