Fans of David Wiesner are familiar with his talent for visual storytelling. Many of his books actually contain no words, as is the case for this app. That leaves readers (or in this case the app users) the ability to use their imaginations and create their own version of what is going on.
The white and blue pencil zooms into a snow scene full of sledding bugs and snowflakes. You can even zoom into some mold on a sandwich and discover a whole forest scene, including a ladybug family on a picnic together. via http://smartappsforkids.com
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Last fall (2014) I participated in a survey of over 50 app reviewers by Big Ideas Machine, about how we decide which apps to cover, how many requests we get, how best to get our attention and other aspects of this new industry.
The results are very interesting, with just a few charts I’ve shared here. I found myself nodding my head often in agreement, although there are a lot of nuances to getting an app reviewed, especially depending on your app’s genre, audience and long-term value. I know I learned a lot!
“Parents are the primary educators of their children.” This phrase was echoed in my training as a health educator and social worker so often it became a mantra to me. Modern educators hear it a lot, although they may not always understand the core of what it really means. The primary, consistent and most influential teachers any child has are his or her own parents or caregivers. This seems obvious, but we often forget this in our interactions with parents and families of young children. We all think we know what’s best, whether we are a grandparent in the grocery store aisle, a teacher or social service provider.
Young Children, New Media, and Libraries: A Guide for Incorporating New Media into Library Collections, Services, and Programs for Families and Children Ages 0-5. 2014
Campbell, Cen. Koester, Amy. Chapter One: New Media in Youth Librarianship.
Prendergast, Tess. Chapter Two: Children and Technology: What can research tell us?
In the first chapter of this free professional resource on the topic of young children and new media, Little eLit Ladies Campbell and Koester make a case and a call to action for librarians to become media mentors to support families. Young Children, New Media, and Libraries, the book, is unfolding in monthly releases, a chapter at a time and that can only increase its value. These dynamic thinkers in chapter one describe challenges to be met, such as “[t]he proliferation of digital content for children, and the mainstream interest in media consumption by young children.” They recognize opportunities to seize like inviting families to “break the paradigm of children interacting by themselves with a mobile device” by showing “parents how they can support their children’s engagement through joint use of media”.
This year, we take the primary question raised by [the 2014] debate, coupled with the results of last year’s survey, as a starting point and ask: What is the nature of the various publishing business models? Who takes on risk and how much? What are the rewards, and how are they split? And finally, given these arrangements, what do authors really get in the end?
At this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair (29 Mar – 4 Apr), I had the pleasure of experiencing the top fiveBolognaRagazzi Digital Award winning apps before they were announced to the public. All beautiful works developed specifically for the screen, they prove that 2014 was the year children’s apps truly broke from the boundaries imposed by the page.
At every writers conference or self-publishing panel the question that almost always inevitably comes up is: “How much will self-publishing really cost me?” Because the book publishing industry is one of the last industries to go digital, it's going through a quick transition.
Ever since e-books arrived on the scene, forecasters have said year after year that it’s only a matter of time before they ultimately edge print books out altogether. Now, however, some seem to think the opposite may be true: that the e-books market might be slowing down — or even drying up! — and print books may “win the war” after all.
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