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Market trends, politics, technologies, media, and innovations at the crossroads of 21st-century entertainment and education.
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Classic Board Games Win New Fans on Tablets and Online

Classic Board Games Win New Fans  on Tablets and Online | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Scrabble, Monopoly and Settlers of Catan Find New Life on iPads
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Makes good sense especially on tablets, with tactile imitations of traditional interactions with game boards and pieces.

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Pixar Is Ready to Slow Down With All the Sequels

Pixar Is Ready to Slow Down With All the Sequels | Smart Media | Scoop.it
They're working on one original movie per year now.
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Happy news, indeed!

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Video games 'can make children more morally aware'

Video games 'can make children more morally aware' | Smart Media | Scoop.it
New research conducted in Canada at the University of Victoria suggests that playing video games can make children more ethically and morally aware.
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Yes, precisely what we've aimed to achieve with The Time Tribe from the start!

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NPD: Furby fervor returns in Europe

NPD: Furby fervor returns in Europe | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The biggest toy in Europe at the moment is small, furry and, not surprisingly, high-tech.
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I say better there than here!  Quite possibly the most annoying toy my own children have ever had. 

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Amazon debuts slate of original kids' series

Amazon debuts slate of original kids' series | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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Karen B Wehner's comment, May 29, 2013 2:47 PM
Interesting to see the range of responses contained in the ''customer feedback.'' the chosen series by no means were clear winners in the test audience's eyes, from what I recall reading.
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Disney Jr UK brings interactive TV to the wee ones, with Appisodes

Disney Jr UK brings interactive TV to the wee ones, with Appisodes | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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As interactive TV fever spreads, this seems to me to be one of the most natural target age groups for it. 

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Reading, Writing and Video Games

Reading, Writing and Video Games | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The concepts of work and play have become farcically reversed: schoolwork is meant to be superfun and play, like homework, is meant to teach.

Via Maria Margarida Correia, Jenn Choi, KidSmart
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so true!

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iKids News

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Five Kids' Content Companies Among the First Paid YouTube Channels

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End of an era, beginning of another. Wonder whether we'll see a trickle or floodgates of more?

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Game On: Ouya Raises $15 Million in New Funding

Game On: Ouya Raises $15 Million in New Funding | Smart Media | Scoop.it
From crowdfunding to VC funding.
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Interesting, given the relatively poor impressions of available games, at least at this point...

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Parents Want Kids to Use Mobile Devices in Schools | MindShift

Parents Want Kids to Use Mobile Devices in Schools    | MindShift | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have gained popularity as educational tools in part because of the belief those devices could cut across the di
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Upshot - Parents across socioeconomic lines support the use of personal mobile devices in schools. But I wonder about the implications for consistency in the use of technology platforms between classrooms and home...

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Should We Trust Computers to Write for Us? : Publishing Perspectives

Should We Trust Computers to Write for Us?  : Publishing Perspectives | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Software exists that promises to assist you in finishing your novel, or when it comes to nonfiction, to literally write for you. Should we trust it?
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Hmm, I'm in the ''no'' camp.

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Eric Huang: Penguin's Huang joins Mind Candy | News | C21Media

Eric Huang: Penguin's Huang joins Mind Candy | News | C21Media | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Penguin’s director of new business and acquisitions Eric Huang has left the company to join Moshi Monsters parent Mind Candy. Huang’s departure comes after 10 months in the role, following his promotion from director of media and entertainment.
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Best of luck to Eric Huang in his new venture with Mind Candy! 

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Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions | BCP Business Center

Need resources on the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule? These revised FAQs from the FTC can help keep your company COPPA compliant.
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For any of us creating and marketing content for kids - this is must read stuff: April 2013 COPPA policy updates.

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How Much Do We Know About The Media Our Kids Consume?

How Much Do We Know About The Media Our Kids Consume? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
When bad news dominates the headlines, as it has so often over the past few months, we find ourselves asking a frighteningly familiar question: how can we explain this to the kids?
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Thoughtful take on the effects of media consumption on youth, ranging from 'goth' Barbies to The Hunger Games, to news coverage of the Newtown, CT school shootings.

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Pew: ‘Digital Natives’ Love Print Media and Libraries, Despite What You Might Think | Digital Book World

Pew: ‘Digital Natives’ Love Print Media and Libraries, Despite What You Might Think | Digital Book World | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Americans aged 16 to 29 like traditional media more than you might think, despite their heavy adoption of digital, according to a new study from the Pew
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Karen B Wehner's curator insight, June 26, 2013 2:56 PM

My anecdotal observations suggest the ratios would be even higher for the younger teen/tween sets.

