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43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
In the middle of October, we invited educators to tell us about the "apps, games, and websites that are helping to tranform their classrooms this year." We asked that you submit your responses in the form of Field Notes and we received more than...
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Viners hired for Cartoon Network’s anti-bullying campaign

Viners hired for Cartoon Network’s anti-bullying campaign | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
In partnership with FullBottle, a digital company that works with influencers, 4 Viners are posting clips for the campaign throughout the month.
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Vine has never really lit my fire, but this is pretty cool.

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Students Believe Tablets Are Game Changers in Education, Says New Study

Students Believe Tablets Are Game Changers in Education, Says New Study | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Student usage of tablets and other mobile devices continues to soar, and students believe tablets make a big difference in education, according to a new report published by Pearson. The Pearson Stu...
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YouTube's biggest stars are cashing in offline

YouTube's biggest stars are cashing in offline | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Before the makeup line, the book deal and the product endorsements, Michelle Phan was just another girl trying to make it big on YouTube .
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Personal makeup lines, book contracts, endorsement deals: Sky's the limit for the best of the best young, break-out YouTubers.

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Microsoft Near Deal to Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang

Microsoft Near Deal to Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Microsoft is in serious discussions to buy Mojang, the Swedish company behind the popular "Minecraft" videogame, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
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Holy Cow.

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Viacom closes Channel 5 deal, makes first kids co-commission

Viacom closes Channel 5 deal, makes first kids co-commission | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Viacom has finalized its purchase of British free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 for US$726 million and announced development on Nella the Knight, its first joint kids commission.
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Jeffrey Dunn lands top Sesame Workshop spot

Jeffrey Dunn lands top Sesame Workshop spot | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The former head of HIT Entertainment takes the reins of the famous nonprofit org on September 29.
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Inside the Rainbow Factory Where Crayola Crayons Are Made | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Inside the Rainbow Factory Where Crayola Crayons Are Made | Gadget Lab | WIRED | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The first box of Crayolas rolled off the production line 101 years ago, and today the company’s Easton, Pennsylvania, factory turns out 12 million crayons a day. “We maintain the process as though we were making food,” says Dave Farkas, manager of manufacturing quality assurance at the plant. Makes sense, given how likely its consumers…
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Weirdly beautiful, and reassuringly old-school.

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MMOs help kids learn English faster, says new study

MMOs help kids learn English faster, says new study | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Students of English learn the language faster when they play video games, especially MMOs, according to a new report.
The study at the University of Gothenburg and Karlstad University, Sweden,...
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It's the new TV!

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What Guardians Of the Galaxy Can Tell Us About Our Relationship with Nostalgia

What Guardians Of the Galaxy Can Tell Us About Our Relationship with Nostalgia | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it

 

 


Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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Love how this articulates why I loved this movie, so much better than I could.

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Adam X. Smith:  "Lots of media relies on our nostalgia for something we remember from when we were children, and no matter how well or how badly it is executed, the tactic often works for one pretty good reason" ...

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Betty Boop Heads to the Big Screen | License! Global

Betty Boop Heads to the Big Screen | License! Global | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Animal Logic Entertainment and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment will develop and produce the first-ever feature-length film starring iconic character Betty Boop.
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Can't help but wonder how this will resonate with the younger set...

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H&M dresses up Adventure Time

H&M dresses up Adventure Time | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Cartoon Network collaborates with the fashion retailer for an exclusive range of t-shirts available worldwide.
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Mobile’s “One Game Wonder” Problem | TechCrunch

Mobile’s “One Game Wonder” Problem | TechCrunch | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Mobile gaming is a massive success, but it's notable how many big game makers struggle to convert their successes into longer term franchises or other..
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Have to say that I can really relate to the quicksand analogy.

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Nintendo Asked to Name ‘Zelda’ Character After Robin Williams

Nintendo Asked to Name ‘Zelda’ Character After Robin Williams | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Nintendo says it has heard the fans who want a character in "Legend of Zelda" to be named after Robin Williams, although the company didn't commit to doing so.
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Oh, love.

