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Mobile Gaming Revenues Won't Quit Growing - eMarketer

Mobile Gaming Revenues Won't Quit Growing - eMarketer | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Mobile gaming revenues will surpass those of the traditional console next year to become the largest gaming segment. According to recent research, revenues from mobile games will rise 42% in 2014 to hit $25.0 billion. The total will come in at $30.3 billion next year and $40.9 billion in 2017. Smartphones will account for the majority of revenues through 2017, but those from tablets are increasing at a faster pace.
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Only real surprise is that this milestone wasn't reached sooner, given the red-hot growth of mobile gaming across demographic groups. 

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Study: Teens, young boys reading less

Study: Teens, young boys reading less | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Tablets and eReading devices have ushered in significant changes in the world of traditional literacy, and now a new research brief from Common Sense Media paints an updated picture of just how much reading rates have dropped sharply among adolescents - and differ between girls and boys.
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Further proof that we need to give kids better reading options, in more appealing formats. 

 

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Not enough to drop in 25 iPads: Time to take a step back and critically evaluate the role of technology in classrooms

Not enough to drop in 25 iPads: Time to take a step back and critically evaluate the role of technology in classrooms | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Steven W. Anderson is a school district instructional technologist from Winston-Salem, NC. and his words are so spot on...

"Technology exclusively can't change learning. You can't put 30 iPads (or Chromebooks, laptops, IWB, or whatever type of technology you can think of) in a classroom and in an instant learning gets better. It just does not happen that way. It takes a lot of stepping back, looking at the why's and the how's and deciding on the direction to go. And even before devices hit the hands of kids, there has to be lots and lots and lots of PD on how access to these tools in the classroom changes the way we teach.

Lets just slow down, and think..."


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Apps for preschoolers are strongest sector growth area 2009-2011

Apps for preschoolers are strongest sector growth area 2009-2011 | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The mobile market and opportunities for educational apps targeted to toddlers and preschoolers continues its ascent as a new study from the The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop called iLearn II: An Analysis of the Education Category of...
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Crayola’s Digital Shift to Ebooks | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News

Crayola’s Digital Shift to Ebooks | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Crayola has been known for decades for its crayons and markers, but in the last several years the children’s art supply manufacturer has been branching out...
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Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad

Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A technology shift is under way. The PC’s promise to transform how learning happens in the classroom is being realized by Apple’s iPad.
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Should you ask Santa for a tablet or an e-reader?

Should you ask Santa for a tablet or an e-reader? | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Folks haven't made this much fuss about tablets since biblical times.

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Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push | TechCrunch

Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push | TechCrunch | Smart Media | Scoop.it
“The website has always been the heart of the brand but over the last few years children have rapidly migrated to touchscreen devices.
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“The [Moshi Monsters] website has always been the heart of the brand but over the last few years children have rapidly migrated to touchscreen devices. '' 

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MediaPost Publications Tablet Demand Cools, Phablets Eat Into Sales 05/05/2014

MediaPost Publications Tablet Demand Cools, Phablets Eat Into Sales 05/05/2014 | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Tablet Demand Cools, Phablets Eat Into Sales - 05/05/2014
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Love the neologism that elides oversized phones and tablets.  But I suspect jury's still out on whether smaller ''phablets'' supply as compelling a viewing experience for video and gaming.

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Kids and Ebooks: The Future of Digital Learning

Kids and Ebooks: The Future of Digital Learning | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Kids make up a large portion of the ebook audience. Very often when a parent buys a new device-whether a tablet, smartphone, or ereader-the previous device gets turned over to the kids.
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App-cessories: Finally, a means for meaningful synergies between virtual and real world play?

App-cessories: Finally, a means for meaningful synergies between virtual and real world play? | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Two weeks or so ago, I wrote about the increasing number of children’s app-cessories available for mobile devices. In that article I ended by listing what I regarded as the benefits to children’s learning and development of these type of mobile device add-ons. I know: they definitely add to the cost of mobile devices as learning tools. Some of the starting price points of these toys are above what we’d normally pay for a figurine or board game (but there are others that are reasonable).

 

But, before you start complaining: Did we really think that a simple screen as a portal to a digital learning world is where this would all stop? And, have you considered that if we really want to make the most of digital technology for children’s learning and development, we need them to live in a world where the transition between real and virtual worlds is more purposeful?


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For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World

For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that children prefer e-books to print books and that they retain and comprehend an equal amount of information from both print- and e-books.
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2011 – The Year’s Best Digital Books for Kids – 31 Five-Star iPad Apps Not to be Missed | The Digital Media Diet

2011 – The Year’s Best Digital Books for Kids – 31 Five-Star iPad Apps Not to be Missed | The Digital Media Diet | Smart Media | Scoop.it

At Digital-Storytime.com, we are celebrating our first birthday! We’d like to pay tribute to last year’s very best picture book apps for the iPad and the developers who made these reading experiences possible.

 

For the final post in our blog, I want to highlight the 31 books to receive a perfect 5-Star review on our site. With over 400 reviews, that means these apps are the cream of the crop, representing fewer than 10% of all the titles we’ve seen. We have awarded all of these developers our “Digital Storytime Star” for overall merit.

 

Since there are 31 days in January, we will be celebrating these wonderful books, one each day during the next month. Join us on our Facebook page for all the festivities to honor the 27 developers who’ve produced these fine apps for children.

 

This list is in order from oldest review to newest. The first few were reviewed in the very last days of 2010 but all were hits in 2011. And who knows what 2012 will bring?


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Amazon Publishing to add 450 children’s titles

Amazon Publishing to add 450 children’s titles | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Amazon's publishing arm is significantly growing its kids' library by acquiring more than 450 children's book titles from Marshall Cavendish, an educational and consumer book publisher.
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Tablets tap into our intuitive side | By JASON MAGDER - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada

Tablets tap into our intuitive side | By JASON MAGDER - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada | Smart Media | Scoop.it
MONTREAL - There's a video that's gone viral on YouTube showing a one-year-old girl pinching a magazine cover as if it were an iPad, and grunting in disappointment when the image doesn't get larger.
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