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Parental Notification, the FTC and Kids Apps: What’s COPPA all about? | The Digital Media Diet

Parental Notification, the FTC and Kids Apps: What’s COPPA all about? | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

COPPA compliance is required by all app developers who’s apps are aimed at children 13 and under, so this is an important law for anyone publishing children’s content to consider. Even if you think you app or ebook is compliant or not gathering identifying personal information from children, you should definitely read this if you are responsible for publishing digital media for kids.

 

A good resource for book publishers is, “What Every Kids’ E-Book Publisher Needs To Know About COPPA” at e-booksandkids.com.

 

For app developers in general, and parents looking for a guarantee of COPPA compliance, see MomsWithApps.com’s “KNOW what’s inside program” which has an iconic badge for approved developers to show as “a signal to parents that your app is designed with privacy in mind.” It tells consumers that as app developers:

 

"We care about parents and kids enjoying technology together. We have committed to tell you how our apps work, so you know what to expect.”

 

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Useful links & advice for caregivers, professionals and anyone with online or app content aimed at kids 13 and under ...

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Take Five for Family Engagement: Tips from Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) | The Digital Media Diet

Take Five for Family Engagement: Tips from Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

When I conceived this series, Take Five for Family Engagement, the goal was to have lists of five apps, websites or tips for families to make the best use of our 21st century digital tools. This list is based on the FIVE early learning practices recommended by Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR). Young kids need to be engaged in reading, writing, talking, playing and singing for healthy literacy development. We can use these five practices as a lens for selecting healthy media activities to do together with our young children - See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3185

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It's time more parents started paying for children's apps

It's time more parents started paying for children's apps | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
As the FTC sues Amazon for unauthorised in-app purchases, parents can support responsible developers of kids' apps. By Stuart Dredge
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Excellent points about the ecosystem for children's educational apps and the potential influence parents can have by valuing paid content.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Book Apps | Digital Book World

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Book Apps | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Planning for the future of book apps, two cutting-edge production workflows, analyzing Harlequin's experience, UK kids sticking with print books and more.
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The Effectiveness of Free eBooks is Declining: Smashwords - GalleyCat

The Effectiveness of Free eBooks is Declining: Smashwords - GalleyCat | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The Effectiveness of Free eBooks is Declining: Smashwords

 

Offering up a free copy of your eBook has been a good way for self-published and first-time authors to promote their books to new readers. However, according to a new report from self-publishing site Smashwords, that tool may soon be played out.

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Will digital eat the children's media world? 'It's totally going to happen!'

Will digital eat the children's media world? 'It's totally going to happen!' | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
But that doesn't necessarily mean printed books and linear television will die out by 2020, suggest experts. By Stuart Dredge
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YouTube, apps and Minecraft: digital kids and the future of children’s media

YouTube, apps and Minecraft: digital kids and the future of children’s media | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
SuperAwesome boss Dylan Collins challenges entertainment companies and investors to adapt to change. By Stuart Dredge
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Evolution In Storytelling: How Disney Publishing is Shaking Up Digital Books For Kids | Digital Book World

Evolution In Storytelling: How Disney Publishing is Shaking Up Digital Books For Kids | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Disney Publishing is breaking down the barriers between games, books, and movies with their line of digital apps for kids.
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Children's Nonfiction Rising

Children's Nonfiction Rising | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Why read nonfiction? The utilitarian reasons are the ones cited most. We read to understand the fine print of contracts, how to operate the new-fangled gadget we just overpaid for, to make sure we don't get the side effects of a new medication....
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Terry Doherty's curator insight, July 2, 12:20 PM

Funny how we often think of nonfiction in terms of books and the past ... current events are a daily, ready-made resource. Loved this: "If you want to learn something new, get a book on the subject at your local library's children's room. You just might learn something new and be entertained in the bargain."

 

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AWP Looks at Picture Book Writers in a Digital Age

AWP Looks at Picture Book Writers in a Digital Age | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The Picture Book Writers in an E-Book and App Era panel at this year's AWP Bookfair focused on how picture books are going digital.
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Seven Years of Digital Publishing: What Have We Learned?

Seven Years of Digital Publishing: What Have We Learned? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

"The Digital Landscape Seven years after the launch of the iPod touch and the opportunities for interactivity it brought to digital publishers, what have magazine publishers learned?"

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Nice, succinct summary of the state of the industry ...

