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An indie state of mind: Small developers dominate upper app ranks

An indie state of mind: Small developers dominate upper app ranks | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Big brands might be dominating the preschool mobile space at the moment, but take a look at the top educational apps for iPad and you'll see that many are produced by independent developers.
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It appears that indie developers dominate the ranks of top educational iPad apps.

 

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Has Nickelodeon found its new bread winner?

Has Nickelodeon found its new bread winner? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Nickelodeon 's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber." The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar.
Karen B Wehner's insight:

Gotta love when the little guys hit it big.

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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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Osmo Digital Toy Aims to Bring iPad-Addicted Kids Back to Real Life - Personal Tech News - WSJ

Osmo Digital Toy Aims to Bring iPad-Addicted Kids Back to Real Life - Personal Tech News - WSJ | Smart Media | Scoop.it
This software and accessory pack is meant to help break the zombie-like stares of iPad-hooked kids, and bring more of the real world back into the mix, by providing games that interact with just about any physical object.
Karen B Wehner's insight:

I'm all for this type of real world/digital play crossover (as is my own educational game, The Time Tribe). 

 

The Osmo seems a cut above some of the other tablet/gizmo offerings out there, in that it uses the iPad's own camera technology to allow kids to bring their own - and not just the prescribed - real world objects into the mix. One to watch?

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