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Market trends, politics, technologies, media, and innovations at the crossroads of 21st-century entertainment and education.
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Nintendo's upcoming Wii U Pokemon features Skylanders-like toys

Nintendo's upcoming Wii U Pokemon features Skylanders-like toys | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Pokemon Rumble U to come with Skylanders-like toys in Japan, though Nintendo has no news on an American or European release at the moment.
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Copycats or pushing the envelope? Ninendo and Disney jump into the Skylanders arena.

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Pheed: The Next Social Craze for Teens?

Pheed: The Next Social Craze for Teens? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
We've taken a first look at the Pheed iPhone app, giving you a quick guide to how to get started with the new social service.
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Play time! Google Story Builder- Easily Create Video Stories ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Play time! Google Story Builder- Easily Create Video Stories ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Smart Media | Scoop.it

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Rachel Scott's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:40 AM

Creating a story online!! rather than using the typical pen and paper, students can work in groups and collaboratively create a digital story how intriguing! 

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Pinterest premieres transmedia storytelling experiment | Daily Dot

Pinterest premieres transmedia storytelling experiment | Daily Dot | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Pinterest has already changed the way marketers think about commerce.  But it may also be ushering in a new form of storytelling.  Transmedia company BeActive is using Pinterest to share one work of fiction through a combination of episodic videos, audio snippets, and visual pins.

 

Beat Girl is part graphic novel, part TV show, and all on Pinterest.  It tells the story of fictional DJ Heather Jennings in a method that’s not quite TV show, not quite in-person character sketch, and not quite graphic novel. With 160 pins and counting, viewers can catch new glimpses of Jennings’ life added daily. The interactive drama is presented as a prequel to an upcoming multi-platform video series.

 

While the finished product may be a genre of entertainment never seen before, BeActive CEO Nuno Bernardo says it’s rooted in a much older art form.  “We wanted to bring back the popular Photonovels of the ‘60s to the new digital generation,” he said in a statement. “The tools and functionalities introduced by Pinterest allowed us to release the content the way we envisioned. As a world’s first we expect that in the future more and more stories will be told on this network using photos and still images”.

 

Bernardo told the Daily Dot that although Beat Girl is based on a novel, he found it to be a story uniquely suited for multiple platforms.


Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose), Francesco Pintus, Hans Heesterbeek, Simon Staffans
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Wherein two of my favorite things collide: Transmedia storytelling and pinterest! 

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Zan Chandler's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:07 PM

It was just a matter of time.

Anne-Claire Goyet's comment, February 27, 2013 7:00 AM
Encore un autre usage de Pinterest, cette fois intégré à un dispositif transmédia.
Yvonne Bustamante, MS's comment, March 7, 2013 12:55 PM
Ohhh, I can't wait to watch this progress!
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Engaging Kids Online: Maurice Wheeler at TEDxTransmedia 2012

Maurice Wheeler is partner at The Little Big Partnership, a specialist consulting firm with a focus on kids and family. Maurice has more than 15 years experi...
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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 11, 2013 8:14 PM

Transmedia for today's kids is a given.

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The advertiser-funded kids TV model is dead. Discuss.

The advertiser-funded kids TV model is dead. Discuss. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
In an on-demand world where families can watch and discover shows on tablets, TV and mobiles thanks to Amazon , Netflix , iTunes and other local players, the advertiser-funded kids TV model is dead.
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Future work skills - 2020 [pdf]


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 26, 2013 5:50 PM

My first reaction on reading the list of groups involved was negative. The University of Pheonix has a dog in this fight. They will want digital technologies to at the forefront. That is OK, but we need a balanced view of this emerging world and we need to question some of the views presented. We are not on the cusp of a relationship between humans and their digital tools. We have passed this cusp and each day we are in that emergent world. That kind of comment oversimplies a complex reality full of uncertainty.

France Lefebvre's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:42 AM

Recherche très pertinente qui apporte un vent de fraîcheur.  On n'y parle pas des emplois du futur, mais plutôt des compétences ou habiletés requises

Martijn Spek's curator insight, April 24, 2013 7:26 AM

Interessant rapport waarbij 'Change' in organisaties en bij mensen een zeer nadrukkelijke rol speelt. De tekenenen zien we nu al bij organisaties ontstaan. Het onderzoek is welliswaar primair gericht op Amerika, maar door de verdere globalisering en internationalisering interessant voor een ieder die met mensen werkt of gaat werken!

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Penguin boosts licensing activity with new executive hire

Penguin boosts licensing activity with new executive hire | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Penguin UK, the publishing house behind such global properties as Peter Rabbit, The Snowman and Topsy, has tapped Susan Bolsover to serve in the newly created position of head of licensing and consumer products.
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Rovio Titles Among The Most Addictive Games For Kids, Study Finds | TechCrunch

Rovio Titles Among The Most Addictive Games For Kids, Study Finds | TechCrunch | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Despite a burgeoning market filled with educational children's games and apps which aim to turn smartphones and tablets into tools for learning, when it comes to time spent actually playing games, kids are still gravitating to games that are more...
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Digital Reading on the Rise for Children (With a Qualifier)

Digital Reading on the Rise for Children (With a Qualifier) | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Digital reading is rising fast among children ages 6 to 17, but this is not necessarily translating into a greater desire to read, a new Scholastic report says.
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Tablets trump e-reading devices, except at bedtime - when traditional print continues to prevail.

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New Adventures Launches Digital Playhouse Line Merging Physical Toys and Apps.

New Adventures Launches Digital Playhouse Line Merging Physical Toys and Apps. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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iDollhouse and iFirehouse look like promising additions to the web-connect toy pantheon, featuring real world doll figures that can be brought to 'life' in the game, using QR codes.

