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Market trends, politics, technologies, media, and innovations at the crossroads of 21st-century entertainment and education.
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Mattel gives Barbie a makeover for China

Mattel gives Barbie a makeover for China | Smart Media | Scoop.it
U.S. toy maker Mattel is making a new effort to sell Chinese on the impossibly proportioned all-American doll, with an appeal to Tiger moms who would rather have their children reading books.
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I understand the thinking, but not sure logic carries through here. Time spent with Violin Soloist Barbie still boils down to time away from actually practicing the instrument?

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Funkatron : Funkatron.com

Funkatron : Funkatron.com | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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''Empathy means considering possibilities we may not have ever allowed for... [and] ask[ing] questions before assuming reason and intent."


Such a critical emotional skill in our complex global society, strangely absent from most educational settings.

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Trick or treat: The trouble with Mind Candy - Games Brief

Trick or treat: The trouble with Mind Candy - Games Brief | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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Sadly, I'd wager the trick's more likely...

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A highly opinionated yet strangely useful survey of the Apple App Store

A highly opinionated yet strangely useful survey of the Apple App Store | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Dr. Carla Fisher checks out 960 apps that were released into the Apple App store over a seven-day period and shares the good, the bad and the addictive toilet-stacking game.
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Whoa, head still spinning. Thanks, Carla, for taking one - or should I say 960?? - for the team. Sobering stuff as we prepare to launch our first iPad app later this month...

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From Mine to Ours: Nurturing Empathy in Children

From Mine to Ours: Nurturing Empathy in Children | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Studies show children are born equipped to be empathic, but these skills take time and practice to develop.

 

Empathic children are aware of their own feelings and individuality; are able to relate to common feelings while also distinguishing their own emotions from the feelings of others; can imagine how others might feel in a given situation and respond in a way they imagine might be comforting to that person....

 

An Empathy Timeline

Some studies suggest that the development of empathy has its roots in infancy, though it takes many years for this skill to mature. Babies as young as 6 months old begin using social referencing, looking to the reactions of a parent or caretaker to gauge the safety of a situation or new person. Research suggests that children as young as 14 months offer to help an adult who is struggling to reach something....

 

Strategies for Raising Empathic Children
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by David Sack, M.D.

 http://j.mp/NkPjlb

 


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Such a critical emotional skill in our complex global society, strangely absent from most educational settings.

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A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education [Infographic]

A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education [Infographic] | Smart Media | Scoop.it

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Great to see so many documented benefits of music education gathered in one place! 

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Dorian Love's curator insight, June 27, 2014 5:17 AM

Sweet music!

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 1, 2014 10:47 AM


A bit of a edu-tisement for U.F. but this graphic has a ton of info points on music and it's value in learning.

Terry Doherty's curator insight, July 1, 2014 12:44 PM

The bottom line is that U of F wants you to think about being a music educator. I really focused on the research about how music helps with language skills.

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UK parents get a grip on kids’ in-app spending

UK parents get a grip on kids’ in-app spending | Smart Media | Scoop.it
In-game spending among kids has reached somewhat of an apex this year, with the UK Office of Fair Trading currently investigating the area and Apple issuing strict developer guidelines - and in some cases refunds - following parental outrage over...
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Marvel to develop original series for Netflix

Marvel to develop original series for Netflix | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Last year, it was a first-run movie distribution deal between Disney and Netflix.
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Not  to be outdone by Mattell....

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Lessons from the Downfall of Interactive Whiteboards (EdSurge News)

Lessons from the Downfall of Interactive Whiteboards (EdSurge News) | Smart Media | Scoop.it
When the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) first caught the eye of educators in the late 90s and early 2000s, it invigorated hope that education technology might begin to align with the digital age.
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Solid analysis of the latest White Elephant to grace classrooms near and far - and why.

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The cult of Loki, everyone's favorite trickster god

The cult of Loki, everyone's favorite trickster god | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Movies and comics raise the star status of Loki, a cult character who straddles drama and humor to the delight of fanboys and geek girls.
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Your iPad Is Now Your Kid's TV

Your iPad Is Now Your Kid's TV | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Just call them the very early adopters. By now, everyone’s got a story about a kid who swipes at magazines, televisions and even windows because they’ve assimilated the iPad technique.
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Social Teens and what they mean to kids entertainment companies

Social Teens and what they mean to kids entertainment companies | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A recent study by Piper Jaffay asked teens to name their most important social site, and Facebook is dropping. And as the kids we're entertaining are going to be teens one day, what does this mean for your marketing campaigns?
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Absolutely spot on: ''Kids... don’t need Facebook to keep in touch with their friends. They have school for that. We, as adults, are changing the term social and then not understanding why kids aren’t on our social sites.
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Disney Show Will Appear First on App for Tablets

Disney Show Will Appear First on App for Tablets | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Tablet computers are becoming the “first screen” for pre-school-age viewers and Disney is making a broader investment with the app debut of “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.”
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Fascinating to see the impact of the ''tablet first'' mentality so utterly disrupting TV production for the wee ones.

