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Interesting news, reviews & trends in children's digital publishing from founder of Digital-Storytime
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Piccolo Picture Books: Top Quality Book Apps for Kids - Special Black Friday Sale! - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod

Piccolo Picture Books: Top Quality Book Apps for Kids - Special Black Friday Sale! - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Piccolo Picture Books is your perfect digital library for some great interactive storybook apps for kids. It offers a collection of more than 25 top quality and successful books for kids.

 

$0.99 SALE on all bookstore purchases for Black Friday! http://ds-ti.me/sale.php

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Brave Rooney FREE at Digital Storytime - Educational Apps For Kids

Brave Rooney FREE at Digital Storytime - Educational Apps For Kids | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Happy Thanksgiving! I took a break from ridiculously over-eating to read a note from our pals at Digital Storytime saying that Brave Rooney, which they rated 4-1/2 stars, is FREE until Sunday night!
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Curating Book App Mom: A Reply to NY Times and Times Articles Against Children's Book Apps. Part I

Thank goodness for a sane reply in Digital Book World to what seems like a "campaign" against Children's Book Apps by either contributors or reporters of the NY Times, Washington Post, Times, Publishers' Weekly, and even in British The Guardian.

 

I'm not going to include the links to these articles because I don't want their stats to get even more visitors (which benefits them). I wasn't planning on dignifying them with a reply, but now I see they are getting picked up by other media, and when a fallacy spreads round, a whole new industry could be seriously damaged if parents are fed that this is somehow "bad" for their children.

 

As Jeremy Greenfield's reply points out: there is no research to back up these paranoid ideas ...

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For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper

For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Many parents say they want their children to be surrounded by print books, and to experience turning physical pages as they learn about shapes, colors and animals.
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Writers are authoring their own destinies

Writers are authoring their own destinies | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

TO PARENTS and children, she is known affectionately as the hippo lady but her business cards read: Hazel Edwards, authorpreneur.

 

The word was coined three years ago by the writer of children's books best known for There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, when Edwards was scratching around for a name for a workshop about the convergence of authors' creative and commercial interests.


Edwards is one of a new breed of authors and illustrators who have turned themselves into a small business to take advantage of the internet.

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Fire is best Kindle yet, but no match for iPad - The Denver Post

Fire is best Kindle yet, but no match for iPad - The Denver Post | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The Kindle was always an odd name. Amazon used a verb to name a thing, raising the question: Kindle what? Now we have the answer: Kindle Fire. But can it beat the iPad ...

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Read Me an E-Book Story

Can kids' books on a tablet beat the real thing? A father of two takes a reading test.
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RUCKUS MEDIA GROUP PARTNERS WITH ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL® FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL THANKS AND GIVING® CAMPAIGN

RUCKUS MEDIA GROUP PARTNERS WITH ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL® FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL THANKS AND GIVING® CAMPAIGN | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Ruckus Media will donate to St. Jude 100% of the net proceeds ($1.39) of the company’s classic Read-Play-and-Record Along Rabbit Ears interactive storybooks from November 15 – December 31, 2011.

 

Customers will be supporting the hospital’s lifesaving work of finding cures and saving children with deadly diseases with each app download, specially priced at $1.99 during the campaign.

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EdTech for the Younger Ones? Not Without Trained Teachers

EdTech for the Younger Ones? Not Without Trained Teachers | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Amid the agitation over childhood in the digital age, two visions are battling it out.

One side soars with optimism. Digital technology has become so intuitive, so finger-swipe simple, that even babies can open and manipulate information on a touch-screen tablet. The world is at their fingertips. Who needs adults anyway?

 

The other side panics. Digital technology is becoming so pervasive, so irresponsibly rampant, that children's minds are at risk. Learning is only learning when it happens in old-fashioned ways, with wooden blocks and playdough.

 

Both visions spell trouble. Parents, families and teachers are either omitted or in the background. There is no recognition of how much learning happens when adults get involved and expose children to the wonders of the world and then, using the growing range of tools at their disposal, help children seek answers to questions about what they have seen and experienced.

