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Market trends, politics, technologies, media, and innovations at the crossroads of 21st-century entertainment and education.
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'Angry Birds' Telepods Target 'Skylanders' Retail Tower With Their New Special Powers

'Angry Birds' Telepods Target 'Skylanders' Retail Tower With Their New Special Powers | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Angry Birds Star Wars II game releases tomorrow on tablets and offers a Skylanders style feature linking physical toys to in game characters.
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Interesting move for such an uber-casual game, to go for the digital/real world crossover. 

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With only 7 titles to choose from, 350,000 textbooks downloaded from Apple iBooks in the first 3 days they were available.

With only 7 titles to choose from, 350,000 textbooks downloaded from Apple iBooks in the first 3 days they were available. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Here's an awesome stat - last week, in the first three days that Apple made textbooks available for purchase at their iBooks store for the iPad, 350,000 books were downloaded...and just seven titles were available.
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Once Upon a Time … An Overview of the Children’s Book App Market – Guest Post by Julie Brannon | The Digital Media Diet

Once Upon a Time … An Overview of the Children’s Book App Market – Guest Post by Julie Brannon | The Digital Media Diet | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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2011 – The Year’s Best Digital Books for Kids – 31 Five-Star iPad Apps Not to be Missed | The Digital Media Diet

2011 – The Year’s Best Digital Books for Kids – 31 Five-Star iPad Apps Not to be Missed | The Digital Media Diet | Smart Media | Scoop.it

At Digital-Storytime.com, we are celebrating our first birthday! We’d like to pay tribute to last year’s very best picture book apps for the iPad and the developers who made these reading experiences possible.

 

For the final post in our blog, I want to highlight the 31 books to receive a perfect 5-Star review on our site. With over 400 reviews, that means these apps are the cream of the crop, representing fewer than 10% of all the titles we’ve seen. We have awarded all of these developers our “Digital Storytime Star” for overall merit.

 

Since there are 31 days in January, we will be celebrating these wonderful books, one each day during the next month. Join us on our Facebook page for all the festivities to honor the 27 developers who’ve produced these fine apps for children.

 

This list is in order from oldest review to newest. The first few were reviewed in the very last days of 2010 but all were hits in 2011. And who knows what 2012 will bring?


Via Carisa Kluver, Dr. Alison C Kay PGCE
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The Social Media Monthly Magazine’s Holiday Edition - Occupy, Apps & More

The Social Media Monthly Magazine’s Holiday Edition - Occupy, Apps & More | Smart Media | Scoop.it

The Social Media Monthly, was named on Tuesday, December 5th, 2011 as one of the hottest magazine launches of 2011 by MIN, an organization that reports on the publishing industry, and Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni. Of the more than eight hundred new magazine launches over the last twelve months, The Social Media Monthly was recognized among a select group of fifteen as this year’s hottest.


The December issue features a cover design by graphic design artist Jonathan Lamb. The cover portrays a family peering into a store window during the holidays excited by all the new social media toys on display. Feature articles include a review of the Occupy Wall Street protests and how the loosely knit organization leveraged social media between groups of protestors around the world written by Adriel Hampton, as well an in-depth look at the growing children’s app market for smartphones and tablets written by Julie Brannon.

 

Available on newstands or as an app ☛ http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-social-media-monthly/id444080432?mt=8


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The nuts and bolts of using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LibraryCity

The nuts and bolts of using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LibraryCity | Smart Media | Scoop.it

My sister the retired schoolteacher came to e-books only late in life, but you’d never know it from her enthusiasm for her iPad as a reading tool. Dorothy can blow up the type, for example. She actually reads faster than before. In fact, she hopes to use e-books to help spur her grandchildren to read.

 

How can Dorothy best succeed at this? And what about parents and grandparents in low-income households without paper books and without her educational background; could similar technology work for them?

 

Imagine the benefits if Alice for the iPad and other good e-reading programs not only are accessible to the disadvantaged but also are used properly, so that toddlers and other younger children absorb words and ideas, not just get caught up in electronic bells and whistles ...


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Should you ask Santa for a tablet or an e-reader?

Should you ask Santa for a tablet or an e-reader? | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Folks haven't made this much fuss about tablets since biblical times.

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Are We Wired for Mobile Learning?

Are We Wired for Mobile Learning? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Because of the proliferation of new technologies, the younger generation today is outgrowing traditional forms of education – remember pencils, chalkboards, textbooks and graphing calculators?
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Educational Dr. Seuss apps head to Apple devices

Educational Dr. Seuss apps head to Apple devices | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Oceanhouse Media, Dr Seuss Enterprises and Random house bring The Cat in the Hat Learning series to cross-platform apps.

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I totally want to try this myself: iPad app lets kids publish their own physical books.

I totally want to try this myself: iPad app lets kids publish their own physical books. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
An iPad app from Scribble Press lets kids publish their own books.

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A slew of nifty iPad presentation apps, pitched to classroom use but suited to any collective enterprise.

A slew of nifty iPad presentation apps, pitched to classroom use but suited to any collective enterprise. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Un journal personnalisé, regroupant articles, vidéos et photos sélectionnés par mrpotter.
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Apple announces iBooks 2, a new textbook experience for the iPad.

Apple announces iBooks 2, a new textbook experience for the iPad. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
"Education is deep in our DNA, and it has been since the very beginning," said Phil Schiller, Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing. On that thought Apple just announced iBooks 2.

This move is centered around reinvent the textbook.
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Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad

Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A technology shift is under way. The PC’s promise to transform how learning happens in the classroom is being realized by Apple’s iPad.
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Make room in the toy box for the iPad.

Make room in the toy box for the iPad. | Smart Media | Scoop.it

This Christmas, parents are expected to let their babies drool on the iPad.  And color on it.  And sing along with it.

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IPad-crazed tots spur holiday tablet sales rush

IPad-crazed tots spur holiday tablet sales rush | Smart Media | Scoop.it

One iPad isn't enough for Patrick Smith's family.

 

Smith, an American Web designer living in Germany, has two kids vying for their tablet computer. The younger one started tapping and finger-swiping the screen by age 1, leading to tussles over who gets to play with the Apple device. Now Smith is considering buying another tablet for Christmas ...

 


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TouchyBooks | Home - iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone Apps. Interactive Digital books for kids

TouchyBooks | Home - iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone Apps. Interactive Digital books for kids | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Great interactive books for kids on smartphones and tablets that make the learning process more perceptive and intuitive.


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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Makes the iPad Feel Like Magic

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Makes the iPad Feel Like Magic | Smart Media | Scoop.it
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is on iOS and Android in a nostalgically delicious new app.
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