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Market trends, politics, technologies, media, and innovations at the crossroads of 21st-century entertainment and education.
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Poptropica #virtualworld expands book line based on in-game locations and characters.

Poptropica #virtualworld expands book line based on in-game locations and characters. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Popular free-to-play kids virtual world Poptropica has grown its book line with tomorrow's launch of four new book titles.
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Lost in transmedia? Check TMC’s tool kit!

Lost in transmedia? Check TMC’s tool kit! | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Sandra Gaudenzi:  "As transmedia is becoming a “must know of” for any digital producer, Dr Siobhan O’Flynn and Anthea Foyer have decided to make our life easier and to put all we need to know about it into one single place" ...


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ESRB Unveils Ratings System for Digital Games

ESRB Unveils Ratings System for Digital Games | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The ESRB's new system is intended to make it easier for developers to let you know what's included in their games and for parents to determine what their kids should download.
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Lima Sky names Doodle Jump master toy partner

Lima Sky names Doodle Jump master toy partner | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Lima Sky has named Innovation First International the exclusive master toy partner for its popular mobile game Doodle Jump.
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021: I'm Being Very, Very ... What's The Word?

021: I'm Being Very, Very ... What's The Word? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
In this episode, we talk with Eric Huang of Penguin Books about the perils and opportunities of transmedia in the publishing world. Also joining us, the ever-recurring...
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Ruby Skye P.I. uncovers interactive story world

Ruby Skye P.I. uncovers interactive story world | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Season two of the teen detective web series will feature narrative video content, behind-the-scenes videos, multiple social media channels, including tumblr, and interactive clues for viewers to solve.
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Food Makers Hook Kids on Mobile Games

Food Makers Hook Kids on Mobile Games | Smart Media | Scoop.it
U.S. snack food companies are reaching children by embedding their products in simple and enticing games for touch-screen phones and tablets, demonstrating how new technology is changing U.S. commerce.
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NIfty apple-green Infographic: The current state of Apps and Education

NIfty apple-green Infographic: The current state of Apps and Education | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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Groups Ask FTC to Investigate Viral Marketing Aimed at Kids

Groups Ask FTC to Investigate Viral Marketing Aimed at Kids | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Complaints name McDonald's, Viacom, Turner, General Mills, SubwayKids...
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This looks pretty cool: Nukotoys launches trading-card activated mobile apps

This looks pretty cool: Nukotoys launches trading-card activated mobile apps | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Merging physical toys with mobile games, Silicon Valley startup Nukotoys has released two new educational kids apps, Animal Planet Wildlands and Monsterology, that interact with its Nuko collectible trading cards.
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Children's Technology Review » Is There a Transmedia Generation Gap?

Children's Technology Review » Is There a Transmedia Generation Gap? | Smart Media | Scoop.it

I noticed at the recent Children’s Media Conference in England, however, that conversations about transmedia seemed to have a new, more organic and natural flow to them. These presentations and discussions came from experts across mediums – publishing, broadcasting, games, virtual worlds, mobile media – and in sessions with varied themes – creative content, audience engagement, financial models. Their approach bespoke a coherent development process, in which pieces of the story were parceled out to the appropriate platforms from the start, rather than beginning from one device as the omphalos and tacking on other pieces.


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Moshi Monsters gets mobile

Moshi Monsters gets mobile | Smart Media | Scoop.it
UK-based Mind Candy and global mobile social gaming company Gree have entered into a partnership that will expand Mind Candy's internet sensation Moshi Monsters to mobile devices for the first time with two new games for the Gree platform set for...
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New social discovery platform Ping.it aims to bring social media sharing into real time.

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Parents ask: What are the benefits of children’s eBooks? An enhanced reading experience, introduction to technology, and ease of consumption | KiteReaders eBooks & book apps

Children today are able to use new technologies, such as tablets, with amazing ease. As a result, these tools are quickly becoming the medium through which today’s kids are learning and interacting. However, many parents are still hesitant to use tablets as a medium through which children can learn and read.

