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Lost in transmedia? Check TMC’s tool kit!

Lost in transmedia? Check TMC’s tool kit! | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Sandra Gaudenzi:  "As transmedia is becoming a “must know of” for any digital producer, Dr Siobhan O’Flynn and Anthea Foyer have decided to make our life easier and to put all we need to know about it into one single place" ...


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10 new tech startups named to 2015 Disney Accelerator program

10 new tech startups named to 2015 Disney Accelerator program | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Mind-controlling technology, 3D printing and robotics are some of the big ideas emerging from the 10 tech-based companies named to the 2015 Disney Accelerator program, which offers three months of mentorship and up to US$120,000 in capital investment.
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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last | Smart Media | Scoop.it
"Stories ... are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance."

Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut b
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Moving accounts of how stories enrich and shape our lives, through good times and bad.

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Interactive gaming toys strike a chord with US parents

Interactive gaming toys strike a chord with US parents | Smart Media | Scoop.it
According to The NPD Group's new Interactive Gaming Toys report, 40% of parents in the US own at least one toys-to-life franchise and have spent an average of US$131 on this gaming segment in the past six months.
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Amazon Studios preps six new kids TV pilots

Amazon Studios preps six new kids TV pilots | Smart Media | Scoop.it
With just one preschool series in the lineup, the four animated and two live-action projects will be uploaded to instant video.
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Possibilities for children's story creators...

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TRU launching global Star Wars campaign

TRU launching global Star Wars campaign | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Toys 'R' Us is inviting Star Wars fans to dress up as their favorite characters and head to local stores on May 3 to launch the toy retailer's year-long celebration of the epic saga.
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Shouldn't this kick off on May 4 rather than May 3??

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Toon Goggles rolls out Apple Watch offering

Toon Goggles rolls out Apple Watch offering | Smart Media | Scoop.it
On-demand channel Toon Goggles is joining Nickelodeon and PBS KIDS in rolling out a new app for the Apple Watch that lets parents remotely control their kids' screen time.
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Finally - a compelling reason to plump for the Watch?

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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.

Jake Goulet's curator insight, April 15, 11:40 AM

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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Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland's teachers are different

Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland's teachers are different | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Welcome to a country where teaching is a highly prized profession. Finland’s teachers have kept the nation near the top of the influential Pisa performance rankings since they were first published in 2001, leading to an influx of educational tourists as other teachers have endeavoured to learn from the Finnish experience.

 

The high-level training is the basis for giving young teachers a great deal of autonomy to choose what methods they use in the classroom – in contrast to England, Krokfors says, where she feels teaching is “somewhere between administration and giving tests to students”. In Finland, teachers are largely free from external requirements such as inspection, standardised testing and government control; school inspections were scrapped in the 1990s.

 

“Teachers need to have this high-quality education so they really do know how to use the freedom they are given, and learn to solve problems in a research-based way,” Krokfors says. “The most important thing we teach them is to take pedagogical decisions and judgments for themselves.”

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Finland

 

 
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Teachers' basic training is very qualified. To make sure that the quality of teaching stays on high level we should invest on in-service training of all teachers. The world and society is developing faster and faster every day...

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Welcome to a country where teaching is a highly prized profession. Finland’s teachers have kept the nation near the top of the influential Pisa performance rankings since they were first published in 2001, leading to an influx of educational tourists as other teachers have endeavoured to learn from the Finnish experience.

 

The high-level training is the basis for giving young teachers a great deal of autonomy to choose what methods they use in the classroom – in contrast to England, Krokfors says, where she feels teaching is “somewhere between administration and giving tests to students”. In Finland, teachers are largely free from external requirements such as inspection, standardised testing and government control; school inspections were scrapped in the 1990s.

 

“Teachers need to have this high-quality education so they really do know how to use the freedom they are given, and learn to solve problems in a research-based way,” Krokfors says. “The most important thing we teach them is to take pedagogical decisions and judgments for themselves.”

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Finland

 

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Why Would Google Inc. Want to Get Into Toys? (GOOG, GOOGL)

Why Would Google Inc. Want to Get Into Toys? (GOOG, GOOGL) | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Is Google planning to tether kids to its cloud-based ecosystem with “smart toys”? - Leo Sun - Tech and Telecom
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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Creativity is about fresh thinking. It doesn’t have to be new to the whole of humanity— though that’s always a bonus— but certainly to the person whose work it is. Creativity also involves making critical judgments about whether what you’re working on is any good, be it a theorem, a design, or a poem. Creative work often passes through typical phases. Sometimes what you end up with is not what you had in mind when you started. It’s a dynamic process that often involves making new connections, crossing disciplines, and using metaphors and analogies. 

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Being creative is not just about having off-the-wall ideas and letting your imagination run free. It may involve all of that, but it also involves refining, testing, and focusing what you’re doing. It’s about original thinking on the part of the individual, and it’s also about judging critically whether the work in process is taking the right shape and is worthwhile, at least for the person producing it.

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Creativity

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Such an important corrective to today's standards and assessment driven education models. Go, Sir Ken!

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Jukka Sormunen's curator insight, April 25, 1:23 AM

Todays trainings we try bring idea to live! 

Rebekah Paraskevas's curator insight, April 25, 8:48 PM

I love the way Sir Ken Robinson phrases his topics.  Here is another of his invaluable topics.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 26, 12:15 AM

Creativity for Students,but also for Educators. 

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A 1905 Rendition of the 23rd Psalm, Gorgeously Illustrated in Proto-Deco Style

A 1905 Rendition of the 23rd Psalm, Gorgeously Illustrated in Proto-Deco Style | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Early–20th-century artist J.C. Leyendecker created this beautiful series of illustrations of the 23rd Psalm for the women’s magazine the Delineator, where they were published in December 1905. 
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Wow.

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Panel: Government should invest in video games to help students learn

Panel: Government should invest in video games to help students learn | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A panel of experts was in Washington last week advocating for more fun in schools – more “hard fun.”
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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!


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Dupree Wesley's curator insight, May 6, 3:53 PM

Four great examples of digital history through comics.

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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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