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How kids content will benefit from ScreenHits’ new platform

How kids content will benefit from ScreenHits’ new platform | Smart Media | Scoop.it
"We don't want to be a Netflix," says CEO Rose Adkins, explaining how children's programming factors into the the London-based VOD service's new strategy.
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Two-Thirds of Kids Now Reading Digitally, New Study Shows | Digital Book World

Two-Thirds of Kids Now Reading Digitally, New Study Shows | Digital Book World | Smart Media | Scoop.it
When it comes to digital reading, kids are way ahead of adults. According to a new study from children's entertainment research and consulting group PlayCollective and Digital Book World, 67% of U.S.
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''When it comes to digital reading, kids are way ahead of adults.''  Interesting and somewhat surprising, based on my own anecdotal observations in a house full to bursting with heavy-reading kids in the cited age range of 2-13.

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Brain Food: McDonald's to Push Kids' Books in Happy Meals

Brain Food: McDonald's to Push Kids' Books in Happy Meals | Smart Media | Scoop.it
mcdonald's in november will offer original books with happy meals that focus on nutrition.
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Certainly an admirable move on both nutritional and literacy-building fronts, but can't say it feels genuine to the McDonald's brand, at least not yet.  We'll see how kids go for healthier Happy Meals, and books to reinforce the message through story....

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The best children's apps are about great storytelling and strong characters

The best children's apps are about great storytelling and strong characters | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Stuart Dredge: "Technology doesn't replace traditional skills, but it can bring kids into the creative process" ...


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KidsRuby 1.0 Released [Computer Programming for Kids]

KidsRuby 1.0 Released  [Computer Programming for Kids] | Smart Media | Scoop.it

So, you have a son or daughter who is showing some interest in computer programming, but you're not really sure where to start. What to do? ...


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LeapFrog App Center ramps up licensed content

LeapFrog App Center ramps up licensed content | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Educational toy designer LeapFrog Enterprises is boosting its library of digital branded content through new deals with HIT Entertainment and Hasbro.
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‘A Mutiny in Time,’ by James Dashner, to Be First in ‘Infinity Ring’ Series

‘A Mutiny in Time,’ by James Dashner, to Be First in ‘Infinity Ring’ Series | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A new seven-book series, “Infinity Ring,” will have an online component that should lead children back to the books, the publisher said.
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How Disney's Club Penguin Became the Biggest Social Network for Kids

How Disney's Club Penguin Became the Biggest Social Network for Kids | Smart Media | Scoop.it
With more than 150 million profiles, Club Penguin might be the biggest social network for kids ever.
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Kids & Tech: Q&A With Lisa Guernsey - Early Years - Education Week

Maureen Kelleher covered Chicago's public schools for more than a decade. Now a contributing writer to Education Week, she examines early-childhood education through two lenses: newshound and mom of a toddler.
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In-Game - Gaming with young kids? Here's where to start

In-Game - Gaming with young kids? Here's where to start | Smart Media | Scoop.it

According to a recent study from the NPD Group market research company, 91 percent of kids in the U.S. between the ages of two and 17 are now gamers.

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Marketing Kids Apps (Part III) – The logic, logistics & politics of pricing apps | The Digital Media Diet

This is the third and final post in my series about marketing kids apps. We end with some of the stickiest questions in the app world: What’s an app worth? What price point will encourage downloads? Should an app ‘go free’ for a short time? Is it worth it to develop more apps?


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Fingerprint debuts its social learning apps

Fingerprint debuts its social learning apps | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Mobile learning and play network Fingerprint Digital, a startup founded by former developers from Leapfrog, PlayFirst and LucasArts, has launched its first five educational apps for kids ages three to eight.
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» Vanished Helps Kids Save the Future with Science

» Vanished Helps Kids Save the Future with Science | Smart Media | Scoop.it
For eight weeks, the MIT Education Arcade and the Smithsonian Institute put on an alternate reality game seeking to engage children with the scientific method.
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UK launches largest study of mobile phone effects on children's brains

UK launches largest study of mobile phone effects on children's brains | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Department of Health funding two-year 'Scamp' study to see whether use of mobile phones has any effect on development. By Charles Arthur and agencies
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Disney Struggles to Make Its Free Gaming Apps Pay

Disney Struggles to Make Its Free Gaming Apps Pay | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Mobile games are a major growth opportunity, and analysts say a recent flop underscores the challenges Disney faces in a shifting marketplace.
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More fuel for the rising fire against in-app paymets for kids.

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iKids News

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Five Kids' Content Companies Among the First Paid YouTube Channels

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End of an era, beginning of another. Wonder whether we'll see a trickle or floodgates of more?

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

Study shows that kids, unlike adults, think technology is fundamentally human | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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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The Many Benefits, for Kids, of Playing Video Games | Psychology Today

The Many Benefits, for Kids, of Playing Video Games | Psychology Today | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Think twice before limiting your kids’ video play; then don’t. By Peter Gray...
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Best Xbox 360 Games for Kids

Best Xbox 360 Games for Kids | Smart Media | Scoop.it
We've got a roundup of this year's best Xbox 360 games for kids of all ages, including details on the new Xbox Kinect platform. Here's how to choose the best video game console for your kids!
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Op-Ed: Challenges parents face in the era of social networking (Includes interview)

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Video gaming children 'more creative' - Telegraph

Video gaming children 'more creative' - Telegraph | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Children who play video games are more creative than those who don't, according to a new study.

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Make room in the toy box for the iPad.

Make room in the toy box for the iPad. | Smart Media | Scoop.it

This Christmas, parents are expected to let their babies drool on the iPad.  And color on it.  And sing along with it.

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IPad-crazed tots spur holiday tablet sales rush

IPad-crazed tots spur holiday tablet sales rush | Smart Media | Scoop.it

One iPad isn't enough for Patrick Smith's family.

 

Smith, an American Web designer living in Germany, has two kids vying for their tablet computer. The younger one started tapping and finger-swiping the screen by age 1, leading to tussles over who gets to play with the Apple device. Now Smith is considering buying another tablet for Christmas ...

 


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MediaPost Publications Mobilizing On-The-Go Moms 11/30/2011

MediaPost Publications Mobilizing On-The-Go Moms 11/30/2011 | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Mobilizing On-The-Go Moms and Kids.

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