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5 things transmedia startups can learn from HBO's Deadwood

5 things transmedia startups can learn from HBO's Deadwood | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Haexagon Concepts: "Transmedia is still a country for pioneers & prospectors. We are embarking on the big gold rush" ...


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Doctor Who time-travels to Disney XD

Doctor Who time-travels to Disney XD | Smart Media | Scoop.it
BBC's landmark sci-fi series Doctor Who is heading to Disney XD's lineup for the first time this summer.
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Allons-y!

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Facebook's Popularity With Teens Isn't So Bad After All | alistdaily

Facebook's Popularity With Teens Isn't So Bad After All | alistdaily | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Facebook is stil #1 with teens, but other social media show strength in a new research report
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Very surprised to find that according to Pew Research, it's Facebook first by a healthy margin, over Instagram and then Snapchat. 

 

Lots of fine-grained packed into the linked article, too, breaking down usage by gender.

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Are Video Games the Next Big Things in K-12 Education?

Are Video Games the Next Big Things in K-12 Education? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Remember the classic line from the film War Games,
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Newsmakers news conference to discuss how ''challenging video games are changing the way children learn.'' 

 

 

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HarperCollins nabs rights to Minecraft fan fiction series

HarperCollins nabs rights to Minecraft fan fiction series | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The kids publishing giant has snapped up English-language rights to a popular Minecraft fan-fiction trilogy, written and self-published by US teen Sean Fay Wolfe.
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Now you're talking. Fan fiction trilogy for Minecraft gets the greenlight. Whee!

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Personalize Learning: Learning can and should be Natural and Engaging | Learning by Doing

Personalize Learning: Learning can and should be Natural and Engaging | Learning by Doing | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Apply New Learning Often and in Meaningful Contexts 
The more you can apply what you're learning to your every day, the more it'll stick in your head. The reason is simple. When you're learning by doing, you're implementing everything that makes our memory work. When you're able to connect what you're learning with a real world task, that forms the bonds in your brain, and subsequently the skills you're learning will stick around. 

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We learn best when we have context, and that applies to new skills as much as it does random facts in school. That's why something like the transfer of learning is helpful when you’re learning a new skill. This means you're applying your new skills in your day to day life in a context that matters. (http://lifehacker.com/the-science-behind-how-we-learn-new-skills-908488422)

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

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Not much that hasn't been said before, but it's all worth repeating. 

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CBO Orientación's curator insight, April 7, 5:55 PM

añada su visión ...

Inma Contreras's curator insight, April 14, 7:34 AM

The best way to learn,in my opinion. Learning by doing including emotions:perfection.

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Learn the ways of learning and make your life easier!

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Cyber snoops track students’ activity

Cyber snoops track students’ activity | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Bent over their computers in Salt Lake City, a dozen cybersleuths scan the vast reaches of the Internet for contraband. Only, they’re not hunting traffickers of drugs or sex. It’s standardized-testing season across the U.S. — and they’re on the lookout for student tweets about the tests. The Web patrol team works for Caveon,...
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Ugh. Something so sad about this. 

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Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar’s Vessel Launches To The Public

Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar’s Vessel Launches To The Public | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Content that will eventually be free, but delivered early, for a fee. It seems like a hard sell.
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''Content that will eventually be free, but delivered early, for a fee. It seems like a hard sell.'' 


Will they find their own Modern Family to make it fly?

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Star Wars Episode VII gets global publishing program

Star Wars Episode VII gets global publishing program | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Disney Publishing Worldwide and Lucasfilm have announced a global publishing program peppered with clues about the new Star Wars movie and 20-plus titles.
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Kidoodle.tv: Building a new business model, ad-free

Kidoodle.tv: Building a new business model, ad-free | Smart Media | Scoop.it
How the Calgary, Canada-based SVOD found an innovative solution to including advertisers in its service while keeping programming ad-free.
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Clever stuff, that Kidoodle Wallet. 

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Cinedigm to launch new kids network

Cinedigm to launch new kids network | Smart Media | Scoop.it
US-based distributor Cinedigm has joined forces with Bright Educational Media to launch Bright, a new multiplatform digital kids channel that will feature edutainment programming.
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Hasn't the term ''edutainment'' been officially banned already?

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Archiving Transmedia - What happens when the platforms you use to tell a story go away?

Archiving Transmedia - What happens when the platforms you use to tell a story go away? | Smart Media | Scoop.it

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Mike Vogel:  "Here’s a dilemma every transmedia producer faces… You discover a new storytelling platform–maybe you get in to their invite-only beta–and you create a story that uses the strengths of that platform. The platform gives you a powerful new way to express yourself interactively, but then something happens. Maybe the startup runs out of funding, gets acquired, or changes their business model. Suddenly the DNA of your story is no longer available to you. Your story can no longer be told."

Cindy Rudy's curator insight, February 4, 11:06 AM

Great points in this article!

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 5, 7:22 PM

Wrestling with this myself!

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This is the black doll that's beating Barbie in Nigeria

This is the black doll that's beating Barbie in Nigeria | Smart Media | Scoop.it
There's a new Barbie in town. She's a queen, she's black, she wears traditional African costumes — and she's not actually a Barbie.
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Such a great Barbie hack.

