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A Collaborative Animation Platform, From Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, And Google

A Collaborative Animation Platform, From Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, And Google | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan: "Over the past three years, Google Data Arts creative director Aaron Koblin and director Chris Milk have produced some of the most powerful music videos of all time, by allowing passive viewers to participate in the creative process."


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Amazon launches new game studio - CNN.com

Amazon launches new game studio - CNN.com | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
Amazon is getting into the game-making game. The Seattle-based company announced its first major social-game title, "Living Classics," on Monday.

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Papo & Yo explores abuse, fear, and poverty through... block puzzles?

Papo & Yo explores abuse, fear, and poverty through... block puzzles? | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

Papo & Yo creator Vander Caballero talks about his unique puzzle platformer,…...

 

It's not every day you stumble across a video game that is, at its core, about the fear and pain of growing up with an alcoholic, abusive father. But it's just that kind of personal backstory that makes upcoming PS3 indie puzzle platformer Papo & Yo stand out among crowds of first-person shooters and throwaway casual games that seem to be the focus of much of the industry these days.

 

Not that the game is in your face about its message. You can play Papo & Yo and be totally unaware of the specific inspiration for the game's hulking pink monster, who can eat frogs to transform from being young protagonist Quico's best friend into an uncontrollable force of nature that is Quico's biggest threat. But creator Vander Caballero said he hopes the metaphorical beast will convey the feelings he had growing up in a house with just such an unpredictable parent.

 

"I just remember how afraid and how out of control I was in the world I was living in and how I couldn't do anything to save the situation even if I wanted to," Caballero said during a demonstration of the game last week. "I was just really vulnerable, and the only way I could get some control of my life was to play games and toys."...


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Me Books - Free App Lets Kids Create New Versions of Popular Books

Me Books - Free App Lets Kids Create New Versions of Popular Books | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

Parents of Little People!

 

Me Books is a magical new app for children that lets them create their own editions of some of the most popular books ever published.

 

The award-winning Me Books app is FREE to download from the iTunes store and includes a selection of FREE titles to try out right away.

 

Your favourite picture books

 

Me Books is bursting with picture book gems from classics like Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit to modern favourites Elmer, Peppa Pig and Charlie & Lola....


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Hearing then seeing. The next entertainment 'sense' maybe touch!? Disney Augmented Reality

Instead, Disney researchers employ a newly discovered physical phenomenon called reverse electrovibration to create the illusion of changing textures as the user's fingers sweep across a surface. A weak electrical signal, which can be applied imperceptibly anywhere on the user's body, creates an oscillating electrical field around the user's fingers that is responsible for the tactile feedback.

The technology, called REVEL, could be used to create "please touch" museum displays, add haptic feedback to games, apply texture to projected images on surfaces of any size and shape, provide customized directions on walls for people with visual disabilities and enhance other applications of augmented reality.

"Augmented reality to date has focused primarily on visual and auditory feedback, but less on the sense of touch," said Olivier Bau, a postdoc at Disney Research, Pittsburgh. "Sight and sound are important, but we believe the addition of touch can create a really unique and magical experience."


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Digital Literacy Across the Curriculum

Digital Literacy Across the Curriculum - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), text file (.txt) or read online for free.

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Classical literature “gamified” to encourage children to read | The Oxford Student

Classical literature “gamified” to encourage children to read | The Oxford Student | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

Oxford University Press has announced a partnership with a mobile and social web game developer to “gamify” popular classical literature for children.

 

SecretBuilders, the developer, will introduce characters and plots in digital format, with the aim of engaging children and teenagers up to the age of 15 in classical literature. This entertaining digital learning experience is in support of the “50 Great Reads Before 15” initiative, designed to encourage children to read. Chief Executive Officer of SecretBuilders, Umair Khan said: “Our mission is to help kids catch the reading bug early and often ...


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Designing Children's Play in the Digital Age

There are two ways to design play for children in the digital age, especially if your game is a product that you want parents to buy to support the learning and development of their children.

 

You can either: guess or observe.

 

Guessing is where you imagine what children need, you look at the research on paper, you think about your childhood or your children's experience and you develop an app, a digital learning environment, a toy, a puzzle that you believe will be appropriate for children.

 

This is a reasonable way to develop a product, it is also very hit and miss. We see a lot of apps being developed in this environment and not enough testing or iterations of an idea. We see simulations of toys and many copies of successful interactive tools. It isn't surprising many fail to meet both the creators' and parents' expectations. Young children, well they just don't give poorly designed learning tools a second chance.

 

With observation you need more patience ...


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Applications for 2013 May Gibbs Literary Fellowship about to close

Applications for 2013 May Gibbs Literary Fellowship about to close | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
May Gibbs Children's literature trust supports the creativeness and careers of contemporary Australian children's authors and illustrators...
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New Harry Potter Site Launches; J.K. Rowling Live Webcast Scheduled

New Harry Potter Site Launches; J.K. Rowling Live Webcast Scheduled | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

Scholastic has launched the Harry Potter Reading Club, an online portal aimed at educators, librarians, after-school program coordinators, and parents.


