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Market trends, politics, technologies, media, and innovations at the crossroads of 21st-century entertainment and education.
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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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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, February 3, 1:23 PM


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.
Karen B Wehner's insight:

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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Disney’s Maker Studios Struggles to Migrate Its Audience To Maker.tv

Disney’s Maker Studios Struggles to Migrate Its Audience To Maker.tv | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Collectively, between its 50,000-plus creators, Maker Studios boasts of 42 million unique monthly desktop users on YouTube--up 72% in December versus the same period during the previous year. Yet migrating those millions of Web video fans off YouTube hasn't proven so easy for Maker, which Walt Disney Co. acquired last March for upwards of $500 million.Last May, as Maker hosted its first NewFront sales event in New York, it also rolled out its own consumer Web destination: Maker.tv. That site att
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Maker Studios discovers the perils of moving from YouTube to a self-hosted website.

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EdSurge 2015 Personal Statements (EdSurge Guides)

EdSurge 2015 Personal Statements (EdSurge Guides) | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Although many of us are penning fresh resolutions this week, perhaps none are reflecting on the past year quite as feverishly as high school seniors, scrambling to finish up college application essays before the new year. So this year, we asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on 2014 and pre
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What a lovely idea, and utterly worth the quick read. 

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Do apps have to be free to bring in the money?

Do apps have to be free to bring in the money? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
iKids Weekly talked with Matthew Warneford, CTO at kids digital agency Dubit, to get the scoop on the company's latest report that examined pricing trends for kids games in the Apple App Store. Warneford shares Dubit's findings on in-app purchases (IAPs), price-points and monetization strategies.
Karen B Wehner's insight:

Great insights and advice from Dubit, as usual. This time on the thorny topic of how to price and market kids' apps.

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Parents Challenge President to Dig Deeper on Ed Tech

Parents Challenge President to Dig Deeper on Ed Tech | Smart Media | Scoop.it
While President Obama endorsed a voluntary student privacy effort by ed tech companies, some parents seek more comprehensive legislation.
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Field Trips Boost Student Learning, Says New Study

Field Trips Boost Student Learning, Says New Study | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Field trips are not only enjoyable for students, but they also boost learning, according to a new study conducted by Jay P. Greene of the University of Arkansas. In Greene’s study, some students we...
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Can you hear the kids cheering everywhere?

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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.
Karen B Wehner's insight:

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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Barbie sales continue to fall in Mattel’s fourth quarter

Barbie sales continue to fall in Mattel’s fourth quarter | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Barbie global sales fell by 12% in the fourth quarter, contributing to Mattel's 6% drop in overall global sales. Year-end results show the toyco's revenues down by 7% overall to US$6.02 billion.
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Sagging sales for Barbie is old news. But is the mighty American Girl edifice finally showing cracks, as well? 

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A-list licensees line up for Star Wars

A-list licensees line up for Star Wars | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Nuremberg Toy Fair goers got a sneak-peek at Disney Consumer Products' global licensee lineup for the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which bows on December 18.
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Nickelodeon Remixes Its Sitcom Formula to Adapt to Children’s Media Consumption

Nickelodeon Remixes Its Sitcom Formula to Adapt to Children’s Media Consumption | Smart Media | Scoop.it
In an effort to counter ratings declines and children’s changing tastes, the network has introduced shows that have more nuance and sophistication.
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Seems about time that networks catered to smarter-than-ever tweens,

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, January 26, 7:22 PM

Tweens need powerful storytelling too!

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking
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''A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any.'' Precisely.
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Technology Has Made Life Different, but Not Necessarily More Stressful

Technology Has Made Life Different, but Not Necessarily More Stressful | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Frequent Internet and social media users do not have higher stress levels than those who use technology less often
Karen B Wehner's insight:

Potential for stress vs social support? Absolutely. But bottom line is that technology makes life DIFFERENT, rather than automatically more fraught.

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The Art of Storytelling in Gaming

The Art of Storytelling in Gaming | Smart Media | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, December 30, 2014 12:56 PM


Kamal Sinclair:  "Games have done more work to pioneer best practices in interactive and participatory storytelling than any medium since the ancient theater traditions. Still, questions continue to circulate about its ability to match other mediums in terms of complex and cathartic stories, nuanced and fully evolved characters, and empathy."

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, January 26, 7:24 PM

As story telling in gaming gets more sophisticated it will have a flow on effect to storytelling in all types of narratives.