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Are the walls closing in on indie developers?

Are the walls closing in on indie developers? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
No matter how crowded the market has become, strong ideas executed with care are still able to rise above the clamour, no huge marketing spend required. As long as that's still possible, indies have all of the control they need.
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Not so sure about the 'no huge marketing spend required' assertion...

but still required reading for anyone with a stake or just an interest in indie game making.


"'No matter how crowded the market has become, strong ideas executed with care are still able to rise above the clamour, no huge marketing spend required.''

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An indie state of mind: Small developers dominate upper app ranks

An indie state of mind: Small developers dominate upper app ranks | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Big brands might be dominating the preschool mobile space at the moment, but take a look at the top educational apps for iPad and you'll see that many are produced by independent developers.
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It appears that indie developers dominate the ranks of top educational iPad apps.

 

W00t!

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TV industry faces its ‘ketchup’ moment: ‘Mobile is now the first screen’

TV industry faces its ‘ketchup’ moment: ‘Mobile is now the first screen’ | Smart Media | Scoop.it
TV industry faces its ‘ketchup’ moment: ‘Mobile is now the first screen’
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Yup: These days, ''digital-first'' really means ''mobile-first.''

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Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Four innovative models for digital story design

Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Four innovative models for digital story design | Smart Media | Scoop.it
(Hero’s Journey image above excerpted from Action Philosophers! © Ryan Dunlavey and Fred Van Lente) Roland Barthes, master linguist and semiotician once said: “There are countless forms of narrative in the world.” And yet the majority of western storytellers have

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Not sure I agree that digital story design has to be segregated from 'traditional' forms in quite this way. It's all storytelling, after all!


But well worth the read.

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Tweens to help develop new Hoho series Mimi & Bibi

Tweens to help develop new Hoho series Mimi & Bibi | Smart Media | Scoop.it
In a collaboration with new UK-based digital platform TotallyTween, London-based prodco Hoho Entertainment is turning Hoho Rights-owned girls' fashion property Mimi & Bibi into an original interactive animated series for eight- to 10-year-olds.
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Such a simple but smart concept. Will be interesting to see how it translates in practice. 

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3 Major Reasons Why Kids Love Minecraft So Much | Toy Industry Journal

3 Major Reasons Why Kids Love Minecraft So Much | Toy Industry Journal | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Wonder why kids everywhere love Minecraft so much and often?
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Minecraft + Kids Today = A Rare Freedom
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UK kids’ online time to eclipse traditional TV: Study

UK kids’ online time to eclipse traditional TV: Study | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A new report from UK-based Childwise outlines just how much kids' media consumption habits have changed over the past 20 years - and what the future holds. For instance, UK kids' time spent online is set to overtake time spent watching linear TV in the next two years.
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Study: Parents’ digital preferences influenced by gender

Study: Parents’ digital preferences influenced by gender | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A new study from research, consulting and innovation firm PlayScience sheds light on parents' perceptions about their kids technology and media use and finds a child's gender plays a significant role.
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Fascinating:  Especially for the youngest kids, tablets seen as educational, smartphones, nope. 

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Inside Disney’s Imagicademy

Inside Disney’s Imagicademy | Smart Media | Scoop.it
From the mag: Disney Publishing Worldwide takes on the US educational product and toy market with its app-driven Imagicademy.
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It remains to be seen whether this will be anything new under the sun. So much self-branded ''educational'' media is, in reality, not. And if it is, it's not FUN in the sense kids have come to expect from the Disney brand. 

 

Working against it right out of the gate: Awkward name with ambiguous pronunciation.

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The best of Toy Fair: 10 non-tech toys I loved

The best of Toy Fair: 10 non-tech toys I loved | Smart Media | Scoop.it
From Think Fun's Maker Studio to Mattel's Treasure Truck, Wendy Smolen looks at the top-notch non-tech toys featured at last week's Toy Fair in New York.
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Such great low-tech options. Love it.

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Understanding The True Appeal Of Frozen To Kids | 2014 RG Marketing Ltd

Understanding The True Appeal Of Frozen To Kids | 2014 RG Marketing Ltd | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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I know, I know, we're all kind of 'numb' from Frozen hype. But this article actually puts a bit of original spin on the phenom. 

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Young Peace Leaders: Cultivating Empathy | PBS LearningMedia - Life of a Shoe (Video)

Young Peace Leaders: Cultivating Empathy  | PBS LearningMedia - Life of a Shoe (Video) | Smart Media | Scoop.it

In order to gain the perspective of another person and explore the quality of empathy, middle school students do an exercise that helps their development of core values in this video from

 

The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values. Students choose an actual shoe and imagine the life of that shoe. As they write about the shoe—figuratively “walking” in those shoes—they reflect on how the experience helped them become more understanding and compassionate toward others.

This resource is part of the Transformative Teachers Collection.

Find out more about The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.


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Kids App Maker Fingerprint Acquires Two More Mobile Education Companies

Kids App Maker Fingerprint Acquires Two More Mobile Education Companies | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Kids' app maker Fingerprint, which was backed by Dreamworks last summer with a $10.9 million round of funding, has put some portion of that cash to use with..
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