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Transmedia as foresighting. transmedia futures event s lab ocadu

A talk given July 31 2012, at the Transmedia Futures event, sLab OCADU...

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UA study shows electronic books can help kids learn to read — if digital extras don’t distract - Local News

UA study shows electronic books can help kids learn to read — if digital extras don’t distract - Local News | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

Electronic books for preschoolers jazz up their stories with videos, animations and games that make Goodnight Moon look like something chiseled in the Stone Age. Such books can help children learn the early skills they need for reading, but not if the special features distract them from the story on the page.

 

That’s what University of Akron researchers discovered during a three-year, federally funded project at four local Head Start sites that ended this spring. The project, called Akron Ready Steps, tested whether focusing on early literacy skills throughout the preschool day would improve children’s readiness for kindergarten. Researchers also explored the learning potential of e-books, which can be read on mobile touchscreen devices such as iPads ...


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PlaySquare

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PlaySquare™ is Touchable Television™ – a totally new iPad experience for children where they become part of the storyworld with the touch of a finger!

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Hospitopia virtual world | AvatarGeneration

Hospitopia virtual world | AvatarGeneration | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
Kids charitable virtual world social game...

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Teachers Guide to The 21st Century Learning Model : Connected Learning

Teachers Guide to The 21st Century Learning Model : Connected Learning | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

Here are some important characteristics of connected learning model :

1- Interest-driven
When a subject is particularly interesting and relevant, learners tend to achieve higher learning outcomes.

2- Peer-supported
When working and collaborating with other peers ,students become highly engaged and learn more.

3- Academically oriented
When academia relates to students immediate learning needs and interest-driven pursuits, learners blossom and realize their real potential.

4- Production centred :
Connected learning prioritizes the learning that helps students produce, create, experiment, and design, a learning that promotes skills and life long learning dispositions.

5- Shared purpose
Connected learners share the same purpose which is that of thriving around common goals and interests via leveraging the several opportunities of cross cultural and cross generational learning that social media and web-based communities provide....


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A Jazzy Day - Music Education Book for Kids for iPad - Digital Storytime's 5-Star Review

A Jazzy Day - Music Education Book for Kids for iPad - Digital Storytime's 5-Star Review | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

Young music lovers (and their parents) are in for a treat with A Jazzy Day: Swinging with the BIG BAND ... an animated, interactive and enriching musical tale about one hip cat 'dad' taking his cool-cat kittens to see the big band play. All of the musicians are animated animal characters, beautifully illustrated and instructive as they demonstrate each of their instruments. Learn about the different sections of the band, from rhythm to horns and even the role of the conductor ...


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Showcasing Canadian Digital Creativity, part 1: Kids

Showcasing Canadian Digital Creativity, part 1: Kids | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

James Martin: "Canada is MIPCOM 2012's Country of Honour. From now until then, we'll be highlighting the nation's most creative projects, via the CMF/FMC. Enjoy!"


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Transcript for the 8/5/12 #storyappchat: Back to School

Thanks to all the educators who popped in to this week’s #storyappchat to weigh in on the Common Core standards, how apps are and could be used in the classroom, and technology challenges and...

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Little Story Maker App: Listening, Reading, Customizing, Personalizing | Langwitches Blog

Little Story Maker App: Listening, Reading, Customizing, Personalizing | Langwitches Blog | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it

I am completely impressed with the “Little Story Maker” App by Grasshopper Apps. (Thank you to Karen Lirenman, a first Grade teacher from Surrey, BC, Canada) I happen to visit my little niece in Canada this past week.


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Inkling squeezes interactive ebooks onto your iPhone

Inkling squeezes interactive ebooks onto your iPhone | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
After schooling the publishing industry on how interactive ebooks could be tackled on the iPad, Inkling is now focusing on the iPhone’s much smaller screen with its latest release.


Inkling 3 brings the company’s extensive library of digital textbooks, cookbooks, and Frommer’s travel guides to the iPhone and iPod Touch. The news comes a few months after Inkling opened up its platform to the Web, allowing anyone with a web browser to access its titles.

 

While the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen isn’t exactly conducive to long reading sessions, the new app means that Inkling is primed for the release of the iPhone 5 (or whatever it’ll be called), which is expected to have a 4-inch display. The company says that more than 4,000 schools are using its platform for digital textbooks, so the addition of iPhone support will also give students less of an excuse for not doing their class reading....


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Muvizu | Animation software

Muvizu | Animation software | Young Adult and Children's Stories | Scoop.it
Muvizu is a free software application that lets you make 3D animated movies on your home computer...
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One Word, One Day

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Around Australia, illustrators were brought together to create pictures, and work and play. Each...
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May Gibbs Fellowship Adelaide 2012 Part 1 | Jeni Mawter's Blog

I have been in the beautiful city of Adelaide for the first half of a one month literary fellowship.
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