 

That's why it's so encouraging to read Take a Giant Step: A Blueprint for Teaching Young Children in a Digital Age, a new report from Digital Age Teacher Preparation Council established by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, funded by the Joyce Foundation. The report provides ...

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Curating Book App Mom: No more puzzles, matching pairs and coloring games in book apps please!

Curating Book App Mom: No more puzzles, matching pairs and coloring games in book apps please! | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

After the last series on Book Apps With a Message, the upcoming series in this blog is: KidLit Apps Just For Fun.

 

I've read statements from publishing people, developers, and even reviewers, talking about interactivity in book apps like it "takes away from the reading experience". (Which I don't agree with. It's a different kind of reading, but that doesn't mean the child reader of book apps does not get the message, is not engrossed or involved, or doesn't crave more reading).

 

I've touched upon this issue in earlier posts, but I'd like to remind my readers about the issue of expectations from the medium ...

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The Children's App Manifesto

We: Parents, Educators, Developers, Investors, Researchers, and Marketers of Children’s Apps…


Embrace and celebrate mobile devices as powerful new platforms not just for games, but for digital toys and tools that encourage kids to play, learn, laugh, create, grow, and explore – both indoors AND outdoors, in school AND at home, independently AND collaboratively with friends, educators and family. Digital play spaces should inspire and enable children to do what they do best: be children… with touchscreens at their fingertips and mud between their toes.

 

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» Jeff Bezos Owns the Web in More Ways Than You Think

Amazon's founder talks with Steven Levy about the new Kindle Fire, cloud computing, social media, cultural pioneering and sending people into space.
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App Resources for Teachers

App Resources for Teachers | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
As iPads infiltrate elementary school classrooms, more teachers will be searching for apps for their students. This post highlights resources in the Moms With Apps network to help teachers with the app discovery process.
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Print Vs. Digital – Is the ebook not a ‘proper’ book? | The Digital Media Diet

Print Vs. Digital – Is the ebook not a ‘proper’ book? | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

I have been reading articles, blog posts and chatter on Twitter about print books vs. ebooks a lot lately. In the market for children’s books, the rapid cultural shift from print to digital book apps in particular seems to have turned the world on edge. Authors, illustrators, publishers and now developers have a lot to say about this transition. Some seem to think it is a miracle, others fear it is the end of reading as we know it ...

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Are Children's E-Books Really Terrible For Your Children? | Digital Book World

Are Children's E-Books Really Terrible For Your Children? | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Reading to children with an iPad before bed is bad for them, right? Despite claims by the news media that this might be so, it has yet to be seriously studied.
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Why Parents Still Want to Read Real Books, Not E-Books, to their Kids

Why Parents Still Want to Read Real Books, Not E-Books, to their Kids | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

In my house, bedtime stories are sacred. Rarely does something derail the nightly routine, although feverish kids have been known to be tucked in, sans story. But last week, my strep-throated 4-year-old awoke at 1 a.m. with this complaint: “You forgot to read me my bedtime story.”


She was right. So I groggily pulled a book from her shelf and cuddled her close as she turned the pages. Reading forges connections between parents and children (even in the middle of the night). It's also good for little brains.


But does the form in which the words appear matter? The New York Times reports that parents — even those who are avid digital downloaders — are shunning kids' e-books for the real thing. It seems that the feel and texture of paper pages dappled with colorful illustrations trumps the static dimensions of a screen.


The article ran in the paper's Monday business section, but it may be more of a cultural tale ...

 

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Juvenile E-Reading: The Kids Are Ready, But Are The Parents? | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News

Juvenile E-Reading: The Kids Are Ready, But Are The Parents? | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

We may have hopefully put the days of the heated “print vs. digital” debates behind us. The consumers, the retailers, and even the publishing industry have all pretty much declared that digital reading is not a flash-in-the-pan fad, but that paper isn’t going away any time soon. The two formats have been predicted to live side-by-side for the foreseeable future.