 

It does not help that games like Angry Birds and Tiny Village encourage kids to spend hours looking at a screen without gaining any educational benefits or skills. However, there are several progressive companies within children’s publishing that are striving to change this. These companies are coming up with innovative and new methods that allow children to connect to the story and digest information more easily than ever before ...


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POWER TO THE PIXEL « 10 questions potential partners will ask about your cross-media project

POWER TO THE PIXEL « 10 questions potential partners will ask about your cross-media project | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Your cross-media project is well under way. You have a killer pitch, great teaser content, and are ready to start talking to development and finance partners. But what else will they want to know about it?


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How to Create for Digital Kids - MIPJunior 2012

What are the differences we're seeing between production in TV and Digital, why does it matter, and what does it mean when you're trying to roll-out TV IP to digital experiences? What can digital do to grow and enrich IPs, instead of just supporting them? What is specific when you're addressing kids? Get the original point of view from digital production agency MediaMonks. And share the experience of the team behind the "Stay Tuned" programme for teens, on both the broadcast and producer's side.


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Amen to that: It’s all about the content, not the container.

Amen to that: It’s all about the content, not the container. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
'Content' - the Latin root is the same for both meanings of the word. Perhaps it stems from when the original meaning for contentment was "to be pleasantly full from a good meal." So one can only be truly content if the content was good.
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The best children's apps are about great storytelling and strong characters

The best children's apps are about great storytelling and strong characters | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Stuart Dredge: "Technology doesn't replace traditional skills, but it can bring kids into the creative process" ...


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And the 2012 Licensing Awards winners are…

And the 2012 Licensing Awards winners are… | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The seventh-annual UK-based Licensing Awards have been announced in honor of this year's best in all areas of the licensing and marketing industries.
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Square Enix Launches Free Browser-Based Games Portal

Square Enix Launches Free Browser-Based Games Portal | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Core Online now features Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light coming soon.
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Mattel expands Apptivity toy line linking real world toys to iPad apps.

Mattel expands Apptivity toy line linking real world toys to iPad apps. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Further tapping the needs of tech-savvy kids, Mattel has added new brands including Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope and Monster High to its Apptivity toy line that enables screen-safe toys to interact with apps for the iPad.
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What Audiences Want: Study Uncovers Possible Futures for Storytelling | Latitude Research°

Earlier this year, Latitude set out to understand audiences’ evolving expectations around their everyday content experiences—with TV shows, movies, books, plot-driven video games, news, and even advertising. We began by speaking with leaders in the emerging “transmedia” space to investigate the challenges and the opportunities that today’s storytellers are encountering.


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Khan Academy to launch computer science curriculum

Khan Academy to launch computer science curriculum | Smart Media | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, free online tutorial service Khan Academy will launch a new series of instructional videos covering the field of computer science.
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YoYo Games builds monetization & analytics services into its game development tools

YoYo Games builds monetization & analytics services into its game development tools | Smart Media | Scoop.it
YoYo Games is making it easy to tap monetization and analytics services from within its cross-platform game development tools.

 

YoYo Games hopes to revolutionize the way that game developers make money from their games by making it easy to tap monetization and analytics services from within its cross-platform game development tools.

 

The integration of new services is part of a plan to promote GameMaker: Studio, the company’s cross-platform game development tool which it sells to developers, as a lingua franca for making games. Those tools make it easy to publish games on any platform and have them run at native performance speeds. That is, the games can run as if they were authored specifically to run on that particular platform. On top of this cross-platform advantage, Dundee, Scotland-based YoYo Games also says it has taken the hassle out of adopting monetization and analytics services.

 

Now it’s a simple matter for developers to choose different monetization options and publish their games to a variety of app stores. That makes the process of making money from games more accessible, efficient and scalable than ever before. It effectively lowers the barriers that stand in the way of making money on games....


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