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Laika architect Lance Weiler to headline iKids

Laika architect Lance Weiler to headline iKids | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Lance Weiler, the mastermind of last year's experiential educational project Laika's Adventure, will be kicking off  iKids 2014 with a keynote on building digital experiences for modern audiences, entitled Designing for the 21st Century.
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We loved Laika...

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Teens Fleeing Facebook? Who Cares?

Teens Fleeing Facebook? Who Cares? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Facebook CFO David Ebersman recently admitted that the social network “did see a decrease in daily users, specifically among younger teens.” But given Facebook’s performance in the third quarter of the year, who really cares?
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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Using resources and tools like the ones below, educators at KIPP King Collegiate High School focus on honing critical thinking skills across all subjects. Credit: Zachary Fink



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Nice selection of high school lesson plans, rubrics, individual learning plans, and assessments across all subject areas.

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Oregon Trail Has Nothing on These Educational Video Games

Oregon Trail Has Nothing on These Educational Video Games | Smart Media | Scoop.it
With the help of grants, academics and big data, developers are trying to transform the way kids are taught and tested
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Inspiring stuff underway;  always great to read about others also working to create truly educational videogames that kids will actually want to play!

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Lionsgate Pursuing 'Hunger Games' Theme Park Opportunities - TheWrap

Lionsgate Pursuing 'Hunger Games' Theme Park Opportunities - TheWrap | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Studio said it has been approached about possible Panem-inspired attractions
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''Presumably, unlike the gladiator games at the center of the blockbuster films, any park attractions would not involve fights to the death.'' - INDEED!

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Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play

Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Video games can offer a playful approach to learning a new concept, providing a jumping off point for diving deeply into a topic. Games can’t do all the teaching, but they are an engaging way to get kids thinking -- even about ethics.

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Bravo to the award-winning Quandary (www.quandarygame.org) for recognition as a unique vehicle for game-based learning of tricky but essential skills such as empathy and appreciation for alternative points of view.

 

We created The Time Tribe (www.thetimetribe.com) with the same emotional and cultural literacy skills in mind!  

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Karen B Wehner's comment, November 6, 2013 5:50 PM
This is a great example of game-based education in the essential but tricky-to-teach skill of empathy and openness to aternative points of view. We aim to do the same with The Time Tribe, our time travel adventure game based on real history and archaeology, currently in beta: www.thetimetribe.com
Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 10, 2014 11:42 AM

Send to Jim Delaney

Kelly Kc's curator insight, April 10, 2014 9:01 AM

Video games are good for you  http://www.scoop.it/t/world-changing-games/p/4012637443/2013/12/13/video-games-are-good-for-you-sciencealert?hash=b0ecb713-eaff-46e6-b2d1-61471cb5f293

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Studying the ripple effects of kids’ digital media usage

Studying the ripple effects of kids’ digital media usage | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Imagine that a child turning on a screen-media device is that stone plopping into the water, and the effects or outcomes of that act are the emanating waves.
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Interesting parallels drawn between much-studied effect of ''background'' TV on social interactions, concentration, etc., and digital media equivalents. Love the phrase ''media snacking,'' apt description indeed for youth tablet-using habits.  

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Why Schools Are 'Blending' Learning (EdSurge News)

Why Schools Are 'Blending' Learning (EdSurge News) | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Judy Beard, principal of Whittemore Park Middle School in Horry County SC, was so convinced that she had to implement “blended learning” to help her students achieve the common core that she started implementing blended learning before they had the...
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"Rotate the classroom"':  Easy-to-implement approach to blended learning without breaking the bank in new technology initiatives. 

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Children's Media Use in America 2013 Infographic from Common Sense Media

Children's Media Use in America 2013 Infographic from Common Sense Media | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America 2013
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Growing up mobile!

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Marvel Comics introduces 16-year-old Muslim girl as new superhero

Marvel Comics introduces 16-year-old Muslim girl as new superhero | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Marvel Comics is bringing back Ms Marvel as a 16-year-old Muslim girl called Kamala Khan.
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Love it.

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Mattel’s Bold Plan to Take Control Back From Hollywood

Mattel’s Bold Plan to Take Control Back From Hollywood | Smart Media | Scoop.it
For Mattel, entertainment strategy has all been about timing. And after a number of stops and starts, it’s now ready to become a much bigger player.
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Canadian Girl: Mattel’s premium dolls head north

Canadian Girl: Mattel’s premium dolls head north | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Mattel's American Girl doll brand, with sales up 20% over last year, is stepping outside of the US for the first time and into Canada's largest book, gift and specialty retailer Indigo, which will open two American Girl retail concept stores this...
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About time those girls left the US!

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