But one market that has been slower to adapt to digital reading has been the juvenile market, although great headway has been made recently with the advent of more–and less expensive–tablets. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple have all made huge leaps this year in the marketing of children’s ebooks, and many of the key publishing industry events like the Frankfurt Book Fair had a very young reader-specific focus.

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The Future Of Books And Publishing

The Future Of Books And Publishing | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
In the last week there have been two great audio interviews on the future of books.
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Why Developers Are Interested in Kindle Fire | Digital Book World

Why Developers Are Interested in Kindle Fire | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Tablet app developers are excited about the Kindle Fire platform because they think it could someday help them reach as many consumers as the iPad – or more.
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iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom | The Digital Media Diet

This fall I offered to help out in my child’s Kindergarten classroom ... Like many Kindergarten classes, this one has a wide range of skill levels, including some kids who cannot identify a single letter of the alphabet as well as kids who are already reading on their own. Yet, the individual instruction that would help these students on either end of the literacy spectrum is in short supply. How can one adult, even with a very well-behaved class of 20 five-year-olds possibly give any one child more than a few minutes of individual help? 

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how can your students be involved in class with their iPad?

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Examining Multicultural Picture Books for the Early Childhood Classroom: Possibilities & Pitfalls

Children's picture books have an increasingly significant place in early childhood classrooms. Picture books that depict the variety of ethnic, racial, and cultural groups within U.S. society (known generally as multicultural pic-

ture books) allow young children opportunities to develop their understanding of others, while affirming children of diverse backgrounds. This paper discusses the possibilities and the pitfalls involved in the selection of multicultural literature for use with young children, examines two books featuring Mexican American protagonists to illuminate issues and problems in the images the books present of Mexican Americans, discusses critical race theory as a way of understanding the possibilities and pitfalls of choosing multicultural picture books, and makes recommendations for educators and
teacher education programs based on what is known about children's literature and critical race theory.

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The Critical Juncture in Children's Mobile Media

Given sophisticated new digital tools, increased investment in app development, and the near-ubiquity of mobile devices, educational software developers are creating more engaging and empowering content today than ever before. Mobile platforms like iOS and Android enable small developers to build groundbreaking games, toys, and tools for kids to play, learn, grow, and develop - all free from commercial branding and at minimal cost to parents (at least for software) - a rare "win, win, win" scenario.

 

If we as parents, educators and developers want to maintain this, however, it's time to take a step back and reassess our expectations ...

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Transforming Teaching For Today's Tech-Savvy Young Children

Transforming Teaching For Today's Tech-Savvy Young Children | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The recent series of reports on technology's unfulfilled promise by the New York Times called "Grading the Digital School" is an important wake-up call for everyone who claims that the digital frontier will help transform schools as we know them. While every other sector -- from manufacturing to health care to energy security to politics -- has been largely disrupted by the creative tech revolution of the past decade, scholars and skeptical journalists wisely remind us that "schools are a special case." To break through their deeply entrenched approaches, we must address two fundamental failures. By doing so we can advance the still powerful possibility that educational technology can be a positive disruption for our nation's learning capacity ...

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Cautionary Apps: Episode 9 « techchef4u

Cautionary Apps: Episode 9 « techchef4u | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 9 – “Cautionary Apps”.

 

In this episode we were joined by Susan Reeves (App-tastic ITS and Google Certified Teacher). Our topic was cautionary apps: how to review apps, where to find the best apps, and the pedagogical practices behind selecting appropriate apps for classroom use.

 

We also shared a specific list of cautionary edu apps and how teachers can avoid or better prepare instruction around these selections by previewing and preselecting content.

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The rise of the mobile pioneers | Archive | Marketing Week

As smartphone and tablet penetration extends further than ever before, brands are moving into new territory by taking learning digital with engaging, educational apps.
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