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How to Hire the Right Editor for Your Self-Published Book | Mediashift | PBS

How to Hire the Right Editor for Your Self-Published Book | Mediashift | PBS | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The book publishing industry is going through a huge transition. It’s easier than ever to get a book out into the world. All the resources you need to publish a book are available you. You no longer need to go through the traditional gatekeepers (publishers) to publish a quality book.
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Book Boss Jane Friedman Talks Tech, Ebooks and Why Content Still Rules

Book Boss Jane Friedman Talks Tech, Ebooks and Why Content Still Rules | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Jane Friedman is finding new readers (and new revenue) for old books
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Six Questions for the EdTech Field to Think About When Designing for the 0 to 8 Set - Fred Rogers Center - Blog

Six Questions for the EdTech Field to Think About When Designing for the 0 to 8 Set - Fred Rogers Center - Blog | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

When studying media for early learning, researchers must keep equity at the forefront, says Shelley Pasnik.Screenshot/ Sesame Street

Pasnik, director of the Center for Children and Technology, was one of a group of media creators, scholars, and educators who met in Pittsburgh in early June for the 2014 Fred Forward Conference. Experts discussed how to help children build consistent, positive, and meaningful connections with human beings and new media. 


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Interested in Apps, iPads, eBooks and Other New Media with Young Kids?

Interested in Apps, iPads, eBooks and Other New Media with Young Kids? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

If yes, we would love it if you would join the conversation. We have a Google group that serves as the LittleeLit Think Tank (it functions like a listserv so you can interact with it via email, but also an online collaboration tool) where participants post new research, app suggestions, ask logistics questions, or share cool new things they’re tried in their libraries.


We’d love to have you join the conversation! You don’t need to be an expert, and you can even lurk for a bit before sharing or asking anything. We are entirely crowd-sourced and grass-roots, and we believe that everyone has something to share on this topic. Please join us! We want to hear what you’re up to, and if you have a question, there are lots of folks who might be able to answer it.

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Cen Campbell [@LittleeLit] and I are working on building this community into a non-profit think tank for librarians, educators and families with young children ... join the conversation!

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Born Reading: An Interview with Jason Boog — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production

Born Reading: An Interview with Jason Boog — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

At the end of June The New York Times released the following story: Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth.  For those of us in the literacy-minded community, this comes as no surprise.  But what about those parents for whom reading aloud poses a challenge?  Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age is a delightful aid to any new parent, with (as the official description says) “step-by-step instructions on interactive reading and advice for developing your child’s interest in books from the time they are born.”

 

So I figured, why not interview the author himself?  If only to give you just a taste of what the book has in store.  Because you know me.  I don’t write introductions for no junk.  Jason kind submitting to my grilling ...

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Great new book (I'm reading ARC now), out July 15th!

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Self-Publishing Offers Hope for Diverse Authors Shut Out by Traditional Publishers | Mediashift | PBS

Self-Publishing Offers Hope for Diverse Authors Shut Out by Traditional Publishers | Mediashift | PBS | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I don t know when or why I started doing it, but every time I go to a conference I almost always do a minority report and grade the diversity of the attendants that the conference brings in my head.
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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - We Stink at Playing with Our Kids: Thinking Differently About Playing Together

Joan Ganz Cooney Center - We Stink at Playing with Our Kids: Thinking Differently About Playing Together | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Co-play is tricky business. A couple of years ago Emil Ovemar, Executive Producer and Co-founder ofToca Boca, the company that I work for, asked me to come up with a digital toy concept that would encourage children and parents to play together. The next day, I suggested an app based around the idea of a bike shop. The children would assemble the bikes and the adults would manage the business of the shop, pricing the bikes and selling them to virtual customers. Imagine: a giraffe comes in and needs a tall race bike. The parent says: “Hey kid! Do we have that? No? Can you build it? I’ll tell the giraffe to wait.” Next, a hippo comes in and needs a sturdy beach bike… I thought it was a good concept— the kids get to be creative and the adults handle the books. The app didn’t get made, though, and we never came up with another concept for co-play.

 

Eventually, we abandoned the idea of designing specifically for child-parent play altogether, and I’m happy about that. Here’s why: many parents, myself included, stink at playing with their children.

 

Why? Let me give you three reasons ...

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Excellent piece from Toca Boca, developer of many popular, open-ended play-based apps for young children ...

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T is for Transmedia: Learning through Transmedia Play

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Excellent .PDF resource (over 50 pages) about Transmedia & Learning

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Neuroplasticity, transmedia, blah, blah…while all of these buzz words are true, harnessing the psychology of humans is easy when distilled down its roots.

People are curious. Especially when our curiosities are focused on our interests. Engage your community with questions they've already been asking or thinking and you'll win. 

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Digital Discoverability: The Importance of Reviews

Digital Discoverability: The Importance of Reviews | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I need your opinion. But first let me tell you why…Ensuring that your
digital publication—whether StoryApp, interactive eBook, or print-on-demand
product—is discovered and read by customers continues to be one of the
greatest challenges facing authors and publishers in the digital space
today.
* Online distribution channels are “noisy” places. They are flooded
with content, not all of it good. (Some might even say most of it.)
 
* Online distribution channels are not well organized, especially the
App Store, making it difficult for publishers, both big and small, to
successfully “shelve” their digital offerings for easy discovery. (In
fact, it remains quite mysterious how to best choose your
categories.)
 
