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Pottermore Insider: Discover more from J.K. Rowling – Peeves the poltergeist

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The Pottermore Insider: The Official Blog of Pottermore. Written by members of the Pottermore team, the Insider is here to bring you the latest news and updates on all things Pottermore.

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Digital-Storytime's iPad Best of the Best, with Free books for ages 2-12

Last summer, Digital Storytime identified 25 Top book apps for 2011, but in 2012 the market has simply exploded! This year we decided to feature the Top 50 "Best of the Best" book apps for the iPad, just in time for Back-to-School. These are all fully reviewed books, rated on our 9-point scale.

Presented in the blog, The Digital Media Diet, the list includes four sections, for ages under 3 (toddlers), ages 3-5 (preschoolers), ages 6-8 (elementary) and ages 9-12 (tweens). The list also includes some of the Best titles to come out so far in 2012, and all four lists have the top Free titles listed at the end.

"I have been so impressed (and overwhelmed) in 2012 by the sheer volume of exceptional books for kids in app form for the iPad," says Digital-Storytime co-founder, Carisa Kluver. "We even have a substantial list of over 50 titles I recommend to my own friends, all free. I often suggest this list as a great starting point for new iPad owners, teachers and parents, especially when looking to build their digital library on a budget. Prices update daily on our site, so this list is always changing."

We also want to take a moment to thank the hard-working developers and content creators who made all of this wonderful digital literature available to our children, including: Oceanhouse Media, Nosy Crow, Auryn Apps, Ruckus Media, Callaway Digital, Electric Eggplant, Triology Studios, Kiwa Media, Jelly Biscuits, DemiBooks, PicPocket Books, Mindshapes, OC Graphics, Monster Costume, Bacciz, Mythos Machine, The Melody Book, Bayard UK, 7wonderlicious, Disney Digital, Loud Crow, Tizio Publishing, Ladybird Books, Game Collage, Story WorldWide, EPIC, Slap Happy Larry, Ink Robin, Touch Press, AppBooks, Random House Digital, Winged Chariot Press, Lima Sky, Whynocerus, Agio Studios, Night & Day Studios, Duck Duck Moose, Lazoo, Frubeez, Invent-A-Tale, kid-estorybooks, Stew Leonards, AVG Tech, Fi Productions, and even San Francisco's Exploratorium Museum.

Find all of these apps on our list, sort our site by age/price/quality (and more) or download the AppStar Picks app, where most of these titles have a home. AppStar Picks is available for free in the AppStore on iTunes. AppStar Picks is a unique and innovative app that provides a smart way for parents, teachers and others to discover hundreds of the best apps for kids. All recommended apps have been thoroughly and independently reviewed by other parents and educators. Digital-Storytime is one of several trusted contributors to this app, which got its start after several reviewers met through MomsWithApps and their ParentsWithApps developer forums.

"If the digital publishing market for picture book apps continues to grow at this pace, we may need a Top 100 next summer," says Ms. Kluver, adding, "I may also need a little help getting everything reviewed!"


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girls who live in fantasy land meet the real guy

girls who live in fantasy land meet the real guy | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
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Will Terry - Children's Book Illustrator: Are eBooks/Story apps evolutionary? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids

Will Terry - Children's Book Illustrator: Are eBooks/Story apps evolutionary? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
If you could ride a horse really fast back in 1860 you might have been able to land a job delivering mail for the Pony Express.
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How Touch Screens Changed Consumer Electronics « Transmedia ...

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The latest smartphones and media tablets have already helped to evolve the user requirements for the human interface with computer-based devices — people like to touch the screen. Now, notebook and all-in-one PCs will ...
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Why Social TV Engagement has Yet to Gain Traction « Transmedia ...

Why Social TV Engagement has Yet to Gain Traction « Transmedia ... | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
Large developing markets such as Brazil, India and China are more likely to fully exploit the capabilities of emerging connected TV platforms and services than their counterparts in developed Western markets — such as the ...
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The Ten Commandments Of Twitter

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Oscar Del Santo: "The proliferation of trolls and fanatics in our beloved chirping microblog has made it urgent to issue some shared guidelines we can all adhere to" ...