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Facing Regulatory Heat, GREE Apologizes, Pledges Refunds After Over-Charging Minors | TechCrunch

Facing Regulatory Heat, GREE Apologizes, Pledges Refunds After Over-Charging Minors  | TechCrunch | Smart Media | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
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Homepage - Bramble Berry Tales - Squamish storytelling app for a global audience!

Homepage - Bramble Berry Tales - Squamish storytelling app for a global audience! | Smart Media | Scoop.it

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siobhan-o-flynn's curator insight, January 7, 2013 10:04 PM

supercool! can't wait for this launch spring 2013?

Melanie Hundley's curator insight, January 8, 2013 8:51 AM

supercool! can't wait for this launch spring 2013?

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What Transmedia Producers Should Know About Comics: An Interview with Tyler Weaver (Part One)

What Transmedia Producers Should Know About Comics: An Interview with Tyler Weaver (Part One) | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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Can classroom tablets revolutionize education?

Can classroom tablets revolutionize education? | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Can a new classroom tablet change education?
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COPPA clarity: Proceed with caution

COPPA clarity: Proceed with caution | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The Federal Trade Commission recently revised COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, to give parents greater control over the personal information that websites and online services can collect from kids under 13.
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Indeed. ACHTUNG BABY.

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Infographic: The History of Education

Infographic: The History of Education | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The folks at Boundless who last brought us the EdTech Buzzwords Infographic are back with The History of Education. The graphic takes a look at how formal education began, changes along the way, current day and predictions for the next twenty years.

Via Gust MEES
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Whirlwind infographic of education's past, present and future.

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Michael Stapleton's curator insight, March 19, 2013 10:30 PM

The folks at Boundless who last brought us the EdTech Buzzwords Infographic are back with The History of Education. The graphic takes a look at how formal education began, changes along the way, current day and predictions for the next twenty years.

Dawn Tsui's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:31 PM

cute!~~

Shelli Herseth's curator insight, December 4, 2015 12:41 PM

A cool infographic on the history of education! #edlt561

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Storybird: Publishing as a 2 Million-strong “Breakdancing Circle” : Publishing Perspectives

Storybird: Publishing as a 2 Million-strong “Breakdancing Circle” : Publishing Perspectives | Smart Media | Scoop.it
By offering writers ready made art as inspiration, Storybird has attracted 2 million users and is turning traditional children's and YA publishing workflow on its head.
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Incredible - in 24 months, Storybird members created 5 million stories, 80 times more than children's and YA publishing markets combined!

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:33 PM

New voices, new ways. Traditional children and young adult writers and creators take note!

 

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The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet [Infographic] | Smart Media | Scoop.it
There's a whole galaxy of terminology that you should know about when it comes to education technology. From PLNs to Blended Learning to Synchronous Online Learning... it can get overwhelming.

Via Gust MEES
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Neat little EdTech infographic, CliffsNotes style.

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Patricia Christian's curator insight, February 3, 2013 8:14 PM

This is a nice visual summary of terms in education technology.

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:10 PM

Implementos tecnológicos móviles y mezcla de entornos presenciales y virtuales para potencializar el aprendizaje, van a requerir de estrategias eficaces pedagógicas variadas y diversas para cada caso y situación concreta educativa.

Dolores Gómez's curator insight, July 23, 2013 2:50 PM

Para familarizarnos con la terminología.

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More Than Half U.S. Kids Reading Ebooks, New Report Shows | Digital Book World

More Than Half U.S. Kids Reading Ebooks, New Report Shows | Digital Book World | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Some 54% of U.S. children are reading ebooks, more than double the proportion of adults, according to a new report from Digital Book World and PlayScience.
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Amazon Children's Publishing Names Two New Imprints

Amazon Children's Publishing Names Two New Imprints | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Roughly a year after the Amazon Children’s Publishing division launched, it has announced two new imprints. Two Lions will be home to picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction, and Skyscape will be devoted to titles for young adults.
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McGraw-Hill reveals the SmartBook: an \'adaptive\' e-book for students

McGraw-Hill reveals the SmartBook: an \'adaptive\' e-book for students | Smart Media | Scoop.it
McGraw-Hill is taking on the one-size-fits-all approach to textbooks with its freshly unveiled SmartBook: an e-book that is claimed to adapt to student\'s
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They Really Did It! Watch Toy Story—The FULL MOVIE—Filmed with Real Live Toys

They Really Did It! Watch Toy Story—The FULL MOVIE—Filmed with Real Live Toys | Smart Media | Scoop.it
My goodness, this is a thing of wonder and whimsy and a buttload of perseverance. The Live Action Toy Story Project, which we've updated you about in the past, is finally completed.
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Wow. I am so impressed with the labor-of-love quality of this remake of Toy Story, completed over 2.5 years, with real live toys.

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iKids News

iKids News | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Kidscreen explores teh children's digital entertainment business
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DreamPlay Toys - new joint venture between Jakks Pacific and L.A.-based Nantworks - debuts Disney-branded interactive products melding image/voice recognition, video, and 3D objects.
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Disney World’s RFID bracelets use data to bring fantasy to life

Disney World’s RFID bracelets use data to bring fantasy to life | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Disney's digital push will drastically change the experience for visitors to Walt Disney World, the Orlando, Fla.-based edition of the company's theme park empire.
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It's a bit frightening how much personal info Disney stands to capture with MyMagic+. Hopefully the concrete benefits to users will outweigh the cost of parting with so much targeted marketing fodder?

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