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Market trends, politics, technologies, media, and innovations at the crossroads of 21st-century entertainment and education.
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Survey: Educational Media Use Plummets After Age Four

Survey: Educational Media Use Plummets After Age Four | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A recent survey of some 1,500 parents found that mobile and gaming platforms continue to underperform when it comes to education, trailing behind television in effectiveness. The survey, “Learning at... more »
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Interesting to see the 'boob toob' skewing to the educational end of the media spectrum. 

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The Kid in You Can Now Play With Legos From a Browser

The Kid in You Can Now Play With Legos From a Browser | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Now you can relive a favorite childhood pastime from your browser or mobile device.
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Eh, not so sure. While on the one hand it's an entirely natural progression, imagining that ''click'' when bricks are placed in cyberspace seems to lack so much of the tactile real world pleasure. 

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Oznoz partners with JCC for Arabic kids content

Oznoz partners with JCC for Arabic kids content | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Oznoz, a new online platform for bilingual children, has secured a deal with Al Jazeera Children's Channel to bring its popular Arabic original programming to North America.
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Love it.

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Two-Thirds of Kids Now Reading Digitally, New Study Shows | Digital Book World

Two-Thirds of Kids Now Reading Digitally, New Study Shows | Digital Book World | Smart Media | Scoop.it
When it comes to digital reading, kids are way ahead of adults. According to a new study from children's entertainment research and consulting group PlayCollective and Digital Book World, 67% of U.S.
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''When it comes to digital reading, kids are way ahead of adults.''  Interesting and somewhat surprising, based on my own anecdotal observations in a house full to bursting with heavy-reading kids in the cited age range of 2-13.

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Book, movie and gaming deals in place for James Frey’s YA series

Book, movie and gaming deals in place for James Frey’s YA series | Smart Media | Scoop.it
HarperCollins US and UK have picked up the English-language rights to author James Frey's young adult interactive trilogy Endgame in their respective territories and its theatrical rights are now in the hands of Twentieth Century Fox.
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Will be very interesting to see how this goes down commercially, as arguably the first truly transmedia, big budget franchise for youth.

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Top Ed Tech Trends for 2014

Top Ed Tech Trends for 2014 | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Even in the fast-evolving world of educational technology, some things remain the same while others continue to change. As we did our annual review of various year-end trend articles, we realized t...
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Seems to me that the outlook for MOOCs (booming expansion aside) remains mixed, but predictable trends such as social media integrations, games-based learning, and cross-platform technologies are joined here by growing EdTech hot spots, namely: international markets and student privacy concerns vis a vis big data. 

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NPD: More online strategies help boost US toy sales

NPD: More online strategies help boost US toy sales | Smart Media | Scoop.it
It looks like the US toy sales momentum experienced during this year's Black Friday extended through to the week of Cyber Monday, which saw an exceptional toy sales growth of 23%, according to data released by market research firm The NPD Group.
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Apple names top kids apps of 2013

Apple names top kids apps of 2013 | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Disney Animated has been crowned 2013's iPad app of the year, according to Apple's annual Best of iTunes list, which also made its picks for the year's most innovative children's apps.
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No big shock here!

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

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms | Smart Media | 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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Tamagotchi turns 17, expands circle of friends

Tamagotchi turns 17, expands circle of friends | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The return of 1990s virtual pet sensation Tamagotchi is in full swing with the nine-month-old Tamagotchi L.i.f.e app garnering 2.7 million downloads and brand owner Bandai set to launch a multiplatform extension next year under the Tamagotchi...
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Can't believe Tamagochi is 17 years old!!

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Disney Struggles to Make Its Free Gaming Apps Pay

Disney Struggles to Make Its Free Gaming Apps Pay | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Mobile games are a major growth opportunity, and analysts say a recent flop underscores the challenges Disney faces in a shifting marketplace.
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More fuel for the rising fire against in-app paymets for kids.

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How video games are transforming the film industry

How video games are transforming the film industry | Smart Media | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, November 18, 2013 2:42 PM


Steve Boxer:  "They once wanted to emulate films. But now it is the movie industry that is adopting the technology of video games" ...

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, November 19, 2013 7:49 AM

Video game technology and video games are acknowledged by Bafta now, and are rightly getting credit for what they are, which is extraordinary pieces of art.

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Critical Thinking at BHCC's curator insight, October 30, 2014 11:33 AM

This is interesting.


-Nuari

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Sesame Street Spoofs The Hunger Games

Sesame Street Spoofs The Hunger Games | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Presented with a pop-culture phenomenon called The Hunger Games, Sesame Streethad to do the obvious: parody it with endless cookie puns. Starring Cookie Monster as Cookieness Evereat, the spoof has Cookieness and co.
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Absolutely hilarious. May the cookie be ever in your flavor! 