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iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 4: Tweens) | The Digital Media Diet

iPad Best of the Best – 50 Essential Children’s Book Apps (Part 4: Tweens) | The Digital Media Diet | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

Children’s book apps have been around now for over two years and we have seen a lot of wonderful titles at Digital-Storytime.com over this time. What follows is the third of a four-part series, listing the best 50 iPad books for kids, broken down by age. You can see our first list (for toddlers) here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=1645. Our second list (for preschoolers) is here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=1683. And our third list (for ages six to nine) is here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=1714.

 

This list is of apps that are appropriate for kids aged nine to twelve, often considered ‘tweens’ , although many are also quite enjoyable for children a bit younger and older than this range (including adults). We’ve selected the very best titles we’ve found for tweens in 2012. We have not included any of the titles that made our list in 2011, so please also check out: iPad Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps.


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Study: Stupid robots can make kids smarter | Digital Trends

Study: Stupid robots can make kids smarter | Digital Trends | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
Inserting a robot that gets things wrong into a classroom environment may sound counterintuitive, but according to a new Japanese study, it's something that helps children learn.

 

If you believe that the best way to learn is through simple trial and error, you’ll be happy to know that – despite numerous impressive advances in technology that have seen the introduction of not only computers, but also tablets, into the classroom – the educational establishment still agrees with you. It’s just that the failures that teach children belong to robots now, apparently.

 

A story in New Scientist explains that Japanese children are learning to speak English faster than before thanks to a new robot that tries to teach them, but gets things wrong. The discovery comes after Shizuko Matsuzoe and Fumihide Tanaka, two scientists at the University of Tsukuba, studied nineteen children aged between four and eight years old interacted with a humanoid robot known as Nao as it tried to teach them simple English words for shapes such as “circle,” “square” or “heart.”...


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How to Find Top Recommended iPad & iPhone Apps for Kids in the App Store — Groovin' On Apps

How to Find Top Recommended iPad & iPhone Apps for Kids in the App Store — Groovin' On Apps | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
The Apps for Kids collection in the App Store makes finding the best iPad and iPhone apps for your kids quicker and easier. Here's how to find and use it.

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  Just in time for the Ontario Family Day Holiday, here is a great site to help you find highly recommended iPad & iPhone Apps for kids( in case you missed it last August). Be sure to play outside with your kids, too! :-)

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Good Free Apps of the Day: Collins Big Cat ... - Smart Apps For Kids

Good Free Apps of the Day: Collins Big Cat ... - Smart Apps For Kids | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
HarperCollins has just made SIX of its "Big Cat" book apps free. These apps are great for pre-readers and early readers. They include the usual read-by-myself and read-to-me options but in addition the 'Story Creator' option ...
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Twitter / Transmedia_NZ: Ted Hope starting keynote address ...

Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.
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Transmedia: How to Understand Cross-Platform User Behavior ...

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We found that nine out of ten people use multiple screens sequentially and that smartphones are by far the most common starting point for sequential activity. So completing a task like booking a flight online or managing ...
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BBC to launch digital CBeebies Magazine for iPad and iPhone

BBC to launch digital CBeebies Magazine for iPad and iPhone | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
The BBC's range of CBeebies-branded print magazines have proved popular with parents, but now they're going digital. Well, one of them is.

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Whenabouts Turns “Modern Antiques” into a Transmedia Adventure for Curious Kids

Whenabouts Turns “Modern Antiques” into a Transmedia Adventure for Curious Kids | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
Floppy disks, VCRs, telegrams, crates, and even snail-mail become puzzle pieces in a new hybrid book / subscription / game experience.

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To Raise A Generation Of Creative Kids, Let Them Make Their Own Stories

To Raise A Generation Of Creative Kids, Let Them Make Their Own Stories | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
This piece is part of a Collaborative Fund-curated series on creativity and values written by thought leaders in the for-profit, for-good business space.A generation of kids is now growing up with a deluge of new screens, new technologies, and new...

 

A generation of kids is now growing up with a deluge of new screens, new technologies, and new tools that are perfectly set up to help stimulate kids’ natural creative instincts. But these devices can equally be used for passive consumption of media and entertainment. Every time I see our kids walk up to the TV and try to swipe through content wishing it to be a giant iPad, I realize that they’re begging to be able to participate and create with media.

 

We can determine the direction of our children. We need to help facilitate a shift toward helping kids become their own content creators, not just content consumers. For this shift to happen we need to invest in better stories, better technology tools, and better education.