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Disney’s Teen Beach Movie rides multiple platforms out of the gate

Disney’s Teen Beach Movie rides multiple platforms out of the gate | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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This is one I'll be watching. Quite the upfront investment across media. All advertising aside, I expect it will all hinge on whether the story is any good...

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Screen Time Vs Screen Quality: Why the Current Media & Kids Debate is About the Wrong Topic | The Digital Media Diet

Screen Time Vs Screen Quality: Why the Current Media & Kids Debate is About the Wrong Topic | The Digital Media Diet | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Now, I may have a crazy view of the world, but as a cultural anthropologist, social worker, mom and educator I cannot understand how we can treat the most precious role we have in life, that as caregivers and parents, as something that boils down to time and not quality. I even notice differences between how my child reacts to seeing a feature length film vs 90 minutes of TV shows back to back. And if we watch the movie or participate in ‘screen time’ together as a family, the quality measure changes again.

 

I suspect I’m not brilliant, but just like most parents who notice these things about our kids unique interactions with their environment … we mothers are all a bit like Diane Fossey studying a tribe of gorillas when it comes to our kids. We do it both out of love but also for survival, to understand what our kids need to make it in the world and how to help them navigate a sea of challenges to their attention spans, temperaments and desires.


Via Carisa Kluver
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An eloquent and sensible rant, indeed!

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, May 28, 2013 5:17 PM

My little rant about screen time ... thanks for reading! :)

applimini's curator insight, May 29, 2013 4:37 AM

On est bien d'accord: le temps sur les écrans ça se partage entre parents et enfants. On parle de ce que l'on voit, on discute, on montre, on donne son avis, on fait parler de ce qu'il y a sur l'écran...

Nathalie van Ee's comment, May 29, 2013 4:51 AM
Great article
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How Disney and Threadless Built a 200K-Person Design Team | Wired Design | Wired.com

How Disney and Threadless Built a 200K-Person Design Team | Wired Design | Wired.com | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Designers love creating homages to their favorite Disney characters (e.g., turning the iconic princesses into zombies and hipsters), but if they ever tried to sell those designs they would be faced with a foe scarier than Cruella de Vil — Disney's...
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Wow, between this and Amazon Worlds, fan-creators are going to be spoiled for choice when it comes to beloved IP extensions!   

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Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Youth are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends.
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Valuable consolidation of information on teens and their sharing behaviors on social media, delivered in readily digestible formats.

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Game-based learning: latest evidence and future directions

Game-based learning: latest evidence and future directions | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Via KidSmart
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Free downloadable report is a UK-focused view on this key edtech issue.

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KidSmart's curator insight, April 25, 2013 4:14 PM

A report on the role of video games in teaching and learning shows video gamse can encourage problem solving skills, motivation and engagement but the research was unclear wether this impact woudl be sustained over time.

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iKids News

iKids News | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Kidscreen explores the children's digital entertainment business
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With Doc McStuffins app, Disney ups the ante on TV-linked mobile activities for the preschool set.

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Ebook App Creation Demystified: A Case Study | Digital Book World

Ebook App Creation Demystified: A Case Study | Digital Book World | Smart Media | Scoop.it
This blog post is an excerpt from a case study that is available as a PDF download from Digital Book World. To download the entire case study, click here. In
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Interesting case study of kids' book app creation. 

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E-Books, Libraries and Democracy

E-Books, Libraries and Democracy | Smart Media | Scoop.it
All of the Big Six publishers have, for the first time, agreed to make e-books available to public library users.

Via Carisa Kluver, Karen B Wehner
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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, May 6, 2013 3:38 PM

An interesting essay, but even more interesting comments - take some time to read them all!

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, May 7, 2013 11:43 PM

Finally!

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Why Are Moms So Social? - eMarketer

Ninety-one percent of US moms use social media on a regular basis—a 20% growth in usage from 2010. And that usage extends across sites, as moms overindex on all major social platforms.
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Bottom line - marketing to kids? Better be getting social with moms!

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MediaPost Publications FTC Issues Guidance On Children's Privacy Rules 04/26/2013

MediaPost Publications FTC Issues Guidance On Children's Privacy Rules 04/26/2013 | Smart Media | Scoop.it
FTC Issues Guidance On Children's Privacy Rules - 04/26/2013
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Big changes afoot, especially re: geolocation data and the presentation of privacy policies on websites targeting children.

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