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Online games industry given two months to get house in order following OFT investigation  - The Office of Fair Trading

Online games industry given two months to get house in order following OFT investigation  - The Office of Fair Trading | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The OFT has today published its final principles for online and in-app games, and given games producers a deadline of 1 April to ensure that their games do not breach consumer protection law.
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Wherein the UK goes all COPPA. About time, really.

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Best tech toys from Toy Fair 2014

Best tech toys from Toy Fair 2014 | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Hottest tech toys for 2014. 2014 played host to the 61st annual London Toy Fair, a smorgasbord of the latest developments from the toy industry, frequented by buyers and frenzied toy fans from all across the country.The toy market is certainly not to be sniffed at, it’s worth a colossal £2.9 billion, and London Toy Fair is the UK’s biggest toy exhibition of the year.Join us as we guide you through some of our favourite techy toys from this year’s extravaganza – for photos from 2013’s event let us direct your attention here.Prices for some of this year’s hottest tech toys weren’t available at the time of going to press, but keep your eyes peeled later in the year as they head to a toy aisle near you.Please click on the image above to view 2014’s toys and continue
Karen B Wehner's insight:

Internet-linked dollies, robots, and glowing chemistry sets (!!!) rose to the top of the mix.

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Four Ways Video Games Can Help Kids to Love Books - Speakeasy - WSJ

Four Ways Video Games Can Help Kids to Love Books - Speakeasy - WSJ | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Increasingly, parents complain that kids aren't reading enough, and video games may be to blame. But there are ways to use gaming culture to inspire young readers to embrace books.
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Introducing TED-Ed Clubs, for students interested in giving a TED talk | TED Blog

Introducing TED-Ed Clubs, for students interested in giving a TED talk | TED Blog | Smart Media | Scoop.it
TED-Ed Clubs help students identify an idea they are passionate about ... and then create a TED-style talk to share it with their peers.
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Brilliant idea for the younger set.

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TEDYouth, in pictures | TED Blog

TEDYouth, in pictures | TED Blog | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A gallery that shows what happens when you bring 400 middle and high school students to TED.
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EdSurge's Top Stories of 2013 (EdSurge News)

EdSurge's Top Stories of 2013 (EdSurge News) | Smart Media | Scoop.it
That's right--it's that time of the year when we recap the top stories that got your fingers clickin’ in 2013. Curious to see what caught your attention?
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Handy roundup of EdTech's triumphs in 2013, plus a reminder of what still remains to be done in the name of smart learning.

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HarperCollins and Aardman launch Hobbit app

HarperCollins and Aardman launch Hobbit app | Smart Media | Scoop.it
HarperCollins Children's Books UK has released a visual companion app developed by Aardman Digital and produced in association with Warner Bros.
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App, hmm?  From itunes preview smells more like ''enhanced e-book'' plus ecommerce portal.

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Tablets top parents’ holiday lists, says PBS

Tablets top parents’ holiday lists, says PBS | Smart Media | Scoop.it
With tablets dominating US Black Friday sales last weekend, a takeover appears to be in full swing.
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iKids Awards shortlists best children’s interactive offerings

iKids Awards shortlists best children’s interactive offerings | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The second annual iKids Awards is set to pay homage to the children's interactive media market's best products and platforms, and in the lead-up to the February 13 ceremony to be held during the day-long iKids conference in New York, we're...
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Forget the next ‘it’ toy: Barbies, Legos are tops this season

Forget the next ‘it’ toy: Barbies, Legos are tops this season | Smart Media | Scoop.it
With no “must-have” gift this year, children are putting classic playthings on their wish lists.
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Furby aside, this pleases me greatly.

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NPD study: Are we making room for a gaming boom?

NPD study: Are we making room for a gaming boom? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, Disney reported that its Interactive division saw a 26% jump in full-year revenues, largely due to sales of its new toy-integrated Infinity game.
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Completely agreed we'll see continued growth in the digital /real world crossover space, especially with story-rich original IP

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Why Aren’t There More Tablet-Friendly Transmedia Projects?

Why Aren’t There More Tablet-Friendly Transmedia Projects? | Smart Media | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, November 21, 2013 1:13 PM


Sam Bailey:  "As we've been looking at what's out there, we've been surprised by how few of these projects work in a tablet browser."

Anne-Claire Goyet's curator insight, November 22, 2013 4:10 AM

Indeed... Des réflexions intéressantes que je ne partage qu'en partie s'agissant de la France. Peut-être une question de taille de marché aussi, non ?