* Online distribution channels can be daunting for the consumer, many
of whom never dig deeper than what is “fed” to them by way of top
picks, editor's choices, and other recommendations.
For the producer, the mere act of being on the App or iBookstores, Google
Play, or on Amazon does not mean your job is done. Far from it. You now
need social proof that your content is worth someone’s attention. This
involves marketing. Lots of it. Ongoingly. And for the long haul.I can
state from experience, that digital publishing, while seemingly the
opportunity of our age, is not for the faint of heart.Because the name of
the game—the way to get highlighted by Apple or Amazon, for example—is
through downloads, lots of them, as well as high ratings and positive
reviews. The more you get, the more likely you are to hit that magical
tipping point where the system works for you, so you get even more. Only
then does quality content rise above and get noticed in the
crowd.Developers with big marketing budgets know this. That’s why they
allocate resources in an attempt to trip the system: giving their product
away in order to boost downloads and/or paying for reviews are just two
examples. These practices prove my point: To survive in the digital
ecosystem, you need ratings and reviews. Reviews, especially good ones, are
a kind of social currency. If I give your book a positive review, someone
else is more likely to take your book seriously, purchase it, and also post
a glowing review.Even a bad review, if well-founded, can be turned into a
positive if you use it to update and improve your book or product.True, not
all good reviews guarantee quality content. Some are just plain fake. But
the power of a positive review cannot be overstated.It’s exactly this type
of community engagement that has driven such powerful social engines as
TripAdvisor.So, on behalf of all content creators out there, when you buy
your next favorite book or app, the one you think deserves mention, please
take a moment to go back to the store where you bought it and send up a
starred review.It takes many years, a lot of faith, and valuable resources
of both time and money to write a great book or to produce a winning app.
Yet, it takes mere minutes to let an author or developer know how much you
appreciate their efforts.* * * Consider adding
Beware Madame la Guillotine
to your reading list this summer. Request your FREE pdf download
in exchange for an honest review directly on Amazon. I will be forever
grateful.
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Building a Diverse Digital Library | Born Reading

Building a Diverse Digital Library | Born Reading | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

How diverse is your child’s library? How diverse are the apps on your digital devices? I’ve collected some resources to help parents and caregivers build diverse digital libraries.

At the American Library Association’s annual conference, the “Promoting Cultural Competence in Digital Storytimes” session explored apps that parents can use to build a more diverse digital library. I’ve embedded the slides from that presentation below…

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Technologies for Acquiring and Making Literacy

Technologies for Acquiring and Making Literacy | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

In 2013, Nelleke Belo, Susan McKenney, and Joke Voogt conducted a review to further understand research outcomes in the use of technology for early literacy acquisition in the kindergarten classroom. Drawing on four academic literature databases, the research team narrowed 13,070 initial hits to 46 articles that met their selection criteria. These articles, explicitly focused on technology as an independent variable, were aimed at kindergarten-age students, included early literacy development, and were published after 2001. Drawing on previous research affordances as well as gaps in the literature, the authors asked:

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Great review of research literature, concluding that:  "technologies have affordances and constraints making them more or less useful in different circumstances. The review provided evidence that electronic storybooks can lead to significant early literacy gains. However, there were also other technologies highlighted in this review that were successful in literacy acquisition. More importantly, electronic storybooks impacted literacy skills differently based on the interactivity they afforded and the number of student interactions offered."

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Digital publishing: the experts' view of what's next

Digital publishing: the experts' view of what's next | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Industry luminaries scry the spins ahead in the helter skelter revolution at the centre of their business
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The fight to save endangered ebooks

The fight to save endangered ebooks | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

While paper books might be harder to distribute, they have one huge advantage over ebooks: as long as an archivist or collector can keep them from falling apart, they’ll be as readable in a century as they will in a year. Keeping ebooks in the historical record is harder. How do you preserve something that can’t be locked in an archive, sold in a secondhand bookstore, or even converted to a new format without first navigating an arcane copyright system.

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Why Used eBooks Still Have Not Happened

Why Used eBooks Still Have Not Happened | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The Holy Grail of digital publishing is the end user being able to sell the eBooks they purchased from online retailers. Amazon and Apple actually have
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William Teale: A Literacy Theory Crash Course for the Tablet Age - YouTube

A Literacy Theory Crash Course for the Tablet Age. William Teale is a Professor of Education, University Scholar, and Director of the Center for Literacy at ...
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Brilliant researcher - a must-listen!

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dustormagic - YouTube

dustormagic - YouTube | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Welcome to the Dust or Magic channel, a free, public forum where talks and demos are archived from Dust or Magic events. Video content is managed by the edit...
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An essential primer for best practices in children's app development - join #storyappchat on Sun, 6/22/14 to chat about all these great ideas!

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