Emily Reardon, Adjunct Instructor
Emily Reardon is an Emmy-Award winning interaction designer at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Since joining the Workshop in 1998, she has worked in many different capacities, including Director of Interaction Design and User Experience, Supervising Producer, Producer, and Technical Manager, all within Sesame’s award-winning Digital Media group. She is currently based in the Content Innovation Lab--which focuses on the intersection of emerging technologies and education--working on prototype-based design research to identify best practices for emergent technology learning environments and to leverage her findings to increase the reach and impact of Sesame Workshop worldwide.
Reardon’s professional focus on children, technology, and education has led to a guest-teaching stint in the digital media unit of Informal Learning for Children at Harvard Graduate School of Education; she also co-designed and led the Children and Mobile Technology: Interface Development for Touch Devices workshop at the International Conference on Interaction Design and Children in Como, Italy, and guest-taught a digital media unit of Mass Media and Children at Temple University.
Reardon has contributed to a wide variety of industry initiatives and events, including serving as co-chair of the 2013 International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, and as a judge for The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. She is an author of several peer-reviewed academic publications.
Reardon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art/ Semiotics and English and American Literature (with honors) from Brown University, and a Master of Arts in Education, Communication, and Technology from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education.