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Once Upon a Time … An Overview of the Children’s Book App Market – Guest Post by Julie Brannon | The Digital Media Diet

Once Upon a Time … An Overview of the Children’s Book App Market – Guest Post by Julie Brannon | The Digital Media Diet | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it

This post originally appeared in the December 2011 edition of The Social Media Monthly. Author Julie Brannon is a marketing specialist with a focus on book apps.

 

Readers of online newspapers are accustomed to finding interactive media interspersed with their daily reading which can now include videos, interactive graphs, social feedback and other enhancements. Publishers of digital books are beginning to experiment with mixing various media into their books as well. A great place to glimpse existing innovations that move toward this digital future is in iOS children’s book apps.

 

Parents love the guilt-free relief of turning over an entertaining yet educational iPhone book app to a child to keep them quiet while waiting in line at the grocery store or enduring a long road trip. Many apps are specifically suited to be bedtime stories and can be read aloud by the child, the parent, or the device in read-to-me mode. Some apps even have the capability of recording a parent’s voice as the narrator so that when they are absent their child still has the comfort of hearing their parent’s voice read the story.

 

There is a wealth of apps targeted to the preschool and early reader set. Now there is a trend to develop apps for older children, tweens, and teens. Children delight in the interactivity of children’s book apps and as parents purchase more smartphones and tablets the market will grow exponentially ...


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Everyone wants a slice of Raspberry Pi

Everyone wants a slice of Raspberry Pi | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it
The £25 computer invented by a British foundation has turned into a global sensation. Its creators want to use it to teach children how to write code – but will it just end up in the hands of nerds?
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The Children's App Manifesto: Supporting High Quality, Affordable Educational Apps

The Children's App Manifesto: Supporting High Quality, Affordable Educational Apps | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it

In case you missed it: The need for a Children's App Manifesto.

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A Jazzy Day - Music Education App for Kids | The Melody Book

A Jazzy Day - Music Education App for Kids | The Melody Book | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it
A JAZZY DAY - SWINGING WITH THE BIG BAND is a fun and interactive story that will teach your child about jazz music. The book features original illustrations and music.
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Is there a “right” amount of interactivity in children’s book apps?

Is there a “right” amount of interactivity in children’s book apps? | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it

Shoham Drori, who created “The Magnificent Traveling Place” storybook, addresses the debate on the purpose of interactivity in storybooks.

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Top 3 Drawing Apps for Young Kids

Top 3 Drawing Apps for Young Kids | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it
Learning to draw with your finger isn't about fingerpaints anymore. It's not about hands, either. It's about the smartphone that you keep in your pocket, and give to your kid when they want to get creative.

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Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom « ICT for Teaching & Learning in Falkirk Primary Schools

Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom « ICT for Teaching & Learning in Falkirk Primary Schools | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it

These could be very useful for supporting kids at home when dping Independent Study etc.

 

Multiple Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom « ICT for Teaching & Learning in Falkirk Primary Schools


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Top 15 iPad Book Apps – Most Exceptional Use of Animation | The Digital Media Diet

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Free! The Land of Me: Story Time for iPad 2 Wi-Fi and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G on the iTunes App Store

I can't recommend this enough. My kids LOVE it. IT was £20 to buy for the computer, so happy to learn I can download it for my iPad for free.

 

You can learn more about The Land of Me: Story Time on the App Store. Download The Land of Me: Story Time for free and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share

Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it
Scratch: a programming language for everyone. Create interactive stories, games, music and art - and share them online.

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The Underground Railroad - National Geographic Education

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You are a slave in Maryland in the 1800s. Can you escape? Learn what challenges slaves faced in National Geographic's Underground Railroad adventure. Get information, pictures, photographs, biographies, resources, and more.

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Fun Educational Games for Kids | e-Learning Resources for home learning | EducationCity UK

Fun Educational Games for Kids | e-Learning Resources for home learning | EducationCity UK | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it

EducationCity.com is a popular provider of e-learning resources for schools and families.

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Meet the Alphablocks and Hear Their Sounds

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In this episode, we are introduced to the Alphablocks with each one demonstrating the sound that he or she makes.
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The 50 best children's apps for smartphones and tablets

The 50 best children's apps for smartphones and tablets | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it

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Adults are starting to trust their kids with their smartphones, but can children trust the grown-ups to download the best apps?

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Hickory Dickory Dock by Mind Shapes Ltd

YouTube video about an app designed to help your children learn to read a clock while being entertained by a playful little mouse companion. There are a number of mini games designed to develop sp...

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Little Digits

Little Digits by Cowly Owl is a fun app that uses multi-touch technology to teach pre-schoolers about numbers and counting.

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Understanding Children's Writing Evolution

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A really handy guide to what's normal in the evolution of your kid's squiggles.

 

From scribbles to drawings to phrase and whole-sentence writing. Respect the process. Understand, nurture and encourage your child's gift in reading and writing. Know children's writing evolution.


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I wonder is we will have this sense of growth with the use of digital technologies? Writing provide teachers and parents with insights into the child's progress. It also helps with the creative brain development. And, there are some people who want to do away with cursive writing in school.

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Kindergarten Worksheets

Kindergarten Worksheets | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it

A vast collection of fabulous cross curricular worksheets and resources for young children.

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Early+Years


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Inside the World of Dinosaurs: Top Interactive Encyclopedia Book for iPad - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod

Inside the World of Dinosaurs: Top Interactive Encyclopedia Book for iPad - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it
Inside the World of Dinosaurs™ is an impressive content-rich interactive Encyclopedia for iPad.

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English Teacher Rethinks Grammar Lessons -- With an App

English Teacher Rethinks Grammar Lessons -- With an App | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it

This app is a useful idea. Would be great if the design became really fun and I could use this at home with the kids. 


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Letter-join. Interactive cursive letters and joined-up handwriting

Letter-join. Interactive cursive letters and joined-up handwriting | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it
An on-line resource for teaching joined-up handwriting at home and at school with animations, printable worksheets and IWB facility. Printout sheets are in PDF format for real cursive handwriting practice.
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StoryPlace - The Children's Digital Library

StoryPlace - The Children's Digital Library | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it
StoryPlace: Spanish & English versions. Listen to interactive children's stories, play with on-line activities, print out take-home activities, reading list and more.

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Study shows that kids, unlike adults, think technology is fundamentally human

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Growing up with the Internet gives today’s children a very unique view on the way the world works -- one that is vastly different from that of older generations.

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Apps for kids proving profitable for Toca Boca as it passes 5m downloads

Apps for kids proving profitable for Toca Boca as it passes 5m downloads | Digital Childhood | Scoop.it

Guardian (UK) article by Stuart Dredge on Toca Boca: Swedish developer of apps for kids. 

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