 

COLLABORATIVE STORIES

 

For years, stories have been predominately linear push communications. Elite storytelling auteurs would weave their masterful tales. The great stories were devoured page-by-page, scene-by-scene by an engrossed, yet passive audience. However, kids growing up now will never know this purely passive form of content consumption....


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Rick Heinrichs Talks About Interactive Transmedia, Collaborating with Creative ... - Collider.com

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Collider.comRick Heinrichs Talks About Interactive Transmedia, Collaborating with Creative ...Collider.comWhile continuing to raise the overall creative output across all of the projects developed for the innovative transmedia RIDES.tv, he brings...
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Materials for Children with Disabilities: Books, Boys, and Reading: A ...

Do you know of GuysRead, the organization created by Jon Scieszka, to promote reading among boys? That's definitely a great resource - www.guysread.com. In fact, Scieszka was chosen the first National Ambassador for ...
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Free iOS App - We Want Apps (Find educational apps) - UCET

Free iOS App - We Want Apps (Find educational apps) - UCET | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
Whether you instantly find the exact App you've always hoped you'd come across or get App recommendations from your friends, your children's app needs will now be taken care of. HIGHLIGHTS: ✓ Find the most appropriate ...
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What can digital do for us? Think big | FutureBook

What can digital do for us? Think big | FutureBook | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

In Penny Marshall's 1988 film, Big, the twelve-year-old protagonist, Josh Baskin, is turned away from a carnival ride for being too short. Later, standing in front of a fortune teller machine, Josh makes a wish to be big. This being Hollywood, he awakes the next day in the body of a thirty-year-old man (Tom Hanks).
 
Quite aside from its merits as a family comedy, Big reveals how adults might do well to think like children. Adjusting to life as a grown up, Josh takes a menial job at a toy company. Remarkably, he brings to the office so much childish creativity and chutzpah that he is promoted from Computer Operator to Designer with improbable speed. At one point, Josh pitches an idea to a colleague which only now, twenty-five years on, is being realised in the real world: the interactive electronic book ...


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A Web 3.0 Primer on the “Semantic Web”

A Web 3.0 Primer on the “Semantic Web” | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

“Web 3.0": for those of you who might have been sleeping during your Internet History classes, this third generation of the Web is one which expands upon the linkages, accessibility and collaboration enabled by Web 2.0 technologies such as social media and content-management systems.

 

Web 3.0 extends the idea of a more open internet by seeking to fundamentally change the way the internet is coded and data is represented.

 

The idea is that if its possible to standardize the way content is organized on the web into a family of categories, then those categories themselves will have basic meaning to other sites and applications that might be accessing that data.

 

Full Post: http://splatworld.tv/sitegeist/a-web-3-0-primer-on-the-semantic-web.htm


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Semantic is sure to be Large and In Charge so great catch Anonino.
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Top 10 Choose Your Own Adventure Style Interactive YouTube Videos - SocialTimes

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Top 10 Choose Your Own Adventure Style Interactive YouTube Videos...

 

One of the hidden treasures of YouTube that a lot of viewers aren’t aware of is the fact that it is full of exciting Choose Your Own Adventure style videos. Thanks to YouTube Annotations, creators are able to insert links allowing viewers to click and choose the direction they want the story to take. We’ve compiled a list of ten of the most exciting YouTube interactive adventures for your interactive viewing pleasure, so sit back and get ready to choose your own adventure!...


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Google’s Multi-Screen Mantra

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Google is out with a new study “The New Multi-screen World: Understanding Cross-Platform Consumer Behavior.” It describes how we use multiple screens for the completion of a single task.

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Taking Storytelling Digital - Publishers Weekly

Taking Storytelling Digital - Publishers Weekly | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
Taking Storytelling DigitalPublishers WeeklyHoping to do something more interesting, and attractive, than merely digitizing a print book for e-reading, Horowitz, with two partners, launched Ying Horowitz & Quinn, a kind of transmedia shop that, at...
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TEDx for Dreamers, Geeks and Mindshifters - Transmedia Newswire

TEDx for Dreamers, Geeks and Mindshifters - Transmedia Newswire | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
This year's TEDxTransmedia challenges speakers to look at transmedia entertainment with the fresh eyes of Internet Natives, a younger generation growing up with interactive technologies as a natural part of their lives.
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