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Educational iPad apps still popular with nine to 11s

Educational iPad apps still popular with nine to 11s | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Looking at some of the top paid iPad apps around the world for the nine to 11 demo right now, it appears kids are transitioning to more open-play adventure games, casual/social games and puzzle/creative games, but are still invested in a variety of educational apps.
Karen B Wehner's insight:

I think it's arguable how truly *educational* some of these apps are, but proves that younger (under 9) players are more dependent on parents to buy their apps, and those are more likely to be educational than recreational. 

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Six lessons youth media can teach the mainstream

Six lessons youth media can teach the mainstream | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Emma Howard: On Wednesday, 400 young media entrepreneurs met at the BFI in London – we find out which platforms we should be watching
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Inspiring stuff.

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McDonald's Is Losing the Happy Meal Crowd

McDonald's Is Losing the Happy Meal Crowd | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
McDonald's has lost its first-place position as the chain with the most "kid appeal"
Karen B Wehner's insight:

Even my own stalwart little fans of Happy Meal ''prizes'' are foregoing McD's these days, because they can't stand the food and they know I'll make them eat it if we buy it.

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Kids Are Watching the Weirdest Stuff on TV—and It's Not Always From Kids' Networks

Kids Are Watching the Weirdest Stuff on TV—and It's Not Always From Kids' Networks | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The kids market is a place where fierce competition rages between otherwise cuddly characters like Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse (yes, both are still around, albeit in newer, hipper incarnations), but it turns out there’s a contingent of children watching stuff that isn’t marketed to or made for them at all.
Karen B Wehner's insight:

Yep - kids do the darnedest things, whether we want them to or not.

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The toy brands on UK kids’ shopping lists

The toy brands on UK kids’ shopping lists | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Lego and Barbie top boys and girls categories in the UK, respectively, in a new global awareness study from the international licensing association LIMA.
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America's Schools Could Be More Efficient If Teachers Were Paid Less: Report

America's Schools Could Be More Efficient If Teachers Were Paid Less: Report | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
When it comes to education, the United States isn't getting all the bang it could for its buck, according to a new report.

GEMS Education Solutions, an education consulting firm, released its "Efficiency Index" and an accompanying repor...
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Are robotic reckonings such as this really a worthwhile contribution to our efforts to reform education?

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How Disney Has Managed to Keep 'Frozen' Red Hot

How Disney Has Managed to Keep 'Frozen' Red Hot | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Initially caught off guard by the film's massive success, Disney has found a way to keep "Frozen" from going cold.
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The avalanche of products, new content, and audience appreciation continues: Frozen drives 27% rise in Disney latest quarter profits!

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10 Best Apps for Students

10 Best Apps for Students | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
My approach to tech and teenagers is a twist on the old standby, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." In other words, I load the smartphones and tablets they refuse to unhand with apps meant to make them smarter. Here are some A+ suggestions.
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Kind of an odd mix between games and apps to manage schoolwork, but some cool-looking new ones I hadn't seen before.

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Nick Stars Head to iStoryTime | License! Global

Nick Stars Head to iStoryTime | License! Global | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
The iStoryTime digital book library, powered by Cupcake Digital, will now include titles from Nickelodeon featuring characters from the shows such as “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Dora the Explorer.”
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Google Is Planning to Offer Accounts to Kids Under 13

Google Is Planning to Offer Accounts to Kids Under 13 | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Google plans to offer accounts to children under 13 years old for the first time, a move that will take the world’s largest Internet search provider into a controversial and operationally complex new market.
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Club Penguin gets Frozen

Club Penguin gets Frozen | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Disney is continuing to expand its interactive mobile biz by bringing the hit property Frozen to the virtual world.
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4 Things Game Designers Can Learn from Classroom Teachers

4 Things Game Designers Can Learn from Classroom Teachers | Transmedia and Tech Junior | Scoop.it
Whether or not you are interested in making games specifically for the classroom, spending some time with teachers can teach you plenty about how to be a better game designer. Here's some of what I picked up in just two short days talking with teachers at the annual Games in Education conference.
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