The debate about ‘screen time’ and children continues to be a hot topic in the field of early childhood education. Among the most difficult questions I have to answer are the ones about app recommendations for children under three.
Recently, a reporter who covers Apple for the San Jose Mercury News, Patrick May, interviewed me for an article about the best apps for (very) young children. He was looking for one app for each age 1-5.
[Press Release] Creating Content for Plugged in, Connected and Networked Kids Find Insight and Opportunities at Launch Kids at Digital Book World Conference
Top publishing executives and innovators will discuss opportunities and challenges in children’s book publishing at the third annual Launch Kids on January 13, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in New York City. Focused on both traditional print publishers who are developing digital initiatives, and digital players partnering with established publishers, the event –the largest conference focused on children’s publishing in the US – highlights new digital products, platforms, and channels. It is held in conjunction with the Digital Book World Conference + Expo.
What is the future of the book? In this interesting but flawed piece from the New York Times, David Streitfeld notes that the 'book' is apparently "embedded so deeply in the collective unconsciousness that no one can bear to leave it behind".
He says much that has been produced digitally so far is hampered by skeuomorphism.
According to Elizabeth Rieke, CEO and Executive Director of the Center for Childhood Creativity, “Creative muscle is the new required leadership competency of the workplace and probably will be for a long time to come. Innovators have to be flexible, collaborative and able to communicate well with others – just like in Kindergarten.
And more importantly, they have to try things and be willing to fail – something our formal education system does not readily foster.”
What is a crucial skill and habit that builds creative muscle and its attendant soft skills? Reading.
Randi Zuckerberg — commonly known as “Mark’s sister” — left Facebook in 2011 and started her own company, Zuckerberg Media. The former Facebook executive has also launched a project to help people shape their online identities.
Over the last seven years, I’ve pitched technical or otherwise innovative services to publishers over and over again, and learned some hard truths along the way. Here I list my top five, and what they mean for startups and publishers.
Over the past few months, we’ve hosted three “Quality Conversations” on this blog. We’ve explored issues to keep in mind when selecting digital media for children, with the goal of advancing the discussion that began in 2012 at the Fred Forward Conference.
In each of the three conversations, we showed a video of a child using an app and asked readers to rate its quality. Readers were also encouraged to share their comments and the reasons behind their ratings.
A few months ago we began strategizing with Moms With Apps, a community of Kids’ App developers. Like appFigures, MWA strives to help developers succeed. MWA and App Friday co-founder, Lorraine Akemann, has played a vital role in our recent outreach efforts within the developer community.
We love connecting with our members to find out more about your needs. With that in mind, we reached out to Lorraine to get her perspective, as both a developer and a community organizer, about how developers can use appFigures, and data in general, to find the insights that matter.
Her findings were so interesting, we’ve decided to bring them to you in this three-part series:
In a survey report released today, the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project found that just over half of those surveyed (52%) believe they do not need libraries as much as they used to. But while the survey showed Americans may be split over the essential role of libraries in this age of readily accessible online information, it also showed that libraries remain incredibly popular, and are regarded as vital to their communities.
The latest in a series of research surveys aimed at American libraries, the Pew Research Center Library Services Survey polled 6,224 Americans 16 or older, from July 18-September 30, 2013. And while the results show that Americans still value libraries, it also laid out the emerging fault lines libraries face in the digital age.
Among the survey’s findings ... (read full article)
Carisa Kluver's insight:
95% agree that the resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.81% say that public libraries provide many services people would have a hard time finding elsewhere.The percentage of Americans who have recently visited a public library in person, has decreased, while those using a library Web site has risen.Library visits are on the decrease: counting physical and web visits to libraries, 54% of Americans used a public library in the past year, down from 59% in 2012.By a 55%-34% margin, respondents said public libraries have kept up with technological change.
Welcome to the next edition of the Oceanhouse Media Blogger Spotlight! Today the spotlight’s on our friend Carisa Kluver from Digital Storytime, who got the opportunity to check out There’s a Map on My Lap!: All About Maps from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library Series.
See what she has to say about her favorite app as a mom and more below!
When you throw a rock into a pond, the ripples go outward in a circle. They expand at the same rate in all directions, until the wake hits something that alters the geometry.
Now, imagine that a child turning on a screen-media device is that stone plopping into the water, and the effects or outcomes of that act are the emanating waves. Here, the pattern is crazily fractured—going out at different speeds, changing directions, overlapping itself, bouncing off some unseen force.
This was the image that formed in my mind during the New America Foundation’s research roundtable: “Digital Media and Early Learning: What We Know and What We Need to Learn,” on October 15th.
Having the ability to self-publish, via this blog, has given me both a platform and a way to solidify my ‘voice’. During my recent trip to speak at a Writer’s Day for SCBWI this was especially clear to me, as I saw a sea of talented storytellers, mostly women, engage in dialogue about the profession and the ways to get discovered.